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GLSEN AZ February Newsletter

Black History Heroes

February is Black History Month, and we encourage GSA and student organizers to plan activities and events to recognize the importance of the Black community's involvement in LGBTQ+ rights.

Throughout this month we will be recognizing a number of Black History heroes who are currently making significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ and safe schools movements. Follow us on social media to learn about each of these amazing individuals.

SHINE Team Winter Intensive

Over the past weekend our SHINE Team members gathered in Tucson for our first ever Winter SHINE Team Intensive training. We have 15 total members, including our first 2 members to be based in Tucson. Our work together began with leadership skill development and various team building activities. Overall, this first of many Winter Intensives was a huge success and we are looking forward to sharing the great work of our SHINE Team this year.

Professional Development Training

This past weekend, we sent several candidates to the National Training of Trainers which will bring GLSEN Arizona's Certified Trainer count to over 10 - the largest group of trainers of any other chapter. For more information about our Intentional Inclusion Professional Development visit our website.

Learn to Tell Your Story to Advocate for LGBTQ+ Youth!

GLSEN Arizona is offering free biweekly Zoom workshops to equip community members – students, educators, school administrators, and parents – with the practical knowledge needed to deliver their own 2-minute testimony at legislative and school board meetings.

Calling all GSA members, officers, and advisors!

GLSEN’s first ever I Love My GSA Day will take place on February 14th, 2023 in celebration of all of the amazing ways that GSAs make schools safer for LGBTQ+ youth. We are revamping GLSEN’s GSA work, sharing new resources, and hosting a training on February 15th. Register your GSA with GLSEN and fill out this survey to sign up for I Love My GSA Day, and you will be entered to win some free GLSEN swag for your GSA!


Partner Events

  • Check out Drag Story Hour: Black Voices Story Hour with Stormie Daie from their Triangle Chapter — This story hour will premiere on Facebook Live on February 6th! Learn More.

  • On February 10th, 2023 the AZCAAA will be hosting their 21st Annual African American Leadership Legislative Council's Youth Day at the Capitol. The event will take place on the Senate Lawn located at 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. Learn More.

  • On March 31st, 2023, the Queer Youth Assemble aims to create one of the largest queer & trans youth marches in history. Learn More.

In The News

  • Last month Governor Katie Hobbs' publicly reaffirmed her support for LGBTQ+ Youth in Arizona. Read More.

Upcoming Observances

  • February 3: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

  • February 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

  • February 20: Presidents' Day

  • February 19-25: Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

Partner Spotlight

On January 19th, Re:Frame AZ facilitated a "Dismantling Adultism" training for GLSEN Arizona. Thank you Paula and Ashley for starting us on the journey of reflecting on the ways in which we can dismantle adultism and keep the youth at the center of our work.



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