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January 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to 2021! We’re hopeful that this year will be a return to health and security for all of us, and we’re looking forward to everything we can get done!

This January has already been a busy one, with the national rollout of GLSEN’s No Name Calling Week, a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools.

We hosted a Virtual GSA Meet-Up on January 15th to welcome students and teachers back to the virtual or in-person classroom. In case you missed it, check out some fun Zoom and phone backgrounds from our virtual GLSEN Phoenix Swag bag!

School Climate for LGBTQ students in Arizona

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Findings from the newly released GLSEN 2019 National School Climate Survey demonstrate that Arizona schools were still not safe for most (LGBTQ secondary school students.

FACT: The vast majority of LGBTQ students in Arizona regularly (sometimes, often, or frequently) heard anti-LGBTQ remarks (Fig. 1). Many also regularly heard school staff make homophobic remarks (16%) and negative remarks about someone’s gender expression (37%).

FACT: Most LGBTQ students in Arizona experienced anti-LGBTQ victimization at school (Fig. 2). They also experienced victimization at school based on disability (40%), race/ethnicity (24%), and religion (22%). Most never reported the incident to school staff (60%). Only 28% of LGBTQ students who reported incidents said it resulted in effective staff intervention.

Read more of the Arizona Snapshot here, and take a look at other states here.

Virtual Sparkle Glitter GLSEN - May 14, 2021

Sparkle save the date May 14, 2021 7:30 PM graphic
Sparkle invite to Remote Fundraiser and Respect Awards ceremony graphic

Although the format may look a little different, we still plan to dazzle you with the fun and engaging cocktail fundraiser and awards experience we are known for!

This year’s virtual event will include a free live show and awards ceremony, an exciting online silent auction, a limited-ticket travel raffle and more!

Register now to reserve your free ticket and ensure that you receive regular updates leading up to the event. You definitely won’t want to miss the surprises we have in store this year!

Register Here

Nominations are now open for the 2021 GLSEN Phoenix Respect Awards

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Since 2015, GLSEN Phoenix has awarded students and educators who have made a significant contribution to the lives of LGBTQ youth and their allies in the Greater Phoenix community. These individuals are exemplary role models who positively impact the lives of LGBTQ+ students every day.

Click here to nominate a GSA Club for the Sean Nonnenmacher GSA of the Year Award and/or nominate a GSA Sponsor for the Dr. Eileen Yellin GSA Sponsor of the Year Award.

GLSEN Phoenix will recognize and showcase the work of these amazing individuals at the 2021 Sparkle Glitter GLSEN Remote Fundraiser and Respect Awards taking place on Friday May 14, from 7:30-9:00 pm. You can register now to get your free ticket to the event and receive updates on the online silent auction and raffle launching on May 7th.

high school students dressed formally accepting award

StoryBank profile clip: Dr. Cliff Moon

Quoted text by Dr. Cliff Moon, District Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion: "There's a reciprocity of learning from one another, and I think that's important. I think that's critical. Especially when we're talking about diversity."

Dr. Cliff Moon, who coordinates diversity and inclusion initiatives for a Phoenix-area high school district, sat down with us a few months ago for a powerful interview about his childhood experiences, school experiences, and professional work as an educator and school administrator.

Listen to a short clip from Dr. Moon’s interview on the GLSEN Phoenix YouTube channel.

Dr. Moon shared his view that diversity issues in K-12 schools critically involve “a reciprocity of learning from one another,” such as when educators come together for professional development trainings intended to equip them with the skills and knowledge to better support their students. We at GLSEN Phoenix are especially grateful to work with Dr. Moon and the many other Phoenix educators who prioritize supporting LGBTQ students!

If you would like to become a storyteller for the GLSEN Phoenix StoryBank, email Sean Nonnenmacher at

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Come volunteer with us!

Looking to get involved with GLSEN Phoenix? We’d love to meet you!

Fill out our Volunteer application, and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch shortly!

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Please email us at with any ideas, news or needs you may have. Please connect with us on social media for the latest updates, and invite your friends to help us spread the word.

Thank you for being part of the GLSEN Phoenix community and please stay safe.

Leslie Redmon-George and Yaiza Van Horn

Co-chairs, GLSEN Phoenix


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