February 17, 2006
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Nominations sought for 2nd Annual Gay-Straight Alliance Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Nominations sought for 2nd Annual Gay-Straight Alliance Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Awards to recognize GSA's, GSA leaders and educators who seek to promote tolerance and end homophobia in Washington State schools

Nominations for the second annual Washington State Gay-Straight Alliance Banquet and Awards Ceremony, are being sought. Eight awards are given each year to GSA's, GSA leaders and educators in recognition of the courageous work they do to promote tolerance and end homophobia.

The GSA Banquet and Awards Ceremony are part of the Washington State GSA Network, a program of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Puget Sound. This year, the event will be held on Friday, May 19th, at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School.

Nomination forms can be found on the Washington State GSA Network website at Download, fill it out and return it to the GLSEN Puget Sound office (1605 12th Ave. Suite 32, Seattle, WA, 98122) by May 10th or email it to GLSEN's Education and Training Director Joseph R. Bento, M. Ed., at

The categories include:

o GSA of the Year Award. This award goes to a group of courageous youth who had contributed a lot to their school and community. They support members in their GSA, organize different events throughout the year (such as Day of Silence or No Name Calling Week) and help build tolerance and acceptance in their schools.

o GSA Leader of the Year Award. The recipient of the GSA Leader of the Year Award has shown true heart and dedication to their chapter putting in a lot of time and effort to achieve their goal. This person has a lot of support from their peers and people around them. This person possesses leadership abilities and motivates people around them.

o Advisor of the Year Award. This award goes to an advisor who takes a lot of their own time to help plan and coordinate GSA meetings in their school. Not only do they advise these groups, but they also take time to advocate on their behalf.

o Rob Goldsworthy Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. This award is named after Rob Goldsworthy, a teacher at Bainbridge Island High School, GSA Advisor and Board member of GLSEN Puget Sound, who passed away from complications related to AIDS.

This award goes to someone who goes above and beyond their regular duties to advocate on behalf of their students. They often advise multiple clubs, are involved actively in their community, and/or hold many positions in different organizations. These people not only teach young people, but support the success and growth of youth.

o Most Inspirational GSA Award. This award goes to the GSA group who has overcome the most adversity in order to receive the recognition that they rightly deserve. These GSAs have dealt with discrimination, homophobia, harassment, and bullying, yet they have overcome all of this because they believe that it is important to have a support system in their school.

o Most Inspirational GSA Member Award. This award goes to an individual in a GSA who has shown a lot of courage for the work that they do. This person is not only a role model, but someone that inspires people to stand up for what they believe.

o Community Involvement Organization Award. This award goes to an organization that has gone above and beyond to help out in their community. Many of these groups sponsor events, have tables at workshops, or even come into classrooms to do presentations. These groups are sometimes understaffed, volunteers, and overworked, yet they keep contributing because they believe in their cause.

o Community Person of the Year Award. This award goes to an individual who truly exemplifies the true spirit of tolerance. This person shows that service to community is not just being out there, but trying to make a difference in what they do. These individuals take time out of their busy schedules to help young people.

GLSEN Puget Sound is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization working to end anti-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender harassment and bullying in Washington State schools. For more information about GLSEN, call 206-330-2099 or visit:

A GLSEN Puget Sound press release

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