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Supporting LGBTQ Youth

LGTBQ students face unique challenges in our schools. Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success.

Educators, parents, students, and communities are uniting across race, gender, and place to demand safe and affirming schools where all our students can learn, grow, and thrive. Our LGBTQ students need us to prioritize equity and ensure our schools are places where all students are protected and empowered.

Awards & Grants

The AEA Foundation for Teaching & Learning provides grants and awards to recognize the work educators are doing to support our LGBTQ students. Learn more.

Human & Civil Rights Award

The annual Human and Civil Rights Award recognizes Arizona leaders who promote diversity; programs that lead to improved human relations; efforts leading to improved school district support of human and civil rights; or successful implementation of human and civil rights program. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash award. 

Gay-Straight Alliance Encouragement Grant

The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Encouragement Grant offers opportunities for Arizona Gay-Straight Alliances to improve the school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Individual grants will be awarded for amounts between $50 and $250. 


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.