Courtesy of GLSEN Phoenix, July 25 2016.

GLSEN Phoenix mourns the passing of Eileen Yellin, founding board member of GLSEN Phoenix and longstanding Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) sponsor at Tempe High School.

Sean Nonnenmacher, GLSEN Phoenix Student Organizing Coordinator, issued the following statement:

“GLSEN Phoenix is devastated by the death of Dr. Yellin. We offer our deepest condolences to her close friends, family members, colleagues and students – past and present. Dr. Yellin has been a force within safe schools work in this city for many years, leading programs like the annual Breaking the Silence Dance in conjunction with GLSEN’s Day of Silence, and her loss will be felt throughout Phoenix.

“Words cannot adequately express the love for Dr. Yellin felt by those fortunate enough to work closely with her – our GLSEN Phoenix board members, staff and volunteers included. We will honor her legacy by continuing her work to ensure that all students are safe and affirmed at school, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

Yellin was a recipient of GLSEN Phoenix’s Safe Schools Award in November 2015 for her ongoing commitment to ensuring that Tempe High School offers a safe and affirming climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

For more about Yellin's community involvement, read "A is for Alliance" or "Sparkle, Glitter, GLSEN."

GLSEN Phoenix award recipients Matthew Heil and Eileen Yellin at "Sparkle, Glitter, GLSEN" in November 2015. Photo by KJ Philp.

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