GLSEN Phoenix honored North Central resident and former GLSEN Phoenix Co-Chair Matt Heil with the Legacy Ally Award at the GLSEN Phoenix Sparkle, Glitter, GLSEN event held Nov. 19 at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.

Heil received the Legacy Ally award for his eight-year tenure as co-chair of the GLSEN Phoenix chapter. The Legacy Ally award is presented to former GLSEN Phoenix leaders that have gone above and beyond their role to make lasting change, both for GLSEN and in the community.

“Matt’s work and dedication has been instrumental in the development of a community where LGBTQ youth-serving nonprofits can exist and thrive,” said Ricardo Martinez, current co-chair of GLSEN Phoenix. “He has played a critical role in making schools safer for all of our children.”

“I am so proud to have been part of the critical work that GLSEN Phoenix does in our community and to have had this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the LGBT youth that they serve,” Heil said.

GLSEN Phoenix is one of 40 local chapters of the nation’s leading education organization working to ensure that all students in every K-12 school are valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. For more information, visit