The Rolls/Eaton Award
Each November GLYS holds its annual fund-raising dinner, the GAYLA. Beginning in 2005, GLYS has presented the award to a WNY high school student (GLBT or a straight ally) who through his/her individual efforts or as part of his/her GSA or diversity club, has helped to make his/her school a safer place for GLBT students. GSAs that have made a significant difference in their school have also received the award.
The Eaton Award was named for the late Bill Eaton, a WNY GLBT activist,
who died of lung cancer in 1998. In 2014 the award was renamed to honor the memory of James Rolls, Esq., a well-known activist and member of the LGBT community until his death in 2012.
To nominate a student from your school, please call (716.855.0221) or email Sophia McDaniel-Francis (Executive Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations can be made at any time.
Past recipients of the Bill Eaton Award:
2005: Abe Morgan, Grand Island High School (Erie Co.)
2006: Francine Caldwell, Newfane Central High School (Niagara Co.)
2007: The Gowanda High School GSA (Chautauqua Co.)
2008: The GLBT Support Group & GSA of Niagara Wheatfield High School
2009: Aden Cook, Grand Island High School (Erie Co.)
2010: Justin Gloss, Silver Creek High School (Chautauqua Co.)
2011: The Pioneer High School GSA (Cattaraugus Co.)
2012: Emily Law, Depew High School (Erie Co.)
2012: The Oracle Charter High School GSA (Erie Co.)
2013: The Sweet Home High School GSA (Erie Co.)
2014: The Falconer High School GSA (Chautauqua Co.)
2015: The Eden Jr./Sr. High School (Erie Co.)
Conant/Cox School Ally Award
If you want to recognize your GSA advisor or other teacher/administrator,
give us a call. . . . we can provide a signed & framed certificate!