GLYS Eaton Awards

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
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
(Niagara Co.)
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.)
2016:  ???


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!