Elliott is the Co-Founder of ALGBTICAL
Dr. Glenda Elliott is a counselor educator at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham. She is an Associate Professor
Emerita at the UAB School of Education and is the Coordinator of the UAB
Safe Zone Training.
Glenda is a prominent LGBT advocate and activist. She has contributed
greatly to the advancement of LGBT rights.
Glenda received her Bachelor's and
Master's degrees from the University of Georgia and her Doctoral degree
from Kent State University. She arrived in Birmingham in 1973.
She participated in Alabama's first pride parade and AIDS walk.
Glenda has a long
record of professional activity and long continued professional
development. She has contributed significantly to the professional
development of counselors in Alabama through presentations made at
professional workshops and conferences. In the past 10 years alone, this
individual has made 76 presentations to and conducted workshops attended
by school counselors and administrators, agency and private practice
counselors, counselor education students, and other helping
Some of the settings include: Bradford
Health Services. Employee Assistance Professionals Association.
Many, many ALCA Fall Conferences. Southern Association for
Counselor Education and Supervision. And, guest speaker at numerous
colleges and university Counselor Education classes.
In addition to promoting the profession
and the professional development of counselors through workshops and
other presentations, this special person has contributed to professional
development through services on the editorial boards of counseling
journals. She served on the Editorial Board of The Family Journal, which
is the journal of the International Association of Marriage and Family
Counselors. She has also served on the Editorial Board of the Alabama
Counseling Association Journal and published articles that promote the
professional development of counselors. Her recent work has been
published in the Alabama Counseling Association Journal and the Alabama
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Newsletter.
In addition, she is the outreach
coordinator for ALGBTICAL, the Chair of the Coordinating Committee for
the Alabama Safe School Coalition, the Coordinator of Training for the
UAB Safe Zone Program and the Mental Health Liaison for the Parents and
Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Birmingham.
In 2011, Glenda won the ALCA Fannie R.
Cooley Distinguished Professional Development Award for the second time.
In 2008, Equality Alabama presented Glenda with the David White Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2007, Curve Magazine named Glenda one
of the most powerful lesbians in the south.
In 2005 Glenda was awarded the ALCA Wilbur Tincher Award for a Humanitarian
& Caring Person for her courageous efforts as the Chair of the ALCA Current Issues Committee
in particular and her overall contribution to the advancement of human
rights in general.
The following statement accompanied
the granting of the award to Glenda:
"The 2004-2005 year was a landmark year for ALCA, with the Current
Issues committee being charged with exploring GLBT issues in counseling,
with 2 new interest sections being formed, and finally, with both of
those interest sections being approved as new Divisions of ALCA. This
year’s winner of the Wilbur Tincher award has a vita that demonstrates
humanitarianism and caring for others consistently, year after year.
She has been an advocate for social change, at the grass roots levels
and in leadership and mentoring. In her work with the formation of a
new Division for ALCA, she has served as a role model, shared her time,
talent, and financial resources, and shared a sense of humor along the
way. She has founded or helped shepherd a number of advocacy efforts,
including UAB’s Safe Zone, Birmingham Alliance of Gay, Straight,
Lesbian, BiSexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth, Compassionate
Listeners, Days of Equality for Equality Alabama, and most recently, one
of ALCAs newest Divisions, the Association for Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual
Issues in Counseling in Alabama."
Equality Alabama Awards Ceremony (Slow
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Advocacy: ALCA Journal Article by Glenda Elliott
Alabama Safe Schools Coalition
NPR: Glenda Elliott Featured on Story Corps
Glenda Featured in Ending the Silence Documentary
Counseling Association Icon Interviews
Glenda Elliott Featured in AIDS/HIV Documentary
Glenda Elliott Story Set to Music
Glenda Elliott Featured on NPR's Story Corps
Elliott, who is a retired associate professor of counselor education at UAB,
told her story during her visit to StoryCorps. When Glenda Elliott
was growing up in rural, small-town Georgia in the 1940s, the modern gay rights
movement hadn't exactly arrived yet. In fact, it wasn't even really on the
horizon. And so, when she fell in love with a woman when she was in her 20s, she
didn't have a road map of how to react. "There were certainly no role
models of what it means to love someone of the same sex," recalls Glenda
Elliott, 75, on a visit with StoryCorps in Alabama.
didn't know how to understand that." The woman's name was Lauree — but she
wasn't the person Elliott married. That distinction went to Elliott's high
school sweetheart. "I thought at that time, that's what a woman did, she
got married," Elliott says. "And it didn't take me very long to realize that I'd
made a mistake. So he and I decided to get a divorce." But she and Lauree
continued to talk. Elliott knew she loved her, but Lauree wanted children.
Eventually, Lauree met a man, married him and conceived a child. Lauree promised
that, if the child was a girl, she would name her after Elliott. "Well, it
turned out it was a little boy, and I was relieved," Elliott says. "It really
would have been excruciatingly painful if she had had a little girl named after
me." Then, Lauree made her another promise: "If I outlive my husband and you
don't have a partner, perhaps we can grow old together." Somehow, Elliott
says, that made the situation more bearable. But then Lauree was diagnosed
with cancer. She didn't live very long. "And I did not get to see her
again," Elliott says. Lauree's death really hit Elliott when she turned 60
and began to think about old age. "This was the time that Lauree and I
were gonna have," she says, "and it didn't happen. "There are certain
kinds of love that never die," Elliott says. "But I don't regret at all our time
together. It is where I learned that I could love and I could be loved in that
complete sense of the word."
National Public Radio, Story Corps Project)
NPR: Glenda Elliott Featured on Story Corps
Glenda Elliott Honored
ALGBTICAL is proud to acknowledge that
Dr. Glenda Elliott has received a prestigious award for her work as
an LGBT activist. And Birmingham Weld Magazine has featured
her in a lengthy article in which she is interviewed.
Equality Alabama has named Dr. Glenda
Elliott for the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award. She is
being recognized for her work and advocacy with LGBT youth and for
her tireless efforts in making Alabama schools safe for LGBT
On Sunday, February 16
Equality Alabama held its 16th Annual Vigil for
Victims of Hate and Violence. Glenda was one of the day’s
honorees (Along with Auburn University transgender student Darcy
Corbitt). She says she is honored to be receiving an award named for
Billy Jack Gaither, the very victim whose crime sparked her involvement with LGBT
In the interview that is featured in
the Birmingham Weld article, Glenda makes several important
comments, including this one: "What’s been found in national surveys
is that the factors that create a safer environment for all students
would be first of all to have inclusive non-discrimination policies
and inclusive anti-harassment polices. When I say inclusive, I mean
sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. And then
to have training and professional development of all the staff in
the school to know how to implement the policy to learn ways in
which to go about reacting when harassment does occur. And in a more
positive way: What can be done to create a more respectful
environment in the schools where all students are respected?"
In addition, Equality Alabama has
posted a recap of the day's activities on their website. You
can read the remarks from Equality Alabama Chair Ben Cooper and the
acceptance speeches of award-winners Glenda Elliott and Darcy
Also, Glenda Elliott was recently
selected by the Alabama Counseling Association for its ongoing
Counselor Icon Interview project.
with counselors from across the state of Alabama to
the contributions of prominent counselors (many of which had state
and national prominence), to
past leaders in a dialogue about their contributions to the field,
current and future counselors about the history of the counseling
profession. By visiting the ALCA website, you can view
photographs and read the complete transcript of Glenda's Icon
Equality Alabama: Highlights From the Vigil
Bham Weld: Dr. Elliott Awarded for Safe School Efforts
Counseling Association Icon Interviews
ALGBTICAL Participates in
Birmingham Pride Parade
Pride presented its annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, in Birmingham. ALGBTICAL was an official part of the event and
several of its officers and members marched in the parade.
(left to right) are: Melissa Scott (Past President), Glenda Elliott,
Jessica Merchant (President Elect), and Jeanell Norvell (President).
effort by ALGBTICAL provided support and awareness at this year’s
Central Pride Event held in downtown Birmingham. Collaboration of
members and officers attending, included Glenda Elliott, Jeanell
Norvell, Jessica Merchant, Melissa Scott, and two enduring
supporters, provided representation in this festive event. Everyone
enjoyed seeing the hundreds of supporters lining in the streets and
the warm, welcoming chants and atmosphere provided by Central Pride
fans. ALGBTICAL will continue to promote better understanding of
sexual minority issues and engaging community awareness efforts
through its amazing members’ support and enthusiasm.
The Mardi Gras
themed parade was part of the
10 Days of Pride
celebration, which will also include several other LGBT-related
ALGBTICAL Members at Equality
presented its Equality Weekend program on September 18-20, 2009 in
Birmingham. It featured an impressive line-up of speakers and
presenters conducting sessions on a variety of timely LGBT issues.
Among the seminar speakers were notable ALGBTICAL members who have
distinguished themselves as allies, advocates and activists in the
community. Sharing their
expertise at the Equality Weekend event were Dr. Glenda Elliott and
At Equality Weekend, Glenda and Gloria shared the spotlight with other
prominent LGBT activists.
The keynote speaker was renowned US Congressman John Lewis. And
the opening session speaker was Alabama Representative Patricia Todd.
Among the other
notable speakers at the event were
Mandy Carter, John Smallwood, Lori Stabler, Josh Burford, Pam Spaulding,
Christine Sun, Anna Turkett, Scout O'Beirne, Patty Rudolph, Marda Sydnor,
Dr. Carly Friedman, Rhonda Thomason, J. D. 'Ox' Freeman,
Allyson 'Ally' Morgan,
ALGBTICAL Members Protest FOF Event
ALGBTICAL members Dr. Glenda
Elliott and Michael Lebeau
joined the members several
Alabama gay rights organizations
and LGBT activist individuals to protest the
"Love Won Out" conference on
homosexuality that was held
November 7, 2009, at
Metropolitan Church of God.
Association for Lesbian
Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama