The GSBA Blog


Building for the Future, Honoring the Past

by Mark Rosén, Director of Programs and Fund Development
| Feb 24, 2016

Leslie GiblettWhether she is running a half marathon or attending a celebration at the Governor’s mansion, Leslie Giblett seldom stands still. Her energy and passion around making the world a better place are nonstop. Coming from a family of five children, with three of the five being LGBT, she knows better than many the struggles faced by young people whe

n a parent is non-accepting. After her parents divorced she saw her brother incarcerated by their own mother, simply because he was gay. Luckily Leslie had the support of her father and Aunt Elo, (for whom she has created an endowed Professorship at the University of Washington), and was able to attend college. Her other family members were not able to find their way, and succumbed to various life altering situations which ended their lives at an early age. However, they all found comfort and family in the LGBT community. As the only surviving gay sibling, it was Leslie’s wish to honor her brother and sisters by creating the Giblett Family Endowment through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.  With this gift, Leslie is helping others on their paths to success and joining with the GSBA community to create that welcoming family of support that is so crucial to those who must overcome hardship to have a chance at achieving their dreams.

We asked Leslie what her motivation was in creating this endowment and she shared that her primary goal was to provide hope for the future. “There are many potential scholarship recipients who have lost that feeling. From a personal point of view, if my siblings had had hope for the future, they may not have all passed away so early. I would like our scholarship recipients to know that it's possible to overcome hardship, and live a more enhanced life by getting an education.”

“Creating a legacy is important to me from a personal level, as I saw in my own family, it's not always possible to 'see the other side' and know that if you persevere, you can make a difference.” She wants to ensure that those who have a lack of parental support are able to overcome it with the help of the Scholarship Fund. Now with the help of the Giblett Family Endowment, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has a new way of helping those who need it. Thank you Leslie Giblett -- marathon runner, community leader, fashionista, and philanthropist – for working so hard for our community and always looking fabulous while doing it.