Board of Education declares June 2017 as Pride Month

LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2017) – The Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to declare June 2017 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.

In a resolution co-sponsored by Board Members Mónica García, Mónica Ratliff, Dr. Ref Rodriguez and Board President Steve Zimmer, the board affirmed its commitment to equitable treatment of students, families and employees regardless of sexual orientation.

“Today, we continue to celebrate diversity as L.A. Unified’s greatest strength,” Board President Zimmer said. “We are sending a message on behalf of our District that love will always triumph over hate, and that students, employees and family members from all walks of life are safe, welcome and loved in our schools.”

Driven by a number of factors – including a reference to the California Education Code barring discrimination based on sexual orientation – the “Celebrating and Affirming our Students and Families with Pride Month 2017” resolution directs the superintendent and all District staff to “support lessons and activities that engage students in meaningful learning, research and writing about our LGBTQ students and families.”

“During Pride Month – and every month – I stand proudly with our partners in affirming our values of dignity, respect, and compassion for all,” Board Member García said. “Members of the LGBTQ community have been national leaders. And, we will not stop until the day that all are treated with 100 percent of the respect they deserve.”

“I am proud to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring such an important resolution,” Board Member Ratliff said. “I am also proud to be a member of a board that unanimously supports our LGBTQ students and families.”

She added, “I hope that L.A. Unified will continue to support lessons and activities that engage students, staff and their families in the diversity of the LGBTQ community throughout the year – not just during Pride Month. Our schools must be safe spaces for teaching and learning for all.”

“As a member of this Board — and a member of the LGBTQ community — I am proud to sponsor this resolution,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “As a District for all, we must continue to advocate for our most vulnerable youth, affirm the lives of our students of diverse identities and amplify the voices of those who have felt silenced.”

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