LAUSD Board Passes Resolution in Support of LGBTQ Students

LOS ANGELES (June 12, 2012) — The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously today to direct the Superintendent and staff to support activities and lessons that engage students in learning about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students and families. The resolution also declared June 2012 as “Pride Month” in support of those constituencies.

“I’m proud to support Pride Month at LAUSD,” said Board President Mónica García, author of the resolution. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate learning about diversity and creating safe spaces in schools for all students and staff. During Pride Month, we commit to our daily efforts to acknowledge the rights of the LGBTQ community and bring systemic change that will lift the contributions and struggles that teach us all.”

“I believe in providing a safe learning environment where all students are free to learn and express themselves without fear of harassment or stigma,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan, one of two co-sponsors of the resolution. “I want our LGBTQ students to know that we stand by and support them, not just in June, but every day of the year.”

The second co-sponsor, Board Member Nury Martinez, said: “This resolution affirms the District’s unshakeable commitment to making our schools safe for all students, adults, and parents, regardless of sexual orientation. It gives me a great sense of pride to be part of a District that has taken this strong stand in support of a fundamental human right.”