Board Celebrates LGBTQ Identities of Students, Staff and Families Approves June as Pride Month

LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2015) – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, approved a resolution celebrating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community or “those who may be perceived as such.”

Board Member Mónica García, who sponsored the resolution said, “We celebrate Pride Month and recognize our LGBTQ youth and staff. We are committed to safe, successful and supportive schools for all of our youth.”

The month of June is “an opportunity to celebrate the identities and contributions of the LGBTQ community,” according to the resolution.

"I am proud to be a co-sponsor of Board Member García's Resolution ‘Celebrating LGBTQ Identities of Students, Staff and Families and Declaring June as Pride Month,’” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff. “It is essential that we continue to let our students, staff, families and communities know that we celebrate diversity and the contributions of the LGBTQ community, we support our LGBTQ students, staff, parents, and community members and we are committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all."

“This resolution underscores the District's commitment to ensure all students are treated with respect and have the support and resources they need to express their individuality,” said Board Member Tamar Galatzan, a co-sponsor.
 
Focusing specifically on the students of L.A. Unified, the resolution takes specific aim at “the significantly higher rate of school dropout, academic failure and school disengagement among LGBTQ youth across the country,” and attributes it to “peer harassment and bullying.” It points out that children who do not conform to gender stereotypes are more likely to be targets of harassment.

No student should be bullied by other youths for any reasons. That is the policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). On campuses, bullying is constantly addressed, by teachers, administrators and school police through disciplinary practices, behavior contracts with students, conferences with parents and other interventions.

In addition, the District’s Human Relations, Diversity and Equity Division provides resources for trainings, activities, lessons and service-learning projects for and about LGBTQ concerns and is committed to fostering a safe and respectful school and community culture.

Students who identify as LGBTQ may also choose to participate in Project SPIN (Suicide, Prevention, Intervention Now) for support.

The resolution emphasizes that all District schools must be “consistently safe and affirming spaces for all students, staff and their families.” It also 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.”

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