BOE and NPS Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month

BOE and NPS Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month
Posted on 06/18/2020

The Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools are pleased to recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month. By proclaiming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, the Board of Education welcomes and supports all students, staff and families, no matter their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

The Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools administrators, educators and staff are committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment for all. We believe that encouraging greater acceptance and support for all youth, including those who are or are perceived to be LGBTQ, will make communities, schools, and other settings safer, better places for all students.

This June marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ Pride traditions across the country. Pride Month is celebrated each year to coincide with events of June 1969, when patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted the persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This moment in history is regarded as the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans.

Today, Pride Month celebrations typically include events, parades, workshops, symposia and concerts, both locally and around the world. While many events have been postponed or rescheduled this year, many opportunities remain for participating in online observances.

By recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month, the Board of Education encourages all students, staff and families to learn more about the challenges that the LGBTQ community have faced throughout history, as well as the LGBTQ Americans who have contributed to and shaped culture, business, government and other aspects of society. We encourage all to join us in creating a culture of awareness, acceptance and inclusion for all.