LGBTQ+ Pride Month

NPSD Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first "March on Washington" in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.

 


 

Pride flag raising at NPSD Educational Services Center

 

On Thursday, June 17, the NPSD Board of School Directors gathered at the NPSD Educational Services Center and invited the community to join them as they raised the Pride Flag to honor and celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

"During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we, the North Penn School Board, affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us," said North Penn School Board member Jonathan Kassa.

"As we take time this month to recognize Pride Month, we also recommit ourselves to fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ people and a more just society for all. The LGBTQ community and allies use the Rainbow Flag as an outward symbol of their identity or support. We want to ensure our community is a leader in the fight for equal rights, and that we will continue to protect and expand the rights of everyone in our schools," said Kassa.

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Pride flag raising at NPSD Educational Services Center