School Board Passes LGBTQ+ Pride Month Resolution

June 25, 2020

The Fairfax County School Board passed a resolution in support of LGBTQ+ individuals and Pride Month at its business meeting on June 25.  The resolution follows:

LGBTQ+ Pride Month Resolution
WHEREAS, the struggle for acceptance, simple human dignity, and equality under the law for LGBTQ+ people is evidenced by the dedicated advocates and allies who endeavor to create a more inclusive society; and,
WHEREAS, June marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first Pride Parade, which came one year after the Stonewall Uprising -- six nights of riots sparked when LGBTQ+ people, led by transgender women of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, resisted police harassment and brutality during an early morning bar raid; this historic moment served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world; and,
WHEREAS, the decades since have been one of struggle and celebration for the LGBTQ+ community; despite increased support and acceptance, LGBTQ+ young people still face many challenges; without accepting families they are 140 percent more likely to experience homelessness and nearly five times more likely to attempt suicide; and,
WHEREAS, a study from GLSEN this year found that 87 percent of LGBTQ+ middle and high school students often hear negative remarks about transgender people in school; more than 70 percent of LGBTQ+ middle and high school students were verbally harassed in the past year because of their sexual orientation; 60 percent of Latinx LGBTQ+ middle and high school students experienced bullying based on their gender identity; nearly 60 percent of Black LGBTQ+ middle and high school students experienced bullying based on their sexual orientation; and,
WHEREAS, the Fairfax County School Board recognizes the urgency of its charge to foster a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture where all feel valued, supported, and hopeful; Fairfax County School Board policy 1450 seeks to protect students, educators, and other staff from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; the Fairfax County School Board appreciates the many contributions made by LGBTQ+ students, educators, staff, and families to the vibrancy of the broader school community; Fairfax County has a richly diverse LGBTQ+ community that includes people from all walks of life who should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, or violence;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County School Board, on behalf of the students, educators, and families of Fairfax County Public Schools, does hereby proclaim June 2020 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Fairfax County Public Schools; and in the spirit of One Fairfax, that the Fairfax County School Board urges all to respect and honor our diverse community, and to build a culture of inclusivity and equity, not only during LGBTQ+ Pride Month but during the other eleven months of the year as well.