As a part of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, we recognize observances and holidays that center the voices and experiences of historically excluded peoples in the United States. As an educational organization, we want to lift up the words of others who share our commitment to learning, and amplify LGBTQIA+ voices during LGBTQIA+ Pride month in June and throughout the year.
Learn about the history of Pride: Pride began as a political commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots and protests–spurred and led by Black and Latinx trans women–in New York City and evolved into a month-long affirmation and celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity.
Recognize LGBTQIA+ Pride in your school and community: Access lesson plans about the history of Pride and LGBTQIA+ history and activism in the U.S. from the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools initiative. Want to learn more? The Association for Academic Leaders June 2023 Forum features Cheryl Greene, director of the Welcoming Schools initiative at HRC!
Listen to LGBTQIA+ Voices: Teach for America alum Dwayne J Bensing reflects on his experiences as an out gay middle school science and social studies teacher. Now Legal Director of Delaware’s ACLU chapter, Bensen writes, “I brought my full, authentic self into the classroom. I believe my students benefited. I take pride in that.”
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