Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Resources

Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Resources
Posted on 06/12/2020

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Pride. Usually, this means events are held worldwide to celebrate the progress within the LGBTQ community, but the COVID-19 pandemic means a change of plans. The virus forced the cancellation of hundreds of events around the world, including the North Shore Pride Parade in which our district participates. In-person celebrations are simply too risky at this time, but this is an important anniversary that must still be celebrated.

At a time when our community is feeling vulnerable, I wanted to make sure to call-out this celebration of our LGBTQ families, students, staff, and our community. We see you, we are here for you, and we support you.  We also celebrate you. While this year we are not marching through the streets of Salem side by side, we will continue to lift you up, we will listen, and affirm throughout all our schools that we support our LGBTQ families.

Salem Public Schools is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment throughout our district. We must continue to learn about the needs of our staff and families and continue to expand our efforts to make our schools as welcoming as possible.  It is important to include LGBTQ voices in our district. We encourage you to be active, be proud, and we will be here to both learn and to teach others.

My hope is that this Pride Month will inspire us to become the most inclusive and hospitable district possible, and that we continue to listen to the needs of our LGBTQ community in ways that propel our district forward.

Throughout the month, all are encouraged to read LGBTQ+-related books. Recommended books can be found on the following lists:

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