Pride Month 2023
May 30, 2023
Dear KLSD Community,
When June arrives this week, our schools will acknowledge and honor Pride month. Pride month takes place in June because the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan occurred in June of 1969. The very next year, New York City hosted the first Pride March and since then, the month has been a time to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
KLSD welcomes and affirms all LGBTQ+ students, staff, and members of our community in June and throughout every month of the year. In this way, we continue our work of ensuring that every person in our school community experiences the strongest possible sense of belonging in our schools. Our efforts are aligned with our school district’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education policy which asks that we “review District policies and practices to ensure equity and access for all students, with an intentional focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations.”
Throughout this school year, at the appropriate months, our schools have honored Black History, Women’s History, Native American Heritage, and Arab American Heritage, just to name a few. These months can serve as entry points or as reminders of progress still to be made. We strive for a time when every student sees themselves regularly reflected in our curriculum and learns continually and respectfully about the lives and legacy of others, both similar to and different from themselves.
In June, you can expect to see Pride flags outside each of our schools. We thank you in advance for joining in our efforts to assure that every student and adult feels a strong sense of belonging, every day.
Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Schools