June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month
Posted on 06/01/2023
June is Pride Month

Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate diversity, learn about the achievements and histories of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, acknowledge the many challenges 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to face, and to reaffirm our support for all identities and stand together against discrimination. Pride Month is celebrated internationally in June, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969. 

Throughout the month, the OCDSB Pride flag will be flown outside all schools and administration buildings. By flying the OCDSB Pride Flag, OCDSB is reaffirming its values and commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of caring where 2SLGBTQ+ students, families and staff matter and are welcome, seen and represented at the OCDSB. 

However, recognizing and embedding a culture of caring does not end with simply flying the OCDSB Pride Flag. While the month provides a special opportunity to learn and celebrate, schools across the District are encouraged to engage in learning that reflects the experiences,and perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ communities all year round.

Representation within the curriculum and classroom is a human right. Any erasure of 2SLGBTQ+ identities from the curriculum is a form of discrimination. Teachers have a professional and legal obligation to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for 2SLGBTQ+ students and families by embedding resources that reflect and respect 2SLGBTQ+ identities. 

While it is important to celebrate, it is also important to remember that we all have a role to play in standing up to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of discrimination. We also wanted to share a message from Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, which was issued to school boards ahead of Pride Month.

On behalf of the OCDSB and the Board of Trustees, we would like to speak directly to 2SLGBTQ+ students, staff, and families and say - we see you, we hear you, we value your contribution and the learning that you afford us, and we remain committed to ensuring that our schools and workplaces are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

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