June is Pride Month, a time for all of us to celebrate and honor our nation’s LGBTQ+ community and commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City.
This month, the City School District of Albany – in partnership with the Albany Public School Teachers Association and the Albany High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club – will recognize the many accomplishments and contributions made by LGBTQ+ people throughout history.
We are excited to have our students, faculty and staff engage in informed, age-appropriate discussions about gender identity and inclusivity in our ongoing work to create safe and inclusive learning environments for all members of our diverse school community.
We also have shared additional information and resources for our faculty and staff, including suggestions for teachers on building gender-inclusive classrooms.
A significant number of LGBTQ+ people have changed and are changing history in their fields:
- James Baldwin
- James Beard
- Pete Buttigieg
- Leonardo DaVinci
- Alicia Garza
- Langston Hughes
- Andrea Jenkins
- Sally Ride
- Alan Turing, and
- Albany's own Tandra LaGrone and Barbara Smith.
The list goes on and on. We celebrate and honor their work and their lives.
APSTA hosted a Pride reception for its members on June 8 at the Madison Theater, and they were present at the Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) Pride celebration June 10 in Washington Park. In addition, numerous representatives from our school district also participated in the city’s Capital Pride Parade June 12 in Washington Park.
Take a look at "Protecting LGBTQ+ Students: the 2023 Capital Pride Guide." For more information and resources about Pride Month 2023 and making schools welcome and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students, visit the GLSEN website.