Did you know that this month is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March? The first march was established to honor the one-year anniversary of Stonewall. These early marches in the LGBTQ liberation movement were protests and meant to bring awareness to the brutality and discrimination that queer and trans communities faced – and continue to face today.
Since that first pride March on June 28, 1970, the annual march has grown to become the robust LGBTQ+ Pride Month we know today. June Pride is the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the identities and contributions of the LGBTQ community and to combat bullying/harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
To help further this work, earlier this year, Camellia Waldorf School brought the Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s Gender 101 training to our faculty and staff. The training was led by Judah Joslyn and was a great introduction to gender identity. Camellia’s faculty and staff learned about gender pronouns and transgender terminology. The training was geared towards educators and filled with knowledge on how to create and maintain a healthy school environment that encourages and supports students in being their true, authentic selves. Maintaining an affirming school environment that is inclusive of everyone is a priority for our school. We see this work as ongoing and look forward to future training with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
Josh Amaral (5th Grade), Olga Morozova (Mulberry Kindergarten), Julie Mulrooney (Sunflower Kindergarten), Laura Embrey (Pedagogical Chair), Janna Nygren (Operations and Frontdesk Manager), Judah Joslyn (LGBTQ Center), Kiersen Clerkin (6th Grade), Hanna Schafer (2nd Grade), Carmen Gunn (Movement) and Amber Fitts (1st Grade)
Please make sure to take a look at these important resources:
PFLAG Sacramento (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) www.pflagsacramento.org
GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network www.glsen.org/research
The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org