The San Mateo County Board of Education considers and takes action on a variety of resolutions addressing issues important to San Mateo County students, families, educators, and schools. This page highlights a featured resolution and includes the Board’s resolutions over the last year.
Joint Resolution No. 22-29 Recognizing June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Whereas, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, considered by many as the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States; and
Whereas, the purpose of Pride Month is to recognize the influence LGBTQ+ people have around the world and raise awareness of current issues facing the LGBTQ+ community; and
Whereas, the FAIR Education Act, signed into law on July 14, 2011, went into effect on January 1, 2012, and requires the California history and social studies curriculum to include fair, accurate, inclusive, and respectful references to contributions by members of the LGBTQ+ community; and
Whereas, despite the extraordinary progress of past decades in the fight for dignity and equality, people who identify as LGBTQ+ still face discrimination simply for being who they are; and
Whereas, LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk of suicide, homelessness, and becoming victims of bullying and violence; and
Whereas, to address evidence that LGBTQ+ students have been more likely to isolate and disconnect from their peer groups during the pandemic, SMCOE has worked with school staff on strategies and practices for keeping these students engaged and supported gender/sexuality alliance clubs through regular meetings, resources, curriculum, and activities;
Whereas, SMCOE staff held a Youth Advocacy and Social Summit (YAASS) event in March 2022 to support the work of LGBTQ+ middle school students and their allies to make schools safer and more inclusive; provided professional development for educators on creating inclusive classrooms and schools; and held trainings with educators, students, and law enforcement on topics including the importance of pronouns, LGBTQ+ awareness, and LGBTQ+ representation in the educational workforce;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved the San Mateo County Board of Education and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools hereby observe June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month; ask all schools to fly the Pride flag in June; call on families and schools to educate students about the many contributions of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the history of the United States as well as the discrimination and inequality that the LGBTQ+ community endured, and continues to endure; and ask schools to strengthen their social and emotional learning supports for students.
Executive Assistant to the San Mateo County Board of Education
Phone: (650) 802-5552