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MDUSD recognizes LGBTQ+ Pride Month and flies Progress Pride flag
Posted 6/6/22

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Rainbow Community Center Executive Director Kiku Johnson (l-r) joins Senior Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Laura Juranek, Board President Debra Mason, PFLAG of Clayton-Concord President Kathleen Krentz, Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark, Board Member Cherise Khaund and Chief of Educational Services Jennifer Sachs for the Progress Pride Flag raising on June 1st outside the District Office. 

 

MDUSD is proud to recognize June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month and to fly the Progress Pride Flag above the District Office and at our schools! On June 1st, District officials were joined by representatives from the Rainbow Community Center and PFLAG of Clayton-Concord as Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark raised the District's first Progress Pride Flag. The School Board adopted a Resolution last month recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which includes an explanation of the symbolism of the Pride Progress flag. It was adapted from the original rainbow Pride flag, with the addition of black and brown lines to "represent marginalized people of color within the queer community, while the pink, blue and white arrow shape represents the transgender community."

Kathleen Krentz, President of PFLAG of Clayton Concord, said her organization was pleased to help organize the first Pride Prom in Contra Costa County at Concord High School earlier this year, which she expects to be held on that campus again next year on April 22, 2023. After COVID shut down schools last year, she said her organization is working to re-establish Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSA clubs on campuses, which are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities, according to the national website. Dr Clark said he encouraged schools to raise Progress Pride flags on their campuses to show that they are safe places for all students.

 

Kiku Johnson, Executive Director of the Rainbow Community Center said it matters to see the flag flying above the District office and at schools because it shows that we are all working in partnership to make LGBTQ+ students, staff and community members feel welcome and included. He and others at the flag raising also noted that local cities including Concord, Clayton and Pleasant Hill are also flying the Pride flag in recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and that Clayton will host its first-ever Pride Parade on June 25th.

Gregory Gardens Elementary and Northgate HS are also flying Pride flags. 

 

NGHSA Progress Pride flag flies above Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. 

 

 

GGES PrideGregory Gardens Elementary in Pleasant Hill flies the Pride Flag.