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Celebrating Pride Month
Teach For America's LGBTQ+ Initiative is joined by aspiring allies, such as those partnering with us at Institute sessions, to help connect our newest corps members with the key aspects of this work.
Our community's most powerful allies are visible and active in the work to create safer schools and classrooms. We honor the courage and conviction of those whose self-identification as LGBTQ+ comes with real risks of being fired or facing pushback where employment protections don’t exist.
So this month and beyond, we will celebrate the work that is happening across the country: in our large cities, where we continue to hear the call of #BlackLivesMatter; on reservations in regions like South Dakota and New Mexico; among our students who are undocumented; among AAPI students in low-income communities who are often made invisible by the model minority myth; and in states like North Carolina, where all three of our regions create spaces to support corps members and alumni in light of HB2, its repeal, and current compromise legislation that expires in 2020.
I call this work brave because, for all the gains around LGBTQ+ rights in our nation, more than 100 new anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been introduced in 2017. More than ever, we must support our LGBTQ+ students—and all of our students—against threats to educational equity and excellence. Stay brave and thank you for your leadership.