Division Diversity Was Out and Loud at This Year’s Pride Winnipeg Parade
When it comes to diversity and inclusiveness, we're proud to see our students and staff walk the talk.
At the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Parade, LRSD was proudly represented by a group of students from the Dakota Collegiate Gender Sexuality Alliance, Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Gender Sexuality Alliance and Glenlawn Collegiate who walked and waved their way through the streets of Winnipeg, sharing messages of inclusion, love and – of course – pride both as young people and members of the LGBTQ community.
The students were joined by staff from Dakota Collegiate and representation from the LRSD School Board. Their support and pride are reflected in the policies that have been put in place around respecting human diversity in LRSD.
The Division first put its Respect for Human Diversity: Respect for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy in place in 2011 and has continually revisited the policy to ensure that it continues to promote safe learning environments for all students. In 2016, LGBTQ students and allies made presentations to the Board of Trustees that provided insights into how that policy and others impacted their lives directly.
With its theme of “My First Pride”, this year’s event provided an opportunity to reflect on how far Manitoba schools have come with respect to support and inclusion of our LGBTQ students. In 2010, only the Dakota Collegiate GSA was involved. In 2018, students and staff from dozens of schools were proudly marching together.
Adding to the occasion were three students and a teacher from RD Parker Collegiate in Thompson. They traveled all the way to Winnipeg to participate in the parade and our LRSD group was thrilled to walk with them.
Sunshine, new friends, sharing and acceptance of all – it was everything you could want in a Pride Parade and it set the bar high for next year!
Photo: @SandyNemeth on Twitter