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SDCOE Marching in SD Pride Parade

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After a three-year hiatus, the San Diego Pride Parade returns this weekend, and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is thrilled to have a marching contingent of employees and their loved ones. 

SDCOE's participation with the San Diego Pride Parade is an important opportunity to increase awareness and visibility around the LGBTQIA+ community and affirm SDCOE's commitment to promoting safe and welcoming school spaces for all students, families, and educators. 

“There is nothing that should matter more to us than creating safe, inclusive, and nurturing spaces where students and employees can thrive,” said Dr. Paul Gothold, superintendent of schools. “SDCOE is committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ students, employees, and community members and making sure they feel valued and accepted.”

If you're in attendance at the parade and keeping an eye out, the SDCOE marching group is contingent #68-C. You can expect to see about 100 employees and their family members, who signed up to march in the parade, wearing special T-shirts, and carrying signs with supportive messages.

SDCOE employees said they were marching for personal reasons and as allies to support loved ones, colleagues, and students who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Some of the things our marchers said include:

"I march to support people who want the right to be their true selves."

"I march for the all the black, queer children and adults who came before me, are with me now, and will exist after me!"

"Marching in support of ALL of our students who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community."

The annual San Diego Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest in the country, attracting over 300,000 people. This year's parade theme is Justice with Joy.

View Dr. Gothold's message on Pride Month and SDCOE's participation in the SD Pride Parade.

Learn more about supports and resources for students and school employees with SDCOE's Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students with resources for educators, families, and young people. 

Read the San Diego County Board of Education resolution endorsing June 2022 as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

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