Hillsboro Educators Supporting LGBTQIAA+ Youth

Each year, one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of doing this work-the work of Pride-is having the fortune to witness first-hand, the growth in support for our community and the empowerment and strength that comes from that. We get to see the courage of people stepping up and, either coming out and finding their voice, or declaring their support in very concrete ways. When it involves our LGBTQIAA+ young people, the impact is even more pronounced. This year, the educators in the Hillsboro School District are supporting their LGBTQIAA+ students in a big way.

While the District itself isn’t quite there (i.e. the District does not formally support participation in Pride festivities), the teachers in Hillsboro know the importance of Pride and the impact that support has on their students. They have organized this year to, for the very first time, march in the Portland Pride Parade, raising funds to bring themselves and their students to Portland. We are honored to support their efforts!

This short statement from Hillsboro educators pretty much says it all.

Hillsboro Teachers and Students-PRIDE STRIDE.

Teachers and Students in Hillsboro are excited to join PRIDE this year as we walk to support our students and staff in the LGBTQ community. We feel it is important to be out and visible walking to support diversity within our schools.

Suicide rates for teens in the LGBTQ community is on the rise and youth grades 9-12 are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Attempts from ages 10-14 is dramatically increasing. Many LGBTQ youth do not have support or acceptance from home and are at risk. We would like to send a very positive, public message of acceptance to our LGBTQ youth.

It is our hope that in the future we can march as a district and have the support of our school board. For now we walk on our own, united together to make a difference as we Stride for PRIDE!