Affirming Our Histories: The Radical Act of Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month
In a world where the histories of marginalized communities are often overshadowed or erased, the decision by the Miami-Dade School Board to say NO to LGBTQ+ History Month stands as a stark reminder of the systemic challenges the queer community continues to face. However, in the face of this, there are spaces and communities that choose to affirm, celebrate, and march forward, embodying the rich tapestry of LGBTQ+ histories and lives. Safe Schools is one such community, standing at the forefront, saying a resounding YES to the celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month.
Marching with Pride and Purpose
On Sunday, October 22, Safe Schools invites you to be part of a vibrant act of community affirmation and resistance at Miami Shores Pride. Beginning at 4 p.m., this march is not just a parade but a powerful expression of visibility, a declaration of presence, and a celebration of the diverse identities that enrich the LGBTQ+ community. It is an opportunity to show the world the power of authenticity, the beauty of diversity, and the profound significance of our histories and stories.
Registration and Celebration
Joining this act of communal solidarity is made easy through a simple registration process available at safeschools1991.org/pride. Your participation is not just welcomed but deeply valued, contributing to the collective energy and impact of this event. The march will transition into a festival, a space curated for family-friendly fun, and communal connection at the Shores, allowing for the continuation of celebrations in a space that honors the multiplicities of our lives and experiences.
The Importance of Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month
The celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month is not merely a commemorative act. It is a radical affirmation of identities, histories, and contributions that have been systematically marginalized. It is a space to honor the resilience, creativity, and activism that have been central to the queer community’s journey towards justice, visibility, and equality. It is also an essential educational act, fostering awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the rich diversity and significant contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, thereby challenging stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination.
Join Us in Affirmation and Celebration
Safe Schools is committed to creating spaces that affirm and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community’s diverse histories and contributions. We invite you to join us in this powerful act of affirmation and celebration, contributing your presence, stories, and energies to this vibrant tapestry of community, resistance, and pride. Together, let us make a powerful statement that our histories matter, our identities are celebrated, and our contributions are valued and recognized.
By: Harold Marrero
Chief Operating Officer
We encourage you to share this information with friends, fellow teachers, and allies and join us in bringing awareness to our efforts. Your support is essential for our ongoing work to create safe spaces for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or expression. Please consider donating to Safe Schools so that we can continue advocating for inclusivity and diversity within the education system.