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PPS Participates in Pride Parade!

Despite the rain, the Portland Public Schools had a good turnout for the Pride Portland Parade on Saturday, June 17, continuing the tradition, begun in 2015, of the district joining in the annual celebration of diversity and inclusion with a yellow school bus “float.” At the Portland Board of Public Education’s June 20 meeting, Interim Co-Superintendents Melea Nalli and Aaron Townsend summed up the event in this way:

“We wanted to give a big shout out to everyone who came out to ride or march with the PPS bus float in the Pride Parade this past Saturday.  We are grateful to the teachers, students and board members – current and past – who came out to show their pride and to celebrate the LGBTQ+ members of our school community.  It was a soggy day but that didn’t stop people from bringing their bright light to shine.  We strive to create schools that are safe and inclusive where all people with all identities feel seen, valued and affirmed for being exactly who they are.  Events like Pride give us a chance to celebrate that support and make it visible to our community.  We recognize that members of the LGBTQ+ community have been under attack in this country as exemplified by the more than 400 pieces of anti-trans legislation proposed in the United States. All of this legislation, even when it doesn’t happen in our state, has a negative and harmful impact on trans people and their families. The Portland Public Schools proudly affirms and stands with our LGBTQ+ students and staff.  Thanks again to everyone who came out and had a good time!”