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San Diego Unified raise Rainbow, Trans Pride flags for the first time

The ceremony is intended to highlight the district's efforts to promote a safe educational environment for LGBTQ students, their families, faculty and staff.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Unified School District raised the Rainbow and Transgender Pride flags at its headquarters for the first time Friday in support of Pride Month.

The ceremony was intended to highlight the district's efforts to promote a safe educational environment for LGBTQ students, their families, faculty and staff. During the flag raising, students in the district's Gender and Sexuality Alliance Support Group discussed the significance of the ceremony.

"San Diego Unified is committed to equal opportunity for all students in admission and access to the district's educational programs, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other activities, and that all programs and activities be free from discrimination, including harassment, with respect to a student's actual or perceived sex, gender, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion, color, physical or mental disability, age or sexual orientation," the district said in a statement.

The second largest school district in California chose Friday to raise the flags, not only because it's Pride month, but because June 28 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.

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Since, San Diego's largest single-day civic event, the Pride Parade, is happening in two weeks, the San Diego Unified School District wanted everyone to know that the district was and is committed to safe and affirming school spaces for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and educators.

District Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board of Education members, district staff and elected officials attended the flag raising.

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