Access Education RRISD recently launched a letter writing campaign calling on area parents and community members to send a pre-written, or their own personalized letter to Board members and district leadership. In its sample letter, Access Education RRISD asks for district-wide recognition and support of LGBTQ Pride, citing how AISD celebrates its own AISD Pride week in March. Within days, over 200 emails were sent in support of Pride and LGBTQIA2S+ students and staff, and the District’s office of communication has already responded to some letter-writers acknowledging the need, stating:
“Because Pride month is in June, historically the District has not planned activities, as school is not in session at that time. However, your point is well taken that supporting Pride activities is important to cultivating an inclusive environment on our campuses. The District will be showing public support for upcoming Pride activities, prior to students leaving for the summer, and will also begin exploring ways to recognize Pride Month during the school year, similar to how we mark occasions such as Black History Month and Women’s History Month.”
Access Education RRISD President, Krista Laine said she sees the District’s reply as a win for LGBTQIA2S+ students and staff, stating “I call this a success. District messaging in support of Pride is a LOT more than was happening before.”
RRISD community members can support Access Education RRISD’s ongoing advocacy efforts by spreading the word, volunteering, and/or donating.