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Yay, Minneapolis!

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In a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis School Board on Tuesday evening, a resolution was passed that increases its LGBT curriculum and anti-bullying efforts.

The school district will up its tracking of anti-LGBT bullying incidents, along with LGBT themes in school curriculum. All district staff, from administrators to buss drivers, will receive yearly training on these matters. Also sexual health curriculum will include LGBT issues and an elective course will be offered on LGBT history.

Carla Bates, board treasurer and the first LGBT person to be elected to the board, said:

“I want to assure the taxpayers of Minneapolis that a lot of the safeguards in terms of reporting that were enumerated in this are already done. This would just add the LGBTQ category to that reporting. It’s not like we are creating any new expensive structures. We already have those structures in place.”

I really appreciate director [Chris] Stewart’s leadership in this. It’s not something that would have happened four years ago, and it’s something I’m definitely surprised about.”

And many other board members believe this is a great idea!

Member Peggy Flanagan added:

“What an incredible thing to be able vote on as our last vote as the current board to leave Minneapolis a more welcoming and inclusive place. I feel blessed that this is my last vote I get to take as a board member.”

School superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said:

“Not all other districts are doing this work. When we are out at the Pride Parade, when you talk to our youth, we hear how proud they are that they have a district that acknowledges them and cares about their safety.”

Amazing! Equality for all!

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12 comments to “Yay, Minneapolis!”

  1. 1

    Thats nice to hear, school really shouldn't be a place that's torturous to go to. School is something that everyone has to do for the benifit of society. it shouldn't be more difficult for lgbt students. it should be a fun enlightening place for every one.

  2. 2

    Who. Gives. A. Fuck.

  3. 3

    Whoop Whoop! Home town represent!

  4. 4

    Re: stl111 – I give a fuck actually. Who cares about your opinion. This is my town and I'm proud this happened and so is Perez. It's his blog he can post whatever he wants if you have a problem with it go read something else.

  5. 5

    Go, Minneapolis! You rock!!!

  6. 6

    Minneapolis is great! I was there over 10 years ago doing a "Mary Tyler Moore" off-broadway play, and got raped and thrown in a dumpster and the cops caught the guy and when I identified him in a lineup let me shoot him in the head outside and helped discard his body. That's how you fight crime! Not in a courthouse with a bunch of idiots and a jury!

  7. 7

    Thanks, Minneapolis School Board!

  8. 8

    Thank you, Minneapolis School Board!

  9. Pflan says – reply to this


    Thanks for the shout-out to Minneapolis Public Schools, Perez! It was the right thing to do and I only hope additional school districts across the country pass similar resolutions. I thought I might be mentioned in your blog as a poor man's Lea Michele look-a-like but never for my role as a policy maker. Please keep calling attention to this important issue to ensure our LGBTQ youth feel supported all across this country!

  10. 10

    YAY, Minneapolis! Love my hometown!

  11. 11

    what a great city! been a lot of places and the people there are still some of the kindest i've ever met. kudos to them and looking out for all of their citizens.

  12. 12

    Great way to spend the taxpayers money. You can't have it both ways…to be treated the same as everyone else but then ask for special treatment. School districts don't address regular bullying issues. Bullying is the same whether it is because of your height, weight, looks, income, sex, or sexual orientation. How about they just stick with addressing it for all.