Houston ISD held its first-ever Virtual #HISDPride Summit on Saturday, April 9. Students grades 6-12 and their parents/caregivers were invited to attend. In addition to providing a day of learning, accountability, and validation, the purpose of this summit was to ensure that attendees walk away with the tools necessary to either navigate life as an LGBTQ+ student or support an LGBTQ+ student.
A lack of feeling seen, being accepted, getting support, and having positive role models— these are the obstacles often faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning+ (LGBTQ+) students. And as a district grounded in equity, Houston ISD is ready to provide that additional, intentional support.
“Research shows that LGBTQ+ students are less likely than their peers to feel accepted, be fully present in their learning, and know that they are safe at school,” said Superintendent Millard House II. “HISD is committed to creating ‘brave spaces’ where students and the adults who care about them can learn about the world around them and all those in it.”