The colours of pride are flying above the Burnaby School District Administration Office for the first time.
The flag serves as a visual symbol of our commitment to celebrating diversity and was raised by Board Chair Jen Mezei on May 16. The date was deliberately chosen leading up to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, & Biphobia (IDAHAT).
The Burnaby Board of Education was joined at the celebration by partner groups, the Superintendent, Senior Team, SOGI leaders and district office staff.
District SOGI lead Bryan Gidinski spoke just before the flag was raised:
This has been a culmination of a number of years of work… I think this is a pivotal acknowledgement of what we’re working to do in terms of creating inclusive communities. This flag, this symbol is reflected in the work that we all do.”
Each year, the District’s SOGI Committee hosts an IDAHAT event for students. This year’s theme is authenticity, with speakers exploring what it means to be your authentic self. Presenters include former student leaders, as well as people thriving in STEM, music, literacy, child care, activism, performance and the arts.
Since the pandemic began, the event has been held virtually with families invited to join students and staff at the online event or watch the broadcast and highlights afterwards.
IDAHAT is acknowledged internationally and was created in 2004 to draw attention to violence and discrimination experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Find out about this year’s IDAHAT event on May 17 here.
The Board approved raising the flag last May and postponed it, due to flags remaining at half-mast to honour the children found at Tk’emlúps Indian Residential School.
Read More About How the District Celebrates Diversity
Burnaby school board flies Pride flag for the first time – Burnaby Now, May 2021
We’ve Got Pride – June 2021
Virtual Event Supports LGBTQ+ Community – May 2021
Burnaby school board votes to fly Pride flag at headquarters – Burnaby Now, May 2021
Posted May 2022