Following months of national media coverage regarding LGBT+ inclusive relationship education in schools, teachers and students from 25 local schools and colleges will lead the York Pride parade from York Minster to the Knavesmire on Saturday 8th June.
Students from all the York state secondary schools, Selby, Tadcaster, Malton and Ryedale, several local independent schools and York College and Askham Bryan will congregate at the beginning of the Parade in order to celebrate LGBT equality and inclusivity. From the 25 schools and colleges, hundreds of school children and teachers are expected to participate in York Pride this year, following a historical 2017 when York Pride became the first Pride in the world to have students and teachers from all the schools in the city take part in the Parade.
Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride said: “It is so fantastic to see the continuing support from schools for York Pride and the values it represents. As many will be aware, the last few months have seen a lot of controversial and inflammatory remarks made about teaching about LGBT issues in schools, and this kind of support from York and the surrounding areas is really touching to see. It shows that no matter what is put out on social media and in the tabloids, people from across all spectrums are committed to equality and diversity, and are proud to teach tolerance and acceptance.’
Julian Rudd, Vice Chair of York Pride, added ‘For many of us involved with York Pride, we didn’t feel able to come out at school and it wasn’t an easy time for us. We have worked closely with local schools to make sure that lgbt students in York and surrounding towns feel supported. The participation of schools in the Pride parade helps show this very clearly.’