Promoting diversity and inclusivity
June 26th, 2018
The following messages of support were written by WRDSB parents. They explain what flying the rainbow flag at their child’s school means to them.
“I once flew the rainbow flag to celebrate individual identities, particular queer ones, but now I fly it to remind my children that there are different kinds of families in our community, just as there are different colours on the flag. Several of these families include same-sex parents, such as our own, but I want my children to bear in mind other types of family structures: a child with a solo grandparent, children with two adoptive moms and a stepdad, and so forth. I also want them to appreciate the difference between biological heritage and family. Regardless of structure, and regardless of where a sperm and an egg came from to create a child, a family ideally gives children a sense of belonging just for being who they are. For me, the rainbow flag is a potent visual symbol of this type of diversity and inclusivity. It flies in the face of the dominant representation of families (one mom + one dad) that does not reflect our lived experience. So the flag is a wonderful launching pad for discussing what diversity and inclusivity look like in our local community.”
- Katherine Spring
“To me, pride is recognizing the significant contributions of the LGBTQ2 community in all it’s diversity and celebrating all things that push us to redefine the status quo. It’s about embracing inclusion and being grateful for individuality.”
- Todd Hiuser
“For me, it is a school’s responsibility to not only educate students about math, science, and English but also to teach important concepts of ethics and civic responsibility. The rainbow flag helps to do this as it sends a valuable message about the importance of inclusivity and acceptance in our society.”
- Jesse Hutchison
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