SCI gives Pride flag place of honour
Stayner Collegiate Institute will be displaying the Pride flag in its main lobby this month.
It is the first time the school has officially marked Pride Month and principal Janice Ellerby said the flag has been given a place of honour until the end of the school year.
The flag-raising was initiated by the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance and Equity Club after members attended a Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Social Changemakers conference for students in Grades 7-12, to promote social change and promote change within their community.
“We all wanted to do something for Pride Month,” said Bayley Coutts. They organized a button making activity, advocating for inclusivity through positive messages and organized the flag-raising.
SCDSB equity and inclusion team member Glenn Stephenson said the flag is a symbol of inclusion and it is noteworthy that it was only last year that the Pride flag was flown at the parliament buildings for the first time.
“The flag tells members of the LGBTTIQQ2SAP community that they are welcome and can be their true selves at Stayner Collegiate Institute and that they have allies,” said Stephenson.
He said although it is a small step speaks volumes to the community and will not go unnoticed.
“This is tremendous work on behalf of the school and the school board, said Brandon Amyot, president of Fierté Simcoe Pride, the organization that encourages municipalities to raise pride flags and proclaim Pride Month. “Thank you for having us.”