The Fairbanks School Board is set to vote on whether to encourage area schools to recognize LGBTQ history month.
A resolution for the Sept. 21 meeting aims to highlight the “numerous individuals in the LGBTQ community, globally, nationally, and locally” who have “made substantial contributions and accomplishments in our community.”
The proposed resolution affirms that the LGBTQ community is a “growing asset to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District,” and that the district aims to foster student acknowledgement of the “history, culture and contributions of LGBTQ individuals, role models, and historical events from across the country and community.”
The resolution further claims that the school district “serves as a role model for inclusion, equity [and] protection” for the larger Fairbanks community. As such, the resolution aims to recognize LGBTQ history month to “expose the prejudice and discrimination that LGBTQ people face based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and to celebrate their diversity and accomplishments from a source of empowerment and engagement.”
If passed, the resolution would encourage schools throughout the district to promote LGBTQ history to students.
- Click here to read the resolution.
- Public testimony may be provided either in-person or by Zoom. Those interested in testifying should send an email to email@example.com or call 452-2000, ext. 11400 by 4 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign-up. Those who have signed-up in advance through the board office, will be called upon first, and if time remains, anyone else who is in-person, will be invited to testify until the one-hour time limit has been reached. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21.