People voice opinion of possible LGBTQ History Month in Lee County schools
The School District of Lee County abruptly pulled a proposal from its agenda Tuesday that would have established an LGBTQ History Month. Still, people for and against the idea made their voices heard during the meeting.
“If we don’t do something within our school system, they are going to be students out there that aren’t going to have the support of their families,” said Pamela Vazquez, who supports LGBTQ History Month. “And they also won’t have the support in the school system.”
Nearly 40 people got up to speak during the school board meeting about issues they think the school board needs to reconsider. The top issue was something the board already decided to put aside — the resolution to make October LGBTQ History Month.
A public commenter said the topic of LGBTQ is something she wanted to decide when it was something she wanted to address with her children rather than at school.
Supporters such as Vazquez were concerned about the possibility of students not having a sense of community.
“If we don’t do something within our school system, there are going to be students out there that aren’t going to have the support of their families,” Vazquez said. “They also won’t have the support in the school system.”
According to the resolution that was taken down from the district website before the meeting, the goal of the resolution was to recognize the contributions LGBTQ Americans have made to society and to support all students staff and families.
Some were disappointed to see that the resolution was taken off the table.
“I want my sisters to be able to go to school and feel accepted,” Vazquez said. “And I want them to know that their teachers, the administration, the school board, are all educated in manners concerning them.”
And others with strong opinions were shocked that the resolution was even being considered in the first place
Those who support the resolution hope the school board brings it back for discussion.
“Ignorance is just the lack of education, and I feel like this LGBTQ History Month was purely education, and that’s the school district job is to enable education,” said AJ Ford, the president of Pride Cape Coral. “It’s very disheartening to see that happen today.”