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Fall LGBTQ+ Student Events

October: LGBTQ+ History Month
Check out lgbthistorymonth.com to learn more about famous LGBTQ+ people.

Also visit the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's LGBTQ+ History Month Challenge page!

October 9: Queer, Trans & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast 
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Understanding Gender Parent and Educator Summit

October 11: National Coming Out Day

October 21: International Pronouns Day

November: Transgender Awareness Month

November 20: Trans Day of Remembrance

Spring LGBTQ+ Student Events

April 23: Day of Silence

May 22: Harvey Milk Day

June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

First Sunday in June: Santa Cruz Pride

PVUSD LGBTQ News

The PVUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on 2/24/21 to approve flying the rainbow Pride flag at all PVUSD buildings! Click below to watch the video of the board meeting including public comments and discussion.

LGBTQ Students

PVUSD is committed to supporting students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Our district understands that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students are at higher risk for bias-based bullying and suicide, and may not have support at home. It is crucial that schools provide safety and support for all LGBTQ+ students. The PVUSD LGBTQ+ Task Force, comprised of site administrators, counseling staff and GSA/QSA Club Advisors, is working to increase awareness and support of LGBTQ+ students in PVUSD, support all PVUSD schools in becoming compliant with the FAIR Education Act, and improve safety and equity for LGBTQ+ students.

LGBTQ pride flag

Every PVUSD school site is encouraged to host a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance/Genders and Sexualities Alliance), QSA (Queer Straight Alliance), or equivalent club for students. These clubs offer LGBTQ+ and ally students important support, validation, safety, and the opportunity to be school leaders and educate their school communities about diversity.

Currently, GSA/QSA clubs exist at almost every PVUSD high school and middle school, and one elementary school.

Alianza Charter School QSA

Aptos High School Rainbow Alliance

Lakeview Middle School QSA

Pajaro Valley High School QSA

Watsonville Charter School of the Arts GSA and GSA Junior

Aptos Jr High Pride Club

Cesar Chavez Middle School GSA

EA Hall Middle School Diversity Club

Pajaro Middle School

Rolling Hills Middle School

Watsonville High School SAGA Club

forms & documents for transgender students

If you are requesting a name and gender change on official documents, please contact Student Services at (831) 786-2390 or studentservices@pvusd.net .

             transgender flag

Harvey Milk Day

PVUSD celebrates Harvey Milk Day 2021

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US, inspired the rainbow pride flag, and was assassinated along with the mayor of San Francisco in 1978. Harvey Milk Day, May 22, was designated as a day of special significance in California public schools by the governor in 2009, to recognize his contributions as a civil rights hero. 

The PVUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously on 2/24/21 to approve flying the pride flag at all school sites and buildings for Harvey Milk Day, the month of June (LGBTQ Pride month) and the month of October (LGBTQ History month). 

PVUSD will be celebrating Harvey Milk Day on Friday, May 21, 2021 since the 22nd is on a Saturday this year. All PVUSD school sites and buildings will fly the rainbow Pride flag in honor of Harvey Milk Day, and we will have a flag raising event at the PVUSD District Office on Friday 5/21 at 10am, followed immediately by a flag raising at EA Hall Middle School. Click here to watch the livestream of our flag raising event!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education will also have a Harvey Milk pride flag raising event, on Tuesday 5/18/21 from 8:30-8:45am, featuring videos from several PVUSD students. click here to watch the event live on youtube!

The pride flag that was chosen for all PVUSD school sites is the Progress pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, which makes the original six stripe rainbow pride flag more inclusive by adding a 5 stripe chevron on one side with white, pink, and blue stripes to represent the transgender community and brown and black stripes to represent queer communities of color.

For more information about Harvey Milk Day, see the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Raising the Rainbow Flag slide presentation