Many families will be aware that the fourth annual York Pride celebration takes place this month, with a number of city-wide events leading up to the York Pride Parade on Saturday 20 June. York Pride is a celebration of equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight people. In line with their mission to promote York as a welcoming city, the City Council and the Fairness and Equalities Board are encouraging employers in York to show their support for York Pride by taking part in a ‘Wear your Rainbow ’ day on Wednesday 17 June. Employers are encouraged to ‘dress’ their building in a rainbow (York Mansion House will be lit up with rainbow lights, for example) and employees are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours, or simply wear a rainbow badge.
At Millthorpe, we will be dressing the outside of the building in rainbow bunting and rainbow flags and staff and students are invited to wear a rainbow piece of clothing, accessory or sticker, if they wish to do so. Students must wear full school uniform but can wear an additional piece of rainbow clothing or a rainbow accessory on top of their uniform. In addition, they will have the opportunity to collect a rainbow sticker and/or rainbow hand stamp from school, to show their support for equality between lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight people in York.
Mr Burton has already mentioned our ‘Wear a Rainbow’ day to students in assemblies this week and has placed our support for the event in the context of our school values, in particular:
- ‘We respect all members of school and our community’
- ‘We will treat all people with equality and seek equal opportunities for all’
- ‘We are an inclusive school and are tolerant of different views and cultures’
- ‘We value difference and are open-minded about other ways of being and living’
Next week, form tutors will show students a short video explaining what York Pride is and will explain to students why we are taking part on Wednesday. They will make it clear that whilst all students are invited to wear a rainbow accessory, there is no requirement to do so.
In order to deepen students’ awareness and understanding of the issues addressed through York Pride, the RE department will deliver an age-appropriate lesson to all students on inequalities caused by homophobia. This lesson is already part of both the KS3 curriculum and GCSE specification but has been moved to next week, in order to ensure students have a clear understanding of why the City Council and Fairness and Equalities Board are promoting York Pride and why Millthorpe is taking part.