DCPS shows commitment to LGBT students and families 


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On Saturday, DC Public Schools was one of many organizations walking in the Capital Pride parade, and they've invited all schools to join them. While it's a terrific show of DCPS' commitment to inclusive schools, this isn't all they're doing for LGBT students and families.

At the parade, you'll find a family-friendly crowd who I'm convinced cheers loudest for school groups. In past years, Ross Elementary students and parents have launched water balloons. "We walk in the Pride Parade to be visible allies for our LGBTQ students, staff and families," says Diana Bruce, director of health and wellness for DCPS, noting that "central office staff, school staff, teachers, parents, and students" participate.

According to a recent study from Gallup and the Williams Institute, 10% of adults in DC identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the highest percentage in the nation. Another Williams Institute report finds 8.7% of same-sex couples in DC are raising children. Estimates say that LGBT students make up about 9% of DCPS high schools.

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