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Pride flag will fly at Martinez school district office

The Pride flag will, indeed, fly over the Martinez Unified School District office in Contra Costa County, after a resolution first proposed earlier this month was finally passed at the school board's April 25 meeting. The measure, initially proposed by interim Superintendent Helen Rossi, declares June as Pride Month for the 4,125-student district, and paves the way to fly the Pride flag over the school district office grounds. After discussion over the course of two meetings, school board members voted 4-0 to support the resolution, with one member, Carlos Melendez, abstaining.The issue is once again being considered by school districts ahead of the annual LGBTQ celebrations that take place in June but in a more heated atmosphere this year. Elected officials at the school board level up to state legislatures across the country in recent months have enacted policies that strip away the rights of LGBTQ students, particularly those that are transgender or gender-nonconforming.In Gilroy in the South Bay, its school district last week passed a resolution proclaiming June LGBTQ Pride Month for the first time, according to a news release and tweet by Zach Hilton, a Gilroy City Council member. "History has been made in the Gilroy Unified School District. This is the first Resolution passed to recognize LGBTQ+ Pride Month within the GUSD School District," tweeted Hilton on April 23.

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