School district, city, to fly rainbow flag

The North Vancouver School District will join the City of North Vancouver in flying the rainbow flag during Gay Pride Week this summer, from July 27 to Aug. 3.

Trustees unanimously endorsed the plan introduced by board chairwoman Cyndi Gerlach to fly a flag indicating support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited,  intersex, questioning and queer (LGBT2SIQQ) community at the school administration building that week.

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Gerlach said she got the idea after attending a meeting of high school students who are part of several gay-straight alliance groups in North Vancouver schools. “As we are embracing diversity . . . I thought

it would be a great opportunity to support not only our students but also our staff and parents,” she said.

Trustees unanimously endorsed the plan.

“I think it’s an important symbolic action,” said trustee Jessica Stanley.

The City of North Vancouver passed a similar resolution last month, indicating the municipality will also fly a rainbow flag during Gay Pride Week to support the queer community.

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