School Districts Celebrate LGBT History Month

South Florida school districts voiced their support this month for the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

On Tuesday, the Broward School Board approved a resolution celebrating October as LGBT History Month. Palm Beach County passed the resolution last week and Miami Dade County has supported it in recent years as well.

Broward is believed to be the first school district in the United States to pass an LGBT History month, when it approved it in October 2012. Palm Beach and Miami Dade followed suit. All three districts have numerous schools with gay-straight alliances and include LGBT students in its anti-bullying efforts. They also have anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Some Broward school employees formed a gay and lesbian employee group last year.

"Our district proudly stands out as one of the most engaged districts when it comes to ensuring the health and well being of our LGBT students and families," Board member Laurie Rich Levinson said. "We want all our students protected, valued, respected and bias free."

Broward school research shows that 11 percent of sexually active students have had a sexual experience with someone of the same gender.

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