SAN LEANDRO -- School officials will march in the San Francisco Pride Parade for the third year this weekend, and community members are invited to join the show of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
The San Francisco event begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Market Street and Beale Street and ends at Market and 8th Street. San Leandro participants are invited to meet at the Davis Street BART station at 9 a.m.
"For over ten years, our district has made a commitment to the students, families and staff in our K-12 schools to improve the learning environment for our LGBTQ students," said retiring Superintendent Cindy Cathey in a statement, citing the efforts of the district's Safe Schools Committee and Gay-Straight Alliances, among others.
School district officials said San Leandro is the only district to participate in the parade and members of the staff, Board of Education, families, students and Mayor Stephen Cassidy will attend.
"The outstanding work of the San Leandro school district in creating safe learning environments for all, including LGBTQ students and their families, is a model for other school districts," Cassidy said in a statement. "Our city and schools together are committed to making San Leandro a welcoming, tolerant, and vibrant city."
School board President Diana Prola said, "Come wear a "rainbow color of your choice"-- we have posters all ready to go!"
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