Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey has joined Florida mayors Dan Gelber, Buddy Dyer and Jane Castor in supporting the GLSEN’s Rise Up Campaign by signing the Pledge to Protect LGBTQ+ youth .
The purpose of the pledge is to “protect and declare your community a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ+ youth.”
According to the press release, this campaign “Calls on every adult and ally in a position of authority who supports equal education opportunity and believes that schools must be free from transphobia, homophobia, racism an all forms of bigotry and discrimination to rise up and say so.”
GLSEN’s Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers stated, “Attacks against LGBTQ+ youth have become more frequent and more vicious, and we can’t wait to take action. We’re grateful for the leaders who have pledged to rise up in support of LGBTQ+ youth policies that promote safe and inclusive schools. We stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ youth and supportive parents and educators across the Country, and we’re never going to stop fighting for safe, inclusive and affirming learning environments for all students.”
The campaign’s press release states, “GLSEN is a multi-racial, intergenerational LGBTQ+ organization working nationally and locally to transform K-12 educational systems in the United States. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools, via action at the national, state and local level. Since 1990, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQ+ students across the United States and helped launch an international movement to address LGBTQ+ issues in education.”
Governors from Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Washington have joined in supporting GLSEN’s campaign, some releasing proclamations declaring their communities a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth.
Maryland Governor Wes Moore stated, “Leaving no one behind requires a community approach and relies on all of you working together.” Local elects from California, Nevada, Washington State, North Carolina and Florida have also joined in support.