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    Annual LGBTQ2+ Families Dinner at Meany Middle School
    Posted on 11/21/2019
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    Annual LGBTQ2+ Families Dinner at Meany Middle School

    Annual LGBTQ2+ Families Dinner at Meany Middle School On Thursday, November 14, the Health Education Office at Seattle Public Schools hosted the annual LGBTQ2+ Families Dinner at Meany Middle School.

    Starting in 1999, the event celebrated 20 years with the district this year. It was a full house as families enjoyed speakers, entertainment, a delicious dinner, and fun activities throughout the evening.

    The evening gathering was kicked off by Brennon Ham, health education specialist trainer and coordinator for this year’s dinner. Students from Pathfinder K-8 and Nathan Hale High School spoke about the importance and urgency of LGBTQ2+ rights and recognition within our public school system and shared their stories.

    Dr. Keisha Scarlett, chief of equity, partnerships, and engagement, also spoke to the crowd about the importance of this event, celebrating diversity in our school district, and centering equity in our work together.

    Families in attendance were also entertained with a vocal performance from Diverse Harmony, the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus, based here in Seattle.

    Throughout the night, families had the opportunity to learn from community organizations such as Camp Ten Trees, Seattle Public Libraries, The NW Network, Lambert House, and the Health Education Office, and talk with other families, staff, and community partners who celebrate them each and every day.

    We want to thank the many volunteers who make this event possible, including the fabulous City Year volunteers.

    Thank you to Meany Middle School for hosting, the Meany Middle School custodial staff, and to our amazing Nutrition Services team for accommodating such a special event.

    And finally, thank you to our families – this annual dinner helps create safe, welcoming environments for our staff, families, and students, and we are so thankful for your support.