The Howard County Public School System is partnering with PFLAG Columbia-Howard County to help increase levels of understanding about topics central to LGBT students, faculty and staff. The partnership was formalized with an official signing on April 10 in Columbia.
PFLAG will collaborate with HCPSS staff to share resources and information regarding the LGBT community. PFLAG representatives will also serve on HCPSS advisory councils to provide input on LGBT issues that relate specifically to students.
“PFLAG Columbia-Howard County has had a positive partnering relationship with the HCPSS for many years,” Sue Garner, the PFLAG chapter chair, told the Blade. “PFLAG is thrilled to be supported by the school system to help increase the cultural competency and understanding of topics central to LGBT students, faculty and staff. Addressing LGBT issues in the schools is crucial for the many LGBT and questioning youths who need to know they are not alone. These issues must also be addressed for the straight students who need to know that the world is a diverse, complex and unique place.”