LRHS Celebrate PRIDE Month


The Lancer Ledger

Ms. Kim Allegrini reads ‘And Tango Makes Three,’ a story based on two Central Park Zoo male penguins who formed a bond and paired with each other. The book was based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who formed a pair bond in New York’s Central Park Zoo.

Lakeland Regional High School celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride Month with the help of the ERASE and Safe Space clubs on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. The event took place in the Media Center during lunch and study hall blocks and was open to all staff and students. 

Advisor, Ms. Patty Kebrdle, opened the event welcoming everyone and talking about the importance of Pride Month and its inclusion in our school community. She discussed how the ERASE (Erase Racism and Sexism Everywhere) and Safe Space clubs’ objectives are to create a community within the school where everyone feels welcoming and safe. 

The event featured books by and/or about those in the LGBTQ community, including the children’s books And Tango Makes Three and Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. These books, which have been banned throughout the country, opened up dialogue about the importance of representation to all ages. The clubs donated And Tango Makes Three to the local libraries and schools within the community. 

Athletic trainer, Ms. Janell Vermeire, spoke about the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. (The Lancer Ledger)

Athletic trainer, Ms. Janell Vermeire, also shared the history of Pride Month and the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, along with her own personal story and why Pride is important to her. 

Although the event at Lakeland has ended, Pride Month is just beginning. Check out the LGBTQ+ books available in our Media Center as a way to celebrate.