HISD to host first-ever districtwide summit for LGBTQ+ students

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HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District announced Tuesday that it’s hosting a virtual HISDPride Summit for some students and parents.

The virtual summit, which will focus on pressing issues faced by LGBTQ+ youth, will be aimed at students in grades 6-12, according to the district.

HISD said the purpose of the summit is to ensure that attendees gain the tools necessary to either navigate life as an LGBTQ+ student or support an LGBTQ+ student.

“We know that our LGBTQ+ students need that additional layer of support,” said William Solomon, executive director of innovation and student enrollment at Houston ISD. “This is a student group that often doesn’t feel safe at school, doesn’t feel they have positive role models that they can look up to and we want to make sure that they know that HISD is a district that stands behind them.”

Superintendent Millard House II, representatives from Innovation & Strategic Initiatives, College Readiness and Wraparound Services will all be in attendance for the summit.

“The goal is not to have this be a one and done event. We want to make sure that this is not only annual, but something that we are thinking about all throughout the year,” said Solomon.

The summit will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To join the virtual summit, register at http://www.HoustonISD.org/HISDPride.