Sign the Thank You Card to School Board Member Lucia Baez-Geller

While we're disappointed in the Miami-Dade School Board for voting down a simple resolution to recognize October as LGBTQ History month in Miami-Dade public schools, and to teach 12th-graders about the rights that LGBTQ people have won in two landmark Supreme Court cases, we want to recognize one champion who stood strong for our community.

School Board Member Lucia Baez-Geller introduced the resolution and shepherded it through the process in the face of outrageous, bigoted attacks and hateful rhetoric.

While we're sad that this resolution, which was passed nearly unanimously just a year ago, failed this time, we want to thank Lucia for being a fierce ally and champion for our community.

Please take a moment to sign the thank you card to her below:

 

Dear Lucia,

After eight hours of debate and public testimony, the Miami-Dade County School Board voted not to recognize October as LGBTQ History Month.  In stark contrast to the near-unanimous decision in 2021, bigotry, fear, and hateful rhetoric hijacked the debate.  Although September 7, 2022 didn't end the way we'd hoped, we are so thankful for your courage, your compassion, and your leadership.

Despite the School Board's legal counsel determining that H-11 was in compliance with the Parental Rights in Education Law, the harmful "Don't Say LGBT" Law, and employed opt-out measures for parents through district regulations, agitators preached hate disguised as righteousness and lies disguised as liberty.  Through intimidation efforts by groups that included the Proud Boys, individuals poisoned the debate and betrayed not only our community, but our students.  What you tried to do was not only consistent with justice and progress, but it was also what the vast majority of our children wanted for each other.  In fact, this was eloquently confirmed by Andrea S. Pita Mendez, the MDCPS Student Advisor, who said that, "...[the students] are the ones in the classroom with our teachers every day.  For our friends and our classmates, we want this proposal to pass."  

Despite the outcome, we still have faith that, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice".  We still believe that hope can be found, even in the darkest of places, and though takes many forms, yesterday, it was through you.

Most importantly, as a mom, we know that you always put our children first. As an English teacher who mentored our students, we want to leave you with these words from Maya Angelou:

"You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise."

We know that you'll rise -- that we'll rise together -- and believe that despite the outcome, compassion and understanding will win in the end.

Thank you!

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  • Rachel Prestipino
    signed 2022-09-13 17:09:55 -0400
    Thank you for your courage!
  • Veronica Sanchez
    signed via 2022-09-12 09:11:51 -0400
  • Carmen Esquijarosa
    signed via 2022-09-12 07:30:14 -0400
  • Lilliane Piñero
    signed 2022-09-11 22:05:26 -0400
    Your courage and integrity is seen and valued.
  • Bianca Jara
    signed 2022-09-11 13:52:04 -0400
    As an MDCPS employee and product, I am so proud of you!
  • Steve New
    signed 2022-09-11 08:59:14 -0400
    Thanks for supporting our students
  • Phyllis Compton
    signed via 2022-09-10 16:17:39 -0400
    Stand strong for what you believe is right and just for our children!
  • Esther De Varona
    signed via 2022-09-10 14:55:21 -0400
  • Sabrina Javellana
    signed 2022-09-10 14:32:48 -0400
  • Javier Estevez
    signed 2022-09-10 12:04:51 -0400
  • Jody Schenk Duarte
    signed 2022-09-10 09:12:44 -0400
  • Chastity Fernandez
    signed 2022-09-09 23:57:05 -0400
  • Jill Langford
    signed 2022-09-09 19:53:03 -0400
  • Allison Sardinas
    signed 2022-09-09 17:10:39 -0400
  • Clay Miller
    signed 2022-09-09 16:18:46 -0400
  • Mara Zapata
    signed via 2022-09-09 15:23:50 -0400
    Thank you! for your efforts to support ALL students and validate their worth. It appears the core value of embracing our unique differences and celebrating the contributions of All in society is problematic to some?
  • Susi Westfall
    signed 2022-09-09 14:04:38 -0400
    Thank you for representing all the children in your district and for your significant example to our children and community. Your efforts are most sincerely appreciated.
  • Irene Torroella
    signed via 2022-09-09 13:34:46 -0400
  • Michael Rivero
    signed 2022-09-09 13:00:05 -0400
    Thank you for being the sole defender of LGBTQ+ rights on the school board. While the results were unfortunate, you are an ally fighting to make sure our kids learn in an environment that respects and values all. Thank you so much and please let us know how we can support you in the battle ahead.
  • Alisis Garcia
    signed 2022-09-09 12:15:02 -0400
  • Terry Murphy
    signed via 2022-09-09 12:14:29 -0400
    Oh, to be fearless among the feckless. Thank you for standing up to tyranny.
  • Ileana Fuentes
    signed via 2022-09-09 11:26:29 -0400
  • kristeen pawly
    signed 2022-09-09 10:32:17 -0400
    You rock Lucia! Keep fighting the good fight. You are a beacon of light in an increasingly dark world.
  • miriam Lopez
    signed 2022-09-09 10:30:22 -0400
  • Delia Garcia
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:52:36 -0400
  • Maria Bures
    signed 2022-09-09 09:43:48 -0400
  • Diego Suarez
    signed 2022-09-09 09:40:35 -0400
    Thank you for your efforts to recognize October as LGBTQ history month. As a Miami Dade County School high school alumni who was out as gay in 1999 I am especially grateful for your efforts on this initiative. Bringing visibility and awareness is key in the fight for equality. I was fortunate my high school had awareness on LGBTQ topics and I was able to bring my full self to school every day. Allowing students to be comfortable and bring their full-selves to school would allow them to focus on education. I can attest to that from my personal experience.


    Please keep fighting for the youth of Miami Dade County Schools as everyone deserves the right to be comfortable with who they are on a daily basis.
  • Betty Valls
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:16:22 -0400
  • Maribel Balbin
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:16:19 -0400
  • Alina Interián
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:10:40 -0400