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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  • Yvette Murphy
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:08:36 -0400
  • Tilky Lopez Blanco
    signed via 2022-09-09 09:03:24 -0400
  • Sylvia Figueroa
    signed via 2022-09-09 08:25:24 -0400
  • Lillian M Solis-Silva
    signed via 2022-09-09 08:14:26 -0400
  • Pete Richmond
    signed 2022-09-09 08:10:30 -0400
  • Carolina Camps
    signed 2022-09-09 07:49:49 -0400
  • Bentonne Snay
    signed 2022-09-09 00:23:40 -0400
  • Claudia Pazmino
    signed 2022-09-08 23:50:44 -0400
    Thank you
  • Elizabeth Morales
    signed 2022-09-08 23:40:03 -0400
    Thank you for fighting for what’s right. As a teacher, I realize it every day how much these kids needs us. Thank you for fighting for us.
  • Nathalie Saladrigas
    signed 2022-09-08 22:58:17 -0400
  • Toni Saul
    signed 2022-09-08 22:45:25 -0400
  • Kelly Raben
    signed 2022-09-08 22:13:57 -0400
    You’re a real one.
  • Natascha Otero
    signed 2022-09-08 21:46:08 -0400
    Gracias por todos tus esfuerzos Lucía!
  • Laura Hill
    signed 2022-09-08 21:45:35 -0400
    Lucia, it’s so easy to go with the majority. You stood up and did what is right and I respect you so much for that. I know how it feels. Your courage and dedication showed and I admire you. Thank you.
  • Brooke Bagnall-Koger
    signed 2022-09-08 21:29:40 -0400
  • Gillian Garcia
    signed 2022-09-08 21:29:09 -0400
  • David Grieser
    signed 2022-09-08 21:22:05 -0400
    Thank you for standing up for LGBTQ kids. It’s hard to stand up to the hatred and bigotry as you did yesterday. Your leadership matters.
  • Katrina Ruiz
    signed 2022-09-08 21:18:52 -0400
  • Christopher Richmond
    signed 2022-09-08 20:49:57 -0400
    Lucia, we can’t thank you enough for standing up for a pluralistic society that celebrates our diversity and the progress of our society. Your leadership will not be forgotten.
  • Miriam Taleno
    signed via 2022-09-08 20:18:58 -0400
  • Cindy Lerner
    signed 2022-09-08 20:11:13 -0400
  • Aidil Oscariz
    signed 2022-09-08 19:54:35 -0400
    Thanks for being such a champion for our community!
  • Maruxa Cardenas
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