June is LGBTQ+ Pride month and to kick off the celebrations we are pleased to welcome you to the first edition of the Safe Schools Desert Cities Connection, a free newsletter to help keep you connected and informed on upcoming activities, events, and programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies.

With the pandemic recovery finally underway, Pride 2021 promises to be full of hope and optimism. Soon students and teachers will return to classrooms, GSA club members will gather again, and our in-person events, such as the Advisor Luncheon and the Youth Zone at Palm Springs Pride, will resume.

In this inaugural edition, Vice President Gloria Kapp provides an update on the Safe Schools Desert Cities Awards and Scholarships Program. In addition, you will find an updated calendar of events, an introduction to SSDC’s new GSA Advisor Liaison Team, a Safe Schools in the news item from the Desert Sun, a testimonial from an SSDC alum and award recipient, and information on how you can support Safe Schools Desert Cities.

We certainly hope you find this information helpful and invite your feedback. Please let us know if you have questions, comments, or suggestions. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or through SafeSchoolsDC.org.

On behalf of the Safe Schools Desert Cities board of directors, I thank you sincerely for your enthusiastic support of our work. Together, we can build a better future for all.

Happy Pride!

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