Rainbow Flag at COE

2nd Annual Rainbow Flag Raising

This May, schools countywide will once again raise the rainbow flag in celebration of Harvey Milk Day to honor the legacy of Harvey Milk, a local gay rights pioneer and California’s first openly gay elected official who helped pass our country’s first gay rights ordinance that sparked a number of other movements for LGBTQ+ rights throughout our country. Join educators, students and local dignitaries 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, outside COE headquarters for the kickoff flag-raising ceremony. The event will be live streamed on the COE YouTube channel. Additional details to follow.

Rainbow Flag at COE

Harvey Milk Day was designated as a day of special significance in California in 2009 by Governor Schwarzenegger. The Santa Cruz COE has also made a number of age-appropriate curriculum about Harvey Milk and LGBTQ+ history available to teachers in an effort to increase awareness about LGBTQ+ history and celebrate the diversity of all of our students. Watch the recording of our educator preview to learn how educators can get started.

Our policies and procedures are aligned with California Education Code, federal and state laws, standards and frameworks in support of our LGBTQ+ students and their families, just as all of our policies and procedures support a positive school and learning climate for all students and their families.


May 02 2022


10:00 am


Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Board Room, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060