Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Rainbow Flag at COE

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.

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.

Watch a recording from Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the COE, including a beautiful performance from the Santa Cruz High School Choir.