“According to GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, many LGBTQ students feel erased or restricted from being themselves during school milestones such as prom and graduation,” Justin Sweatman-Weaver, Co-Chair of GLSEN Tennessee for the Middle Tennessee region, said in the release.
GLSEN Tennessee is a statewide chapter of a national nonprofit that works to ensure every member of school communities across the state is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
“We are thrilled to join GLSEN and other pride organizations in Tennessee to celebrate our graduates,” said Jason Willis, TriPride Marketing Director, said in the release. “It’s so important to let these students know that they have friends across the state who have their back.”
The private, virtual graduation ceremony and celebration is scheduled to take place on June 6, at 2 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. EST. Participants will be given a private URL to view and participate in the ceremony, but friends and family will be invited to watch. LGBTQ students anywhere in Tennessee can to go to www.glsen.org/event/graduate-pride and submit their information.
To participate, the student must be part of the graduating class of 2020 from any Tennessee high school or middle school, regardless if the school is public, private or homeschooling. Graduating students are asked to post a picture from their senior year on Twitter or Instagram with #gradPRIDEtn to be shared and highlighted during the event. Additionally, photos may be emailed to [email protected]