Celebrating Pride Month

As we celebrate Pride Month, we’re reminded of the vibrant and diverse community that makes Central so special.

Our commitment to fostering a supportive environment extends to every member of our community. By embracing the rich tapestry of experiences and perspectives within Central, we create a space where everyone feels valued and included.

Nearly 1 in 4 high school students identifies as LGBTQIA+.

This statistic underscores the importance of recognizing and celebrating the unique experiences of all Central students and alumni.

We are excited to highlight the recent publication of the Central Inqueerier, a student-run magazine that serves as a platform for students to express their experiences, emotions, and perspectives through poetry, art, and thoughtful reflections. It embodies the resilience and courage of LGBTQIA+ students and allies in shaping a more inclusive narrative.

Mr. Palazzolo, a Social Studies Teacher and International Baccalaureate (IB) School Based Teacher leader who teaches African American History, Queer Studies, and IB History at Central, has helped to design and facilitate political education for high schoolers. 

He serves as the faculty sponsor of AfroCentric and the Central Inqueerier and reflects,

Creating the Central Inqueerier this year was a reminder for me of the necessity of an intentional queer community in our schools. The support students offered each other during the planning and drafting phases was incredible. We must continue to nurture the affirmation and joy I observed from the students as they presented their poetry, art, and think pieces.

Amari, 283, a student editor of the magazine, beautifully articulates the significance of the magazine:

 “The magazine matters to me because while we’ve made so much progress in our society and especially at our school, some people need to be reminded that queer thoughts and queer love and queer anger and queer fear all matter. That’s what the Central Inqueerier is to me: a reminder.

Representation matters deeply, and the Central Inqueerier stands as a beacon of visibility and empowerment for our LGBTQIA+ community.

We have seen the impact educators have had on students, and alumni long after they graduated. At Central, we laud it to the sky how grateful and appreciative we are for the open dialogue and the part teachers play in shaping our personal and intellectual development. 

Let’s continue to nurture a culture of affirmation, joy, and acceptance for all individuals.

This Pride Month, we invite you to join us in celebrating the Central Inqueerier and the profound impact it has on our community

In the spirit of Pride, we encourage you to share your own stories, reflections, and expressions of support. Together, we can create a more inclusive Central family where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued.

To read the full digital copy of the Central Inqueerier, please click here. 

Your gift will allow for educational opportunities, cultural pride, and creativity within our community to stand as a testament in the ongoing impact we can make collectively. Thank you.