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Rainbow Gems

Rainbow armadillo and gems

In the fall of 2021 we started a new club for 4th and 5th grade LGBTQ+ and ally students, the Rainbow Gems club! Our Rainbow Gems are a dedicated group of elementary age students who care about promoting kindness and diversity and supporting LGBTQ+ students of all ages. They meet on Tuesdays at lunch and are supported by advisers Jen Salinas-Holz and 4th grade teacher Ms. Givens.

butterfly-eye artwork
Day of Silence poster 2019

QSA ~ Queer-Straight Alliance

Our Alianza QSA club is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, and meets on Tuesdays during lunch. Fill out our QSA interest form or email advisor Jen  if you aren't already a part of our Google Classroom and want to participate! Stay healthy and safe, everyone! 

Harvey Milk Day Rainbow flag
Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US, inspired the rainbow flag, and was assassinated along with the mayor of San Francisco in 1978. Harvey Milk Day was designated as a day of special significance in California public schools by the governor in 2009, to recognize his important contributions as a civil rights hero.

Check out these links for more information about Harvey Milk!

BrainPOP video (PVUSD K-8th grade students can access)

5 minute TedEd video - good for middle school and older

PRIDE: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag picture book read-aloud for all ages

Wave a Flag for Harvey Milk sing-along video for all ages

Winner of the Organizational Ally to Queer Youth award at the 2017 Queer Youth Leadership Awards!

The Alianza QSA (formerly GSA) won the Organization Ally to Queer Youth award for our social justice activism. During the 2016-2017 school year, our students were the first middle school group to present a workshop (on poster making) at the Queer/Trans/Allied youth summit conference. Our students make posters to help educate our school community and make it safer for LGBTQ students and their allies!

The Alianza QSA club was started in 2015 is now advised by Alianza staff member and parent Jen Salinas-Holz, and middle school science teacher Chivonne Wilde.

Our club meets during middle school lunch and is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) or allies. Through discussion, social justice activism and poster making, we work to promote a safer, more welcoming school environment for LGBTQ students, staff and families.