The recent Supreme Court decision overturning long-standing precedent on affirmative action and barring colleges and universities from considering race as a specific basis for admission is deeply concerning for LGBTQ+ rights and the pursuit of equality. Affirmative action has played a vital role in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for historically marginalized communities, including Black and Latino students.

By gutting affirmative action, the Court’s decision undermines the progress made in higher education to address systemic discrimination and create more equitable environments. The ruling not only disregards the historical context of racial discrimination in education but also ignores the ongoing disparities and barriers that LGBTQ+ students from marginalized communities face.

We stand with civil rights leaders, education advocates, and marginalized communities in expressing our deep concern over the impact of this decision. Removing race-conscious admissions practices will make it significantly more challenging for colleges and universities to achieve a diverse student population, including LGBTQ+ students of color. It undermines efforts to level the playing field and provide equal access to high-quality education for all.

As an organization committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, Flagstaff Pride recognizes the importance of affirmative action in addressing historical inequalities and ensuring equitable representation of LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly those from underrepresented communities. We believe that diversity strengthens educational institutions and fosters environments where LGBTQ+ students can thrive academically, socially, and personally.

We urge colleges and universities to explore alternative strategies to promote diversity and inclusion in the absence of race-conscious admissions policies. It is crucial to adopt comprehensive approaches that consider multiple factors, including socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other forms of diversity, to create inclusive learning environments that reflect the lived experiences of all students.

Flagstaff Pride remains committed to advocating for policies and practices that advance equity, inclusion, and social justice for all LGBTQ+ individuals. We will continue working with our partners and allies to ensure that educational institutions uphold their responsibility to create environments that embrace diversity, foster inclusivity, and promote equal opportunities for LGBTQ+ students.

Together, we will strive for a future where every individual, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, has equal access to educational opportunities and the chance to achieve their full potential.