Illinois Governor Mandates LGBT History for All Public Schools
Written by ZenKC on August 14, 2019
Illinois has passed a law requiring “LGBT history” to be taught in all public schools.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D – IL) signed House Bill 246 on August 9 with the objective of encouraging a more diverse history curriculum.
HB 246 says the provisions are in the public interest, for the public benefit, and to serve secular public purposes.
This affects all schools, stipulating they include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” in official textbooks.
It also includes a section that allows the state education department to implement rules “as necessary” for the law to be enacted and quote, “to ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program.”
Gov. Pritzker’s said, “The LGBTQ community won’t just have a seat at the table, they will be equal partners in the fight to make equality a lived reality for all.”
New Jersey, California, and Colorado have also embraced the new LGBT school curriculum.
State Sen. Heather Steans (D), who sponsored the legislation, said in a previous statement that “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.”
“An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community,” she continued.
“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” Steans also said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”