Illinois Senate Votes to Require LGBT History in School Curriculum

Illinois State Senate The Illinois State Senate Chamber.
Illinois State Capitol

The Illinois State Capitol

In a 34-18 vote, Illinois now joins California in it’s attempt to require LGBT-inclusive curriculum for elementary and high school students. The legislation is awaiting approval in the Illinois House before it can be mandated by Illinois law. Although the bill would give the school boards discretion as to how much time is spent on each subject, information will be added to textbooks to include LGBT, African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American history. The LGBT curriculum will include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” Brian Johnson, the CEO of the LGBT organization Equality Illinois, said “We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history. It makes them more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society.”