All Illinois Public Schools Will Soon Be Required To Teach LGBTQ History
The law will go in effect in summer 2020.
Illinois legislators passed a law requiring public schools to include LGBTQ history in their curriculum.
Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Inclusive Curriculum Law on Friday, WGN-TV reported. The bill will require schools to include the contributions of LGBTQ people in school lessons.
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“In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State,” the bill reads.
The bill also requires school textbooks to be inclusive of “all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act.”
Illinois schools currently include the history of women, people of color, disabled people and immigrants. Students will be expected to learn about LGBTQ people by the time they reach the eighth grade.
California, Colorado, Oregon and New Jersey already have similar laws in their books, according to CBS News.
State Representative Anna Moeller and State Senator Heather Steans, the bill’s co-sponsors, hope the new law will encourage students to accept every type of person, reports The Chicago Tribune.
“The new law’s goal is simple: to understand that people from different backgrounds deserve the same opportunity to learn and be recognized for their contributions in society as everyone else," Moeller said in a statement.
“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” Steans said. “An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”
The law will go into effect in July 2020.