LGBTQ history curriculum will now be taught in Illinois schools

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law on Friday a bill that ensures the contributions of LGBTQ people are taught in public schools.

House Bill 246 was introduced by Rep. Anna Moeller to amend the school code to add a more inclusive history curriculum.

“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 states.

Equality Illinois, the state’s largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy organization, supported the bill and said the curriculum can have a “positive effect on students’ self-image and make their peers more accepting.”

The organization said some topics that will be added to the new curriculum include the nation’s first gay rights organization, the Society for Human Rights, being formed in 1924 in Chicago, and Sally Ride, the first US woman in space, who was a lesbian.

“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” State Sen. Heather Steans, who also sponsored the bill, said in a statement on her website earlier this year. “An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”


9 replies
  1. Lane
    Lane says:

    OM Goodness, Irving & Dave.
    How terrible that schools should teach about the positive contributions of LGBT people., right?
    What do you reckon, Dave? Stoneing? ?

    • Jes
      Jes says:

      Why should sexuality be brought into it at all? People don’t see the need to announce to the world that they are straight. The reason being, it’s no big deal. Gays are being more accepted more and more these days. Don’t make it an issue and don’t shove it down our throats.

  2. Tracie H.
    Tracie H. says:

    Political ideology! What does a person’s sexual preference have to do with their historical accomplishments? Who cares? For people truly interested inLGBTQ history the book of Genesis is a must read.
    A tip for Lane: Less time writing disrespectful sarcastic reply full of grammatical errors and more time in English, Spelling and Reading.

  3. David Valero-Coggins
    David Valero-Coggins says:

    When will we see a State Legislator present a bill to teach the truth about the Founding Fathers of the Constitution, the Courts System, the Legislative Branch, and the Executive Branch, our government? Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 48 or 49 were followers of King Jesus. The true history of the founding of our nation has been erased from the public schools, and from most private schools. The Liberal agenda is to make this government god and father of the people. God of the Scriptures has been taken out of public schools and public life. State after State bends to the will of a few professing atheists in order to appease the few at the expense of the many. More and more people turn their backs on the Creator of the heavens and the earth. Our nation slips into dark waters!

  4. Rita Miller
    Rita Miller says:

    Is a talent displayed by a human due to the fact that a human is of a particular sexual persuasion or because that human just has that talent? Am I a good accountant because I had sex with my husband or because simply put I am a good accountant? History should be taught for the actions/contributions that humans have made regardless of their sexual persuasions. Will they also teach about any and all crimes committed by LGBT people and making LGBT the cause for those crimes. I am guessing that part will all be sugar coated. Why on earth would the sexual persuasion of any contributing person be important? I never heard in school what persuasions famous people chose, just what they did.

    • Lark
      Lark says:

      I believe that, given that the LGBT community ha been marginalised for so long, the intent is to foster equality in the eyes of students by lauding positive aspects where they exist. Certainly, it is selective, but that’s the intent.

  5. What we have to do as Christian churches today. How about our kids ?
    What we have to do as Christian churches today. How about our kids ? says:

    Those pretending pastors do not say nothing about this subject it is sad.


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