The Illinois Senate has approved a new bill requiring public schools to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in public schools.
In a 34-18 vote on Wednesday, the Senate passed the bill, drafted by Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather Steans.
Steans said the bill dovetails with a state law already on the books that requires public school students to learn the history of races and ethnicities.
“By teaching students an inclusive curriculum, Illinois classrooms will promote acceptance and a more accurate portrayal of history,” Steans said, according to the State Journal-Register. “LGBT students also will learn about people who had some similar qualities to them and became historical role models.”
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