SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Democratic governor of Illinois has signed a bill into law that requires curriculum for public school students to include information on the contributions of those throughout history who identified as homosexual or transgender.
J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 246, sponsored by Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, on Friday. It will go into effect in July 2020.
“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 legislation reads. “Textbooks authorized to be purchased … must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.”
“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” co-sponsor Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said in a statement following the passing of the bill. “An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”
Before being elected, Pritzker was clear about his support for those who identify as homosexual or transgender. His campaign website dedicated a page to his “Commitment to LGBTQ Rights,” outlining that his mother was an activist for homosexual causes in the 1970s and explaining his agenda if elected.
“I’ve been a staunch advocate for LGBTQ rights my entire life,” Pritzker wrote. “I marched in the Chicago Pride Parade long before it was a celebration, but instead was a protest march. And 20 years
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