SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would require public schools K-12 to include in history curriculum the contributions of those who identify as homosexual or transgender. The legislation has been opposed by Christian groups in the state.
House Bill 246, presented by Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, was approved by the House 60-42 on March 13, and now moves to the Senate for a vote.
“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 in part.
It also states that textbooks must be “non-discriminatory” and “include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.”
“Under current practice in many of our schools, the contribution of LGBT individuals in history has remained hidden and unacknowledged,” Moeller said during debate on the House floor, according to The Southern Illinoisan.
“This exclusion has denied students the opportunity to obtain a greater and more accurate understanding of world history, and it also has denied LGBT people their identity and reflection in our school curriculum,” she asserted.
However, Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, argued that the bill is unnecessary as ones achievements shouldn’t be based on their sexuality.
“Here’s what parents in my district said: ‘How or why is a historical figures’ sexuality or
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