Illinois Governor Signs Law Mandating Public Schools Teach LGBT History

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed a bill into law requiring public schools in the state to include LGBT history in their curriculums.

The legislation mandates that "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." It goes into effect July 1 next year.

One of the bill's co-sponsors, state Sen. Heather Steans (D) said after it passage in May, "It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment."

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