*A new Bill that will incorporate LGBT courses into the public school curriculum is pending in the state of Illinois. If the Bill passes, public schools will add a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender section to history courses, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In addition, schools will be required to use textbooks that portray the LGBT community as being part of a diverse society.
According to the report, those opposing the Bill are doing so only because they believe such decisions should be made at a local, not state, level. And its no surprise that gay and transgender rights advocates are hoping the measure will pass.
The state has similar requirements for teaching the history of blacks and other groups. And it would provide a platform for stories about members of the LGBT community that often go untold. Continue reading