New Illinois State Law Forces Schools to Teach LGBTQ History

New Illinois State Law Forces Schools to Teach LGBTQ History
  • A new law in Illinois forces all state schools to begin teaching LGBTQ history lessons in order to “neutralize religion” in the classroom.
  • State schools must emphasize the contributions that the LGBTQ community has made toward the betterment of society.
  • GLSEN, a group of educators started in 1990 to combat the harassment of the LGBTQ community in public schools, is one of the forerunners of the new state legislation.
  • GLSEN was also responsible for Unity Week, a program that forced students to watch pro-LGBTQ content while intentionally excluding parents.

Ensuring “Religious Neutrality”

The new bill seeks to “ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program,” and allows the Education Department to implement rules “as necessary” to ensure the law is enacted.

According to the legislation, they believe the new requirements make students “more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society.”

Other requirements under the new law are that all schools in the state include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the history of this country and state” in the official textbooks used by schools. The state board of education is also required to publish a list of the textbooks it has authorized for purchase.

The legislation reads: “Each public school district and state-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per-pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks.”

The Role of GLSEN in Changing Public School Laws

One of the groups that led to the creation of the law and its passing in the Illinois State Senate by a vote of 34-18 last May, is GLSEN.

GLSEN is an LGBTQ advocacy education organization that is working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The organization also wants to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools.

According to GLSEN, 61% of LGBTQ students in Illinois have said they have faced verbal harassment based on gender expression.

Schools Are Teaching Gender And Sexual Identity

Schools are superseding the role of parents in introducing students to sexual ideas earlier and earlier.

In Rockland County, California, a kindergarten teacher read a picture book to her students about a transgender child. The title of the book is “I Am Jazz.” A line from the book reads, “I have a girl brain but a boy body.”

GLSEN was also the group behind Unity Week in Pennsylvania public schools, a program that encouraged schools in the state to force 2,800 students to watch pro-LGBTQ videos where parents were not allowed to attend.

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy