Senator Steans on the Seante floorElementary and high school students are one step closer to a more inclusive curriculum that celebrates the important contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.

A proposal by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), Senate Bill 3249, was voted out of the Senate Education Committee today.

“It is my hope that educating students about the important roles LGBTQ individuals have played in our country will help them develop a deeper understanding of history and a more compassionate view of their peers,” Steans said.

“Schools also will provide positive reinforcement for LGBTQ students by highlighting the important contributions of other LGBTQ individuals.”

Under Steans’ proposal, students will learn about the contributions LGBTQ individuals made to government, the arts, sciences, education and culture. Currently, California is the only state to include LGBTQ representation in its statewide social science education program.

Steans has sponsored several measures to support the LGBTQ population in Illinois, including marriage equality.

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