CHICAGO – Earlier this week, state Rep. Lamont Robinson, D-Chicago, helped pass legislation that would require public schools to include the contributions of the LGBT community in their history curriculum.
“Every day we hear stories about how people are being discriminated against because of their race, gender, religion and sexual orientation,” Robinson said. “As a result, many people seem to forget that, regardless of all of these factors, our city, state and country are stronger because we live in diverse communities. This legislation aims to make sure that the contributions of the LGBT community are taught alongside those of other historically marginalized groups to help create greater understanding and appreciation for those who may be different from us.”
Currently, the state law requires schools to include the experiences and contributions of many historically marginalized communities to be included in their history curriculum. This includes people of color, women, immigrant communities and people with disabilities. Robinson’s House Bill 246 would require that the contributions and experiences of the LGBT community be included in public school history curriculum as well.
“Everyone has an important place in society and history, regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation,” Robinson said. “This legislation will help teach students to respect the contributions that all of these communities have made.”
For more information about legislation or upcoming events, contact state Rep. Robinson’s constituent service office at District5Rep@LamontJRobinson.com.