INCLUDE LGBTQ HISTORY IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM

By Bob Katzen

This bill would require Massachusetts public education curriculum include the histories, roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the history of the Bay State and the nation.

“Growing up as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know how important it is to learn about your history,” said sponsor Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro). “I want LGBTQ+ youth to have the opportunity to learn about our struggles, our accomplishments and our stories. This is a feat that will benefit all students of the commonwealth.”

The bill was replaced by a measure (S 2748) that would establish guidelines for plans to increase racial and ethnic diversity among teaching, administration and staff positions in public schools and districts—thus killing Cyr’s bill.

In response, Cyr said, “I am encouraged to see legislation that supports the essential endeavor to promote educator diversity. Going forward I would like to see the enumeration of an LGBTQ+ curriculum.”

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