California to be First US State to Teach LGBT History in Schools
California’s students will soon learn more LGBT history in schools after state education officials voted to include contributions from the community in history and social science instruction.
This means people like Harvey Milk – the first openly gay elected public official in California – and others will have their contributions to the state and US history accurately represented in all classrooms.
The California State Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously on a new History-Social Science Framework that includes “a study of the role of contributions” of minority groups, including “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.”
LGBT content will be included in some elementary, middle and high school grades. Equality California, an LGBT advocacy group, issued a statement praising the move and saying that a more inclusive curriculum will make LGBT students more comfortable in school.