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Illinois House Votes to Teach LGBT History to Schoolchildren, Republicans Furious

Rodolfo Vieira
Mar 19, 2019
02:37 P.M.

The Illinois state House of Representatives recently voted and approved a plan to include important figures from the LGBTQ civil rights movement in K12 history textbooks.

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On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the bill was passed with a vote to spare and seeks to positively impact student when it comes to anti-LGBTQ bullying in schools.

It has been reported that by teaching students about the impact LGBTQ figures had in American history and its society, there will be fewer youngsters being targeted by bullies.

LGTB activists protesting outside New York City Hall | Photo: Getty Images

LGTB activists protesting outside New York City Hall | Photo: Getty Images

WHY THE BILL IS SO IMPORTANT

According to Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, an LGBT organization, students will benefit from learning about the people who helped shape society as we know it.

"We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history. It makes them more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society."

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Brian Johnson, The Hill, March 16, 2019

A rainbow flag being waved at the Gay Pride Parade in Paris | Photo: Getty Images

A rainbow flag being waved at the Gay Pride Parade in Paris | Photo: Getty Images

IT HELPS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN THE LONG RUN

Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, a supporter of the bill, reportedly shared that if it had been a part of the law 15 years ago, her brother, a school teacher who is yet to be named, wouldn't have been denied tenure.

Gong-Gershowitz explained that her brother wasn't offered a permanent post at a Chicago school because he was open and honest with his students regarding sexuality.

Thousands gathered to support gay rights at the Gay Pride Parade in Paris | Photo: Getty Images

Thousands gathered to support gay rights at the Gay Pride Parade in Paris | Photo: Getty Images

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The Glenview Rep. said that he was asked by a student if a certain historical figure was gay and he promptly answered. This led to hate mail from parents and being called to the principal's office to explain his actions.

Even now, some parents don't seem convinced that their children need to learn about historical LGBTQ figures, or according to Rep. Tom Morrison, their "sexuality or gender self-identification."

Thousands of LGBTQ members and supporters at the 2018 Gay and Lesbian Pride parade in Madrid, Spain | Photo: Getty Images

Thousands of LGBTQ members and supporters at the 2018 Gay and Lesbian Pride parade in Madrid, Spain | Photo: Getty Images

LGBTQ AT DISNEYLAND

"We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history."

Despite all the criticism, the LGBTQ movement continues to mold society and even Disneyland Paris can't stay indifferent. The world-famous attraction will soon be hosting the first official LGBTQ event in the history of the company.

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Disneyland Paris with Cinderella's castle in the background | Photo: Getty Images

Disneyland Paris with Cinderella's castle in the background | Photo: Getty Images

The event will be called "Magical Pride" and is scheduled to tak place on June 1, 2019, where visitors will be able to engage in meet-and-greets with Disney characters, enjoy musical performances and attend a pride-themed "diversity parade."

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