ALBANY, NY — (06-02-23) — Officials in the New York state Education Department are working to update guidance for school districts pertaining to LGBTQ+ awareness and inclusion into the school’s curriculum.

With only days left of legislative session, state lawmakers are considering updating the state education curriculum to mandate the teaching of LGBTQ+ history and awareness in all New York public school districts and charter schools.

Two bills proposed in the state Legislature would change the state’s school curriculum to mandate teaching of the contributions made by LGBTQ people throughout history.

One of the proposals creates a task force to study and recommend the best instructional materials for schools to teach about LGBTQ historic figures and lifestyles where appropriate.

Sponsor Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who was the first openly gay lawmaker in the state, says the legislation aims at reducing hate by teaching children not to fear gay people.

“The LGBT people have been part of the fabric of Western culture for thousands of years,” said O’Donnell. “And we’re not taught that. I was never taught that, but that’s true.” said O’Donnell.

The New York State Education Department will release its updated guidance for school districts, including changes pertaining to LGBTQ+ issues, in the coming weeks.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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