Illinois Senate passes LGBTQ curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would required the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions to the history curriculum in schools.

Equality Illinois said in an announcement that the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, had passed the Senate with a 34-18 vote. Two Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for the bill. The sponsor was Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago.

The bill is an initiative of Equality Illinois, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and the Legacy Project and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education and a broad coalition of statewide and local educational, civil rights, health, and civic organizations.The State House of Representatives has until the end of the legislative session on May 31 to pass the bill. The House sponsor is Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin.

There has been some opposition to the bill, including a billboard opposing the bill in Southern Illinois. But most coverage of the bill has been largely positive.

Here is a complete list of the organizations that support the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Bill:
Equality Illinois
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
The Legacy Project
ACLU of Illinois
Adler University
African-American Lesbian Professionals Having A Say (Quad Cities)
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Anti-Defamation League
Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago
Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago
Broadway Youth Center, a Program of Howard Brown Health
Central Illinois Pride Health Center
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
Chicago Teachers Union
Citizen Action/Illinois
Howard Brown Health Center
Illinois Association of School Social Workers
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Illinois School Counselor Association
Illinois State Board of Education
Legal Council for Health Justice
National Association of Social Workers – Illinois Chapter
Peoria Proud
PFLAG Belleville
PFLAG Charleston
PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois
Phoenix Center (Springfield)
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Prairie Pride Coalition (Bloomington-Normal)
Pride Action Tank
Rainbow Café (Carbondale)
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 881

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