State senate committee advances including LGBTQ history in schools

Illinois State Capitol and downtown Springfield. (Photo by Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois State Senate committee voted through a plan that would require public schools to include the roles and contributions of the LGBTQ community to society.

According to the Associated Press, the education committee voted 8-2 to advance the plan. It was sponsored by Chicago-area state senator Heather Steans.

Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson told the AP the the legislation is consistent with current law. Students currently have to study the contributions of other under-represented groups including African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans.

The Illinois Family Institute opposes the measure, calling it “indoctrination” on their website.