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State rep pushes for ‘nondiscriminatory’ textbooks that include LGBTQ

Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Illinois State Capitol. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD — A bill before the Illinois House would require books bought with state funds to also include contributions from LGBTQ people.

Capitol News Illinois reported that that bill, sponsored by State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin), moved out of committee on Feb. 6 and is now before the full House.

“Historically, they’ve been ignored, and either deliberately or inadvertently left out of our history books,” Moeller told the news service. The bill would require any textbooks bought with state textbook block grants to include the impact and involvement of everyone included the Illinois Human Rights Act.

From Capitol News Illinois:

The bill also provides that history books purchased by public schools under the block grant program “shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this state.”

The textbook block grant program was established in 2012 as a way to help public and state-recognized non-public schools purchase textbooks. According to officials at the Illinois State Board of Education, however, the program has never been funded, and so it is unlikely passage of the bill would have any immediate impact unless lawmakers decide to include it in future state budgets.

Moeller told Capitol News that the bill had been started by Equality Illinois. 200 people signed up to testify for it when it was in committee, compared to 132 who opposed it.

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