In May 2018, the Senate passed the measure by a 34-18 vote. It’s now on Governor J.B. Pritzker’s (D) desk.
The sponsors of the measure explained that it would help to combat anti-LGBT bullying in schools.
“We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history,” Brian Johnson, the CEO of the LGBT organization Equality Illinois. “It makes them more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society.”
Official textbooks could include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”