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Lawmakers consider mandating LGBTQ+ history in public schools

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In a bid to counteract rising hate and discrimination, New York lawmakers are contemplating a mandate to teach LGBTQ+ history and awareness in all public school districts and charter schools.

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With only a few days left in the legislative session, two bills sit in the education committees, aiming to include the social and political contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals in the state education curriculum.

The favored proposal, backed by many lawmakers including the first openly gay state legislator, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, plans to establish a task force to recommend appropriate instructional materials about LGBTQ+ historical figures and lifestyles.

This move, gaining momentum after the state Democratic Committee’s unanimous vote in favor of it earlier this month, is seen as a countermeasure to actions taken by other states, like Florida, that banned discussing sexual orientation in schools.