Proposed bill requires public schools to add LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum


    Proposed bill requires public schools to add LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum (WICS)

    A controversial education bill is starting to make its way through the Statehouse.

    This bill would require all public school students to take an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    Some local parents are not in favor of the bill moving forward.

    "I don't trust that the state, who's pushing LGBTQ education on our children too soon. We, as parents, know our children intimately and we know what they are ready for," Springfield resident Betty Parquette said.

    The bill will teach students about famous people in history but will acknowledge their sexual orientation.

    The bill's author, Rep. Anna Moeller, said it's an attempt to dispel negative stereotypes.

    However, the bill's biggest opposition, the Illinois Family Institute, believes otherwise.

    Laurie Higgins is a cultural issues writer with Illinois Family Institute, and she said it's not an appropriate time to introduce these topics to young kids.

    "They don't have the moral maturity to distinguish between achievement and a critical view of someone's volitional sexual activities," Higgins said.

    State Representative Anna Moeller said this bill is important because it will bring school code up-to-date on the Illinois’ Human Rights Act, which protects against LGBTQ discrimination.

    "Ensuring we are being honest and comprehensive in the history we provide will improve educational outcome and also have the benefit of creating a more tolerant, welcoming, inclusive state," Moeller said.

    However, one of the bill’s biggest opposition feel it’s not an appropriate age to introduce to students.

    “They don't have the moral maturity to distinguish between achievement and a critical view of someone's volitional sexual activities,” Higgins said.

    This is the second time Moeller introduced this bill.

    Last year it wasn’t voted on in time. If passed, Illinois will be the third state to add LGBTQ curriculum to its public schools.

    Right now, the bill is still in committee.

    If approved, the measure will go to the House floor for a full vote.

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