New Jersey passes bill requiring LGBTQ-inclusive school curricula

New Jersey passes bill requiring LGBTQ-inclusive school curricula
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Thursday requiring middle schools and high schools across the state to incorporate historical societal contributions of notable LGBTQ people into their curricula.

S1569 requires "each board of education to provide instruction on the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in an appropriate place in the curriculum of middle school and high school students." 

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The rule will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.

The executive director of Garden State Equality, a New Jersey based nonprofit focused on LGBTQ advancement, commended the bill.

“It’s critical that our classrooms highlight the achievements of LGBTQ people throughout history. Our youth deserve to see how diverse American history truly is—and how they can be a part of it one day, too,” Christian Fuscarino said in a statement.

“I’m thankful to Governor Murphy for making New Jersey the second state in the nation to have a law promoting LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.”

California passed the FAIR Act in 2016 which also called for more inclusion of LGBTQ representation in education.

Murphy has been active is passing legislation to protect the LGBTQ community.

In July he signed a bill to include a third, gender-neutral option on birth certificates and allow people to change their gender on certificates as well.

"LGBTQ+ history is part of our shared story, and students deserve to know it," Murphy tweeted of Friday's bill.

"Proud to sign a bill that makes New Jersey the second state in the nation to require an LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum in our schools."