Everyone should learn these things in school because these things matter. But teaching them also matters. GLSEN’s most recent National School Climate Survey found that LGBT students in schools with an LGBT-inclusive curriculum felt more connected to their school community and were less likely to hear homophobic remarks often or frequently.
Unfortunately, only 19% of LGBT students were taught positive representations about LGBT history, people, or events in school. In fact, a number of states have laws that limit educators' ability to discuss LGBT issues in the classroom. But as this LGBT History Month comes to a close, you have the power to make change right now. Students, educators, and community members can go to school officials to advocate for LGBT inclusion in school curriculum.
These few things only scratch the surface of LGBT inclusion in school curriculum, and they only represent a snippet of LGBT history. In fact, LGBT history is made every day, by simple acts of respect and award-winning acts of bravery.
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