In Illinois the students will study the history of the LGBT community

In the schools of Illinois can start teaching LGBT history. The bill was filed by state Senator and education Committee gave him the most votes. If senators vote for this initiative, Illinois will become the second state where will be taught the history of the LGBT community.

Last year, California legislators voted for a similar bill. This state was the first where students from the pages of history books to learn about prominent figures of sexual minorities. As for Illinois, in the explanatory Memorandum to the bill States that students in elementary and secondary schools will learn about «the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the history of this state.» School boards are allowed to determine the duration of a training course on this topic.

The authors of the bill believe that this approach will allow to confront social rejection, which still face the LGBT community. They also insist that the text of the document is very similar to the already adopted laws that provide for the study of culture at schools African Americans, Hispanics and Asian peoples.

Illinois conservative activists have opposed this initiative. They urge anyone who «does not share homosexual sentiment,» to protest against the introduction in schools of a new subject.