Last week openly gay Queens City Council Member Daniel Dromm celebrated National Coming Out Day by coming out in support of LGBT history. On October 14th he proposed a resolution asking the New York City Department of education to implement a curriculum and to access textbooks that include LGBT historical figures. The proposal mirrors SB48, a California law passed in July.
The law requires public schools in California and the California Board of education to use textbooks and teaching materials that include LGBT historical figures. The law does not apply to private schools (including ones with religious affiliations), nor does it apply to homeschooled students. Despite mandating that LGBT figures are covered in curriculum, there are no mandates about how to implement it. There is no specific content that must be included, nor does it specify a grade level to begin the instruction.
At this point only informal articles and polling has occurred since the resolution’s proposal. This remains a key issue to be watched not only because of its implications for NYC, but because of its effects on other legislative bodies throughout NYS.
If your city council or the New York State legislature proposed a similar resolution or bill, would you support it? How do you feel about the bill?