New Illinois law requires the teaching of LGBTQ+ in schools

Alexis Quintana, reporter

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Students split on whether they want to learn about LGBTQ issues in history class.

According to the Chicago Tribune, with the recent election of mayor Lori Lightfoot in the state of Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new law to commemorate her. She is the first in history to be the first gay woman of color to go into office as mayor in the state of Illinois. The new law will require the state of Illinois to teach the history of LGBTQ+. LGBTQ+ being the community of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, and the Q stands for both queer and questioning. The law will be enforced for the next academic year. In a random survey of 205, Morton East students reported that 111 of them would be on board to learn and be accepting of the LGBTQ+ teaching/learning while 95 reported to not be interested.

“They will learn to be more accepting all students have rights. All students here have equal rights.  No one here should feel segregated. I hope that parents don’t look at anyone different. Everyone needs to be treated equally,” Dean Phil Depa said.

Morton is a safe place for people who identify with the rest of the LGBTQ+ members. District 201 has an after school club where everyone can meet and hang out. It’s a judgment-free place for everyone.

“Stone law bar was where a lot of people say people where always at the police, they would target them for being then so basically for no reason,” Ms. Lonengan (advisor to MEGASA) said.

LGBTQ+ has been around since the beginning of time but still is a taboo subject all around the world. Many people around the world identify as a member of LGBTQ+. Couples of the LGBTQ+ often face discrimination.

“Law was passed that history teachers now have to teach about the gays. I wouldn’t mind doing it. There are gays around so why would you be ignorant,” Mrs. Lopez (us history teacher) said.

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