A county in Maryland could very well make LGBTQ history today…literally!
If passed, an upcoming vote in Montgomery County could introduce an LGBTQ history class into school curriculum.
Read on for the full story.
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Montgomery County Vote Could Add LGBTQ History Classes to Curriculum
Very interesting news coming all the way from Montgomery County where the Board of Education may make quite literally make LGBTQ history in Maryland.
The state’s largest school system is in the process of developing an extensive LGBTQ history class.
The project involves numerous people working together to create the pilot course, including students and parents.
If approved on Tuesday, districts throughout the county would offer the course as an elective, rather than a required course.
One of the students involved in this project is Uma Fox, who is a 16-year-old Richard Montgomery High School sophomores.
She also founded the “MoCo Pride” group and working with her classmates in lobbying the BOE on this project. She stated.
I think I’ve grown up never really seeing myself and what I read or what I do. I’m a bi-racial person who is LGBTQ plus I’m a South Asian American and I’ve never really seen those experiences as part of my curriculum and whenever I would read or learn by myself about these things, I would feel this very inherent connection.
This project was supposed to be voted on next fall. However, given the positive response and eagerness to begin learning LGBTQ history, the board moved it up to day.
So far, at least ten students have requested the course.
This course covers four units, according to the letter submitted to the BOE.
It begins with “factors that shape identity” and continues through “cultural contributions of LGBTQ individuals.”
Along with history, the course covers current events that affect the LGBTQ community as well.
Maryland Could Join at Least 4 Other States
If passed, Maryland joins at least four other states that already teach LGBTQ history in schools.
California became the first state to introduce gay history lessons to their curriculum. Of course, the move angered some opponents, who attempted to have the bill overturned.
The LGBTQ Committee Chair with Montgomery Country Council, Mark Eckstein, is one of the parents helping with the curriculum, as he is part of the LGBTQ community himself.
According to his statements, he was shocked when he realized that no one is really openly talking about LGBT history, and it’s a subject we need to discuss.
This course is an elective. So I think that counters a lot of the potential pushback because you don’t have to take the course. I think it’ll go a long way to decrease bullying and to also help this vulnerable community, and to also help with some of the challenges that faces this vulnerable community, especially with our students. There’s a huge level of homelessness and mental health issues that are often accompanied with being LGBTQ. So that stigma and just many other situations around this issue, I think will be helped by this pilot course.
All around Maryland, lawmakers are working to convince the people that they should include some of this history in the main state curriculum.
Unfortunately, religious groups are doing everything they can to block any progressive actions, so the progress was halted.
So now, we are waiting to see what and how it’s going to happen, but we definitely hope that it will pass.
When that happens, juniors and seniors of Richard Montgomery High School will be getting the course starting with the next year.
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