Hoylman Bill Would Establish LGBT History Curriculum

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) wants schools to teach your kids about LGBT history.

Bill S.1478-Hoylman.A.4744-Seawright would require the State of New York “to establish curriculum or instruction for school districts in the historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.” The senator doesn’t just want schools to teach students about homosexuality in history, however; he wants to turn kids into pro-LGBT activists. Listen to these words from the bill memo:

LGBT people have faced enormous odds and deep societal marginalization in recent decades, which has manifested in pervasive secrecy, shame, violence, and ultimately, activism. Despite our country’s enormous progress toward reaching full LGBT equality today, institutional barriers and individual attitudes against LGBT rights persist…

Students should be exposed to the historic treatment of LGBT people, because those who do not study and remember our past are doomed to repeat and forget it. This lesson is increasingly clear as we watch certain states and the federal government attempt to roll back hard-fought protections for LGBT people. Further, studies have shown that young people who learn about intolerance are less likely to engage in intolerant behaviors.

Sen. Hoylman wants classroom instruction to affirm his perspective: One that is not consistent with what many families and faiths teach regarding human sexuality. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we believe that public schools should be places of instruction, not propagandist indoctrination.

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