Lawmakers look to bolster LGBTQ and women’s history in schools

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Responding to a slew of anti-LGBTQ bills nationwide, New York Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Ritchie Torres have introduced legislation that would provide funding for a program dedicated to teaching students about LGBTQ individuals and women in history.

Under the LGBTQI+ and Women’s History Act, the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History would spearhead the development of curriculum focusing on LGBTQ individuals and women. The bill calls for $2 million to be allocated annually for five years to disseminate resources to classrooms, train educators, and cover the costs of developing the program.

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