Connecticut Funds K-8 Model Curriculum that Includes LGBTQ+ Studies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2021
Contact: Ashley Holbrooks (she/her/hers); firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW HAVEN, CT – July, 2, 2021 – Last week, included in the budget bills (SB 1202 and HB 6689) that Governor Lamont signed into law, was a provision that will fund the creation of a model K-8 curriculum for Connecticut that includes LGBTQ+ Studies. The budget directs $360,000 toward creating a model K-8 curriculum for the state and stipulates that the curriculum cover LGBTQ+ Studies, Native American Studies, and other topics.
The passage of these bills is a breakthrough for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in education in Connecticut: According to the 2019 GLSEN National School Climate Survey, students at schools with LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum face lower levels of depression, have higher GPAs, and are less likely to report missing school due to feeling unsafe. In 2019, just 1 in 4 Connecticut students said they were taught positive representations of LGBTQ people, history, or events at school.
GLSEN Connecticut applauds Governor Lamont for signing the legislation, as well as State Representative Jeff Currey, who spearheaded the inclusion of LGBTQ+ Studies in the budget bills.
“Connecticut LGBTQ+ students deserve to see themselves represented in what they learn at school,” said Ashley Holbrooks, Chair of GLSEN Connecticut. “This measure is an essential first step to making that happen in our state. We look forward to working with the Connecticut Department of Education to assist with the development of this model curriculum, and with districts and teachers to roll out these affirming lessons for Connecticut students.”
"Positive representation in current events and accurate portrayals of our struggles and triumphs throughout history will help our next generation gain a better understanding of the LGBTQ experience and help stem the rising tide of hate and vitriol in our country,” said State Representative Jeff Currey (D – East Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor). “By looking back in history through a more diverse lens, we can mold a future that's more tolerant and accepting."
GLSEN Connecticut is an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion in Connecticut schools. GLSEN’s programming ranges from providing professional development for school staff to sending LGBTQ+ affirming books to schools and libraries. GLSEN’s work reaches over 240 schools and libraries across Connecticut, spanning every part of the state. GLSEN is the leading national organization that advocates for schools to be safe and inclusive for LGBTQ+ students. Founded in 1990, GLSEN’s national network is more than 1.5 million strong, with students, families, educators, and education advocates working together to create safe schools.