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Californian students will now learn LGBT+ history from grade two onward.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

18 Jul 2016 - 4:15 PM  UPDATED 19 Jul 2016 - 9:46 AM

Last Thursday, the California State Board of Education voted to introduce “a study of the role of contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans," into history and social science curriculums.

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Beginning in second grade, children will learn about same-sex families, and in fourth grade they'll learn about Harvey Milk while studying "how immigrants shaped the Golden State," reports the Associated Press.

High school students will be taught about the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2015, and the current fight for transgender people to have access to public bathrooms in line with their gender identity.

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Allyson Chiu, a California student who just finished 11th grade, spoke highly of the new amendments, saying that it would be especially good for LGBTQIA+ students, noting that many of them don't know anything about big moments in LGBT+ history.

"My classmates can solve quadratic equations or cite the elements on the periodic table. They can't tell you who Harvey Milk was or the significance of the Stonewall Riots," she said.

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