Lighthouse LGBTQ hosts program about new inclusive Illinois school curriculum

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Lighthouse LGBTQ hosts program about new inclusive Illinois school curriculum

October 09, 2019 - 16:02
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Lighthouse LGBTQ is hosting a special program and discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 16, about the Illinois Inclusive Curriculum bill passed by the Illinois legislature this spring. 
 
Guest speaker will be Victor Salvo, co-founder and executive director of The Legacy Project in Chicago. Guests are invited to come to the Flossmoor Community Church sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. for time to visit with others before the 7 p.m. program. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.
 
The Inclusive Curriculum law takes effect at the start of the 2020-21 school year. It ensures that the contributions of LGBTQ people are included in the history curriculum taught in Illinois public schools.  
 
The Legacy Project is primarily responsible for writing the materials that will be incorporated into the curriculum. Salvo will address what the curriculum will include and the many questions surrounding the implementation.  
 
Lighthouse believes an inclusive curriculum can have positive, affirming benefits for all and will help counteract some disturbing trends such as bullying, harassment and exclusion of LGBTQ youth.  
 
Lighthouse LGBTQ was founded in 2016 and is a not-for-profit organization serving youth and their parents and guardians in the South Suburbs. Lighthouse LGBTQ provides free support for teens and young adults who are processing their sexual and gender identity. 
 
Lighthouse also provides special programming throughout the year for members of the LGBTQ community and allies. Additional information is at lighthouselgbtq.org.