LGBTQ History Course Approved for High Schools

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LGBTQ History Course Approved for High Schools


The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved an LGBTQ History course that is being referred to as the first of its kind in the United States.

Per superintendent Jack Smith’s proposal, the goal of the semester-long course is to increase awareness of students to the history, culture, and challenges of the LGBTQ community in America.

The course is designed both for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and for those who do not. For students who identify as LGBTQ+, this course will empower them as they learn about their shared history, culture, and contributions. For students who do not identify as LGBTQ+, this course will increase understanding and acceptance of their peers and others in this community.

The course is intended for 11th and 12th grade students, and could be offered as early as next spring in two MCPS high schools and eight other MCPS high schools during the 2021-2022 school year.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Roy Kelley that's a wonderful addition to the curriculum of any school across the country..... I hope other school boards include it in theirs.... it's needed more than ever before....

May 16, 2020 03:15 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I don't believe we have any thing like that course here in California, Roy.  It sounds like a good idea.

May 16, 2020 03:36 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Interesting addition to the curriculum for sure. Enjoy your day!

May 16, 2020 05:04 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - interesting to see this high school history course is a first of its kind in the country as well as in Montgomery County. 

With predicted budget cuts in school funding in many districts in the US, often such programs are among the first to be cut.  

May 16, 2020 06:09 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The world has definitely changed and will continue to change, so education also has to evolve.

May 16, 2020 06:54 AM #8
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

My only concern is that students not be ing given freedom of choice ( opinion) .

Today in a Biology Class you will Fail, if you don’t accept Darwin’s THEORY of Evolution. No matter how well you might be able to state your opinion.

May 16, 2020 07:10 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am delighted to hear that this is being taught in your area.  We have to open our minds to differences instead of wanting to have it one way.  A

May 16, 2020 07:20 AM #10
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Good for this school district to start the process Roy. It will be interesting to see if other districts follow...

May 16, 2020 07:24 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There are over 162,000 students in the public schools located in Montgomery County, Maryland.

May 16, 2020 07:29 AM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Interesting!  I remember when they first brought out "sex education" in high school and that was quite controversial back then.

May 18, 2020 04:45 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

May 19, 2020 05:34 AM #17
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