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Teen Celebrates LGBTQ Curriculum Bill's Passage

Christopher Vine
Callie Vine

The Illinois legislature last week approved a measure to have public schools include LGBTQ history in their curriculum. That news hit home with Callie Vine, who will attend Carbondale High School in the fall.

Callie, who's 14, is gender-nonconforming, which means she doesn’t fit into a set definition being of masculine of feminine. She made this bill the focus of her history fair project, and won the chance to compete at state.

“I think it’s really important for everyone to know about LGBTQ history because I know a lot of people who want to learn more but they can’t because their parents are like, um, “We ain’t cool with this.’ So I find it very important.”


"I think for other LGBTQ youth, including myself, it’s like another step forward. ‘Cause I know I don’t know everything about LGBTQ history, and I would like to learn more, and so, if I can, that would be amazing and that I can actually hear role models that were  and give me more hope in the classroom.”

The bill now goes to Gov.J.B. Pritzker to sign.

Maureen Foertsch McKinney is news editor and equity and justice beat reporter for NPR Illinois, where she has been on the staff since 2014 after Illinois Issues magazine’s merger with the station. She joined the magazine’s staff in 1998 as projects editor and became managing editor in 2003. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois Springfield, she was an education reporter and copy editor at three local newspapers, including the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in English from UIS.
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