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Broward County School District Recognizes LGBT History Month

Well now, this is rather big/historical/excellent news.

On Wednesday, the Broward County School District unanimously passed a formal resolution recognizing October as LGBT History Month.

The resolution is meant to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) role models and their important strides and work within the community. There is no set specific curriculum for teachers, but the resolution does allow them to put together lessons of LGBT history.

Lapoloean Washington, a 19-year-old senior at Hollywood Hills High, said he would mark this date down in his diary. "Now everyone can be who they want to be," he said.

"All we want is to recognize them for who they are so we can recognize ourselves for who we are. That's what I want for every student in every school," Washington said during a public forum held with students and community leaders just before the vote was taken.

Washington also said he knows of at least 30 students in his school who are LGBT but are afraid to come out.

"[LGBT History Month] gives youth a role model to look up to and to realize that they themselves are a wonderful human being and can be a productive, important member of our society," said Michael Rajner, a Broward LGBT activist and former member of the school system's diversity committee.

The resolution itself states: 

"Administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students are encouraged to take part in LGBT History Month in any way that is most positive and uplifting to their schools and communities. And to coordinate efforts to highlight exemplary role models from the LGBT community."

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