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Schools in Massachusetts will soon be able to test out a new LGBTQ-themed curriculum.

The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that the state will release the new curriculum this summer and classes will be able to pick it up in the fall.

The lessons were developed by a group of teachers working with the Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, and will include lessons on events like the 1969 Stonewall Riots and LGBTQ writers like Langston Hughes.

The article goes on to state the following:

The creators of the new units told the Herald that it’s important for LGBTQ students to be able to see themselves in the lessons taught in the classroom.

“Students need to see themselves reflected and see others who are different from themselves,” Jeff Perrotti, the director of the Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, told the paper. “It is important that all students feel safe, valued and respected in school so they can be ready to learn.”

The report stated that it will be up to each local school to decide whether they will use the new curriculum.

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