We’re bringing LGBTQ curriculum to New Jersey schools

Beginning in the fall of 2020, all New Jersey public schools will be required to teach the social, political, and economic contributions of LGBTQ people across all relevant subject areas.

That means our youth will learn about towering figures like two of New Jersey’s own: Babs Siperstein, a transgender equality pioneer, and Marsha P. Johnson, who ignited the Stonewall Riots. Students will also learn about Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in America, and Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King’s closest adviser who organized the March on Washington. And there’s countless more.

We know how expensive and resource-intensive it can be to develop curriculum for any subject, so Garden State Equality and Make It Better for Youth are partnering to develop a robust curriculum that we will be offering to schools across the state—at no cost.

Before the law goes into effect next fall, Garden State Equality is also launching a pilot program for a select number of schools to bring LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum into classrooms starting in January 2020, and we are actively seeking candidate schools to apply for the pilot program.

If you’re a school administrator: Your school can be a part of educational history by being one of the first to bring LGBTQ representation into the classroom. Click here to apply to become a pilot school for inclusive curriculum.

If you’re a supporter: Share our new infographic on Facebook to help spread the word about LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in New Jersey schools—and then contact your school administration to apply to become a pilot school!

Since we passed the nation’s strongest Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights in 2011, building safe schools for LGBTQ youth has been one of the pillars of Garden State Equality’s mission, but we know students still experience victimization and harassment. Fostering an affirming culture that works beyond the letter of the law is critical to developing safe schools, and LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum is the next step to ensuring that.

Developing this curriculum is one of the biggest feats we’ve ever taken on at Garden State Equality, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without help from supporters like you.

Thank you,

Ashley Chiappano, MS
Safe Schools & Community Education Manager
Garden State Equality

PS: If you’re an educator or curriculum writer and would like to volunteer on our curriculum development team, apply here.