Officials claim Broward County is the first school district to support LGBT History Month since its inception in Missouri in 1994. Members of the school board approved a formal resolution recognizing October as LGBT History Month last Wednesday.
According to The Miami Herald, the resolution stated:
“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.”
Though Florida and its Republican-dominated legislature are unlikely to add LGBT history to the state’s education curriculum, as the nation’s sixth-largest school district, Broward’s measure serves as an important example for other schools and a beacon of hope for victims of bullying.
Lapoloean Washington, a high school football player and member of his school’s Gay Straight Alliance, told the Sun Sentinel that he was bullied as a kid for being gay but that Broward’s resolution “is going to be the end of it. This will make a difference now that it’s finally passed.”