Sensitivity in teaching LGBTQ and history

In the Sept. 1 paper, the Herald headlined the new Illinois law that mandates that children be informed of the LGBTQ lifestyle and its "enormous" contributions to American culture and history.

I have no ill will for the gay community and its lifestyle and the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriages legal. According to researchers, the LGBTQ community makes up about 4.5 percent of the 336 million Americans.

There are detractors to the new law who have no enmity for the gay community, but do not think it is a good idea to make the lifestyle a part of elementary school curricula. One state legislator has said that the new law does not just recognize the lifestyle, but actively endorses it, along with a whole range of bisexuality, and transgenderism.

Same sex marriages are legal and adoptions are now permitted. "Transing" from one gender to another is unusual no matter how you cut it. There is no reason for any hostility to gays and for those that have changed genders, but endorsing and even encouraging it is objectionable to many who have different views and believe strongly in the traditional family with one mom and one dad.

There are celebs and great poets and philosophers who have been gay and have made contributions to society, no doubt about it. But the foundations for their good work had nothing to do with their sexual orientation.

William Juneau


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