Know your ABCs and your LGBTs: the US makes history in the classroom
More and more states are including gay history in their curricula. It’s vital for teens’ mental health, say activists
Growing up as a young, gay Latino in rural Colorado, US, Daniel Ramos never heard any stories about people like him in the classroom.
“I came out the year after Matthew Shepard was killed,” said Ramos, recalling the disturbing fate of a gay man who was brutally beaten and left to die tied to a fence in Wyoming in 1998, a murder that made world headlines.
“To see folks represented in my curriculum who looked like me ... that would have been an incredible opportunity,” said Ramos, 32, now executive director of LGBTI+ rights group One Colorado...