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High school marks LGBTQ History Month

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Framingham High School is participating in LGBTQ History Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the struggles and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals around the world. This month’s observances, which included National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, represent the first time that the high school has participated in the national event. Students in the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and their faculty adviser, science and ESL teacher Cynthia Villanueva, told School Committee members on Sept. 17 that the program would help to give LGBTQ students a sense of belonging. Gay-Straight Alliance president Krysta Motter told the committee that by including LGBTQ History Month in the high school curriculum, it would be supporting a key tenet of the school system’s mission statement, that “human differences are to be respected.” The school board unanimously supported the proposal, which calls for encouraging teachers to incorporate LGBTQ material in their lesson plans, and having relevant public service messages included in the school’s morning announcements, among other activities. LGBTQ History Month was founded in 1994 by a Missouri high school teacher, Rodney Wilson, and last year two school districts — Broward County in Florida and Los Angeles County in California — became the first in the country to observe the month.

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