BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Florida school district will be celebrating gay history month in October.

The Broward County School Board voted last week that kindergarteners through seniors in high school will support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

“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,” the formal resolution says, according to The Miami Herald. “And to coordinate efforts to highlight exemplary role models from the LGBT community.”

The Sun Sentinel reports that the Broward School District is the first to support LGBT Month since it began in Missouri in 1994.

“It helps if we teach our students the meaningful contributions of a variety of people and that way those people aren’t other people, they’re all of us,” board member Maureen Dinnen told the Sentinel.

Gay students in Broward County applauded the move.

“This is going to be the end of (bullying),” 18-year-old Lapoloean Washington told the Sentinel. “This will make a difference now that it’s finally passed.”

Bisexual classmate Eliana Mor agreed.

“Coming from middle school and being bullied for so long, for so many years and seeing how everything has come full circle, it’s just great to see,” the 17-year-old told the Sentinel.

The move is expected to face some resistance for letting public schools celebrate gay history month.


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