OLYMPIA — Legislation to ensure the stories of LGBTQ+ Washingtonians are taught in schools was signed into law Monday. 

Senate Bill 5462, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds), requires school districts to adopt curriculum that covers inclusive, age-appropriate materials that tell the histories, contributions and perspectives of LGBTQ+ Washingtonians. 

“The contributions of gay Washingtonians deserve recognition, and just as importantly, students deserve to see themselves in their schoolwork. That leads to better attendance, better academic achievement and better overall quality of life, ensuring success for all our students,” Liias said. “I’m so pleased to see this critical bill make it across the finish line and signed into law.” 

According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum benefits all students, regardless of identity, and helps teach them about diverse experiences. 

“This bill will ensure educators across Washington state can include the stories, history, and contributions of the LGBT+ community knowing they are supported by their state government,” said Justin Raines, a high school history teacher and Montesano Education Association co-president. 

The new law will go into effect June 6.