On January 31, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 1335, the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Bill, into law.

This made New Jersey the second state in the nation to require schools to teach about the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Bill requires boards of education to include instruction and adopt instructional materials that accurately portray the political, economic, and social contributions of LGBTQ individuals. Public Schools in New Jersey must align their materials and instruction to Assembly Bill 1335 across all content areas for middle school and high school-age students by the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Garden State Equality and Make It Better for Youth worked with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Shore Area NOW, and the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice worked in collaboration to make Assembly Bill 1335 a reality.

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Managing Partners

Garden State Equality & Make it Better for Youth

Professional Partnerships

NJEA Professional Development
NJEA’s SOGI committee
Teach Rock


Shore Area Now
GLSEN Central Jersey
Make it Better for Youth
Garden State Equality
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice

Bill Sponsors:

Senator Loretta Weinberg
Senator Teresa Ruiz
Representative Valerie Huttle
Representative Mila Jasey
Representative Joann Downey
Representative Pamela Lampitt
Representative Carol Murphy
Representative Nancy Pinkin
Representative Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Representative Angela Mcknight

Original Bill sponsors in 2018 also included:
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora
Assemblyman Tim Eustace