AN arts school in San Francisco has been given approval to create an elective subject for its students to study LGBTI history.

The LGBTI social studies course will take place at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and will be the first of its kind, where up to 30 per cent of the students openly identify as LGBTI.

[showads ad=MREC]The subject is expected to focus on the gay rights movement, the AIDS crisis, the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* activists, and historic events such as the Stonewall Riot and the more recent legalisation of same-sex marriage across the US.

Speaking with the San Francisco Chronicle, teacher Lyndsey Schlax explained the reasoning behind the push for the elective.

“This is history. This is an experience that happened,” Schlax said.

“How can we not teach history? That’s what we do.”

The University of California this week approved the elective history course with board member Sandra Fewer describing the decision to introduce the class as “very interesting”.

“As the mother of a gay child, I’m very sensitive to the issues of our LGBT youth,” she said.

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