US awards $350M in research funds to fight opioid epidemic

U.S. health officials are giving 350 million to researchers in four states hit hardest by the deadly opioid epidemic.

The study announced Thursday aims to cut overdose deaths by 40 over three years in local communities grappling with misuse of the addictive drugs. Researchers will study evidence-based techniques for fighting addiction and overdose, such as medication-based treatments like methadone and criminal justice reforms.

The grants from the National Institutes of Health will go the University of Kentucky, Boston Medical Center, New York Citys Columbia University and Ohio State University.

Government officials across the U.S. have been fighting a multi-decade epidemic of opioid addiction, which includes not only prescription painkillers, but also illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Deaths linked to those drugs rose to a record 48,000 in 2017.

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Live Tournament News: Wins for Silver & Jackson; Triton partner with 12Bet

Three stories from the world of live tournament poker including a win at the Irish Open for Max Silver, victory at the Borgata for David Jackson, and another sponsorship deal for Triton.

A trio of tales from live tournaments on three different continents beginning in Asia and another sponsorship deal for Triton Poker.

live-tournament-news-wins-for-silver-triton-partner-with-12bet12Bet has signed up to be the Official Betting Partner of the Triton Poker Series in Montenegro. 12Bet crawled out of the womb in 2007 and is a popular betting service for Asians residents.

The 12Bet brand is also a common sight throughout Europe thanks to previous sponsorship deals with English Premier League (EPL) clubs Leicester City and Arsenal.

It’s the second sponsorship deal ahead of The Triton Poker Series Montenegro Festival (5 – 17 May) after partypoker signed up as a Live Tour Partner.

Max Silver Wins the Irish Open High Roller

From Asia to Europe, and Max Silver has conquered a field of 84-entrants in the €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller at the Irish Poker Open.

It’s only the second ITM finish of the year for Silver, who has been spending more time focusing on his fatherhood skills. His other cash came in a $25,000 High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) finishing tenth.

Dublin resident, Silver, had to overcome a final table brimming with confidence. Benny Glaser was making his fifth final table of 2019 and booked his second runner-up finish after coming close in a $550 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo event at the PCA. Patrice Brandt finished third three days after finishing fourth in the £2,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller in the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) UK. Keith Johnson also made the final table of that event finishing eighth. In February Andy Black won a 165-entrant €230 No-Limit Hold’em Irish Seniors Championship at the Dublin Poker Festival, and finished fourth in the €560 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller at the partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Dublin in the same month. Marc MacDonnell won a million bucks after finishing third in November’s partypoker Caribbean Poker Party, and Dan Wilson is the 2016 2016 Irish Poker Open Champion.

Silver’s victory was the 14th of his career, and his first since winning a €10,300 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona, earning €600,924. It’s his third cash in the Irish Open. Last season, he cashed in the Main Event and a €220 side event.

ITM Results

1. Max Silver – €45,130
2. Benny Glaser – €29,565
3. Patrice Brandt – €22,565
4. Andy Black – €15,170
5. Marc MacDonnell – €11,280
6. Keith Johnson – €8,560
7. Orjan Skommo – €7,000
8. Dan Wilson – €6,225
9. Ankit Ahuja – €5,445
10. Italo Martin Palao Modena – €4,670

David Jackson Wins The Borgata Spring Championships

Finally, we land in North America and The Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

The peach in the fruit bowl was a $2,700 buy-in, $1m GTD Main Event, and David Jackson, topped a 505-entrant field to book the $304,929 score, Jackson’s personal best.

Jackson had to overcome one of the live scene’s best players, Shannon Shorr, in heads-up action. Shorr came into this one in fine fettle, making five final tables including runner-up finishes in the $10,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) Gardens Poker Championships, and the $2,100 Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main Event. He also finished fifth in a $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.

Jackson has now won 11 live tournaments, and two at the Borgata. In 2014, he won a 165-entrant $450 No-Limit Hold’em Deeper Stack event for $19,209. His previous best score also came that year when he finished 4/2396 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) earning $183,498.

Final Table Results

1. David Jackson – $304,929
2. Shannon Shorr – $171,448
3. Vladimir Alexandrov – $110,216
4. Jake Toole – $87,561
5. Michael Cohen – $68,579
6. Andrew Dudley – $56,333
7. Brandon Mueller – $44,699
8. Gary Bowker – $34,902
9. Brandon Hall – $24,493


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Kambi strikes deal for Moldova sports betting launch

kambi-moldova-sports-bettingSports betting technology supplier Kambi has extended its deal with Bulgaria’s national lottery operator to prepare for its entry into the Moldovan market this summer.

On Wednesday, Kambi announced that it was enhancing its existing relationship with National Lottery JSC, Bulgaria’s leading private gaming company, which operates locally under the online lottery and gaming brand. The two parties first hooked up in July 2017 after 7777 decided to add sports betting to its product mix.

The expanded deal, which replaces the parties’ original pact, will see Kambi support National Lottery JSC’s push into Moldova, which recently awarded the Bulgarian firm an exclusive 15-year contract to run its national lottery product and a new online and retail sports betting service. The new monopoly operation is a public-private partnership with Moldova’s Public Property Agency.

Kambi’s plan is to roll out the online sports betting product in Moldova “in the next few months.” Retail betting operations will be rolled out initially via “local stores” and eventually via a network of dedicated betting shops.

The 7777 brand’s online sportsbook didn’t launch in Bulgaria until early 2018 but the brand is already among the country’s top-three online sportsbooks. National Lottery JSC managing partner Milen Ganev said Kambi had helped his company achieve its goal of becoming a local market leader “well ahead of time.”

Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén said 7777’s success was “testament to the quality” of both Kambi’s product and National Lottery JSC’s “marketing expertise,” and Nylén predicted similarly epic results from the new Moldovan venture.

Kambi is set to report its Q1 financial results on April 24, and the year-on-year gains promise to be impressive. Kambi has made serious inroads into the nascent US legal sports betting market, and was named Sportsbook Platform Provider of the Year and Sports Betting Supplier of the Year at this month’s eGR North America Awards 2019. Kambi is preparing the opening of its first US-based office in Philadelphia in the current quarter.


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Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits

The number of young kids who went to U.S. emergency rooms because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has nearly doubled, a new study says.

In 2015, there were nearly 43,000 such visits among kids under 6, compared with 22,000 in 1995, according to the study published Friday in the journal Pediatrics. The rate jumped from almost 10 per 10,000 ER visits to 18 per 10,000.

The increase “rang some alarms,” said Dr. Danielle Orsagh-Yentis, the lead author and a gastrointestinal physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Orsagh-Yentis noted that an increasing number of consumer products use potentially dangerous button-sized batteries, including TV remotes, digital thermometers and remote-controlled toys, which likely contributed to the increase.

She said her interest in studying the trend began during her training, “when we were all being called in in the middle of the night at odd hours to remove foreign bodies from either the esophagus or stomachs of children.”

Her research team analyzed a nationwide database of non-fatal emergency room visits for children younger than age 6. Almost 800,000 children were treated during the study years after swallowing foreign objects. Coins, batteries and toys accounted for most of the visits.

While 90% of treated children were sent home without hospitalization, severe internal injuries and deaths have been reported. Batteries and small high-powered magnets often marketed as desk toys for adults are among the most dangerous objects.

When kids swallow more than one powerful magnet, the objects can attract each inside the intestines, boring holes into the abdomen that can lead to life-threatening blood poisoning.

In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued safety warnings and orders to stop sales of some magnets, citing dozens of hospitalizations and at least one toddler death.

The agency also has warned about dangers from button-sized batteries, which when swallowed can trigger a chemical reaction that can burn holes through tissue inside the throat.

Children who swallow batteries or magnets may vomit or complain of abdominal pain. They “should be brought to the emergency room as quickly as possible,” Orsagh-Yentis said.

Morag Mackay of Safe Kids Worldwide, an injury prevention advocacy group, called for more research to understand why the incidents are on the rise. She said parents and caregivers need to be vigilant.

“Try to see the world from a child’s point of view by getting on the floor so that you are at your child’s eye level. Keep small objects such as coins, batteries, magnets, buttons or jewelry out of reach and sight,” Mackay said.


Follow AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner on Twitter at @ LindseyTanner .


The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.


This story has been corrected to show that the number of emergency room visits has nearly doubled, not more than doubled.

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Maggots, mice fall into California prison dining hall

Maggots and mice have fallen onto inmates’ dining tables at a California state prison where holes in the roof also allow rain and bird droppings to seep through and streak the walls, according to an inmate lawsuit that charges the state isn’t moving fast enough to repair deteriorating prisons.

California has committed $260 million over four years to repair leaking roofs and clear dangerous mold at more than two dozen deteriorating prisons where the cost of overdue maintenance is pegged at more than $1 billion.

The lawsuit calls for swifter action and includes examples of the problems in stomach-churning detail.

Mice twice fell onto the dining table and scurried into a dishwashing area in April 2018, testified inmate Marvin Dominguez, who eats twice a day in the dining hall at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Then a squirmy maggot dropped onto his food tray in October.

A guard advised him to sit at a different table, he said.

The disclosure comes amid increased scrutiny over prison conditions nationally. Other reports include a lack of heat in February in federal detention centers in the New York borough of Brooklyn and near Los Angeles, and poor medical care and dangerous conditions at federal immigration facilities.

Inmate Robert Escareno, who filed the California lawsuit, described in court how bird feces paint the dining room wall. He claims the mold and other contaminants aggravate his allergies.

State officials don’t deny the problem but say they’re fixing the roofs as fast as they can. They blame inmates for attracting vermin by tossing food and hiding liquor they make known as “pruno” in the damaged ceiling.

Inmates’ attorneys say the Corcoran prison targeted in the lawsuit is a symptom of a system-wide problem.

“Roofs are failing all over the place,” said Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office, which is representing Escareno. “They acknowledge the need of the roofs, (but) they’re not making arrangements so people don’t get hurt in the meantime.”

Besides spawning mold, leaking roofs short out electrical systems, including lights, fire alarm control panels and fire suppression systems, corrections officials say.

Roofs at eight of California’s 34 prisons have been replaced, but another 20 still need to be done. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget includes replacing roofs at two prisons, leaving 18 needing roof replacements and repairs.

It’s taken nearly two years just to design the Corcoran prison’s new dining room roof, and prison officials could not say when construction will begin.

That led Kings County Superior Court Judge Donna Tarter to half-joke during trial that the roof “is not getting fixed probably in our lifetime.” She expects to decide by May whether to order the prison to close the dining hall and feed about 800 inmates in their dormitories, a stop-gap measure that officials said would cause considerable practical complications while interfering with prison programs.

The broader problem of leaking roofs could imperil California’s efforts to keep the inmate population below a cap imposed by federal judges to improve prison conditions.

Corrections Secretary Ralph Diaz told legislators in March that one leaky roof could create problems if inmates have to be moved from cell houses. The state is about 3,300 inmates below the cap but expects to reduce that margin considerably when it returns 1,400 inmates from a private out-of-state prison by June.

“The cushion isn’t as robust as we would like,” Diaz said.

The problem at Corcoran is that leaking rainwater has destroyed interior ceiling tiles so often that the prison no longer replaces them, prison Lt. Michael Owens testified on behalf of the state. Inmates then toss food onto the ventilation system through the openings in the ceiling, he said, which in turn attracts flies that produce maggots that fall from the ceiling. He also recounted how he ordered inmate workers to regularly scrub the discolored walls with bleach.

Associate Warden Jason Collins and prison Lt. Nicholas Tyler blamed “pruno” — an illicit alcoholic beverage fermented from leftover fruit with a little bread to provide the yeast.

Inmate workers likely climbed atop kitchen carts to hide 10 to 15 pounds (5 to 7 kilograms) of the sticky stuff atop a ventilation duct in the deteriorating ceiling area in November, said Tyler. Collins said he discovered another batch of hidden hooch in February, where it was attracting flies.

The dining hall roof also attracts pigeons — lots of them. There they poop, and some birds die, their waste washing into the building whenever it rains, testified licensed architect, engineer and building contractor Steven Norris.

“We all know that prison is not supposed to be comfortable,” inmate Escareno told the judge, “but at the same time it’s not designed for me to have to go and eat in a place where I’m feet away from what I know to be bird feces.”

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EPL week 33 review: Chelsea moves into third after West Ham win

Week 33 of the English Premier League is now history after Chelsea racked up the final win of the weekend beating West Ham at Stamford Bridge to climb into third.

The Chelsea crowd decided to give Maurizio Sarri a break on a night that saw his side move into third in the English Premier League (EPL) table after recording a third successive victory.

At this point in the season, only Liverpool and Manchester City have more points. Yeah, Arsenal and Spurs both have a game in hand, making the move potentially fleeting, and yes, Chelsea has put in some dismal performances this season.

EPL Wk 33 Review: Chelsea moves into third after West Ham winBut.

And you can forget everything before the ‘but’, right?

They are a 10/11 shot to finish in the Top 4, and if they don’t qualify for the Champions League through that door, the Europa League offers another handle to pull with Slavia Prague standing in the way of a Semi-Final spot.

Typically, when the home fans stop whinging about Sarri’s style of play, the topic of conversation flows to Eden Hazard’s contract. The critical piece of paper containing the 28-year-old’s signature is worth nothing beyond 2020, and the Belgian showed once again why he could choose any club in the world should he decide to leave.

Hazard’s performance was world-class, epitomised by a Diego Maradonaesque opening goal in the 24th minute. Hazard picked the ball up ten yards inside his half. A Cruyff turn saw him turn to face the West Ham goal and he weaving through five players like a skier gliding past flags, before smashing the ball into the corner of the net.

Hazard then became the provider with a beautiful long rake that found the run of Callum Hudson-Odoi who produced a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.

More chances came Chelsea’s way with Gonzalo Higuain smashing the post, and Hazard looking like he had earned a penalty after a poor challenge from Marko Arnautovic, only for the referee to dismiss the notion like a Polar Bear dealing with a goldfish.

West Ham had chances too.

Kepa Arrizabalaga blocked a low drive from Manuel Lanzini, Aaron Cresswell sent a rocket inches wide of the post from just inside the left-hand corner of the box, and Marko Arnautovic saw his far post header cannon off a defender with the keeper nowhere in sight.

Despite the chances, Chelsea dominated the game, and it the man of the match, Hazard had the final say, scoring his 16th EPL goal of the season in the last minute of the game.

The loss is West Ham’s third in four games. They are in 11th spot, four points behind Watford and Everton.

EPL Wk 33 Results

Man City 2 v 0 Cardiff
Southampton 1 v 3 Liverpool
Huddersfield 1 v 4 Leicester
Newcastle 0 v 1 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth 1 v 3 Burnley
Everton 1 v 0 Arsenal
Chelsea 2 v 0 West Ham

EPL Standings

1. Liverpool – 82
2. Man City – 80
3. Chelsea – 66
4. Spurs – 64
5. Arsenal – 63
6. Man Utd – 61
7. Leicester – 47
8. Wolves – 47
9. Everton. – 46
10. Watford – 46
11. West Ham – 42
12. Crystal Palace – 39
13. Bournemouth – 38
14. Burnley – 36
15. Newcastle – 35
16. Brighton – 33
17. Southampton – 33
18. Cardiff – 28
19. Fulham – 17 (R)
20. Huddersfield – 14 (R)

EPL Odds

To Win

Man City 8/15
Liverpool 6/4


Cardiff 1/12
Brighton 14/1
Burnley 20/1
Southampton 40/1

Top Four

Spurs 2/7
Arsenal 10/11
Chelsea 10/11
Man Utd 11/4

Top Goalscorer

Sergio Aguero 6/4
Mohamed Salah 11/4
Harry Kane 7/2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/1

Current Top Scorers

1. Sergio Aguero – 19
2. Mohamed Salah – 18
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 17
4. Harry Kane – 17
5. Sadio Mane – 17

Next Manager to Leave

Maurizzio Sarri 5/1
No Manager to Leave 15/8
Jan Siewert 6/1
Neil Warnock 10/1


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Farkle and Keno boost BetConstruct’s gaming portfolio

BetConstruct has introduced two new online games, Farkle and Keno, to attract higher revenues for its growing number of partner operators.

Farkle and Keno boost BetConstruct’s gaming portfolioThe gaming suite of BetConstruct contains a huge number of world-famous games alongside the region specific entertainments. Our Keno is backed with unique and interesting features. For an added player engagement, we provide multiple betting options within sub-games and Keno variations that guarantee a 95-98% RTP. Farkle is a plain and attractive dice game played worldwide that ideally fits our Skill Games collection.

Keno and the options of single-player and multiplayer for Farkle are spiced up with a huge number of BetConstruct tournaments helping operators promote their online casinos and engage new players more effectively.

About BetConstruct

BetConstruct is a global award-winning technology and services provider for online and land-based gaming industry. BetConstruct’s innovative and proven offerings include Online and Retails Sportsbook, Classic and Virtual Reality RNG & Live Casinos, Poker, Skill Games, Fantasy Sports, Social Gaming Platform, Sports Data Solutions and more – all ready to be launched and managed through SpringBME, its pioneering Business Management Environment .

Within Sports Data Solutions, the AI-powered scouting tool AJNA performs game flow recognition and provides statistics and extremely accurate technical data to create new unique markets to bet on.

All partners benefit from the BetConstruct Spring Platform with its powerful back office tools and all-inclusive services. From stand-alone set up to turn-key and white label solutions, BetConstruct offers its partners unparalleled opportunity to succeed.


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EPL week 33 review: City return to the top, Utd sink to sixth

Week 33 of the English Premier League sees Manchester City return to the summit after beating Cardiff City at home, and Manchester United drop to sixth after comfortable wins for Chelsea and Spurs in the race for Champions League qualification.

Here’s the plan.

EPL Wk 33 Review: City return to the top, Utd sink to sixthA Liverpool scout will infiltrate The Etihad, kidnap the Kit Man, create a fake face using a 3D-printer, and then hand it to Liverpool’s equivalent.

The fake Kit Man will order cacti from the local succulent store, remove the needles, and place them in the football boots of the entire Manchester City squad. Then, and only then, do Liverpool have any chance of winning the English Premier League (EPL).

Pep Guardiola’s side breezed past relegation-threatened Cardiff City in front of their home fans, winning two-nil, to move a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, with a +9 superior goal difference.

It’s the Citizens eighth successive EPL win, and you don’t see them losing another with six games to go. The City players are like silk sheets; they are Latin; they are the hot coals in a fireplace.

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling sat this one out, but City still pummelled the Cardiff City defence like a Gatling Gun in the first ten minutes before Kevin De Bruyne latched onto an Aymeric Laporte through ball before finishing from an acute angle. It was the Belgian’s first goal since the end of December.

Gabriel Jesus could have added a few more before the break, but a combination of Neil Etheridge and lousy decision making ensured the Brazilian would finish the game without a goal.

Not so, Leroy Sané, who put the game beyond doubt a minute before half time, when he rifled the ball home after excellent work from Riyad Mahrez and Jesus.

Here are the City’s remaining EPL fixtures.

Crystal Palace (A) 14 April
Spurs (H) 20 April
Man Utd (A) 24 April
Burnley (A) 28 April
Leicester (H) 4 May
Brighton (A) 12 May

It’s a congested looking April, with City playing twice a week throughout thanks to their quadruple hunt. If anyone can win all four trophies, it’s this bunch of stars.

Neil Warnock was never expecting anything from this tie, but he will demand nothing more than three points when his side face Burnley at Turfmoor when they next take to the field in an EPL tie.

Here are their remaining six fixtures:

Burnley (A) 13 April
Brighton (A) 16 April
Liverpool (H) 21 April
Fulham (A) 27 April
Crystal Palace (H) 4 May
Man Utd (A) 12 May

Champions League Qualification Update

Manchester United drop to sixth position, two points removed from the Champions League finishing line, after Chelsea and Spurs beat Brighton and Crystal Palace, respectively.

Spurs move into third spot, after beating Palace by two goals to nil. It was the first time Spurs had played a competitive match at their new £1 billion stadia, and they looked as much at home as a set of dinosaur bones in a museum, after Son Heung-min, and Christian Eriksen sealed the win.

Chelsea moves into fifth after a three-nil win over Brighton. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half, and second half strikes from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek eased the pressure on the under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri in a comfortable victory.

EPL Wk 33 Results

Wolves 2 v 1 Man Utd
Watford 4 v 1 Fulham
Chelsea 3 v 0 Brighton
Spurs 2 v 0 Crystal Palace
Man City 2 v 0 Cardiff

EPL Standings

1. Man City – 80
2. Liverpool – 79
3. Spurs – 64
4. Arsenal – 63
5. Chelsea – 63
6. Man Utd – 61
7. Wolves – 47
8. Watford – 46
9. Leicester – 44
10. Everton – 43
11. West Ham – 42
12. Bournemouth – 38
13. Crystal Palace – 36
14. Newcastle – 35
15. Brighton – 33
16. Southampton – 33
17. Burnley – 33
18. Cardiff – 28
19. Fulham – 17 (R)
20. Huddersfield – 14 (R)

EPL Odds

To Win

Man City – 4/9
Liverpool – 7/4


Cardiff 1/8
Burnley 8/1

Top Four

Spurs 4/11
Arsenal 4/9
Chelsea 11/8
Man Utd 3/1

Top Goalscorer

Sergio Aguero 11/8
Harry Kane 7/2
Mohamed Salah 7/2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/1

Current Top Scorers

1. Sergio Aguero – 19
2. Mohamed Salah – 17
3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 17
4. Harry Kane – 17
5. Sadio Mane – 17

Next Manager to Leave

Maurizzio Sarri 6/5
No Manager to Leave 6/4
Neil Warnock 6/1
Marco Silva 11/1


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Police say 2 created fake children profiles online for gain

Police in North Macedonia say they have charged two people with creating fake online profiles of children with special needs and rare diseases and soliciting donations for their treatment abroad.

The two people charged with computer fraud were identified only by their initials as M.S., 53, and A.S, 49, in a police statement released Sunday. Local media reported they are brother and sister.

Police say the two suspects raised more than 3.5 million denars (about $65,000) in donations for the non-existent children, and spent part of that money on personal purchases. Their bank accounts have been frozen.

If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison.

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Bill Requires LGBTQ-Inclusive School Curriculum in New Jersey

By Tiffany Liang, 18, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019

Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride, Harvey Milk. Recognize these names? Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Ride was the first American woman in outer space, and Milk made history when he was the first openly gay man elected to office in California. They were all lesbian or gay, and notable LGBT stories like theirs will soon be featured and studied in New Jersey classrooms.

Thanks to a recent bill signed by New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, starting with the 2020-2021 school year, students in New Jersey will learn, according to the bill, about “the political, economic, and social contributions” of people who identify as LGBTQ. The bill requires the inclusion of LGBTQ history in middle and high school curricula, which makes New Jersey the second state (after California) to mandate schools to do so.

Unfortunately, LGBTQ discrimination is still rampant in the U.S. The new legislation aims to promote tolerance and equality, as well as provide a more diverse and inclusive account of history. LGBTQ students will be able to see themselves represented in these figures and feel empowered that they too can create significant change in the world regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Non-LGBTQ students will also benefit from this change, as the legislation enables a deeper understanding of history, shedding light on important people and actions that otherwise may be glossed over. Avery Haley-Lock—a current high school senior from Highland Park, NJ, who uses the pronouns they and them—recently testified in support of the bill. As part of their statement, they spoke about this idea of inclusivity: “Including LGBTQ history in classes is important not only to support LGBTQ students, but to cultivate the acceptance and validation of the LGBTQ community as a whole. To not educate students on queer history is to render the queer community invisible to history. You essentially deny their humanity—to LGBTQ students and to their peers.”

Members of the LGBTQ community have achieved so much as well as broken barriers against discrimination. Their accomplishments deserve the chance to be commemorated and celebrated, and this bill paves the way for that to happen.

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