Jerry Brown, the Governor of California signed into law a bill requiring public schools to teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in history. But do they get their own “Gay History Month?”
I don’t know, but I know Jerry Brown is once again looking at running for President AND has put another nail in the coffin of public schooling.
What I want to know is how will we know who’s gay and who isn’t in history? And what about privacy? Will famous folks be outed or will this be limited to openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered historical figures? If this bill is historical, should everyone involved be identified by sexual preference?
I don’t know, but here’s what we got so far:
California law already requires state schools to teach about the contributions of Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-Americans, among other groups.
“Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans,” said Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat and the bill’s author.
Separately, he said the bill is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Leno’s office cited research that shows students who learn about LGBT people are more likely to report their schools are inclusive and fair.
This is where I’d make a few light-hearted jokes, but you can’t anymore because of the open-minded society we know live in, where saying the wrong words gets you fired – or worse.
The bill, which passed the state legislature this month and the senate in April, according to the senator’s office, is not without controversy.
It has drawn criticism from some religious and conservative groups, like the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobby organization that says it speaks on behalf of more than 43,000 churches.
“It is an outrage that Governor Jerry Brown has opened the classroom door for homosexual activists to indoctrinate the minds of California’s youth, since no factual materials would be allowed to be presented,” Rev. Louis Sheldon, chairman and founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, said in a statement.
“If parents don’t already have their children out of public schools, this should cause them to remove them,” he said.
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