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New Legislation Proposes Teaching of LGBT History in California

In October, I posted about a London school which claims to have virtually eradicated anti-gay bullying. How? By teaching kids about gay history and the contributions of well-known LGBT people to society.

Leno Yesterday, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced the FAIR Education act, a piece of legislation that would do require schools to adopt similar principles to those that appear to have worked wonders at London's Stoke Newington School.

According to Equality California, "The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act would amend the Education Code to include social sciences instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This bill would also prohibit discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials from being adopted by the State Board of Education."

Said Leno in a statement: "Most textbooks don't include any historical information about the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history. Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people." 

Equality California is asking you to contact lawmakers and express your support for the FAIR act. You can find out how to do so here.

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  1. Oh man. The wingnuts are gonna go ballistic.

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 14, 2010 6:52:14 PM


  2. I may be confusing this with the repeated efforts to pass Harvey Milk Day, but I think Leno or possibly Tom Ammiano tried doing something similar a few years ago...and it failed.

    Maybe it will have a better chance with the spate of bullying, though it will also require buying a lot of textbooks that don't currently exist. So the wingnuts will go after the potential content, the budget people will attack the cost, and the teachers union will want to work out the content, exempt their members who have "moral" objections, and ask why LGBT issues are receiving funding over classroom basics.

    In other words, this could take a while.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 14, 2010 7:34:51 PM


  3. Good! Someone's trying to do what's right, finally, and start talking about our existence.

    Posted by: X | Dec 14, 2010 7:44:56 PM


  4. Paul: Schools already have to purchase updated books every x amount of years, so the law could/might mandate that when its time to purchase new books, that they include lgbt history.
    and what lgbt fundings over classroom basics do you mean?

    Posted by: B | Dec 14, 2010 8:33:01 PM


  5. A-HA The homosexual agenda rears its ugly head!!

    What about the children??

    We can't have them thinking Homosexuality is OK...that would ruin marriage and military readiness!!!

    WE MUST PROTECT THE CHILDREN!!!

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2010 9:14:57 PM


  6. This law has a noble purpose, which is to make Tony Perkins' and Maggie Gallagher's heads literally explode.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 14, 2010 9:15:30 PM


  7. Meanwhile, Texas proposes teaching Spanish classes in English...

    Posted by: BlValley | Dec 14, 2010 10:02:44 PM


  8. Hey, SUCKY TANK, GFY and while you're at it, get a new MOTHA FAWKEN SN, YA BASTID. Or...don't--it's cool.

    As to this, no PP! NO! You will not get so much as a sentence in the proposed course book. Ain't nobody wanna hear 'bout how you got snubbed by michael stipe. END OF DISCUSSION. You'll get nothing and like it.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2010 10:08:56 PM


  9. I'd LOVE to take me some Gay History... I didn't know it was a gay guy that shielded Ford from attempted assassination. All the Milk info & everything that went on in this town is fascinating.

    Read Howard Zinn's People's History of the US; a WHOLE different perspective you NEVER got in 'school'

    Posted by: pete N sfo | Dec 14, 2010 11:00:47 PM


  10. @BL

    Bahahaha, that's ludicrous. I took Spanish in a Texan high school. The classes were taught entirely in Spanish...I swear, if Spanish classes are taught in English here, it very well might be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Seriously considering leaving here - the only thing keeping me is my family. God, this world needs to change and it needs to change soon.

    Posted by: Luke | Dec 14, 2010 11:02:15 PM


  11. @BLVALLEY OMG Funny because it's sad, sad because it's true. Remember Texas controls the textbook industry in this country so as bad as the hate gays in the state, I don't think think will ever happen. The truth is not what they want told or else they lose control of the fear factor for the masses.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Dec 15, 2010 12:39:36 AM


  12. the haters will be out in droves if this gets any traction as well as the lds and the conservative christians.

    Posted by: lk | Dec 15, 2010 5:57:07 AM


  13. No Bother....read the other day that China is INVESTING over a TRILLION dollars in thier Infrustructure, education...R & D for future fuels etc etc...meanwhile, America falls FURTHER and FURTHER behind, teaching creationism and buy-bull study...Borrowing $$$..no investments in our country.....3rd world Merika right around the bend..woohoo

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 15, 2010 8:07:37 AM


  14. Oh No ! ! Hold on to your wigs & keys:

    This is an excelant idea, however, at this time, it will not serve our purpose. The "right wing nuts" will use this to cloud the airways, cable TV, etc.

    This will give [them] the fuel they need to distort the issues. It couldn't have come at a worse time.

    Great idea, the worst possible time to do it.

    Posted by: JM | Dec 15, 2010 9:36:40 AM


  15. @JM: This isn't even the first time he's done it. Arnold vetoed the last one, which, obviously, passed the Legislature. Was it not the right time, then, either?

    I do not support living life from a position of fear, weakness or placating your enemies. Don't do anything that will make them hate us? Newsflash: too late.

    The right time to do the right thing is always now.

    Posted by: justme | Dec 15, 2010 11:39:55 AM


  16. Texas could use more English language immersion considering the vast number of non-English speaking 'migrants' and 'undocumented' who cross it's border.

    Before anyone snipes, I am part Latino. So stuff it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 15, 2010 11:45:22 AM


  17. RECRUITING!!!!

    Posted by: Danny | Feb 13, 2011 7:18:32 PM


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