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State Senator Mark Leno Explains Why California's New LGBT History Bill is So Important: VIDEO


State Senator Mark Leno, sponsor of the FAIR Education Act in California, which was signed by the Governor yesterday and will require schools to add curriculum about gay history and people to their curriculum, talks to Thomas Roberts about the importance of the bill and what it means to future generations of Americans and questioning LGBT youth.


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  1. Let's remember that the parents who would object to this are the same people who would teach their children that Jesse "I hate negroes and gays" Helms was a great upstanding American Patriot.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 15, 2011 5:52:34 PM

  2. Less bigoted children in public schools? Win-win. Enjoy your screwed-up lives, losers.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 15, 2011 6:23:10 PM

  3. And Leno takes down the Bachmanns, both Mrs. and Missy! Love this man. He's done more good in his political life than all the politicians in most states combined.

    Posted by: justme | Jul 15, 2011 6:26:11 PM

  4. Wonderful news. Anything that improves the education of our public school children is great. I love my state senator Mark Leno. He is incredibly successful and active. I see him around the City quite frequently and yet he is always accomplishing good deeds in Sacramento. It sucks that California has term limits for our state legislators.

    Posted by: DB | Jul 15, 2011 6:36:11 PM

  5. Mark Leno has real integrity, a rarity among politicians anywhere.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 15, 2011 9:16:14 PM

  6. Mark Leno is a real politician tackling problems instead of grandstanding like what most of the Republican minority does when they don't get their way. He even has proposed sb810 which would establish Single-Payer Healthcare here, he has pushed forward with no fear but with integrity and sticking to his words.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jul 15, 2011 10:34:12 PM

  7. I still want to see Mark take over Pelosi's seat-think he'd be a great congress critter

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 15, 2011 11:27:46 PM

  8. As a San Franciscan (born/raised) I can't thank Leno enough. I WISH he would run for SF Mayor when his stint as Senator is up - then on to Governor. Its true, Leno's has done as much, if not more, then Mayor Gavin Newsom - a straight heterosexual father of two - has done for the gay community. Both men deserve our undying support.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jul 16, 2011 1:42:41 AM

  9. I think that as long as there have been humans there has been cruelty and bigotry. Teaching gay history in school won't make children less bigoted. If anything it will be like sex ed where they giggle and use it to make even more fun of each other.

    Allowing gay couples to marry like "normal" people and adopt and have equal rights will show (rather than tell) people that gays are normal, they are "everyone else" in a way that a history class won't do.

    Singling groups out to prove that they are like everyone else disproves it. Absorbing groups into a panacea of just "American" is much better in my opinion.

    Only when gays can marry will bigotry begin to change.

    Posted by: Rin | Jul 16, 2011 7:31:43 AM

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