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California Bill Would Require Schools Teach LGBT History

With Governor Jerry Brown now in office, Democratics in California have introduced a bill, SB 48, that would require the state's public schools to teach its students about LGBT history.

 CaThe Los Angeles Times reports:

"The proposal would require that social science texts and other instruction include 'a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans … to the economic, political and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.'"

"Each school district would decide which age groups received such instruction. Gay rights activists say the legislation is overdue and would extend recognition long provided in textbooks and classrooms to historical figures who are African American, Latino and Asian American. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) who introduced the bill, SB 48, said it addresses a glaring oversight in educating young people that has led to harassment of gays by their classmates."

In the past, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had opposed such a bill though Brown himself has yet to publicly state where he stands on the issue.

If implemented, SB 48 could have far-reaching effects well beyond the state. According to the Times: "The state is a major purchaser of educational texts, and publishers often produce books tailored to California that other states use as well."

A rally in support of the bill will take place tomorrow at the Capital.

Naturally, wingnuts opposed to the blll have branded it "the worst school sexual indoctrination ever" and "sexual brainwashing." They've already begun an anti-SB 48 campaign wherein they attempt to "scare" fellow bigots into thinking the bill "normalizes homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism." Imagine that.


Schwarzenegger's Mom Took Him to the Doctor Because She Thought He Was Gay

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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells the Austrian newspaper Krone that he had so many posters of oiled bodybuilders on his walls as a kid that his mom took him to the family doctor because she thought he was gay. The doctor tried to calm her down by reassuring her that at least he didn't drink and smoke.

Here's  the Google translation.

And a better translation by our commenter Chris (thanks!):

"(One) of of my favorite stories from when I was young. As a young boy my room was plastered with photos of bodybuilders. Naked, oiled male bodies. That got my mother so concerned, she asked our family doctor one day to take a look at that. 'Other boys put images of women on their walls, and mine does this!' She actually believed I was gay. Well, that's nothing wrong, but for her it was unimagineable back then. However, the doctor, a wise man, calmed her down. Everyone had idols, he said, others would hang up pictures of the Beatles, even though they were men as well. "Look at it like this, Mrs. Schwarzenegger: as an athlete he surely won't start to smoke or drink!" That assured her. Her worry lines stayed though."


News: Blackbeard, Glee, Johnny Weir, Gay Sports Bars

 road Conservative radio host Mark Levin wants to sue all of MSNBC's hosts.

Bb  road Blackbeard's sword discovered?

 road Julianne Margulies on gay and lesbian characters and storylines on The Good Wife: “I don’t think about it. I don’t feel like it’s a presence. I feel like it’s a part of life…. If it was gay and lesbian just to be gay and lesbian, that would make me uncomfortable because that wouldn’t be truthful.”

 road Gay man and straight woman marry "for art."

 road First look: The Real Housewives of NYC, season four.

 road Ryan Murphy to executive produce the Glee Project, where the winner gets to appear on an episode of Glee.

 road California elementary school teacher targeted with anti-gay graffiti.

 road President Obama eases travel restrictions to Cuba.

 road Homophobia is not only hateful but costly.

Weir  road Don't call Johnny Weir's book his coming out. Says the skater: “I was never in.”

 road Owen Wilson is a dad.

 road The recent popularity of gay sports bars explained: "The bars are profiting from a rare demographic group with a growing amount of disposable income. Market research firm Witeck-Combs Communications puts the buying power of the adult lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) population at $743 billion, up from $732 billion in 2009. With large populations in metropolitan areas and more households without children, gay sports fans are actually the perfect customers to catch a game on a Wednesday night."

 road Arnold Schwarzenegger has no regrets that being governor of California cost him $200 million.


Watch: Meg Whitman is Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Jerry Brown's latest ad against Meg Whitman uses her own, and Schwarzenegger's words, against her.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Schwarzenegger Mocks Sarah Palin Over Twitter

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Arnold Schwarzenegger posted the following twitpic yesterday from a plane over Alaska, accompanied by this tweet:

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California Supreme Court Won't Force State's Defense of Prop 8

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN

Some news out of the California state courts today on Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the Prop 8 case. Metroweekly's Poliglot section has a great summary here. This is part of the Prop 8 proponents' continuing saga of trying to force Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown to defend Prop 8 at the Ninth Circuit.

Sb They went to California state court to force the state to act, but the lower court summarily rejected that long-shot attempt. The Prop 8 proponents appealed, asking a higher California court to force the Governor's hand. Today, Schwarzenegger and Brown filed papers stating in no uncertain terms that they have the discretion to determine when and what to appeal and that any appeal in the Prop 8 case would be "frivolous". A few hours later, the California Supreme Court agreed with Schwarzenegger and Brown, as reported here.

This was the longest of long shots. Had the California Supreme Court come to any other conclusion, it would have raised any number of separation of powers issues.

As of now, since the Prop 8 proponents' organization is still the only party appealing Perry to the Ninth Circuit, the standing issue is still front and center.


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