California requires gay history to be taught

Katherine - posted on 07/16/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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It’s official: gay history will be added to social studies classes in California.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark bill on Thursday, making California the first state in the country to require public schools to teach about prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender figures. The legislature passed the bill last week, mostly on a party-line vote.

Not surprisingly, some parents, church and conservative groups were opposed to the bill, arguing it would promote a homosexual agenda and lead kids to start thinking about sexuality and gender identity at too young an age. Supporters assert that by teaching gay history, students will be exposed to positive gay role models, which could help reduce bullying of gay students.

The state plans to create guidelines for school districts, but educators will decide which historic figures should be included in the curriculum.

Do you support the new law, or do you think it will force kids to think about sexuality before it’s appropriate?



Of course I would support it! And what an obtuse thing to say that it could interfere with sexuality. What are they trying to say? That child may choose a preference because of this law?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/...


Re-posted from Babble

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JuLeah - posted on 07/16/2011

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Well, people objected when the suggestion was made to include women in history studies, and people of color, people of different religions .... so I expect the same fight to be had here.



The question to ask is this: How many lives might it save?



Kids who are queer or questioning, are bullied, beaten ... they are fearful, kicked out by their families ... and the chances of a kid such as this attempting to take their own life are so much higher



But, if we can normalize this, let them know they are in fact not alone, not the only one .... that others have come before who made the world a better place for having been here ... will they be picked on as much? Will they be as depressed?



Nah, this is a good thing ...

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Alison - posted on 07/16/2011

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I think American and world history should be taught--if someone made a significant contribution to it that happens to be homosexual, go for it. I agree with other conservatives that having it be so pointedly gay history education is most definitely pushing an agenda and I don't think it will come as a surprise that I don't support that. I'm continually grateful I don't live in California.

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