California is about to become the first American state to require public schools to include the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have made to the state and the nation in their social science courses and textbooks. If you didn’t see this story, you can read about it here.
This is big, people, really big. It means the largest state in the country is going to require schools to stop treating LGBT people as if they were totally invisible. California Governor Jerry Brown summed it up nicely: “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”
I know some people will complain the state is indoctrinating kids in the gay lifestyle, whatever they think that may be. But let’s be honest. This comes primarily from those who hate gay people and don’t want kids to have any positive gay role models.
For example, here is what the Reverend Louis Sheldon, chairman and founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, said in a statement after Governor Brown signed the bill into law: “If parents don’t already have their children out of public schools, this should cause them to remove them.”
These are the same people who oppose teaching students about the contributions of other minority groups, including blacks, Mexican Americans and women. History to them is lily-white and male and there’s no room for anyone else. But that’s just plain wrong.
Want to learn some more yourself about so-called gay history? Read the posting directly below this one.