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California Students to Learn LGBT History
California public school students will be the first in the U.S. to learn LGBT history. Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, requiring public schools to teach students the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The historic role that people with disabilities have played will also be covered in the upcoming curriculum. The change is to take effect in January of 2017, but it may take longer to update California textbooks.
Pink News reports, “The initial framework will see second graders learn about families with same-sex parents and two years later, in history, pupils will learn about Harvey Milk and how he championed gay rights in San Francisco. In more senior years, pupils will be taught about gender roles, the Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage and the recent controversy over transgender bathrooms.”
Conservative groups argued students should not be required to learn LGBT history in school. Those against the bill said the decision to cover LGBT issues should be up to parents. However, lawmakers supported the bill to have students learn LGBT history by including coverage in the state’s curriculum.
LGBT Community Protected
California lawmakers passed legislation four years ago including LGBT Americans and people with disabilities to the list of social and ethnic groups whose contributions should be covered in public school’s curriculums. However, the law was slowed by budget cuts and attempts to overturn it. The law also prohibits instruction that would negatively impact the LGBT community.
Lauryn Wild, a curriculum specialist who chairs the advisory commission that produced the new guidelines stated, “We are proud to represent a diverse state, and we are proud that this framework reflects the state that we serve.”
California’s first openly gay state senator, Mark Leno, who sponsored the bill said that the bill was a step forward. He hopes that it influences what is taught in other public school systems in the country. He felt that students should learn about the broad diversity of human experience. Since the state is so populous, California’s curriculum does often impact what publishers include in textbooks marketed to regions of the country.
Senator Mark Leno stated, “Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT Americans.”
Supporters of the legislation believe having students learn LGBT history in school would help make gay and lesbian students students safer and more accepted. Many LGBT students are often bullied and ostracized, putting many at risk for mental health issues that may lead to self harm or suicide. Unfortunately, the shift comes too late for those tragically lost a spate of recent suicides among gay teenagers.