California Legistlature Passes LGBT History Bill
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California Legislature Passes LGBT History Bill
The California Assembly today gave final approval to a bill sponsored by openly gay State Sen. Mark Leno that will require the state’s public schools to “fairly and accurately portray the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement and the historic contributions of the diverse LGBT community in social science instruction,” according to a release from the Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
“We can’t tell our youth that it’s OK to be yourself and expect them to treat their peers with dignity and respect when we deliberately deny them accurate information about the historical contributions of Americans who happened to be LGBT,” Leno said.
“This is a victory not only for the LGBT youth in California who have been fighting to be heard in Sacramento and represented in their history classes, but also for all California youth who deserve to learn a fair and accurate account of California and US history,” said Carolyn Laub, Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
GSA Network worked alongside Equality California to help pass the landmark legislation.
Somewhere, Harvey Milk is smiling.
ETA: The bill, SB 48, can be read here. LGBT people are not the only people who are going to get the same representation that other members have already existing in current laws. Mexican-Americans and persons with disabilities are now also included. Changes to existing California law and the bill are marked with strike tags and italics.
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