California law requires schools to teach LGBT history
July 15, 2011
Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill on Thursday. [SFGate]
Social sciences curriculum textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California’s budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015, the San Francisco Chronicle said.
“History should be honest,” Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. “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.”
The governor called the legislation, SB48, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, “historic.”
The law adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also prohibits material that reflects adversely on gays.