Gov. Brown Signs Legislation Requiring CA Schools To Teach Gay Contributions In History

California governor Jerry Brown made history today by signing legislation making his state the first to deliberately include the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in its schools’ history curriculum.

Brown explained his motivation for approving the bill:

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.

SFist describes the move as including “queer studies, if you will, into social sciences along with education about ‘disabilities and members of other cultural groups.'”

The bill’s passage is not without its controversy, with some Republicans in the state arguing that it forces a “gay agenda” onto students. But state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco, who came up with the bill, says including gay and transgender Americans in public school textbooks and lesson plans will help quell bullying in schools, as well as provide students with a more complete understanding of American history:

Denying LGBT people their rightful place in history gives our young people an inaccurate and incomplete view of the world around them.

h/t LA Times

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