California Law Would Require Schools to Teach About Gay Contributions

by Beverly A. Pekala on July 6, 2011

The Governor of California has a bill sitting on his desk which would require the California public schools to teach about the contributions of gays, lesbians bisexuals and transgender people. The proposed law does not state at what grade level the gay contributions curriculum would be required to begin.  

The proposed law would also prevent teaching materials from including anything which reflects negatively on GLBT, and would also require that textbooks include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. California already requires teaching about specific groups, including women and Mexican Americans.

Supporters of the bill argue that the law would promote diversity and prevent the extensive bullying which exists towards gay children. Opponents of the bill say that the law would result in teaching children that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lifestyles are positive, and that parents would be more likely to remove their children from public school due to the required teachings.  

 It is unknown whether Governor Brown will sign this legislation.    

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