California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 48, which will require public schools to prohibit discrimination toward and include contributions from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered figures in history in the curriculum.
The goal of this new law is to make history “honest” according to Brown; all contributors to history will be discussed irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender.
This means that text books in public schools will be changed to feature prominent LGBT in history in the same way they feature other figures from different groups. California is the first and only state to implement this law so far.
The FAIR Education Act, which was written by Sen. Mark Leno, is a step forward toward making California an equal state for all.
The goal of this law is to change the way LGBT people are portrayed in history by not just having one or two sentences about gay rights in the text books, but actually talking about prominent LGBT figures like Harvey Milk in the same light as we talk about Martin Luther King Jr. or Cesar Chavez.
Those opposed to the bill believe that it will ruin the public school system by brainwashing young impressionable children to become homosexuals by glorifying them in the same history books as Kennedy and F.D.R but this is not the case.
LGBT figures in history like Milk will be talked about not just because they are gay or bisexual, but because they have contributed to the mold of history in ways that far surpass their sexuality, race, or gender. That is the most important part about this bill-to teach children that LGBT people are no different than everyone else in that they want equality and happiness in life.
When it comes down to it, it’s not Black, Mexican, or Gay history that is being taught in the classroom: it’s American history. The law will hopefully help people become more tolerant and prevent discrimination and hate crimes toward LGBT people and increase tolerance in California.
Senate Bill 48 is a major step forward toward equality by preventing discrimination in public schools. By teaching about LGBT contributions in history, schools will hopefully raise more awareness of the LGBT people in this state and, maybe soon the rest of the country will soon follow.