This week California Governor Jerry Brown (or Governor Moonbeam, as he’s often known) signed legislation guaranteeing that California school children learn about all the many gay, lesbian, transgender, and bi-sexual folks who have contributed to the nation’s historical events in some way.
Now, this confuses me. Because if we are supposed to treat GLTB folks like everyone else, then why are we singling them out? And if being gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgendered shouldn’t make any difference, why are we identifying sexual orientation? Who cares? If someone did something great, good for them. And if we have to identify a person’s sexual orientation, are we going to point out every straight person who did something great along the way too?
Hmm. I thought not.
Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americas.
The bill, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will also require teachers to provide instruction on the role of people with disabilities.
“History should be honest,” Brown 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. It represents an important step forward for our state, and I thank Senator Leno for his hard work on this historic legislation.”
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