California becomes the first state to make LGBT history part of the public school curriculum.
Along with the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements, the LGBT community became the newest minority whose struggles will be taught to California schoolchildren. On Thursday July, 14th Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed SB48 into law, which will make LGBT history a part of California’s public school curriculum.
The law was created in response to prominent cases of gay-teen bullying and suicide in the state, including that of thirteen year-old Seth Walsh from Fresno. Statistics have shown that in schools with an LGBT curriculum, bullying against queer students went down by half -- and those students are more likely to make positive contributions in class and at school.
The FAIR Education Act (SB48) not only adds LGBT history to the state’s textbooks, it also ensures that disabled people’s contributions to our society will be taught to California’s youth. The bill also adds sexual orientation to the already existing anti-discrimination protections that prohibit bias in school’s instruction, instructional materials, and activities.
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