Thursday, 01 December 2011 23:44

California State University Of Fresno Received 500 Gay And Lesbian Books

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In July, a law passed requiring schools to include lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in social studies courses in California. Two collectors of literary decided to donate around 500 gay-and-lesbian-themed books to California State University of Fresno.

The books could help students understand the struggles gay youths face and encourage tolerance, President Jonas Bassman said.

"I think it would be a great idea," he said. "If it makes a difference about one person getting bullied ... then it's worth it."

According to fesnobee, Fresno Unified School District has formed a committee to plan how schools will teach gay and lesbian history, but spokeswoman Susan Bedi declined to offer details. She did not respond to questions about whether Fresno Unified would allow the traveling book exhibit at district high schools.

Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said the district was unaware of the collection. She added it was too early to comment on whether or how the district might use it.

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