Monday, 11 July 2011 15:57

California Passed LGBT Education Bill

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California passed the bill which will allow integration of the history of our community in the schools' program.

The Assembly passed this bill by a vote of 49-25.

The bill is now on the desk of the Governor Jerry Brown. Normally, he should signed it, even if it is not sure, but he is used to support LGBT rights. He refused to defend Prop. 8 for exemple.

The office of Senator Mark Leno, openly gay senator who sponsored the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act, said this act "ensures that the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are accurately and fairly portrayed in instructional materials by adding LGBT people to the existing list of under-represented cultural and ethnic groups already included in the state’s inclusionary education requirements."

If this bill becomes a law, the schools would integrate in their programs some personalities like Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office, and Elaine Noble, who was the first openly lesbian candidate elected to a state legislature. The school handbooks will also speak about Stonewall of course.