The gays are on a roll! Or at least when it comes to the big coastal states like New York and California. The latter's state Assembly passed a bill late yesterday requiring California public schools to "teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians"; the state Senate cleared it back in April. This means Gov. Jerry Brown has about a month to decide whether he'd like to sign the bill into law or veto it. But considering that Brown is a California Democrat who, like all politicians, isn't opposed to making historic decisions that might land himself into textbooks, his state might very well become the first in the Union to pass such a law.

Reuters has the details: 

Supporters of the latest bill said it would simply include gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals in that existing requirement, making it part of the curriculum in history and other social studies classes.

"It's unfair to leave out or exclude an entire portion of our population from history," said Carolyn Laub, executive director of San Francisco-based Gay-Straight Alliance Network.

The group, which supported the bill, said no other state has passed similar legislation requiring the teaching of gay and lesbian contributions to society.

In fact, Laub pointed to a bill that passed the Tennessee state Senate this year that would prohibit the state's schools from teaching about homosexuality before secondary school.

The Tennessee proposal, which detractors have nicknamed the "don't say gay bill," has still not passed the state House of Representatives.

Of course, you don't have to look to Tennessee for opposition. "Writing these provisions into textbooks will further an agenda rather than teach facts," one Republican member of the California Assembly said. "When we do things, we politicize them because that's the nature of politics. We should leave education to the educators." Because the existence of gay people is not a fact? Edumacation!

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Commentarium (36 Comments)

Jul 06 11 - 4:20pm
Not surprised

We are talking about California. This is at the heart of the gay agenda everywhere, though. They want to push their deviant lifestyle on kids and make it seem normal. It is not normal. It never will be.

Jul 06 11 - 4:45pm

Well, I'm surprised. I'm surprised someone who believes homosexuality is "not normal" is even on this site in the first place. I'd hate to think that what some people perceive as "normal" should dictate how every person lives/loves.

Jul 06 11 - 5:00pm
Say what?

I did not realize this was a gay site. If it was called, I would have avoided it. It has interesting articles, so I started following it. Only now and then does the gay nonsense pop up. We need a cage on the world wide web to corral the gay nonsense. 4% of the population should not infect the rest of the world with their propaganda.

Jul 06 11 - 6:03pm

Funny, that's how I feel about fundamentalist Christians, which are in fact a minority in our country. Your plan is what, that we load all minorities you don't like in a rocket ship and shoot them to the moon?

Jul 06 11 - 6:33pm
You're delusional.

You want to corral the gay nonsense? Sure, separate but equal internet for us. Just like those silly blacks wanting to have their history taught in our school or marry people of different color. How despicable. They're so gross. EW.

Also, 4%? Keep dreaming, that's cute.

Jul 06 11 - 6:33pm

Guy is an obvious troll. No idea why you're responding.

Jul 06 11 - 7:13pm

I don't understand why people react so angrily toward the "it's not normal" statement about gays. On a primordial level IT IS NOT normal: living creaturea are born, grow procreate and die. that is all there is to life. BUT as humans we have different imperatives then mere monkey's. So yea, being gay isn't that deviant in the large scheme of things.

Jul 06 11 - 11:25pm

It's pretty normal among monkeys, too.

Jul 06 11 - 11:27pm

Also, fuck people who confuse the words "primordial" and "primal." Primordial makes no sense in that context. On a primordial level, sexual reproduction IS NOT normal.

Jul 07 11 - 12:20am
@Say what

Where do you get the mythical 4% figure. Studies show it's more like 2-2.5%.

Jul 07 11 - 5:16pm

@nope: Jesus didn't ride a dinosaur? Damn those self replicating chemicals forming RNA with montmorillonite.

Jul 06 11 - 4:21pm

This is ridiculous. I am all for being inclusive when teaching history, but when something becomes mandated curriculum in the absence of an actual need to correct historical suppression, it is going too far. When our kids are taught about the Gay Civil Rights Movement, the contributions of gay persons are obviously relevant. What is wrong with simply allowing for history to be taught in a way that recognizes the contributions of persons when it is relevant to the event/development? Ms. Laub is certainly correct, but to my knowledge, it did not seem that California was actively suppressing the inclusion of gays in history. This borders on some bizarre kind of Big Brother/Sister type governance.

Jul 06 11 - 4:53pm

"When our kids are taught about the Gay Civil Rights Movement, the contributions of gay persons are obviously relevant." Don't know about you, but I was never taught about the gay civil rights movement in school. Maybe that's what this is about?

Jul 06 11 - 4:45pm

Makes you wonder if President Lincoln's history might be updated...

Jul 06 11 - 4:58pm


Jul 06 11 - 6:33pm
You're delusional.

My favorite new shirt. :)

Jul 06 11 - 4:59pm

Meh, what's next? Required teachings of the historical achievements of asthmatics or redheads?

This is just dumb. It'll be funny watching the bible thumpers froth about it, but it seems like a waste of time.

Jul 06 11 - 5:11pm

Funny maybe until you realize the homosexual lobby is thumping on a bible of its own. Unexamined dogma is wrong no matter what its source, no matter what its intention.

Jul 06 11 - 6:06pm

Gays are a large percentage of our population, and the gay rights movement is an important social force. It should be taught about, just as other civil rights movements should be taught about. The history of trade unions, farmworkers, ethnic minorities, etc. is all very important to explaining the current situation with the U.S.'s laws and social controversies. No wonder people don't vote, when we keep our population ignorant of crucial history.

Jul 07 11 - 12:24am

2.5% is a large percentage? Yes, it is a wonder how ignorant people are, isn't it?

Jul 07 11 - 12:22am

I quit

Jul 07 11 - 8:34am

Given that evangelical christians have been politically active and made significant impact on american political life (however good or bad it was), shouldn't california schools be teaching about the evangelical movement?

Jul 07 11 - 12:49pm


Jul 18 11 - 6:05pm
Scott Lackey

Dude. Have you EVER smoked a turd? It kicks ass man. Way better than ganja.

Jul 07 11 - 10:36am

I have to say, I don't think this is a good idea at all. I would be all for encouraging teachers to mention gay luminaries like Walt Whitman or Oscar Wilde or Alan Turing when appropriate, but mandating the teaching - and forbidding any mention of dissenting voices or insalubrious examples - is just propaganda. It's the mirror image of the TN Don't Say Gay law, and just as wrongheaded.

Jul 07 11 - 12:50pm

Don't forget Richard Simmons. Man that guy can exer-dance!

Jul 07 11 - 4:25pm

How about making sure that students know AMERICAN HISTORY first. Not starting with the Civil War either. How this country was founded and sustained itself. Gays have rights, yes. Don't shove them in our face. If you want to learn, then learn, if not, you should not be mandated to.

Jul 07 11 - 6:33pm

tisk tisk tisk.

Jul 08 11 - 8:29am

This is SO gay.

Jul 09 11 - 3:45pm

I don't know how I feel about this.

Jul 18 11 - 6:04pm


Jul 14 11 - 8:10pm

I think gay ppl have had to put up with a lot of discrimination and hate over the years - we obviously still are..according to all the comments posted. I think some positive reinforcement of some our gay heros may help some kids have a better understanding about being gay and the struggles that come along with it. This education may dim out some of the hate that brews due to a lack of knowledge about the gay population.

Jul 18 11 - 6:04pm
The Baltimoron

Fuck you, niggah!

Jul 16 11 - 9:27am
Boson Higgs

Why are "normal" people so threatened by gays?

Dec 29 11 - 6:14pm

Did not realize this was a gay site. Well this should not be mandatory in schools or at least allow people to remove their children if they don't want them learning that stuff hope this doesn't reach Illinois

Jan 11 12 - 11:55pm

I certainly wouldn't want parents to be able to pull their kids out of learning about the rise of trade unions and the triangle shirtwaist fire. I can't see any reason why parents would be allowed to pull their kids out of learning about Stonewall or the removal of homosexuality from the APA's list of disorders. They're both a part of our nation's history, and you can't raise able citizens by depriving them of crucial events. I was certainly never taught about the gay rights movement, and now students in California probably will be. Good.