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California Passes Bill Requiring Public Schools To Teach Gay History!!!!

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What a wonderful step in the right direction!

Yesterday, California passed a bill which will "require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians."

Cali's democratic governor Jerry Brown has not yet announced publicly whether or not he supports the bill, but we'll keep our fingers crossed that everything continues to go smoothly as this bill becomes a law.

Here's what executive director of San Francisco's Gay-Straight Alliance Network Carolyn Laub had to say about the bill:

"It's unfair to leave out or exclude an entire portion of our population from history."

And here's what California Assemblyman Donald Wagner had to say about the bill, which he opposed:

"Writing these provisions into textbooks will further an agenda rather than teach facts. When we do things, we politicize them because that's the nature of politics. We should leave education to the educators."

We disagree! We think it's FANTASTIC that students will be exposed to the stories of inspirational gay men and women who have made a difference over the years. We'll be VERY excited when we get confirmation that this bill becomes a law!


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67 comments to “California Passes Bill Requiring Public Schools To Teach Gay History!!!!”

  1. 1

    California teaches gay history and Indiana schools passed a law to no longer teach cursive writing in schools. What's wrong with this picture?

  2. 2

    why do we have to title anything as gay or not gay? either its history or its not!

  3. 3

    I think it's only fair they teach bestiality and pedophile history too. EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!!!

  4. 4

    I know that this is a step in the direction of acceptance, but we will know that there is true equality when sexual orientation is no longer important and gay and lesbians can be recognized for contributions to their field whether it be science, literature, exploration etc., without having sexual orientation mentioned at all. Alexander the Great, Cecil Rhodes, and Lawrence of Arabia were all gay, but their sexual orientation had nothing to do with their accomplishments. But it will be great for all kids to realize that gay people are more than just gay.

  5. 5

    Cut physical education, musical education, drama, the arts, sports. Yea…let's throw money the State doesn't have towards the demands of a small, powerful special interest group. Teachers will continue to be laid off, along with police and fire fighters but millions will be spent on sexual history, much conjecture and speculation. I'm for equal rights but this is a misuse of money in a State that is broke. Jobs, PE, sports, the Arts over special interests.

  6. 6

    What a crock of shit. If there is something of significance to teach, then teachers are already teaching it. My teachers never neglected the achievements of any group, they just taught it as it was. Telling them they have to somehow work stuff in, just to appease some special interest group, is discrimination and bias by definition. History is history, it's not supposed to be altered just to be PC. First they bastardize Mark Twain, now this. Homeschooling looks better and better, teaching without bias.

  7. 7

    Exactly, its totally ridiculous to seperate people because of their sexuality. That in its own way can be demeaning. The only reason we will hear of these people and their accomplishments is b/c they are gay. I get gay and lesbians are very proud people but at some point its like come on. To some degree they are acting like its a fad and its cool, if you really want to be accepted then let it happen and not just be so condescending about it.

  8. 8

    I'd be yanking my kids out of CA public schools immediately if this actually came to pass. It's ridiculous that children are to be taught about GAY history; something is history or it's not, and what a person does with his/her genitals doesn't belong in the classroom. But leave it to California to be fucked up enough to implement something like this, and to Perez for thinking something this depraved is a good thing. As for your beefcake, Perez, no matter what you do with your body, you still have an ugly face with a chin ten miles long and an annoying prissy voice on top of that. You're still unwanted and unloved at the end of the day.

  9. 9

    Do you know the cost to taxpayers for new textbooks? Who is going to pay for the textbooks? Will they be printed in California to help the economy? Who is going to prove the sexual history of people long dead unless it is beyond a reasonable doubt? And why is it our business anyway?

  10. 10

    Re: gypsysmama – Ebonics was another big California hit. Another waste of education funds. Who's speaking Ebonics these days? Wasn't Governor Moonbeam in charge when that one passed too?

  11. 11

    Wish they were allowed to mention important gay people throughout history when I was in school. I didn't learn about Stonewall until I was 24 years old because it was never mentioned in history class.

  12. 12

    Don't know about having a subject called Gay History, but not leaving out some historical/political facts would indeed be interesting, not as a gay pride thing, but as in being an important part of democracy! In my opinion, being included is better than to be put aside, right?

  13. 13

    I will always HOMESCHOOL my kids………..this is bullshit….gays are not minorities and do not deserve their own history..

  14. 14

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – that shit will probably be next…..need to move to Europe or a small island.

  15. 15

    Re: JigSaw – totally agree with you!

  16. 16

    Fucking ridiculous.

  17. 17

    I am gay - and we should NOT be teaching gay history in schools. We don't teach out heterosexual history in school (ok, sex ed …yes, but that's not HISTORY).

    This is so lame, and as a gay man this is NOT the right thing to do.

    FAILURE for California!

  18. 18

    Given the homophobic comments here, no wonder schools HAVE to teach about the accomplishments of gays and lesbians. They teach Black history, don't they? About time they teach about a group that nowadays are even more hated than Blacks.

  19. 19

    I agree with JigSaw!

  20. 20

    Re: rosebud99 – Try telling the people of Macedonia that Alexander the Great was Gay. They don't agree with you. So, are you telling the people of Greece that they are wrong and Californians are right? Most likely Alexander was bi-sexual but are we supposed to be teaching fact or conjecture?

  21. 21

    The money would be better spent teaching driver's education.

  22. 22

    Re: JigSaw
    Because it's Perez, EVERYTHING is gay or not gay. He only cares about the gay issues though.

  23. 23

    ummm….history is history, whether the person creating the historical event is gay, straight or whatever really isn't the point and to make a deal about the sexual orientation of said person, rather than focusing on what they actually did doesn't make sense. If someone invents something will it now be taught that so and so invented this wonderful item and btw they are gay…..wtf does that have to do with the invention itself? I don't recall them telling us in school the sexual preference of thomas eddison?!? who the hell cares, no issue needs to be made of this…just teach shit thats important damnit and stop adding in extra crap that doesn't matter…

  24. 24

    Re: Rattattattat – If children are taught that gay/lesbian people existed throughout time, then it would help decrease the bigotry out there towards the gay community. Seeing that gay people cracked the Nazi code, are considered the creator of the computer, being George Washington trusted general who was one of the founders of the United States, and the struggles that they have endured.

    Also if you want to block your child from this information, then you are only putting them at a disservice. If you are against this, then you are not educated about why this is important. For the gay dude that is against children being taught about this information in school. I doubt that you are gay and if you are then you probably are not comfortable about who you are because society makes you feel like you should be ashamed about who you are.

  25. 25

    What the hell does being gay have to do with school ?? what the hell does some ones sexual orientation have to do with history .. im so glad i live in arizona.. this shit is so stupid and a waste of tax payers money.

  26. 26

    Re: michbkr35 – If Prop 8 is found unconstitutional, then AZ will be welcoming gay marriage since it passed a ban and the ruling affects all states in District 9 Appeals court. Besides, I could fill a lawsuit with AZ and have the same law passed there.

  27. 27

    Failure….History is history, regardless of their sexual orientation. They are removing gym, recess, and other things that benefit students. how does this benefit them. What these historians did in their own private time has no bearing on what they accomplished. We don't teach heterosexual history. it is just HISTORY. if you want to add in snipet to the regular history class that said person gay. then that is fine. but to have another class that is going to cost tax payers money in an already struggling state. just plain ridiculous. Why not use that money for busing cuz from what i heard from my friend who lives in CA. She has to cart her kids all over to get them to school.

  28. 28

    Only in california… When you go to college do they care about your knowledge of homosexuality.

  29. 29

    what's next, a law requiring we teach kids the history of feminism? why can't history just be history, why you need to label it white or black or gay or whatever?

  30. 30

    Public schools in California should just be taught history. If in fact the history of an indvidual includes love life, then yes add it to the books. We should not have a separate classes for it. That is what college is for. You can choose black history, mexican american history, feminism classes, hip hop apprecaition, ebonics, etc.

    When i was in school (many years ago) if a historical figure may or may have not been gay, it was mentioned "some say he had an affinity for men…" eh. no big deal.

    This is not right. Chicano history month doesn't mean classes teach chicano history all month, same with Balck history month, i only remember learning MLK Jr's "I have a Dream Speech."

    I say, if it goes along the line of the story of the individual or event, then yes mention it. Not a single class only about "Gay History." This is opening a door to way too much. If you want in-depth Gay history, you should pay for it as a college course like the rest of us do when we want to learn a little more about a subjuect, culture, persons…

  31. 31

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – Why don't you get an education OR crawl out of the cave you live in AND OPEN YOUR EYES…Live a little to actually see what you say is wrong….the majority of pedophiles are STRAIGHT MEN!!! Got that? (and for the sickos who are pedophiles, that is NOT gay…that is liking children and being predators….)VERY DIFFERENT. Secondly, if you equate having sex with another consensual human as sex with an animal: that is YOUR sick mind making that connection…there is no reality to how and what you think….get some help….or better yet, crawl back into your ignorant cave and shut up…stop spewing ignorance and hate….pray you never have children…..

  32. 32

    Re: Hairplugs for Hilton – Wait…your second comment was not full of hate about Stonewall…are you split personality too? Are you compassionate, but feel the need to hate? IF you are for real, read up on Harvey Milk too….History should be just that…whether gay or straight…some people get their knickers in a twist when their kids come home and say "we learned about gay history today"….acceptance is what teaching gay history is all about (important like the civil rights protests in the 50's and 60's)…once it is the norm, less people will get their panties all bunched.

  33. 33

    Re: sanfran1 – Hey Person, there are two "Hair Plugs for Hilton." I'm the one that supports gay rights and the FIRST Hair Plug sucks at life.I have always said to friends that Mario needs hair plugs, so I thought I should support that cause with being number 2! ha ha . . . . Its actually funny to read these comments, because they don't even know why they hate gay people. Those comments about bestiality and pedophilia are ridiculous and the following comment: "that shit will probably be next…..need to move to Europe or a small island." There are countries in the EU that actually allow bestiality. ha ha . . . maybe they should move there then?

  34. 34

    This is so sad that gays want to be equal, but they are forcing people to accept them and learn about them. Can't we just all be people without it being shoved down our throat. Perez is a bully pushing this agenda.

  35. j.no says – reply to this


    Re: sanfran1 – It's not as if there's going to be a class on gay history. It means that they can now teach about Harvey Milk, gay rights movement, persecution of homosexuals throughout time in a history class. It's absolutely paramount this be taught in schools. Why is it acceptable to teach about the struggles of any other group in US history but not the struggles of the gay community? It's not! This is just as important.

  36. 36

    God I wish California would just fall into the ocean!!!

  37. 37

    that's so gay. i have an idea… how about teaching math or science?

  38. 38

    Re: sanfran1 – Lmfao, you really, really are easy to bait. And having an impostor makes life even better. I luvs it. Suck it.

  39. 39

    Re: Jthemac – What's wrong with teaching some feminist history, like women's emancipation? Women make up over half the population of the US. They're not some special interest group, they're a majority. It can be just a part of normal history classes (as it should be).

  40. 40

    bullshit. How about we worry more about teaching stuff that ACTUALLY MATTERS!? Like making sure they know how to read and write properly.

  41. 41

    Including the contributions of gay Americans in social studies is important for a number of reasons. First, it helps to provide a more accurate portrayal of our nation's history. It may also work to encourage tolerance of homosexuals among children, which is critically important given the current wave of bullying we've seen against homosexual youths. And it's also important in that it gives proper representation for a voice that's often marginalized and outright ignored.

    They will merely learn their nation's history. There will be no lessons on the "homosexual agenda." There will be no seminars about how great it is to be gay.
    Kids are not being encouraged to choose any particular lifestyle. They are learning history. It's not that serious.

    While the bill does mandate the inclusion of gay history, it does not mandate the specific grade in which the lessons will be taught. They will only learn what gay Americans have contributed to society.
    Additionally, the bill calls for any discriminatory or negative commentary on homosexuals to be removed from textbooks.
    Passing this bill will guarantee children receive an accurate telling of our nation's history. And if it results in greater acceptance and tolerance, great!

  42. 42

    This is pretty stupid. History should be about historical events, and none of them have anything to do with butt sex.

  43. 43

    i'm very supportive of gay people's rights, but this seems silly and stupid. has anyone been excuded from history because they are gay.

  44. 44

    Re: Red Panda – They already do. I grew up in the South, and knew what sufferage was in middle school.

  45. 45

    I think what a lot of you people are failing to realize here is that, this bill is regarding GLBT civil rights movement events. Not "oh he was gay and famous" or "the first gay olympian." The bill is focusing on key GLBT civil right movement events. E.G. Stonewall Riots, Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and same-sex marriage state laws.

    Why is it ok that we teach our children about Jim-Crow laws that prevented minorities from marrying whites but its not ok that we teach children about same-sex marriage. Why is it ok we teach our children about latinos, asians, women and africans ability to enlist in the military but not gays?

    Same sex marriage, Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy and the Stonewall Riots are very important events in US History…

  46. 46

    I think what a lot of you people are failing to realize here is that, this bill is regarding events of GLBT civil rights movements. Not "oh he was gay and famous" or "the first gay olympian." The bill is focusing on key GLBT civil right movement events. E.G. Stonewall Riots, Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and same-sex marriage state laws.

    Why is it ok that we teach our children about Jim-Crow laws that prevented minorities from marrying whites but its not ok that we teach children about same-sex marriage. Why is it ok we educated our children regarding latinos, asians, women and africans ability to enlist in the military but not gays?

  47. 47

    Re: Jthemac
    children already learn about feminist movement in school. Children are taught about Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique," women's suffrage, right to own property, right to enlist in the military. i suggest u get a bit more up to date with California's education curriculum sir/mam.

  48. 48

    Re: AttFinch – I agree.

  49. 49

    Cali is a city in Colombia!

  50. 50

    And that my friends is exactly why I took my family and moved the hell out of CA. The gay stuff being shoved down everyone's throat has got to stop. Enough already!

  51. 51

    Several posters here already hit it on the head - if it's history, it's history no matter who you bone. Bringing up 'gay' or 'straight' lays an element on the table that isn't appropriate to the topic at hand. Kids (and I mean kids, not high schoolers) learn about JFK, not about the fact that he banged his way around. Use sense.

  52. 52

    Re: smooshie888 – ur right its not about who u bone. However, we teach our kids about when blacks were finally allowed to marry and interracial marriage in US history classes why not gays? We talk about Martin Luther King and Malcom X who were major african-american civil rights activistist's so why not Harvey Mudd and his assasination? Oh yah how about when the NIH and CDC attributed the AIDS epedemic to the gay community and wanted to quarentine gays in the and several propositions passed around the US trying to quarentine gays..

    By leaving gay civil rights OUT of the curriculum ur basically telling our kids. screw u gays…. only jewish, latino, black, asian and female civil rights movements are important.

  53. 53

    Re: Winter1965 – Harvey Milk edit*

  54. 54

    this bill is about civil rights movement and key gay activist figures getting put into text books. i find it hypocritical to include history of blacks and jews and women in the textbooks but not gays.

    ur basically teaching our children there's a hierarchy when it comes to minority blacks +women + latinos + jews are better than gays. which is just disgusting and u should all be ashamed of urself.

  55. 55

    Lmao California is a joke. Everyone in it is a joke. Reading shit like this doesn't surprise me coming out of cali.

  56. 56

    i agree with jigsaw.. if someone does something monumental just teach it. it would be like if martin luther king was gay and before they start teaching about his contributions they give out the disclaimer of 'before you decide if you look up to him or not.. just know this man was gay'. that's retarded just teach his contributions and leave the disclaimers and sexuality out of it.

  57. 57

    how many of you know about Alan Turing?

  58. 58

    this is what is wrong with cali…fn dumb liberals……hey nice high school that cost 500,000,000….

  59. 59

    Re: TheMrsBradPitt – I do because he lived near where I'm from and we have a main road into the city named after him (Alan Turing Way) but I might be an exception…

  60. 60

    What, pray tell, is gay history? The concept of self-identification based solely or primarily on sexual preference is one that is a very recent development in history. Alexander the Great almost certainly hade male lovers but the concept of being "gay" as it is defined today would be utterly foreign to him. The salient point of his life as far as history is concerned would be the whole conquering the Western world business and not who he slept with. He didn't leave a "gay" cultural legacy, he left a Greek cultural legaycy.

  61. Wrenn says – reply to this


    No wonder California is in complete shambles!!! Who the hell do they think they are to teach my children anything about gays?? I know now why home schooling and Christian based education is becoming so prevalent.

  62. 62

    Re: JigSaw – First, HEY! Then, to say readRe: AttFinch – 41's completely reasoned answer to your "Why..?"

  63. 63

    Re: AttFinch – Thank you.

  64. 64

    This is horrible. My children should not be forced to learn about the history of the gay agenda. This should be something parents should decide to teach themselves in a similiar aspect as religion. If would pull my child from History lessons during that time because I do not think this is something children should be forced to learn about.

  65. 65

    Re: MsJules – I suggest you deny your children all education. Your world needs more uninformed people in it.

  66. 66

    Re: b a t k i s s – HAHAHA are you serious I agree with MsJules. this isnt something we should be teaching around our kids. We should'nt introduce them to the fact of being gay. and I dont want them growing up thinking its normal its not

  67. 67

    Re: LOOOVEBUG – Your world needs more uninformed people in it too.