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Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Gay History Law In California!!!!

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Gay History Schools Signed Bill


Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a historical bill that "requires public schools to include the contributions of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in social studies curriculum."

How wonderful is that?? Pretty wonderful! So wonderful that Gov. Brown had this to say:

"History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books."

Speaking the truth!!

State Sen. Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco and the bill's author, hailed the bill signing as a step toward teaching tolerance. Supporters say the bill will teach students to be more accepting of gays and lesbians in light of the bullying that happens to gay students.

"Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT Americans," Leno said in a statement.

We are SO proud of this happening, and SO proud to be a part of this state!

It's sad that it's being met with some opposition, though, but this is a time to celebrate the victory instead of focusing people who oppose tolerance and equality!

Equality for all!!

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66 comments to “Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Gay History Law In California!!!!”

  1. 1

    I can't tell you how many times I've been in a bind and the only way out was a knowledge of gay history.

  2. 2

    so stupid.

  3. 3

    Re: Meggie246624 – Probably because you can't count can you not tell us. Please, stay undereducated and out of California.

  4. d.f. says – reply to this



  5. 5

    California, from golden goose to a fucked duck.
    At least we can feel better that Obama is leading us out of the quagmire.

  6. 6

    Re: b a t k i s s – Relax, I took that comment as tongue in cheek. The day will eventually come when sexual orientation won't matter at all, but until that day, there needs to be recognition.

  7. d.f. says – reply to this



  8. 8

    Significant people from history who happened to be gay are already in the history books - as significant people. EM Forster, Noel Coward, etc (for example) were great writers. Period. Why should they now be marginalized as gay great writers? If they are significant enough to warrant study fr their achievements - its the achievements, not their sexuality or whether they were left handed or vegans or redheads or whatever that matter.

  9. d.f. says – reply to this



  10. 10

    Re: b a t k i s s – I have absolutely no issue with gay marriage (in fact, I stood up for my best friend when he married his partner) and I fully support equal rights for all. What I take issue with is the idea of bringing sexual preference into the classroom. Historical figures' contributions should be based on just that … their contributions and whether gay, straight or bi is irrelevant. I also find it troublesome that in a state as financially troubled as California, this decision has been made, which will be an enormous expense that this nearly bankrupt state cannot handle at this time. Do you now fully understand the counterpoint? If not, let me know and I'll try to re-phrase using monosyllabic words for you. And as an aside, you must be aware that personal attacks on differing ideologies, such as yours against me, demonstrate the lowest form of intellect. You're better than that, bat.

  11. d.f. says – reply to this


    Re: tallguy10 – RIGHT ON.

  12. 12

    Can anyone say Catholic school.

    Private School


    what a bunch of crap…who you like to fuck does not have anything to do with history.

  13. 13

    Re: Meggie246624 – i hope you are joking.

  14. 14

    Re: d.f. – that is why you are an idiot.

  15. 15

    How bout we focus on the constitution and what the government is truly responsible for : hence Federal keeps our country safe with our armed forces..and local state government on the school system..why the heck we continue to inundate with standard core belief of the fact that we are such a diverse state, I am speaking of California..our in flux of illegal immigrants and that we must pay out of our taxpayer money to support them..why must we create a program on gay?? This is getting too out of hand..we need jobs, we need more money on special eduction..can't we just include gay in sociology and not make it mandatory..when will the madness stop!!

  16. 16

    Re: tallguy10 – And if the country was as logical as you we wouldn't be having this issue in the first place. I completely agree, by now having to signify that this person was 'gay' or 'straight' is actually putting further detriment to it. Why should it matter? If they are a great writer, or politician or dancer or historical figure let that stand true. I would hate to see this skewed so a gay figure got recognition over a straight figure for a lesser action just because it he/she were gay and the curriculum needed to be met. It is like a weird affirmative action.

  17. 17

    Re: d.f.Re: Meggie246624 – You both are ignorant….if you choose to remain so, please crawl back under your rock…Why are you on a gay man's blog if you are so intolerant?? Teaching gay history is just as important as teaching the civil rights struggles in the late 50's-early 60's…The MORE homosexuality is discussed, the less taboo it becomes. Tolerance exists when people understand and accept….information is what is key…Thank you Cali!!

  18. 18

    Re: sanfran1 – The fact that you stated that I'm intolerant of gays demonstrates that you didn't read my post. Calm down honey and re-read it, ok?

  19. 19

    When has anyone who chooses to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender contributed anything to society ? Other than to further their adgenda ? Sad day for California.

  20. 20

    Re: Meggie246624 – Boo hoo, sucks to by you! Without apology I am optimistic about and thankful for the good this bill will accomplish. Thank you, Gov. Brown and Sen. Leno.

  21. 21

    Re: dryan1971 – People don't choose to be gay, anymore than people choose to be straight. It's not a choice.

  22. 22

    "Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT Americans," said Senator Leno (D-San Francisco). "Denying LGBT people their rightful place in history gives our young people an inaccurate and incomplete view of the world around them. I am pleased Governor Brown signed the FAIR Education Act and I thank him for recognizing that the LGBT community, its accomplishments and its ongoing efforts for first-class citizenship are important components of California's history." Research indicates that students who learn about LGBT people find their school environments more accepting of LGBT youth. Students are also more likely to report that their LGBT peers are treated fairly at school - and that other types of peer-to-peer disrespect also declines - when LGBT people and issues are included in instructional materials.

  23. 23

    Re: b a t k i s s – that's perfectly fine that you feel that way and I respect your opinion. I happen to have a different opinion, that's all.

  24. 24

    My concern is that they are going to betray homosexual history like some of the GLBT political activist. In translation they are going to say half truth.

  25. 25

    How the hell does this even make sense for equality. Is it equality if I DON'T want to take it. Bully's. Way to spread this shit sandwich, Perez.

  26. 26

    Good for California!
    I would have loved hearing about gays in history, just as I did about all the hetero's…yes, they are mentioned, but usually brushed over, or their personal life is ignored, whereas hetero's always have their wife or husband mentioned, their children, etc. Or homosexuals are left out completely…I didn't know that there were thousands of gay people that were killed in the holocaust until I read a wonderful play called "BENT" when I was 20. Our history deserves to be told just as much as anybody's!

  27. 27

    Disgusting. College class elective. OK. Part of grade school curriculum. STUPID and revolting. I think I'll either be home schooling my kids or putting them in a private school. This is ridiculous!

  28. 28

    Re: luvs2tango – Tell us more about sex with animals!?!

  29. 29

    Re: gorgeous_chik7 – Please, deny your children all education. Your world needs more uninformed people in it.

  30. 30

    Re: Meggie246624 – i have to totally agree with you on your well worded points. thanks for posting. i was trying to figure out what to post on this but i couldnt have put it more elequently as you.

  31. 31

    Funny, I took history and never ever recalled any of my teachers saying "So this guy founded our country he was married to a female and screwed girls..He was heterosexual"..

    Its complete irrelevant and unneeded. For gays or straights rofl. Again, Gays just want attention..when they should be eradicated..They really are getting annoying..Even if gay marriage was allowed in every state..they would just find something else to bitch about.

  32. 32

    How about equality for those who oppose your gay agenda, Perez? I guess a little tolerance for you in that regard is too much to ask? Hypocrite….

  33. 33

    Re: tallguy10 – Exactly,,,,,,,,,We need to teach left handed people history also..it's very important………

  34. 34

    It doesn't deserve any more attention than Black, Asian, or Hispanic history, and even that brought together is difficult to find. I doubt it will make the books soon, as that means someone will have to write it, and then school districts will have to pay for it! But I am glad it happened.

  35. 35

    Hey… California is going to have to spend MILLIONS of dollars for new text books WHEN THEY ARE BROKE!!!!! GREAT LEGISLATION!!!!!!! NOT!!!!

  36. 36

    what do you guys rgink of thia just a few weeks ago the hispanic actor William Levy after making a video with Jlo him and his wife announce their seperation. The gossip in the hispanic news is that they had a conection. Now Jlo is announcing her divorce to
    arc Anthony. Is it just me or will we see in the future Jlo dating William Levy. Only time will tell…

    I did see this one coming its all over the news about William Levy and Jlo…

  37. 37

    Great moments in gay history: Feb. 2011 - most collective screams for a gay kiss on Glee, December, 2010 - Lady Gaga donates his genitalia to Chastity Bono, May 2009 - Boys Underwear 1/2 Off ad creates bedlam at NAMBLA convention, Sept. 2008 - Pro-gay rights rally in San Francisco. Police reported no serious problems but some neighbors complained of excessively loud Cher music and having their homes broke into and redecorated.

  38. 38

    Re: sanfran1 – just like a lbertard…

  39. 39

    Re: cap chick – hey they spent 500 hundred million on one high school…..so i guess that shows what morons are in charge of that state that is phag broke….

  40. 40

    THANK YOU :)

  41. 41

    this is so dumb. peoples sexual preferences has nothing to do with what they achived in history. while i am sure it is great for teens who are gay to have role model to live up to. Do you need a class for that? slip it in to the regular classes. next thing you know they are going to want every race and religion to have their own class on the history of their race religion of their own. this is just silly. the more i learn about the CA school system the more i am glad i don't live there. i will take my po' duck town any day

  42. 42

    Re: b a t k i s s

    Oh my God! That was so unreadable. Perhaps the California system needs to put more money toward teaching English and writing skills. I apologize if you are offended, but if you are going to put your opinion out there, you simply must learn to read and write.

  43. 43

    If a person does something that makes a difference in society and is noteworthy in history, they should be recognized for it no matter what. but there's no room in text books for adding in the pointless information of a person's sexual preference.

  44. 44

    I am not sure what someones sexual orientation has to do with their accomplishments, unless of course it the accomplishments are directly linked to the homosexual community. Even then it should be age appropriate. Sex and religion should be taught by the parent. Not the public school system, it is not hteir job. Their job is Math, reading, writing, science, and history. By the way, this comment does not make me a bigot, or deplorable as you say all the time Perez, it is just the truth of the matter. It is not the palce of the govt. to issue a decree of what parents find acceptable to teach their kids, especially their young children.

  45. Wrenn says – reply to this


    I'm so glad my children are in private school and don't have to be subjected to the gay agenda. One thing is certain. Civilization cannot continue without one man and one woman. Homosexuals cannot procreate. Yes, they can adopt or hire a surrogate, but life cannot continue to go on without the egg of one woman and the sperm of one man…just the way God intended it.

  46. 46

    Just another example of government stepping into the quagmire of sexuality and morality. That is not the place for politicians.

    Isn't the goal EQUALITY? We are going backwards when we single out certain groups of people for the type of sex they have or the color of their skin. We are all people. Plain and simple. To ask the government to make us into groups who have special treatment is not the answer. Since when was sexual preference a learning point in sociology and history?

    And what is going to happen to all those textbooks, that cost millions and millions of dollars to the taxpayers? Just toss them in the trash and make new ones with a few extra pages?

  47. 47

    Simply unbelievable…..so everyone has to divulge their sexual orientation when they meet someone or when they apply for a job position or when they run for office or play on a professional sports team???? If they don't how else will the gay police be able to label them. I also thought there were more pressing problems in CA than allocating funds to support this idiocy.

  48. 48

    Also, by signing this bill into legislation, politicians are requiring public schools to teach children to discriminate between gay and straight. When I was in school, I honestly didn't look at people that way. I hadn't been taught to see people with labels and stereotypes yet.

    I'm sure there were gay teachers, gay students, and gay parents in my high schools. But I just saw them as teachers, friends, and parents because no one had explained it differently to me. When I got to college there was a lot of awareness going on, with gender studies, and LGBT groups etc. At that age I think I was ready to think about gay issues.

    I don't think public school is the place for explaining gender. When children are minors, it should be up to the parents when their kids learn about gay vs. straight etc. I understand having sex-ed classes where they discuss the birds and the bees, and can touch on issues of gender there… but to have sexuality as a focus during regular public school classes seems like a major overstep to me. Until college, or age 18, it really is the parents responsibility to talk to their kids about complex sexual issues.. not the government.

  49. 49

    who cares if its good or bad fro children. you got your agenda. so now were going to teach classes based on which hole you like. when do we include the contributions of people who like bdsm or 3somes. do they get a section in the text book too. i didnt know we were excluding contributions of people in history due to what they choose to do at night behind closed doors. what a joke.

  50. 50

    and you wonder why we have a 50% drop out rate and kids cant get jobs. this is what they learn.

  51. 51

    Re: Meggie246624 – Funny! Good one.

  52. 52

    Re: b a t k i s s – Do you not understand sarcasm? Your grammar and punctuation need some work. Try picking up a book on remedial English.

  53. 53

    Re: d.f. – I take it that you are not from California. California should be divided into at least three states. The Northerners hate the Southerners and vice-versa. Then there is the Central Valley; they want nothing to do with either the North or the South. They are farmers.

  54. 54

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – Yes. Please, keep talking. I always yawn when I am interested.

  55. 55

    I'm all for mandatory teaching of the gay rights movement ie Stonewall, like they teach womens and black rights… But no they shouldn't say such and such a writer who is also GAY… That's lame.

  56. 56

    Re: Wrenn – There is no such thing as the 'gay agenda'.

  57. 57

    Re: Meggie246624 – hahahahahaha nice, that comment made me laugh so hard

  58. 58

    Every historical figure who has made a huge impact on America should be part of education, and LGBT figures shouldn't be excluded. However, they shouldn't make it a point to show sexual orientation at all in the classroom. The sexual orientation shouldn't be relevant. Labelling these figures as gay or "the first gay person to…" undermines the accomplishment they achieved to be a historical figure in the first place. What's important is that they should be looked at as a person, not a gay or straight person.

  59. 59

    Re: Me Myself and I – Great comment!

  60. 60

    I just can't believe how long it's taken for the US to do this anyway… Equal rights should be the basic number one. I know it obviously hasn't been completely achieved anywhere, but a lot of countries are damn further ahead when it comes to homosexuality!

  61. 61

    Rad? I don't really think so dude.

    I'm gay, yet I would accept the fact that learning about monotonous dull history is boring.

    I don't agree with learning about black history OR gay history…both are equally dull.

    Give it a break P-H; gay freedom is inevitable…yet your promoting it is shameless and a bit partisan and nauseating.

  62. 62

    completely support gay rights, but find this to be totally stupid. were people not being taught about someone because they were gay?

  63. 63

    Sweet! Now we will finally know the story of how Astroglide was invented!

  64. 64

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, PennyTop.com

  65. 65

    Re: Lizzzz913 – what a min…… did you really just say that …………" "Labelling these figures as gay or "the first gay person to…" undermines the accomplishment they achieved to be a historical figure in the first place. What's important is that they should be looked at as a person, not a gay or straight person. " " why the hell shouldnt it be that way. if a black man or woman did something in history that no other black man or woman has done does it not read "…. so and so was the first BLACK man or woman to do it… ???????????????????????????? ok why cant it be that way for anyone then. i dont think it is right to refer ppl to their race but that is how its always been. i dont think that wee should state, for every man or woman in history, weather they were gay, straight, black, white or purple, but thats how it is.

  66. 66

    i took a liberal arts class called "queer culture" when i went to the new school. the male teachers were real sexist it was pissing all of us girls, we just learned about gay/trans men, women were basically left out . they acted like everyone was active with LBGTQ rights/activities; so i was completely lost on all the topics. really frustrating, got a D. hope they arent like that there.