Democratic lawmakers in California are fighting to revive a bill that will require state schools to teach their students about the contributions of gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans.
The movement was approved by legislators five years ago, but was opposed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The proposal would require that social science textbooks would include "a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans … to the economic, political and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society."
Gay right activists say that the legislation would extend to recognizing contributions by African America, Latino, and Asian American figures, which has been "a glaring oversight in education young people."
According to researchers, the change would cost nothing as textbooks are required to update their information every couple of years anyway.
This would be a huge benefit to young students and will help teach them to learn about acceptance and the importance of diversity. This is a fantastic legislation and we are praying that the bill is passed.
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