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Calif. Bill Would Mandate Teaching LGBT History

Thankfully, I’ve forgotten most of what school was like. But I remember one thing all too well: no one other than me in the United States ever had been queer, and if they were, they must have been some sick puppies.

Why did I feel that way? Because I didn’t see anyone like me in my history books. There were no queer politicians, inventors or civil rights heroes. It’s no wonder that kids were scared of boys who liked boys or girls who liked girls. Or that schoolyard bullies picked on queer classmates.

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Washington Blade

Glendora Teen Advocates For Inclusion of Gay Figures in School Lessons

Isaiah Baiseri remembers the evening he and a friend wandered into a bookstore in downtown Glendora. Baiseri, then only in sixth grade, thumbed through a book his friend recommended to him.

The book was a teen novel called Geography Club, about a 16-year-old boy coming to terms with his sexuality.

It was then Baiseri, who was also struggling to come out to his own friends and family, said everything changed.

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Glendora Patch

What leads gay, straight teens to attempt suicide? Research suggests similar social influences

CHICAGO — Suicide attempts by gay teens — and even straight kids — are more common in politically conservative areas where schools don’t have programs supporting gay rights, a study involving nearly 32,000 high school students found.

Those factors raised the odds and were a substantial influence on suicide attempts even when known risk contributors like depression and being bullied were considered, said study author Mark Hatzenbuehler, a Columbia University psychologist and researcher.

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Associated Press

California Bill May Require Teaching of Gay History

LOS ANGELES — In California public schools, students are required to learn about black history and women’s history. And if a bill approved by the State Senate this week becomes law, the state will become the first in the country to mandate that schools also teach gay history.

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New York Times

California Senate Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill

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Contact: Jackie Downing, GSA Network
Phone: 415-552-4229

Vaishalee Raja, Equality California
Phone: 916-284-9187

California Senate Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill



Legislation sponsored by Equality California and Gay-Straight Alliance Network aims to stop discriminatory education and promote school safety

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GSA Network

Seth Walsh's Mother to Testify in Support of “Seth’s Law”

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Contact: Jackie Downing
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Wendy Walsh, mother of Seth Walsh, to Testify in Support of “Seth’s Law” 



Assembly Education Committee will hear testimony Wednesday on AB 9 which seeks to create a safer school environment for California students

The bill is authored by Assemblymember Ammiano and co-sponsored by LGBT equality organizations 



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GSA Network

Press Release: Seth’s Law Passes Key Legislative Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jackie Downing
415-552-4229

Seth’s Law Passes Key Legislative Committee

AB 9, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by LGBT equality organizations, seeks to create a safer school environment for California students

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GSA Network

CA bill would mandate LGBT presence in curriculum

Irene Rojas-Carroll was always troubled by the fact that her social studies lessons failed to mention people like her.

Important figures of various ethnicities, races or cultures were present in her history books, but references to contributions made by bisexuals like Irene were nonexistent.

Gays, lesbians and transgender people were left out too, the El Cerrito High School senior noted.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Unified board takes on bullying

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego school board adopted an anti-bullying policy on Tuesday during a meeting that turned emotional when students, teachers and district officials shared personal stories of harassment brought on by their sexual orientation.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

Youth Take On Controversial Issue in State’s Capitol

Seventy high school students who participate in gay-straight alliance clubs at their campuses had the opportunity to meet several of their state representatives in Sacramento this week as part of an experience that grew beyond the usual civics lesson.

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Eastern Group Publications

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