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California to Require Gay History in Schools

LOS ANGELES — California will become the first state to require public schools to teach gay and lesbian history.

As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday that mandates that the contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and the country be included in social science instruction and in textbooks. School districts will have until next January to begin implementing the new law, which was also promoted in part as a way to combat bullying of gay and lesbian students.

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New York Times

California becomes first state to mandate gay history in curriculum

California today became the first state to require that school districts include in their social studies lessons the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

“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,” said a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who signed the bill after supporters and opponents endured more than a week of suspense.

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Christian Science Monitor

State Assembly Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill

 

State Assembly Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill

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California lawmakers pass bill to teach gay history

A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation.

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Reuters

Assembly Education Committee Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Vaishalee Raja, Equality California
PHONE: (916) 284-9187 EMAIL: vaishalee@eqca.org

CONTACT: Jill Marcellus, Gay-Straight Alliance Network 
PHONE: 516-313-9659 EMAIL: jill@gsanetwork.org 

 

Assembly Education Committee Passes Landmark LGBT Education Bill

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Seth's Law Passes Critical Senate Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 22, 2011



CONTACT: Jorge Amaro, Equality California 

PHONE: 562-964-3591 EMAIL: jorge@eqca.org



CONTACT: Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of California 

PHONE: 415-621-2493 EMAIL: RFarmer@ACLUNC.org 



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Duncan Says Discriminating Against LGBT Clubs Violates Law

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan warned school districts Tuesday against attempting to shut down lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clubs and gay-straight alliances.

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US News & World Report

Seth’s Law Passes State Assembly

CONTACT: Jorge Amaro, Equality California  
PHONE: 562-964-3591
EMAIL: jorge@eqca.org  

CONTACT: Rebecca Farmer, ACLU of California  
PHONE: 415-621-2493
EMAIL: RFarmer@ACLUNC.org  

CONTACT: Jill Marcellus, Gay-Straight Alliance Network
PHONE: 516-313-9659
EMAIL: jill@gsanetwork.org  

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ACLU says Web filter may violate student rights at Southland high school

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said Tuesday that a Southland school district is potentially violating students’ constitutional rights by blocking access to informational gay and lesbian Web sites.

ACLU attorneys say the Rowland Unified School District in the San Gabriel Valley uses computer software to keep students from seeing the Web sites of groups that include the Gay Straight Alliance Network and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation.

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KPCC: Southern California Public Radio

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