Sunday, April 17, 2011
SACRAMENTO — California moved another step closer to requiring the teaching of LGBT history in public schools, after legislation was approved in the full state Senate this week.
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act, sponsored by openly gay Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would require classroom text books and other instructional materials used in public schools to include the historical contributions of LGBT people.
The bill would also add sexual orientation and gender identity to California’s anti-discrimination protections.
The bill passed by a vote of 23-14, along party lines with Democrats in favor.
“Most textbooks don’t include any information about LGBT historical figures or the LGBT civil rights movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history,” Leno said in a release.
If passed, the bill — SB 48 — could have impact beyond California’s borders. Altering textbooks books to meet only one state’s order may not make sense to publishers, so the LGBT-inclusive versions could spread to other states as well.
The bill now heads to the Democratic-controlled state Assembly, where approval seems likely.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has not yet taken a position on the proposal.
Actually, he has:
He's chosen to be a bottom.
It was just two years ago when SaveCalifornia.com launched the RescueYourChild.com effort to encourage parents to withdraw their children from public schools because of such indoctrination.
That followed work by the legislature and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law. Those institutionalized the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices by banning any "adverse" references in schools.
At the time, officials said SB 777 "functionally requires public school instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual 'marriages,' and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called 'gay history.'"
The second bill, AB 394, "requires public schools to distribute controversial material to teachers, students, and parents which promotes transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality, all under the guise of 'anti-harassment' training."
Those laws ban in any school texts, events, class or activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, according to Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute.
But there are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.
California also has mandated that public schools honor Harvey Milk – a homosexual activist and reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
Kobe apologizes, Fined $100,000;
GLAAD, Lakers unite against gay slurs
In light of Kobe Bryant’s anti-gay slur during a game early this week that caused uproar; the Lakers announced Friday it would work with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in addressing homophobic remarks, particularly at Staples Center home games.
Bryant took responsibility Friday for his choice of words during Tuesday’s contest against San Antonio.
An apparently frustrated Bryant uttered an expletive-filled homophobic slur toward a referee after getting slapped with a technical foul during a nationally televised game.
It translated to a league-imposed $100,000 fine on the Laker star guard.
In an effort to address homophobic remarks, in particular at Staples Center home games, the Lakers announced their plan to work with GLAAD Friday, the same day Bryant made another apology.
"What happened in Tuesday night's game is not representative of what the Lakers stand for," Lakers spokesman John Black said in a statement GLAAD released as reported by ESPN.com. "We want to reaffirm our commitment to all our fans and our appreciation for the support we receive from all segments of society."
"We also understand the importance of positive messages in helping us convey this," Black added. "We appreciate the input we've received from GLAAD the past two days and will look forward to working with them on ways to help educate ourselves and our fans, and to help keep language like this out of our game."
GLAAD, for its part, echoed the sentiments of the embattled Lakers superstar who said he hopes something positive comes out from the experience.
"In light of this slur, there is a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA about the use of such words," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios in a statement as reported by the LA Times.
"The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a positive step and we look forward to working with them to create messages from players and coaches that combat bullying. We also suggested and will continue to advocate for zero tolerance policies for anti-gay slurs at home games, similar to what the New York Yankees adopted last year," Barrios added.
Meanwhile, the NBA has also indicated it will work with GLAAD in addressing anti-gay slur. It said it has committed to meeting with the organization to come with ways to reach out to its audience to discourage homophobia.
Posted by Doug at 4/17/2011 06:46:00 AM