Obscure Gay Rights Figures to Have Place in CA History Classes


The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Often obscure, figures and events in the history of the gay rights and disabled rights movements will soon have a mandatory place in the classroom right along side Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez and Susan B. Anthony.

... “Our history is more complete when we recognize the contributions of people from all backgrounds and walks of life,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said after the legislation was signed into law in July.

... Overshadowed by the political and philosophical divide is the looming question: just what will be taught to whom, particularly regarding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

“That’s the million dollar question,” said Hayes, who has helped put together suggested materials for high school teachers to use as part of their ongoing lesson plans on voting rights and civil rights.

Asked about whether there will be some sort of opt-out or notification, Hayes said “that’s one of those things I’ve been trying to find out. There are a lot of questions about it.”

Parents cannot keep their children from the class based on objections to the material, according to Tom Adams, an official with the California Department of education working on implementation.