Karen Ocamb

CA Senate Passes FAIR Education Bill, Some Parents 'Have Concerns'

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 15, 2011 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: EqCa, FAIR Education Act, GSA

Thursday the California state Senate passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), authored by Sen. Mark Leno, by a vote of 23-14. The bill would require schools to fairly and accurately portray the historic contributions of LGBT people in social sciences and add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's existing anti-discrimination protections that prohibit bias in school activities, instruction and instructional materials. By introducing students to LGBT historical contributions, there is a greater chance that of decreasing school bullying.

But it is instructive to the LGBT community to see how this parent from Newport Beach reacts in this KCBS News report - she thinks it's "a sexual thing." As we learned from Prop 8, many straight people still consider gays in terms of sexual behavior, not sexual orientation or gender identity.

crossposted at LGBT POV

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Too bad that people are so limited in their thinking but measures like this will teach their children to have a more open and expansive ability to think.

I love how this woman says that kids are too young to learn about this and her kids look old enough to vote. Will she be serving them pureed bananas when they come to visit in 20 years?

I wish Indiana had had that law so long ago when I was a kid.