On Tuesday, New York City lawmakers entered the ring of the fight for public grade school curriculum that discusses the achievements and influences of LGBT people throughout history. Taking advantage of the special National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, the openly gay Queens City Council member Daniel Dromm introduced a new resolution for the city. If successful, the resolution would require the Department of Education in NYC to develop an LGBT-inclusive curriculum.
"It's about time that the New York City Department of Education adopt a curriculum which is true," said [Daniel] Dromm. "All we're asking the Department of Education to do is acknowledge the truth and to stop putting LGBT people in the closet."
NY1 also has published a number of responses from viewers and listeners in NYC. Some are quite negative, citing other priorities the city should be pursuing, and others outrightly saying that teaching about LGBT people is disrespectful to NYC families' religious freedoms. Read all of the responses.
The push seems like it's modeled off of California's Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, which was signed into law this summer. Earlier this week, a group seeking to repeal the FAIR Act failed to collect enough signatures to put the legislative decision on the 2012 ballot, a success for proponents of the curriculum bill.