Adam Polaski

NYC Begins Fight for LGBT-Inclusive Education

Filed By Adam Polaski | October 13, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: California, Daniel Dromm, FAIR Education Act, LGBT history, National Coming Out Day, New York City

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.

NY1 covered the announcement:

"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.

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Om Kalthoum | October 14, 2011 3:39 PM

Sure, it's great when I'm in favor of what's being proposed. But do we really want government deciding on curriculum in our schools? Isn't that how we end up with science illiterates voting to teach "both sides" of the evolution "debate"?

Well, its how we ended up with "no child left behind".

Not to mention public school systems, in general.

I have a problem with the idea of an LGBT curriculum. I am Transsexual, non LGBT aligned and believe the Transgender umbrella is proof that segration and rights violations are alive and well in America. So how can you even began to justify teaching American kids that Transsexuals,Transvestites and Crossdressers like myself who believe in the freedom of association,Freedom of political association,Religious freedom and a medical structure that recognizes and treats different conditions accordling as being part of a forced illegitimate community such as the LGBT is.The simple fact is by the numbers most people who have any level of same sex attraction do not identify by the terms Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual. Going even further there is nothing out there showing that the word Transgender has anywheres near the support to even begin to justify its widespread push into society by the LGBT and academics that could easily be questioned as engaging in unethical behavior and academic fraud.