California’s Governor Jerry Brown has signed a historic new law that compels the state’s schools to include LGBT achievements in their curriculum.
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act was authored by Senator Mark Leno and was passed by the California Assembly in a 49-25 vote on July 6.
“History should be honest,” said Brown in a statement.
“This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”
The FAIR Education Act will amend the Education Code to include social sciences instruction on the contributions of LGBT people. The bill will also prohibit discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials from being adopted by the State Board of Education.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights, saluted Brown for signing the law, saying that the bill “reverses decades of censorship and discrimination against LGBT people in public school classrooms.
“Finally, all California students will learn about the contributions and accomplishments of LGBT people throughout history and into the present. LGBT students will be able to live openly and with pride, knowing that their state and their schools embrace them and recognise their worth.”
Conservative and religious bodies slammed the new law, with the Traditional Values Coalition accusing Brown of opening “the classroom door for homosexual activists to indoctrinate the minds of California’s youth”.
“If parents don’t already have their children out of public schools, this should cause them to remove them,” said chairman and founder Rev. Louis Sheldon.