By Cindy Cross
Starting on January 1st, 2012, California public schools will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB48 which is the first of its kind in America.
"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."
Many gay rights groups hail Brown a hero for making a law to point out significant accomplishments of LGBT’s throughout history. They pointed out that teaching such curriculum will make LGBT students safer and perhaps cut down on bullying LGBT students.
Groups in opposition are mainly dismayed for religious reasons. Many religious groups see homosexuality or any ‘deviant’ sexual behavior against their religious mores.
I don’t understand why such a private issue should be taught in public schools. I believe LGBT’s should have every right that everyone else has, but what a person does in the bedroom is private.
Will this lead to making it mandatory to report what religious affiliation a historical figure belonged to? Should we begin to make it mandatory to include in curriculum what George Washington and Martha did in their bedroom? No. That is private. This is no one’s business, and it takes away from the accomplishments themselves.
I think that law SB48 places people into more distinct categories that are unnecessary. We need to study and recognize people as human beings making human accomplishments. Knowing what a person does in their private time will not make their accomplishments any better—or worse.
What Harvey Milk did was a great thing, but that he was a homosexual makes no difference. It shouldn’t anyway.