LGBT History = Possibly a New Requirement in California History Classes
I saw in a recent RollingStone chart of cool/not cool current events that California schools might be required to teach LGBT history as part in history courses. I think that this is a wonderful development in history education because
1) it gives greater historical, social, and cultural perspective on today's struggle for issues such as Same-Sex Marriage, gay adoption, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the Boy Scouts' refusal to allow membership to homosexual males, to name a few.
2) it increases visibility, awareness, and education about the LGBT community, teaching students and then hopefully everyone else about the horrors of discrimination against members of the LGBT community
3) in conjunction with #2, students will be encouraged to stand up against this discrimination
4) by making LGBT history a requirement throughout California, people in parts of the state that do not have strong LGBT communities will be more educated about LGBT history and issues when they might otherwise not have any exposure to those topics
As with everything in life, I think that education is key to fully understand issues and parts of the world in general. Because of that, I applaud state legislators such as Mark Leno for supporting this bill!
Read more about this new proposal here!