"The FAIR Education Act requires California schools to take a fair approach by integrating age-appropriate, factual information about social movements, current events and the contributions of people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders into existing history and social studies lessons that already include contributions of both men and women, people of color, diverse ethnic communities and other historically underrepresented groups.
The FAIR Education Act was signed into law on July 14, 2011. Just one day later, opponents of equality filed paperwork to place a referendum on the June 2012 ballot to overturn it. They have until October 12 to collect the more than 500,000 signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot."
"Who decides what students will learn?
Lessons required under the FAIR Education Act must be age-appropriate and will be developed at the local level, where school districts will decide what's appropriate for each classroom based on parent and teacher input."
Now watch how some of those signatures to repeal the FAIR Education Act are being collected - it's an outrage:
My thanks to Max Disposti of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center for taking this video, and to Equality California for getting the word out on the misleading tactics being used to repeal the law that says that gay history shouldn't be erased.
And if my local California school district is looking for factual information about the contributions of queer people so they can start being fair about teaching history, it would be great if when they're teaching about Alexander the Great, they could mention that Hephaestion was not just his male 'best friend' - but that they were two men in love. If you're going to teach that Alexander the Great married Roxane because he loved her, you should also teach that he loved Hephaestion! (Interested? I've got lots more LGBTQ history here.)
So watch out for this kind of voter fraud - and hopefully we can get our queer stories included in the history and social studies lessons that students learn.