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History is So Gay: LGBT Contributions to Be Added to CA Textbooks
The future school kids of California will soon learn the valuable contributions to history by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by reading about them in their textbooks. Yesterday, the Assembly approved a bill okaying the addition of the info to our state's textbooks, and that bill lands on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill, SB48, also provides for the inclusion of information about Americans with disabilities, according to the SF Chronicle. It took one Republican vote to join the party-line Democratic votes to pass the controversial and long-debated bill.
While banning the teaching of information about LGBT individuals or groups is not something on the books of any state, California could become the first state to explicitly require this particular inclusion.
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) who introduced the bill believes that not including info about LGBT Americans, or any other particular group of people, California's educators are "selectively censoring history."
An Op-Ed from the LA Times in April, however, counters, by saying history is something better written by historians, not politicians. (Just to calm the dissenters' nerves, for the record, you can't teach someone to be gay.)
Brown's office has yet to comment on the bill.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.