Between the Lines

The Golden State’s Lavender Jacobins

You knew it would come to this.  So did I.  And yet one is still surprised by the sheer boldness of it all.  From my local paper:

California public schools do an inadequate job of teaching students about gay and lesbian history, despite a 2011 law that requires schools to teach such lessons, according to a national panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history scholars led by a Sonoma State University professor.

The Committee on LGBT History has proposed a revision to the state history and social studies framework that ensures kindergarten through 12th-grade students learn about LGBT figures and the roles they played in shaping society.

One Don Romesburg, chairman of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Sonoma State University and cochairman of the LGBT history committee, points to the 2011 “Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act” and avers that including the explicit identification of gays in the context of teaching history is now “the law of the land.”  And he and his committee are demanding it be enforced.  The law was introduced by state senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who says its passage

ensures that the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are accurately and fairly portrayed in instructional materials by adding LGBT people to the existing...

Join now to access the full article and gain access to other exclusive features.

Get Started

Already a member? Sign in here