The California State Board of Education approved updated content to the state’s school curriculum last week, to comply with a law that requires public schools to weave LGBT history throughout American history and social science classes.
Content is being added to teach children about the “role of contributions of minority groups,” including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Starting in second grade, students will be taught about families with two dads or two moms.
By fourth grade, students will learn about “the emergence of the nation’s first gay rights organizations in the 1950s,” as well as “struggles in California from the 1970s to the present day to affirm the right of gay people to teach and to get married,” reports LA Times.
LGBT history lessons continue all the way through junior high and high school, including gays in the military and Obama’s transgender bathroom decree passed in 2015.
The law prohibits any content that is negative toward gays or “particular religions,” states CBS News.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill requiring social studies classes to include LGBT content in 2011, and the “Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act became law in 2012, but it has been held up by years of debate and revisions, including a wave of over 10,000 email comments from the public from December 2015 to February 2016.
Conservatives have made two unsuccessful attempts to repeal the law, saying it should be up to parents to choose when or how to teach their children about “sexual orientation.”
A Sacramento attorney involved in efforts to repeal the law, Matthew McReynolds, said parents “would be alarmed if they knew that LGBT History Month has promoted the notion that ‘America The Beautiful’ is a source of lesbian pride.”
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