LGBT history planned for CA curriculum

California's new law requires 2017 textbooks to include LGBT history. Branham students feel this is a first step toward understanding queer-identifying students.

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California’s new law requires 2017 textbooks to include LGBT history. Branham students feel this is a first step toward understanding queer-identifying students.

By Michaela Edlin
Staff Writer

LGBT history is being integrated into California public school standardized curriculum and will be in textbooks by 2017 according to the California Board of Education.

Branham Hopes to soon implement LGBT history to its curriculum. This will influence future Branham students as they’re learning some of this coursework prior to high school. All underclassmen will also be affected as the most intensive curriculum will take place in the junior year of high school where students will learn of military and government discrimination based on sexuality, LGBT police riots, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in America.

“I’m excited for this generation and all other generations to come who will have the privilege of being able to learn about the LGBTQ+ achievements,” said junior and GSA Officer Eloisa Karp when asked about the new curriculum supplement.

Senate Bill 48 took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, but it wasn’t until July that the State Board of Education adopted a new historical-science framework that includes the accomplishments of LGBT figures. This does not alter any state historical-science standards, but instead adds a more cultured and diverse look at world history.

“We can’t tell our youth that it’s OK to be yourself and expect them to treat their peers with dignity and respect while we deny them accurate information about the historical contributions of Americans who happened to be LGBT,” said Senator Leno of San Francisco in response to the bill. The new framework’s main goal is to boosting acceptance and awareness of the LGBT community’s History, the framework adds the achievements and struggles in comparison to contemporary standards.

The response of Branham students seems to be consistently positive. Sophomore Ten Sanchez, who is trans and queer identifying, seemed responsive to this news. He said, “…more people will understand me and the queer community. Teachers will be more open with things concerning queer people… and pronouns.”

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