Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The FAIR Education Act

I received this email from Equality California a few days ago, that I quickly read, and didn't really think to much about it.  But then a few hours later, I found myself reopening my mail and re-reading it again.  This occurred several times over the course of the next few days.  Finally it dawned on me that what kept bringing me back to this mail was that what a good idea this is, and yet a sense of sadness that we have to resort to the making of laws to be treated equally.  But if we have to legislate ourselves into being equal, so be it.

LGBT youth deserve to thrive in school and in life.
But to thrive, they need to feel safe and confident. They need to see and be inspired by LGBT role models who are changing the world for the better. They need to feel like they belong. Too many of our youth are struggling with harassment, feelings of worthlessness and even suicidal thoughts. We have to make our schools safer and more positive environments for LGBT youth.
It’s time for us to come out of the education closet. Ask your legislators to support the FAIR Education Act, SB 48, authored by Senator Mark Leno.
Existing laws require classes in the social sciences -- including history, sociology, anthropology and similar subjects -- to teach students about the contributions of men and women, racial and ethnic minorities and other groups. The FAIR Education Act, sponsored by Equality California and the GSA Network, would require these same classes to teach students about the contributions of LGBT people.
This important Act would also prevent the use of teaching materials that have negative images of people for being LGBT. Current laws already protect other groups in this way.
This bill can give LGBT youth hope, both for their future and for their lives today. All students will learn about how LGBT people have helped shape history, helping them to better understand their LGBT classmates.
Share your own story with your legislators about how this law would have helped create a safer, more welcoming environment when you were in school. They need to hear about the difference it will make.
Equality California will also be sponsoring a major anti-bullying bill -- authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano -- that is designed to significantly strengthen and expand California’s existing anti-bullying laws.
Together, we can and will create an environment across California where all youth -- including LGBT youth -- can achieve their best and know that they belong.
In solidarity,

Geoff KorsExecutive Director
Equality California
P.S. If you are already registered for Equality California's Action Center, simply reply to this email and your message will be sent automatically to your legislators.

At this point in time, I'm trying to think who in our Alaska government to contact to see about getting a similar law here.  This is one law that I would like to see copied all across our country.  I'm sick and tired of living in a country that is held hostage by the views of religion.


  1. This is the sort of thing that gives the haters the heebie-jeebies. I doubt it would pass in any state right now.

  2. Somebody once told me that in the UK social reform has mostly been by parliament leading and society following.

    When I stop to think about it that's true - from hanging, to corporal punishment (judicial and then also abolished in schools), rights for black people and those not born in the UK, rights for women and for the GLBT community.

    In all these things parliament has, interestingly, been out in front in terms of enacting liberating laws which society has groaned and shuddered it's way into obeying.

    Maybe, in the end, it's easier to convince a House of Commons and enough of a House of Lords - fewer than 2,000 people - rather than a whole country full of sceptical or disinterested folk.

    You might well find it's the same for you. Good luck!

  3. It sure would be nice to see this pass, in California, or anywhere, but it's just the kind of legislation to bring out the wingnuts with their "Indoctrination Theories".

  4. ::Likes::

    Hopefully it makes it through. A tenuous situation this bill finds itself in currently.