Monday, September 5, 2011

California say YES to LGBT inclusive Education!

California is going to include LGBT people’s contribution into their school lesson plan. This Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act (FAIR Education Act) were introduced by a gay state senator, Mark Leno. It is considered a way to combat the “custom” of bullying students who are gay or perceived to be. Aside from ensuring the contribution of gays and gays rights are included in textbooks, the legislation add sexual orientation to the state’s existing anti-discrimination protections that prohibit bias in school activities, instruction and instructional materials.

“Denying LGBT people their rightful place in history gives our young people an inaccurate and incomplete view of world around them.” – Leno, a San Francisco Democrat.

The above are a simple summary I write after reading a few articles about this news – California including LGBT elements in teaching materials. I have to say that I’m pretty happy when I know and read about this. The fact that people are starting to recognize the existent of LGBT people and their contribution to the society is HUGE news! I think is good to exposed students to the existent of LGBT people at an early stage. NOT to PROMOTE LGBT, but to EDUCATE them to accept other’s difference.

Although this FAIR Education Act is proposed by a gay senator (well, his gay, of course he will support this!), but this act passes through the state assembly with 49-25 votes! Is about 66%! (ya! I did the math!!!). It reflects that the society has begun to accept LGBT people as who they are. Well,the 66% might not imply to all, but to me it is a baby step to a greater purpose!

No one can deny that LGBT people were bullied, discriminated and depressed for who they are. I think that the mindset of the society play a huge role in this picture. It is because we were taught that whatever differ from heterosexuality is wrong which make us believed that LGBT people are weird, weak and unnatural. From there, discrimination upon LGBT people begins.

I always feel that the reaction of the society towards LGBT people push them towards a corner where they could not find themselves! They are ashamed and depressed, they hide themselves from telling the truth and some go to the extreme and kill themselves. That’s why I think it is very important for the society to learn and accept LGBT people for who they are. Because when you think about it, they are not really that different from anyone else in the world. They just fell for the person in the same sex. Just like some of us like apple, and some of us like orange.

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