• Wed, Jul 6 2011

Mommyish Poll: What Part Of LGBTQ History Would You Most Like To See In Your Kid’s Textbook?

California passed a bill today that will include LGBTQ figures in history textbooks for public schools. The passage of this bill makes California the first state in the United States to require the history and contributions of queer individuals in history lessons. Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill proposing a similar initiative in 2006, but Senator Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who introduced the bill, said that keeping LGBTQ history out of classrooms, as well as the stories of any Americans, is essentially “selectively censoring history.”

Given the acceleration of gay rights in our country, there are many recent milestones to choose from when revising our textbooks. Which ones would you most like to see in your kid’s textbook? Feel free to add others in the comments!

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  • Vada Lavina

    What about this choice:

    “Homosexual political political propaganda should not be forced on school children, especially against the will of parents.”

    Why is it presupposed that we need to inject discussions of deviant sexual behavior into every nook and cranny of public life, including into the minds of children. It should be a parent’s choice to opt a child in to this type of ruthless indoctrination.

    • sheherbano

      why is it presupposed that teaching kids about important individuals needs to be censored over by some prejudiced people’s decision that their “deviant” sexualities make the whole topic/event inappropriate?

    • Stephanie

      They should all be taught. It would be teaching kids about important events for this HUMAN RIGHTS campaign, not “injecting discussions of deviant sexual behavior into every nook and cranny of public life.” You are teaching of the important fight for equality, and how these individuals have made a difference. They’re PERSONAL, sexual behavior isn’t being discussed. They aren’t a different breed of human, they are just like you fighting for their right as a human and American.

    • Dee

      I agree, Vada. This is simply disgusting.

    • Leigha

      I was under the impression that the point of history class was to teach things that happened. The Stonewall riots? That was an event in history just as much as Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, and should be taught as such. To sweep every gay person and every incident of the fight for equal rights out of history is to censor history in a very discriminatory manner, every bit as much as if we didn’t mention anything about black people, or Asians, or women.

      There is absolutely NOTHING “disgusting” or “indoctrinating” about teaching kids about things that happened. What is disgusting and indoctrinating is teaching kids that some things are not worth talking about, simply because you don’t like certain aspects of people’s lives. If they were getting up and saying “Being gay is better than being straight. You can be gay, too, all you have to do is…” then yes, that would be bad. (Funny, though, you’re far more likely to hear that about being straight.) But we’re talking about teaching history in a history class.

  • B

    I wouldn’t want to choose just one of the above options. They’re all important parts of history.

  • Caroline

    You misspelled “Mormon”.

  • Jen

    This is a tough poll, because these are all varied and important events in Civil Rights history. It’s kind of like asking parents whether they think it is more important to teach about Martin Luther King Jr or Rosa Parks or Freedom Riders or Brown v. Board of Ed. All of these things are important and each one forms a part of the context for what came later. Kids should be learning about important steps forward in Civil Rights so that they do not make the same mistakes as the past (or Vada Lavina).

  • Dee

    What part? Seriously? NO part! I REFUSE to have my child be exposed to this homosexual nastiness in school. Absolutely ridiculous!

    • rita

      you are disgusting and i am repealed by your opinion. and I KNOW that I am not the only one. Grow up and stop living in fear. I hope all of your children are gay :)

    • Leigha

      Dee–That’s nice. Your children will probably have gay friends and see news about gay people and gay rights, so really, you “refusing” to have them be exposed to the existence of gay people is completely moot.

      rita–Don’t do that. Think of how horrible life would be for those children if they had to grow up knowing their mother hated them for something they couldn’t help. There are already too many suffering from that. It’s truly disgusting how parents can say, “You are my child and I will love you no matter what…unless you’re gay, and then you’re just sick and gross and wrong and no longer my child. Come back when you magically become straight.”

      Also, for Pete’s sakes, Dee (and anyone else thinking similarly). They’re not talking about teaching kids HOW to be gay (as if that was even a logical idea). They’re talking about including gay people and parts of the gay rights movement, people who existed and mattered and events that happened, in a HISTORY class. They are PART of history. There is no basis whatsoever to exclude parts of history from history, just because you think being gay is “nasty.” You should be ashamed of yourself for wanting your kids to learn a false, “cleaned up” version of history that suits your idea of how the world should be rather than the way it really is. Quite honestly, it’s no different from teaching them the Holocaust never happened because you’d prefer not to have them thinking about Nazis.

  • Kiona J.

    I would go with A. The Stonewall Riots. Obviously, they’re all of equal importance. Each of these events signify triumph of an oppressed group over the inequality bestowed upon them in some facet of life. However, I feel like Stonewall kicked off the argument among the American public. That’s when the LGBTQI community really stood up and made their resistance known :)