California has long been one of the most progressive states in the union, fearlessly blazing a trail where other states dare not tread.
OK, maybe I’m biased because I live here.
But California is about to do something (else) no other state has done: require teaching LGBT history in public schools.
Granted, this isn’t a complete shock. Last year, the state voted to pass a new curriculum for history and social studies where children will learn about LGBT history at various points during K-12 schooling. Topics will range from learning about diverse families in elementary school to historical nuts-and-bolts in high school.
(Side note: A public forum was held in 2015 regarding the new curriculum. While there were disagreements over how some religious groups were portrayed, “no one protested the inclusion of the history of LGBT rights.” Progress!)
This measure comes after the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Act (FAIR) Education Act was passed in 2012. This act bolstered the inclusion of minority groups (including the LGBT community) in public education on history. The deadline to include this new information in textbooks was this year.
With California leading the way, I hope other states will follow suit in teaching inclusive history to their students.