In July 2011, the state’s Democratic Governor, Jerry Brown, said that a bill was signed requiring California public schools to teach students about the LGBTQ community. On the week of July 10th, California officially became the first state to teach LGBTQ history in schools.
The topic will be introduced first to the second grade, where students will learn about same-sex parents and trans people. The lessons will also be taught in two other grades. Fourth graders will learn about how the LGBTQ community struggled during their fight for equality. They will also learn about the historic SCOTUS case in 2015 that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Eleventh graders will learn about identity issues and the debate on gay rights.
This has been a big moment for the LGBTQ community. Will the other states follow?