Nell Soto and Gloria Negrette Mcleod both serve Democratic yet culturally conservative districts. I applaud both of these legislators for standing on their principles even though GLBT equality is one of the few issues that voters may disagree with them on.
No matter how much money Ben Lopez has to run against Nell Soto, being a social conservative advocate will not serve Ben Lopez in his run for State Assembly in the 2006 elections in district 61. Unless Mr.Lopez wants to dish out socialism with his social conservatism then he may have a chance in defeating long term legislator Nell Soto. Being anti-homosexual and anti-abortion will not earn brownie points with independents, center and left leaning Republicans.
I highly support State Senator Kuehl’s bill SB 1437 to incorporate the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community be incorporated in our social science text books in our public schools. An accurate portrayal of this often marginalized group will help reduce the ignorance and prejudice that these individuals often face. Opponents may say this is going to transform our public schools into miniature versions of Castro Street in San Fransisco, but this legislation is mainly intended to eliminate bias in our school curriculum and nothing more.
And today’s committee vote in the State Senate allows me the chance to thank Senator Nell Soto for sticking up for the GLBT people of California and their straight allies.
There are other bills that both sides are eagerly anticipating for in the coming weeks.
AB 606: This piece of legislation will give the state government enforcement power to school districts who fail to enforce anti discrimination laws.
AB 1056: Adds the GLBT community in tolerance instruction curriculum.
Campaign for Children and Families may say its about forcing and indoctrinating the youth of our state, all the advocates want is for the GLBT youth to learn in peace without being beaten up.
We cant spoon feed heterosexuality nor any alternative sexuality to any youth of our state. People will turnout the way they will turn out. However we can give support to those who are outside the majority.
These legislators need your love and support because you know Randy Thomason’s legion is going to hound these legislators left and right despite their guaranteed victory in November.
And our governor needs to stop being a sock puppet for the social conservatives, else he will probally have the same fate as Congressman Lungren in 1998.