July 17, 2012
After two attempts to kill SB 48, the law that adds the contributions of LGBT individuals in social science, the proponents for the second attempt to kill SB 48 failed to get signatures. Even so, it is scary to realize that they almost got the attempt on the 2014 ballot with around 446,000 signatures out of 504,700 required. LGBT rights campaigners are not out of the danger zone yet. I am personally worried that Karen England and Brad Daucus will ask NOM with its overlords in the Latter Day Saints and Catholic Church to fund a ballot measure with professional staff with the team that helped them win Proposition 8 with Frank Schubert and Jeff Flint.
Maybe the opponents of SB 48 are worried that they are losing the youth and they want to keep more on their side. If the youth do not get the sunlight of what really happened in history then maybe they think they can turn America's views on sexuality back seventy years.
I personally feel that people should know the true context of history, but there is a time and a place to tell the story. Perhaps students need to take history at a junior college or university to get the true tales. To comply with SB 48 I'll just say yes, not all people in history are straight and some people who affected change in history are LGBT and do exist. I do not think I need to violate the sensibilities of conservative students and parents, but traditionalists want to make LGBT people invisible from history and life. I know the California Department of Education will have content standards in the near future and hopefully we can do it in a tactful and tasteful way.
Until then, hopefully we can gain more support for SB 48. Brad and Karen are not going to give up, they are indeed the zombies from the Walking Dead.