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California: Schools must teach gay history

LOS ANGELES (NBC) - In public school classrooms across California, students soon will be taught a brand new and controversial subject: Gay history, or more specifically, the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"Our community has been censored from history books throughout the whole country, just as women were left out of history books, just as African-Americans were left out of history books, gay, lesbian, transgender and bi-sexual have been left out, too," said Lorri Jean, CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Center of Los Angeles.

While some parents have already threatened to pull their kids out of public school, others simply have reservations about requiring gay history as part of the social sciences curriculum.

"We have some elementary school-age children who would not quite understand. So once kids are old enough to understand about sexual preference and everything, then maybe that would be appropriate," parent Michele Biggar said.

Democratic Sen. Mark Leno authorized the bill that would require the class. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it, and now it's up to school districts to apply it.

"That will be decided differently in each school district through local process of local comment, local participation. So, as it will be implemented in one school district, it could be different in another," said San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno.

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