Closed captioning of: New bill requires Social Studies lessons in gay history
month, hi ps panic heritage month. some are wondering why not teach
to students. the
has approved a bill and it's awaiting action by the
. it's sponsored by
and he joins me now. thank you so much for joining us.
thank you, tamron.
toll me hell me how this came to you.
well, we are currently censoring our history books when we exclude lgbt
from our lessons. since the
our education code has required that the role and contributions of women, african-
be included in our history studies. we are failing our students, and i can document that by the tragic and ever growing epidemic of bullying on our school campuses and, in fact, the number of students who can no longer bear and endure the pain they have experienced at school are now killing themselves. we are now helping them by denying them the fact of a
civil rights movement
and that there is a history here, and there have been leaders not unlike
some of those opponents out there say that the curriculum change adds nonessential material to the
that is already short on time and in their belief it puts inappropriate emphasis on sexuality. what is your response to that concern?
so this is no more about sexuality than when students are taught that a man named dr. more tin
who fought for
was african-american, that
happened to be a gay american who was fighting for
and was killed in his
office because of who he was. this is not teaching sexuality. it's teaching history and what the fight for
equality, fighting for the great promise of our constitution that all men and women are created equal and should be treated fairly and equally under the law.
and as i mentioned, you're awaiting action by the state. do you believe this will become a reality?
we had success in the
. we'll begin the process in
in the next few weeks. we hope to get it to the governor's desk by the
end of the summer
. i'm hopeful he will receive this with an
. thank you for your time.