We're at an extremely crucial point in California as Gov. Jerry Brown considers whether to sign or veto one of the most important bills our community has ever championed.
And we only have six days to make sure Gov. Brown signs the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) into law.
We need you to call Gov. Brown's office at 916.445.2841 and let him know you want him to sign the FAIR Education Act (SB 48), which will make a huge difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth across the state by ensuring that our history is told in classrooms.
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act—authored by Senator Mark Leno, sponsored by Equality California and Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and drafted with the help of NCLR—will help make schools safer for LGBT youth. It will ensure that LGBT people and issues are no longer left out of history and social science classes, and that all students have an opportunity to learn about the contributions of LGBT people throughout our history.
But as this historic bill awaits Gov. Brown’s decision, anti-LGBT organizations are pulling out all the stops to urge him to veto it because they understand that this bill is about much more than textbooks—it is about whether our schools will fully embrace LGBT students and allow them to live openly and with pride.
Our opponents understand that once the school curriculum includes lessons on the history and contributions of LGBT people they will never again be able to dupe the voters and traffic in lies and fear as they did in the Proposition 8 campaign. Knowledge is power, and it's the best antidote to fear and ignorance. This is why those who oppose equality have been flooding the Governor with messages urging him to veto this critical legislation.
That's why we need to act fast to show Gov. Brown that we care about this issue more than our opponents, and that learning about LGBT contributions and history is vital.
Call his office now at 916.445.2841.
Don't let time run out. Our history must be taught—the lives and future of LGBT youth depend on it.
Kate Kendell, Esq.