An esteemed public arts high school in San Francisco is proudly introducing an LGBT history course.
‘‘This is history. This is an experience that happened,’’ Ruth Asawa School of the Arts instructor Lyndsey Schlax recently told the San Francisco Chronicle. ‘‘How can we not teach history? That’s what we do.’’
The college prepatory class will be incorporated with other studies on minority groups, and include lessons on the Stonewall riots, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," marriage equality, and the continuing fight against discrimination.
In 2011, California legislators passed the FAIR Education Act, which mandated the teaching of historic contributions by LGBT people, as well as disabled individuals. The Ruth Asawa school is taking it a step further, by having an entire class devoted to the history and contributions of LGBT people.
In its report on the new course, the Washington Post felt it necessary to report that, "the LGBT course will not teach students about sexual practices."