This past July 14, California became the first state to “require the inclusion of the contributions of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in school history lessons and textbooks.” Governor Brown says that it’s an, “important step forward for our state.”
As someone who lives in this well known heavily homosexual populated state I can’t help but question the particular need for this. I am all for learning more about history in general, and all the people involved in it. Love it. Would I love having to learn about people and their accomplishments based on the direct alignment of their sexual orientation? That I don’t know. Aren’t we a country that is suppose to (key words being “suppose to” because I do recognize that in many ways we have/continue to fail at this) see the merit in people, because they are people period.
A nation full of those desiring to be recognized as more than just: a man or woman, a race, a religious participant, etc, and in that effort to embrace all, we continue to make habits of singling those groups out, to somehow say we’re including them. This is women studies, gay studies, black studies. I can honestly say I want to learn about everyone, but not just on purpose because they have or don’t have a particular sexual orientation. I feel like when we continue to “include” like this, we’re just bringing all the exclusions together and laying them next to each other. I could care less about who you find sexually attractive, if that’s the sole reason I’m hearing about you. You’d better bring something much more fascinating to the table. Sometimes I feel like we’re not so much a melting pot in America where everything is included in the same pot; it’s like a buffet table where everything is still in its little box, but on the same table. Separate isn’t equal, haven’t we all gotten this memo. So why remind everyone of a separation at all. Take the gay out the studies, but tell me all about the great things they did in general. Let me see you for you, not just the one part you talk about the most. I care about it.