UPDATE: 10/11/2011 – EQ-CA reports that today anti-equality advocates have failed to collect the required number of signatures to place a referendum for the November 2012 ballot to overturn the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act. Click Here to read more about today’s victory.
Originally posted on July 26, 2011:
The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act amends the Education Code to prohibit discriminatory education and ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are fairly and accurately included in instructional materials.
Studies have shown that inclusion of LGBT people in instructional materials is linked to greater student safety and lower rates of bullying. In schools where the contributions of the LGBT community are included in educational instruction, bullying declined by over half and LGBT students were more likely to feel they have an opportunity to make positive contributions at school.
The FAIR Education Act is under attack from anti-LGBT groups that are trying to repeal it through a referendum. They will be gathering signatures all across California over the next three months. They want to keep our struggle for equality buried and hidden. They are scared that if we raise a generation of young people that know about our struggle, they will forever lose the ability to demonize our community.
You can help stop them!
Touch base with your friends, family and co-workers to make sure Californians hear the truth about the FAIR Education Act, and what it does and what it does NOT do.