Parents Upset Over Gay/Lesbian Lessons For Schoolchildren
ALAMEDA, CA—Gay rights activists rallied outside the Kofman Auditorium, as 300 residents came to voice their opinions at the Alameda Board of Education’s public hearing concerning a controversial new elementary school curriculum proposed to end the bullying of gay and lesbian students.
The proposed lessons would be taught in a one-day, 45 minute lesson during the school year. The lessons would begin in kindergarten. Topics include defining the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community, acceptance, and advocacy.
“A lot of bullying happens in schools. This has to change, not just for gay and lesbian children, but for their families,” said Belinda Dronkers-Laureta, President of Asian Pacific Islander Family Equality.
Many parents at the hearing said the curriculum would be inappropriate for elementary school children.
John Ko, a parent who opposes the curriculum, said, “I don’t think this is the best way to handle the issue. Some of the (LGBT) issues should be taught by parents, and I don’t think school is the right place.”
The board is scheduled to vote on the curriculum next week. If passed, the lesson plans could start as early as next school year.