California is one of the most progressive states in the United States as for the support and promotion of LGBT rights in the country. In 2015 Californian residents elected their third openly gay politician to become a mayor of Palm Springs. More than that, on November 7, 2017 Palm Springs became the only city in the country to have a 100% LGBTI members of the city council. And just few days later, the California state board of education approved the 10 new LGBT-inclusive textbooks for K-8 schools. This progressive decision highlighted the state as the first in the country to make such a step in the field of education.
Senator Mark Leno, who wrote the legislation, required social sciences and history curricula to be included to the books in a way to teach about LGBT history and people with disabilities. 10 new books were approved for the use in K-8 schools. However, two other books were not approved, as they did not include LGBT history and were in violation of the state’s 2011 Fair Education Act. Equality California and Our Family Coalition LGBT organizations celebrated the legislation and thanked the State Board of Education for this landmark ruling. Rick Zbur, an executive director of Equality California said: “This long fought victory is the next step for California students to learn about the contributions and history of LGBTQ people. Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision.” At the same time, Renata Moreira, an executive director of Our Family Coalition, stated: “We celebrate SBE’s final vote and are more than ready to continue working with partners and educators on the next chapter as we move to district adoption across the state.”