California has introduced 10 new LGBT+ inclusive history and social science text books—becoming the first state in the US to do so, Advocate reports.
The K-8 books have been introduced under the FAIR Education Act—authored by Democrat Senator Mark Leno—which ensures that the history of LGBT+ and disabled communities are included in classroom discussions.
Two textbooks were rejected by the state board of education because they did not include LGBT+ history—a direct violation of the 2011 act.
The Executive Director of Equality California—Rick Zbur—said the approval was a significant step forward in how LGBT+ people are represented.
“This long fought victory is the next step for California students to learn about the contributions and history of LGBTQ people,” Zbur said in a statement.
“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.”
Renata Moreira—the Executive Director of Our Family—praised publishers who "did everything they could to get on the right side of history."
"The new materials also expand lessons on the diverse, multicultural heritage of California and the importance of our state as a place of promise for all people, including immigrants and people with disabilities.
The new K-8 books feature stories about diverse families, gender roles and LGBT+ civil rights—including the work of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk.