Last school year, The Athenian School in Danville and Maybeck High School in Berkeley both began classes examining the history, contributions and other cultures' views of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered.
For background, read 'Teaching Gay History' Law for California as well as We Recruit Kids for Sexual Deviancy: Gay Activist but in Tennessee, it's about Outlawing the Teaching of Homosexuality
-- From "East Bay schools offer gay studies for high school students" by Eric Louie, Contra Costa Times 5/21/11
Teachers at both The Athenian and Maybeck High, where the classes are considered advanced and open to juniors and seniors who fulfill other requirements, said they already have provided a supportive environment.
Will Grant, who teaches The Athenian's "Gay Pride, Gender Outlaws and Radical Love" class, said Proposition 8, approved by voters in 2008, was a catalyst. That law banned same-sex marriage and is being contested in the courts,
Eric de Lora, who teaches the one-semester "LGBT (Queer) History" class at Maybeck, said there were 14 students when he first taught the one-semester class last year. He said there are many topics that make the class important, such as the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military and anti-gay bullying that has led to youth suicides. But he said what made the class come about is student interest.
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