October 12, 2011 Print

NYC Councilman Pushes for Gay School Curriculum

by Karla Dial

A New York City councilman on Tuesday introduced a resolution asking the city to adopt a new education curriculum — one that makes a point of promoting individuals’ sexuality.

An openly gay councilman from Queens asked the city’s Department of Education to buy new textbooks. The curriculum would be similar to one that will be taught in California beginning next year, where a new law mandates instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to the social sciences. A petition drive to repeal the law failed to gather a significant number of signatures by today’s deadline.

The Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of the conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said the effort is to be expected after the state redefined marriage earlier this year.

“Same-sex marriage, here in New York, is not about the benefits of a marital relationship. It really is about sanctioning a sexual behavior and desensitizing a culture to it,” he said. “(Now) we’re taking the conversation away from parents and we’re putting it in the hands of elected officials and other politicians.”

CitizenLink Education Analyst Candi Cushman said “identity politics” have no place in public school classrooms.

“What we should be teaching kids is what we have in common as Americans — that we are all created equal and have unalienable rights, that people are worthy of celebration in history books because of their historical accomplishments,” she said, “regardless of how they identify sexually.”

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