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Why LGBT History Is Important by David Mixner
An enormous amount of energy went into Governor Jerry Brown’s office  in California surrounding legislation insisting that the LGBT  community’s struggle and history be included in text books and class  room discussion. Happily, it was announced late Thursday that Brown had  signed the FAIR Education Act (SB 48, Leno) into law. Congratulations to  all involved in this great success, especially Senator Mark Leno, who  authored the bill, and Governor Brown whose signature made the bill a  reality.
A friend of mine today said he didn’t understand why it was so  important and shouldn’t we just be included with everyone else. Well, he  is right on the second point, we absolutely should be included with  everyone else in the text books. And as to his first point, nothing  could be more important.
There are many ways to kill people and one of the ways is to pretend  that they never existed at all. Remove all traces of their journey and  hope no one discovers their story. Often the issue of self-esteem among  young LGBT citizens stems from the fact that they think our common  denominator is just sexually based. They have no idea of their noble,  proud and heroic traditions and actions of their pioneers.
LGBT history is filled with dramatic courage, dignity and determination and innovative and extraordinary leaders.
Unlike other communities that have struggled to preserve and create  awareness about their history, we have seen systematic attempts to  destroy and distort our journey. When we lost so many of our  storytellers from AIDS, their surviving family members usually destroyed  any trace that their family member was a LGBT citizen or had AIDS. Tens  of thousands of stories of courage and heroism were lost. Boxes upon  boxes of historical documents were burned. The shame of the families  about their LGBT son or daughter made it even more difficult to keep our  history intact.
In addition, we have organized groups now attempting to quash any  positive role models, stories or epic struggles by this community. Some  have linked us to Nazis and others insist we are nothing but pedophiles.  Any positive portrayal of a community whose history is rich and full  would threaten those lies.
If you feel like you have come out of nothing then you might feel you  are nothing. If you think only sex is the basis of our journey then you  will miss the remarkable stories that define this community as one of  heroes, heroines and a very proud people.

Why LGBT History Is Important by David Mixner

An enormous amount of energy went into Governor Jerry Brown’s office in California surrounding legislation insisting that the LGBT community’s struggle and history be included in text books and class room discussion. Happily, it was announced late Thursday that Brown had signed the FAIR Education Act (SB 48, Leno) into law. Congratulations to all involved in this great success, especially Senator Mark Leno, who authored the bill, and Governor Brown whose signature made the bill a reality.

A friend of mine today said he didn’t understand why it was so important and shouldn’t we just be included with everyone else. Well, he is right on the second point, we absolutely should be included with everyone else in the text books. And as to his first point, nothing could be more important.

There are many ways to kill people and one of the ways is to pretend that they never existed at all. Remove all traces of their journey and hope no one discovers their story. Often the issue of self-esteem among young LGBT citizens stems from the fact that they think our common denominator is just sexually based. They have no idea of their noble, proud and heroic traditions and actions of their pioneers.

LGBT history is filled with dramatic courage, dignity and determination and innovative and extraordinary leaders.

Unlike other communities that have struggled to preserve and create awareness about their history, we have seen systematic attempts to destroy and distort our journey. When we lost so many of our storytellers from AIDS, their surviving family members usually destroyed any trace that their family member was a LGBT citizen or had AIDS. Tens of thousands of stories of courage and heroism were lost. Boxes upon boxes of historical documents were burned. The shame of the families about their LGBT son or daughter made it even more difficult to keep our history intact.

In addition, we have organized groups now attempting to quash any positive role models, stories or epic struggles by this community. Some have linked us to Nazis and others insist we are nothing but pedophiles. Any positive portrayal of a community whose history is rich and full would threaten those lies.

If you feel like you have come out of nothing then you might feel you are nothing. If you think only sex is the basis of our journey then you will miss the remarkable stories that define this community as one of heroes, heroines and a very proud people.

Source: davidmixner.com

Judge Walker's Full List of Questions (PDF) ⇢

A very, very interesting read of all the questions issued.  Bilerico Project has an interesting analysis.

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