… And, By the Way, He’s Gay

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a bill which would require inclusion of the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans in school lessons and textbooks.

This had to be the dumbest thing I read last week.  Why, you ask?

Let me start by saying, I don’t want to know or care how, when, where or with whom or what you want to involve yourself sexually.  I’ve absolutely no idea why that would be of interest to anyone.

Now that we’ve got that out of way, can anyone explain to me how anyone’s accomplishments become more or less important or significant if we learn the person is part of the GLBT community?

This is just plain ridiculous, stupid and ludicrous.  Did I say this is absurd? Dumb? Idiotic?  Are you getting where I’m coming from?

And a few words to California State Sen. Mark Leno, who sponsored the bill, and who had the audacity to compare Martin Luther King, Jr. to Harvey Milk and who thinks both men fought for civil rights and were assassinated for it.

There’s absolutely no comparison!  MLK, Jr. had not fought for the right to have a sexual preference which, by the way, should be a private matter, but rather advocated for an injustice which was clearly evident to anyone with half a brain.

Before the civil rights movement, blacks were treated as second-rate citizens, relegated to the back of the bus, required to drink out of separate water fountains and did not have the right to vote.  Can anyone show me where or when a gay person was forced to sit in the back of the bus or drank from a separate water fountain or prevented from voting?

The law won’t go into effect for at least five years because of the state’s textbook adoption process, but I think it’ll take that much time just to figure out the Table of Contents.

Will there be a section for heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals?   Will every historical person have a letter after his or her name, the same way we identify Republicans (R) and Democrats (D)?  When the father of country, George Washington, is discussed, will the section be prefaced:  “Heterosexual, George Washington was the first President of the United States” or will he simply have an (S) after his name?

If someone has been identified as a bisexual, will he or she appear in both the heterosexual and homosexual sections of the textbooks?

If someone is transgendered, will we read about his early accomplishments in the male section and her later achievements in the female section?  But what if the transgendered person who becomes a female identifies herself as a lesbian?  What if she prefers men?  Where will her story be included?

The whole idea is ridiculous.

Do I think the “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” or “The Well of Loneliness” are wonderful books because theirs authors, Oscar Wilde (G) and Radcliffe Hall (L) were homosexual?  Of course not.  Have I not read the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay because she was bisexual?  Absolutely not.  Gay, straight, whatever, I don’t care.  I wouldn’t read any of it because I don’t like poetry.  Period.

After it was revealed that Rock Hudson was gay, did I no longer love his movies, Send Me No Flowers, Lover Come Back, or Pillow Talk?   No, I still think they’re great.

The whole thing just feels like a further attempt to be politically correct and mainstream homosexuality into society even though the GLBT community is only approximately 3.8%of the total population of the United States.

And, finally, if we’re talking about sexual preferences, which is really the only difference between gay and straight people — lesbians have sex with women and gays have sex with men – what if someone prefers to have sex with animals, are we to identify them with a (B) after their names for bestiality and if someone’s preference is of the sado-masochistic persuasion, should (S-M) be after their name?   The whole thing is nuts.

With all the problems facing California and the dropout numbers unacceptable, why is this important?   For example, Latinos already represent more than half of the state’s K-12 students.  With a 40% dropout rate, shouldn’t this be of greater concern to those inSacramento?  I’d be more concerned about students graduating than worrying whether someone preferred men or women.  But that’s just me.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Burt Prelutsky

    Leona: Clearly, some of us are more easily confused than others.

    I guess I’ll have to see “Send Me No Flowers” if and when it pops up on TCM. It’s been many years and I don’t recall the scene.

    Regards, Burt (VEC, very easily confused)

  • Ron

    The bill does not require that the LGBT lifestyle be promoted. It requires that the historical accomplishments of the LGBT community be included in history courses. I think it is a mistake. Nevertheless, I can understand why the LGBT community wanted it. I doubt it will have the adverse consequences predicted by the opponents or the achievements predicted by the proponents.

  • chief98110

    Folks in the GLBT community do not immediately become recognized merely because of their skin color. As a member of the minority community, I am immediately identified as Native/Hispanic even before I utter a single word.
    While not a perfect situation, members in the GLBT community have options in the areas you mention. You can register as a domestic partnership, adopt children and hold a job. If you are discriminated against you have Federal remedies. People of color, on the other hand, could easily be denied a job based on their color; this type of discrimination is easily disguised. “Sorry, the job’s been filled” for example.
    I believe the writer was focusing on the point that “No one knows your sexuality unless you tell.” On the other hand, I have no way to change my skin color. Additionally, you have the freedom and option to move to a community that shares your life style. No matter where I move, my skin color follows.

    • Ron


      Isn’t it just as easy to disguise discrimination based on any of the classifications, race, sex, age, sexual preference? In addition, the fact that one factor, race, is easily identifiable should not make discrimination based on factors that are not as easily identifiable less reprehensible. The problem with all of the discrimination rules is there is one classification in which it is legal to discriminate against, white males under whatever the age limit is for discrimination. I have no idea how old a person has to be for the age discrimination rules to apply.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    Ms. Salazar: Excellent commentary. But I didn’t get why George Washington would have an (S) after his name. As a heterosexual, shouldn’t it be an (H)?

    But just between us, did you really think that “Send Me No Flowers” was great? But I can forgive you even this minor lapse because you confessed that, like me, you don’t like poetry.

    Keep up the good work.

    Regards, Burt

    • Leona Salazar

      Thanks, Burt. I thought an “H” might be too confusing – “homosexual” or “heterosexual.” I suggested “S” for “straight.”

      It’s all nonsense. Too bad we just all can’t be “H” for human.

      And, yes, I really loved “Send Me No Flowers,” particularly the bedroom scene when Doris Day’s character, Judy, finds out poor George (Rock Hudson) isn’t really dying.

  • Bruce A.

    While China teaches math & science this is what goes on in the US. Who will come out on top?

  • Roger Ward

    It’s amazing to me how the PC crowd is willing to spend an unlimited amount of time, effort and money to pursue what is an essentially meaningless agenda. What about the number of illegal aliens in prison? Or the minority graduation rates from high school? Or the numbers involved in welfare fraud? Or the misapplication of our taxes by our legislators? Or the dramatic increase of socialism in our country? Or the corruption in teaching and grading in schools? Or … Or … Or … Political correctness run amok.

  • CCNV

    If we are going to expose our impressionable children to ALL things ‘historical’, let’s not leave any group out. Technically, along with recruiting for GLBT – oops, I mean, ‘teaching’ – California teachers should include White Supremacists, religious cults and anti-American groups, for they are part of our history, as well. (What young child isn’t going to be curious to find out what it means?) Makes about as much sense, doesn’t it? Two words: Home school.

    I agree with Nancye. I don’t drink either, but I’d meet her at the corner bar and hoist one up toward the new ocean-front view!

  • David

    What I don’t get as well is that this law requires it…meaning if the parents aren’t ready for their children to be exposed to this, the have no say in the matter. If their children are attending California public schools, they will comply.

  • Nancye

    Wouldn’t it be nice if California would secede from the union – or fall in the Pacific Ocean and leave the rest of us alone.

    I’d drink to that – and I don’t even drink!!!

  • DOOM161

    They just want to be fully accepted into society. Until they get fully accepted into society, and then they want to be treated better than everyone again.