Plan to teach "LGBT" Curriculum to Calif. Kindergartners Draws Ire

Teachers asked for the curriculum to help prevent bullying

By Jessica Greene and Jean Elle
|  Wednesday, May 13, 2009  |  Updated 12:18 PM CDT
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Heated Debate Swirls Around LGBT Plan for K-5 Kids

The plan to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues to K-5 students in Alameda County draws a packed house.
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A plan to teach kindergartners about homosexuality is creating a firestorm of controversy in Northern California.

An overflow crowd packed a school board meeting in Alameda Tuesday night to voice their opinion on proposed LGBT curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The district says teachers asked for the curriculum to help prevent bullying and supporters say it's time to end hate speech.

But opponents say the district is teaching homosexuality and want to be able to opt their kids out of the lessons -- although they worry that not participating will make their kids targets.

"If I opt out my child, what's going to happen is other kids will pick up on this she will be called a fanatic and a gay basher," George Chow said.

But same-sex parents say  its their kids who are the one being targeted -- because of the lack of education about the subject.

"They said, 'oh your mom's a lesbian, lesbian.'" Karie Frash told the crowd of hundreds at the meeting, "She said, 'I didn't know what they meant' and I felt sad."

The proposed curriculum includes the book  "Who's In a Family" and vocabulary that includes term "gay," "lesbian," and "LGBT," which stands for Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender

Since so many people attended Tuesday night's meeting, the school board has decided to continue the hearing next week before making a decision.

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