Is America becoming less tolerant of the LGBTQ movement?
- According to a June 2023 Gallup Poll, the percentage of Americans who consider same-sex relations to be morally acceptable dropped from 71 percent to 64 percent over the last year.
Before we speculate about the cause of this data, let’s take a look at the timeline of the LGBTQ movement:
1973: The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
1974: The first gay pride marches are held in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
1986: Courts rule that there is no constitutional protection for sodomy in Bowers v. Hardwick. Ruling allows sodomy to continue being criminally prosecuted in states where laws prohibit homosexual activity.
1987: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that sexual orientation is not a constitutionally protected class.
1993: DEFENSE DIRECTIVE 1304.26: “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” ISSUED. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, prohibiting lesbian, gay, and bisexual people from coming out or telling others about anything related to their sexuality, is codified on this date. This bill maintained previous bans on LGBTQ people’s participation in the military from 1949 and 1982. Then it prohibited members from explicitly asking each other about their sexualities, thereby allowing closeted members of the military to effectively “fly under the radar.”
1996: Congress passes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman for federal purposes (SIGNED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON).
2003: Lawrence v. Texas ruling overturns the previous ruling on Bowers v. Hardwick and declares sodomy laws unconstitutional.
2003: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that same-sex sexual activity is legal in all 50 states.
2004: Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
2009: Proclamation 8387 signed, establishing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month. President Barack Obama dedicates June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender pride month.
2011: California passes the FAIR Education Act, requiring that all public schools in the state teach about the contributions of LGBTQ people to history and culture.
2011: “DON’T ASK DON’T TELL” REPEALED
After the introduction of this idea in 2009 — and the backing of it by President Obama during the State of the Union address — the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, excluding LGBT people from the military, is repealed.
2012: The American Psychological Association (APA) releases a report stating that there is no scientific basis for the belief that being LGBTQ is a mental disorder.
2013: California ab 1266: SCHOOL SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY ACT is introduced and approved. This bill requires schools to allow students to participate in programs and use facilities consistent with their gender identity.
2013: “Gender identity disorder” updated to “gender dysphoria” in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (dsm-5).
2015: The Supreme Court rules in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment. This decision legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
2015: Insurance companies in the federal employee’s health benefits program are required to cover transition-related healthcare.
It can be said that this movement escalated quickly. However, data shows that gay marriage has been considered acceptable by the majority of western society for the last 20 years.
The part that is not acceptable to the majority of people is the act of promoting gay sex within the school system. How did that start?
The teaching of LGBTQ-related material in schools:
- The main reason why schools have started teaching LGBTQ-related material is that there is a legal mandate to do so in some states.
- For example, California passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act in 2011, and requires that all public schools in the state teach about the contributions of LGBTQ people to history and culture.
- Policies that make LGBTQ-related material mandatory in schools are typically approved by state legislatures. In some cases, these policies are the result of grassroots activism, while in other cases they are initiated by government officials. Once a policy is approved, it is then implemented by school districts.
Who was most responsible for the California FAIR Education Act?
- Equality California (EQCA)
- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
- Transgender Law Center (TLC)
What do these nonprofit organizations all have in common?
As of June 2023, there are six states that make it mandatory to teach LGBTQ-related material in schools:
- New Jersey
These states have all passed laws or regulations that require schools to teach about the contributions of LGBTQ people to history and culture, and to address LGBTQ issues.
In addition to these states, there are several other states that have policies in place that encourage the teaching of LGBTQ-related material. For example, the New York State Education Department has issued guidance to schools that states that “all students should be taught about the contributions of LGBTQ people to society, and that LGBTQ issues should be addressed in a respectful and inclusive way.”
Is it a coincidence that these numbers look the way they do?
What can you do about it?
- If you have kids, run for your local school board to fight this.
- If you don’t have kids, consider running for Congress.