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Social conservatives in California are gearing up for their next attack on LGBT rights in the form of a ballot referendum against the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the piece of legislation, which requires public schools in the state of California to teach students about the contributions of LGBT people.
“The people of California want their children to learn a fair and unbiased version of history,” bill co-author and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins told the San Diego LGBT Weekly. “I am confident the voters of California will reject the initiative.”
For the bill to appear on the ballot, SB 48 opponents would have to collect at least 504,760 signatures from state voters.
“To win, we’ll have to match them dollar for dollar and educate the public about the importance of the FAIR Education Act,” Equality California Executive Director Roland Palencia wrote in a letter to supporters. [LGBTWeekly]
Pakistani American Poet Who Helped Indian Gays Migrate Dies: Ifti Nasim, a prominent Pakistani poet and gay rights advocate, died of heart attack at the age of 64 in Chicago less than two weeks ago. Nasim is best known for his book, Narman, and establishing a gay and lesbian organization called Sangat. Having faced severe persecution for his sexual orientation, the dedicated activist also aided Pakistani and Indian gays and lesbians in migrating to the US. [TimesofIndia]
Outwords Books – An Enclave for LGBT Lit: Thirdcoast Digest takes a closer look at Outwords, a Milwaukee-based café and bookstore serving the LGBT community, and finds that the 18-year-old shop is a place of acceptance for gays and lesbians.
“Our core group are people who want to support an LGBT business,” owner Carl Szatmary said. “[Many] have become friends, and people who are costumers will help us out at Pride Fest, work here part time or help out, so there’s a great sort of warmth between the store and our customers.” [ThirdCoastDigest]
HuffPost Features LGBT Comic-Con 2011 Slideshow: Huffington Post Impact has put together a slideshow of the LGBT Comic-Con winners and their work, proving that we really are everywhere. [HuffingtonPost]
HuffPost Reports: 7 Great Gay Couples In Literature: The Huffington Post continues to wow LGBT literary folk with an article detailing seven of the best confirmed or simply suggested queer pairs in literature. [HuffingtonPost]
The Cutest Protester At New York’s Gay Weddings: Let’s finish with a touching New York Times video of LGBT weddings in NYC and an image of an adorable (yet possibly insane) protester. [BestWeekEver]