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OutServe is gearing up for September 20, which marks the official repeal of DADT, with free copies of its new gay-themed military magazine.
The magazine will be distributed on select Army bases and its first issue will feature approximately 100 active servicemen and women who are gay. The online edition will also include a section of featured Q&As with a gay health expert.
OutServe’s co-director, JD Smith, said:
“Our first objective with the magazine is to let all the gay, lesbian, bi, and trans members currently serving know that they are not alone. And we also want to communicate to all troops that there are capable gay military members serving honorably, and that accepting that and moving on will make our military stronger.”
Though two issues of the magazine were released previously, they were not available on Army bases. [DailyMail]
Gays in Textbooks? Maybe in a Few Years, if We’re Lucky: Though SB 48 (also known as the FAIR Education Act) takes effect on January 1, 2012, it may be years before some schools are able to purchase new, gay-inclusive history textbooks. Because of slashes in funding for education, it will be “at least several years” before such books are incorporated into the curriculum. Susan Brown, director of educational services for the Rim of the World Unified School District, told Mountain News:
“When we pick up again (with textbook purchases), we will focus first on math and (English) language arts. We are looking out at least several years for any new history books.” [Mountain-News]
Sacramento’s Lavender Library: a Home for LGBT History: The Lavender Library houses a slew of gay-themed materials, keepsakes (think bobble heads), and the occasional letter from a scorned lover.
The library, which is run entirely by volunteers, has become a place where gays of every generation can socialize, ask questions, and learn. Regular events include board game night and book club meetings.
And now, Library President Tabitha Stout hopes to create similar LGBT collections in other California cities, eventually working with high school Gay-Straight Alliances.
“We’re hoping to supply them with new materials,” Stout explained. [Sacbee]