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School in the same-sex era

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2013

~~<p>Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii, schools should update their curriculums to reflect that fact, and include more positive depictions of same-sex couples and their children, the contributions of gays and lesbians to society, the history of the gay-rights movement and other topics important to the LGBT community that have been neglected in the past, advocates say.</p>
<p>&quot;One of the things we would expect in terms of an immediate impact on schools is that any curriculum talking about family or family life, relationships, marriage, obviously that curriculum needs to be revised to reflect the law and the recognition of same-sex couples. Teachers in the classroom need to update their definitions, if their definitions are not inclusive,&quot; said Robert McGarry, senior director of education and youth programs for GLSEN, the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.</p>
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Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii, schools should update their curriculums to reflect that fact, and include more positive depictions of same-sex couples and their children, the contributions of gays and lesbians to society, the history of the gay-rights movement and other topics important to the LGBT community that have been neglected in the past, advocates say.

"One of the things we would expect in terms of an immediate impact on schools is that any curriculum talking about family or family life, relationships, marriage, obviously that curriculum needs to be revised to reflect the law and the recognition of same-sex couples. Teachers in the classroom need to update their definitions, if their definitions are not inclusive," said Robert McGarry, senior director of education and youth programs for GLSEN, the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Login for more...



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