WHO:

The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project is an informal, national network of organizations and individuals working to ensure that fair, accurate, and diverse information regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and about the nature and diversity of sexual orientation is presented to America's youth as part of public school education. We organize for reform of curricular POLICIES to get them to be inclusive of LGBT information and images. We advocate for educational policy reform by educating and then pressuring the educational policy makers themselves. We believe that education can PREVENT homophobias formation and also provide a lifeline of information and self-esteem to LGBT youth.

Anyone can and should do this work. One need not be a professional educator...this is the quintessential citizen's issue. This is work for seasoned activists and for the previously uninvolved, alike.

The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project utilizes proactive strategies to improve the treatment of LGBT persons in K-12 educational systems. Advocates for The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project provide testimony before state and local boards of education, meet with educational policy makers at all levels of government, inform the public about educational equity issues, write letters to policy makers and media outlets on educational equity issues, and furnish various resources for addressing these subjects in the classroom. We call for an end to the censorship of information about our communities in textbooks, course content, resource materials, and library offerings associated with public education.

WE BELIEVE THAT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CURRICULA SHOULD INCLUDE:

Fair, accurate and diverse information about sexual orientation in sex education, social studies, humanities, and family life classes.

Information about the historical and continuing contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to art, language, education, science, sport, etc.

Discussion of the LGBT liberation movement and the history of the struggle for equality for sexual minorities in the United States and throughout the world.

Documentation of significant social, legal and historical events, e.g. the National Marches on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979, 1987, and 1993; the Stonewall Resistance of 1969 and its 25th Anniversary commemoration in 1994, and the struggle for privacy and civil rights via the courts, (e.g. Bowers v. Hardwick, the Gay Olympics case, and the cases having to do with the rights of LGBT people to serve in the Armed Forces and to be recognized legally as parents).

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Last updated 9/27/95 by Jean Richter, richter@eecs.Berkeley.EDU