Teachers will have some flexibility in what they choose to teach, but textbooks and teaching materials will be required to cover contributions by LGBT people if the bill becomes law. Teachers may, for instance, include lessons on politicians like Harvey Milk, the first openly gay city official in San Francisco. The bill requires that these lessons do not "reflect adversely" on the subject matter.
Democratic Senator Mark Leno has said about the bill: "It is very basic to me that people dislike and fear that with which we are less familiar." Leno is one of the first openly gay men to be elected to the State Senate.
As expected, the bill has come up against considerable opposition. Some say that educating children on same-sex relationships should be a decision for individuals families to make, not the school system. Despite the criticism, the bill is expected to pass the largely Democratic legislature in California and to be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. California will be the first state to mandate gay history lessons in schools.