1978 November 7

California Voters Reject Ban on Lesbians, Gays Teaching in Public Schools


California voters on this day rejected a referendum (the “Briggs Initiative”) that would have barred lesbians and gays from teaching in the public schools. The vote margin was two to one against the proposal, representing a rare early lesbian and gay rights victory at the polls.

Interestingly, Ronald Reagan, former California governor and future president of the U.S., actively opposed the Briggs Initiative. As president, however, Reagan was beholden to the Religious Right, and did not support lesbian and gay rights; he also did not support federal programs related to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

View a timeline on lesbian and gay rights: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0761909.html

Read about the history of the GLBT revolution: Lillian Faderman, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle (2015)

Learn more about Reagan and the Briggs Initiative from the Log Cabin Republicanshttp://www.logcabin.org/about-us/our-history/

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