Group urges parents to keep kids home for Harvey Milk Day

SDUSD passed Harvey Milk Day proclamation

SAN DIEGO - Some parents in California say they will be keeping their kids home from school Wednesday because teachers plan to commemorate Harvey Milk Day.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California.

Milk was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1978. He is seen as a man who paved the way for future gay political leaders. Wednesday, students around the state will hear about his accomplishments.

But a group called is running radio ads in California cities calling on parents to boycott Harvey Milk Day by keeping their children home from school.

One radio ad says, "They'll be taught an agenda that attacks our family values."

"Children belong to their parents, not to the government and so if your schools are sexually indoctrinating children, it's up to the parents to no. 1, protect their children, and no. 2, protest and tell schools don't do it again," said Randy Thomasson with

Harvey Milk Day became a state law in 2009 under former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lawmakers wanted Californians to be aware of the slain gay rights leader's accomplishments.

Last year, San Diego Unified School District passed a Harvey Milk Day proclamation for all schools. It's the only district in the county to have an official day for him.

Heather Conley said all four of her kids will go to school for Harvey Milk Day.

"Gay rights is going to be more accepted, and so it's best they learn about it now, as they grow up," said Conley.

"That's traumatic for children, to be forced into this ... to be made sexually uncomfortable by their own teachers and their own principals." said Thomasson.

Another California law mandates that the next time textbooks are updated, gay history must be included.

Milk was shot and killed in 1979 but his legacy lives on. It's unclear how many students will be kept at home from schools, but districts lose state funding for every absent student.

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