LOS ANGELES, USA – Among the first same-sex marriages in the United States, Jackie Goldberg’s 2004 ceremony at San Francisco City Hall was applauded by friends, family and colleagues in politics and business. government. They had been together for 28 years and had raised Goldberg’s child despite not being able to legally marry until then.
More than 19 years later, on June 2, Goldberg, president of the Los Angeles Unified School Board, had to fight his way through an angry mob because teachers in the district had planned to read “The Great Big Book of Families” during an assembly. in honor of Pride Month. Goldberg attended the reading of a picture book published in 2010 that depicts a wide variety of families. Some of the families in the book are led by a mother and father, while others are led by a single parent, step-parent, adoptive parent, or even grandparents. Two-parent households are defined on one page as those that “have two moms or two dads.” “Goldberg realized then that the anger of the protesters was directed against middle-class families like his.
On June 6, at the regular board meeting, Goldberg expressed his displeasure. The protest outside Saticoy Elementary School, which Goldberg says is part of a larger national campaign to force LGBTQ+ people back into the closet, prompted her to speak out. Goldberg’s powerful six-minute statement brought together her decades-long political career with her lifelong activism, which she began as a leader of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s. Goldberg said in his now-viral speech, “I’ve been dealing with this problem all my life.”
The threat is real. As a result, I was the target of harassment. Because of who I am and who I love, I have been denied jobs. Goldberg then addressed protesters gathered outside Saticoy Primary School, some of whom had claimed teachers were trying to turn their accusations into pedophiles by explaining that gay couples actually had children. Goldberg’s tone changed from an assured proclamation to an anguished cry.