The Valerie Johnson collection, 1992-2006, focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, especially in education.
A portion of the collection contains education material, teachers' handbooks, flyers, notes and other teaching material from
organizations such as Project 10, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, California Teachers Association, National Education Association
and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Another portion of the collection consists of subject files with
clippings about LGBT youth, children and families; schooling and bullying; religious gays; and broader LGBT-related topics
between 1992 and 2003.
Valerie Johnson is a high school teacher in fine arts photography from South Laguna, California. Since the 1970s, when she
campaigned against the California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative, she has remained politically active, particularly in regards
to anti-discrimination based on gender and sexuality. She was an active member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network (GLSEN) and both attended and led numerous workshops at various conferences. She was especially active in raising
awareness of the Californian Assembly Bill AB 537, the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, that
changed California's education code by adding sexual orientation and gender to the nondiscrimination policy.
0.8 linear foot.
2 archive cartons.
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