(Published 2071) LAYER G, CHICAGO - Students at SanDisk High School were shocked at how their predecessors ignored gay rights.
Although today, the class learnt, homosexuals, transgenders and others are accepted as part of modern society, in the early 21st century many people didn't even knew homosexuals existed.
"it's pretty damn shocking," said one. "We learnt that in the 60s, civil liberties were for all people. So how come it took decades for it to apply to gays?"
The history course the students are studying is Modern History, starting with the 1990s and ending at 2030, at the end of the Afganistan War.
After learning that the gay marriage laws had to actually be passed in Congress, the students were pretty damn shocked.
The class teacher, Mr. Shaw, remembered that even in the late 2030s gay marriage was a touchy subject.
"Oh yeah," he said. "Other democratic states, like those now-European States [France, Germany, Spain, etc.) and Britanico had already legalised gay marriage, and nobody batted an eyelid when someone saw a gay person. For them, that was in the 2000s. We didn't achieve nearly as much tolerance until the early 40s."
The class, 20% of whose parents are gay, did have trouble writing an essay or creative writing piece about the topic.
"Even with the creative writing piece," said a mother, "it was hard for the children to get into the mindset of a suppressed gay person."
The essayist fared no better, with some not able to comprehend the idiocity of the time.
The class was given a holovid downloaded onto their HTC WorkMate to watch of Don Higgins, a loudmouth anti-gay activist.
"Look at him!" chuckled one student. "He's getting so riled up about nothing! Mr. Shaw told us that nearly 23% of these anti-gay activist died of heart attacks. I can see why. Look at this part... 'The gays are the scum of the Earth, a plague on humanity...' Wow. What a total wad. Considering that nearly half of modern medicine, like stem cells and cancer cures were discovered by gays."
Our reporter then followed the class to Religious Studies, where they would learn about how Christian fundamentalists tried to attack science and the persecution of Muslims after 11/9.