A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education

December 2, 2015

SIECUS is proud to share a new issue brief, A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education, highlighting the dearth of inclusive sex education programs and the missed opportunities to support all youth, encompassing all gender identifies and sexual orientations.

In order for LGBTQ youth to experience comparable health benefits to their non-LGBTQ peers, sex education programs must be LGBTQ-inclusive: help youth understand gender identity and sexual orientation with age appropriate and medically accurate information; incorporate positive examples of LGBTQ individuals, romantic relationships and families; emphasize the need for protection during sex for people of all identities; and dispel common myths and stereotypes about behavior and identity.

Developed in partnership with Advocates for Youth, Answer, GLSEN, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), and endorsed by more than 60 additional organizations, A Call to Action: LGBTQ Youth Need Inclusive Sex Education urges educators, advocates, and policymakers to take immediate, concrete steps to provide LGBTQ-inclusive sex education for all youth by:

  1. Becoming advocates for LGBTQ-inclusive sex education.
  2. Ensuring that school is a safe and accepting space for LGBTQ students.
  3. Implementing LGBTQ-inclusive sex education in schools, community settings, and online.
  4. Talking to their own children and teens about sex and sexuality.
  5. Working to remove state-level legal and policy barriers to LGBTQ-inclusive sexducation in schools and require inclusive programs.

This call to action for inclusive sex education comes on the heels of the recent release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Action Plan recognizing the need to expand sex education and at a critical time when different groups within the LGBTQ youth community experience a number of health disparities and experience stigma, rejection, or even violence in their schools and communities.

Inclusive sex education that is responsive to the needs of youth can be a powerful tool to help reduce the stigma and health disparities LGBTQ youth face and create safe, supportive schools.

SIECUS encourages you to share A Call to Action with your networks looks forward to working with you to help ensure that LGBTQ young people receive the inclusive sex education they need and deserve.

For more information or questions, please contact Kristina Romines at kromines@siecus.org.

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