State Profiles

Kentucky’s Sex Education Snapshot

The State of Sex Education

Advocates have worked diligently to advance sex education in Kentucky over the past few years, most recently cumulating in the introduction of House Bill 13 in 2022. This bill, introduced by Representative Lisa Willner, seeks to require instruction on healthy relationships which would encompass topics such as human development, refusal skills, consent, bullying/harassment, gender stereotypes, emphasizing abstinence, information on contraception, STI prevention, and resources for sexual and reproductive health.

A long-time champion of comprehensive sex education, Lisa Wilner introduced a similar bill in  2020, House Bill 296, known as the Education for Healthy Youth Act. This bill sought to require comprehensive sex education in all Kentucky schools for students in grades K-12. While ultimately unsuccessful, the bill marks an important effort to continue to advance curriculum. The bill follows the re-introduction of House Bill 185 during the 2019 legislative session. Introduced by Representative Tom Burch, the bill sought to establish curriculum standards for sex education in grades 4-12, but was ultimately unsuccessful. While these recent efforts aimed to advance sex education, past legislative actions have attempted to restrict curriculum. In 2018, Senate Bill 71 was signed into law and requires sex education curriculum to include instruction on abstinence as the desirable goal for young people and the only certain way to avoid unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other associated health problems. It also requires teaching that establishing a permanent, mutually faithful, monogamous relationship is the best way to avoid STDs.

While Kentucky schools are required to provide instruction on responsible sexual behavior, including abstinence and preventing pregnancy, preventing STDs, and the basic reproductive system and functions, local school boards are responsible for identifying any additional curriculum schools provide. Curriculum is not required to be medically accurate, culturally responsive to the needs of young people of color, or include instruction on topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity, consent, healthy relationships, or contraceptive options. Young people’s access to health services and accurate information is further limited by restrictions on reproductive health care and abortion rights, such as those imposed by House Bill 91, enacted on March 30, 2021 and introduced by Representative Joe Fischer. This bill, enrolled as Ch. 174, amends the Constitution of Kentucky to state that nothing in the Constitution secures or protects the right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion care.

While some school districts, such as Lee County Schools, offer comprehensive sex education, others continue to fail to meet the needs of young people. Students report that curriculum continues to fall short and express a need for instruction on sexual abuse, consent, contraception and healthy relationships within sex education instruction. One student, a survivor of sexual assault, reported that her abstinence-only instructor made her feel like “damaged goods” after comparing women who have premarital sex to used pieces of tape. Advocates report that the current state standards are so vague that educators are often unsure of what they are permitted to teach, and as a result, opt to not teach sex education at all.

Local control over sex education presents unique challenges that have resulted in a glaring disparity regarding the quality of sex education that students receive. Such discretion allows for the implementation of policies and curriculum that stigmatize marginalized youth, such as students of color and LGBTQ youth, and presents further challenges in ensuring that low income districts have access to the resources needed to implement comprehensive sex education.

In efforts to further advance sex education in Kentucky, coalitions such as Sexy Sex Ed, an Appalachian-based organization, provides after school programming for young people and facilitates trainings to teach community members how to facilitate a sex education workshop.

Right now, advocates can take action to ensure young people in their community have access to quality sex education. In 2017, a report found that a majority of parents whose children attended middle school in a rural Appalachian town believe that sex education should begin in middle school and that abstinence-plus curriculum should be taught. These results demonstrate a unique opportunity for advocates to increase support for quality sex education. After identifying what topics are missing from local sex education requirements, advocates can vocalize the importance of implementing specific elements of comprehensive sex education, such as trauma informed, culturally responsive curriculum that addresses the needs of youth of color and LGBTQ youth and includes instruction on consent, healthy relationships, and contraceptives. Advocates can also emphasize the importance of requiring curriculum to be evidence based and medically accurate. Advocates are encouraged to take action on pending legislation that seeks to advance or restrict the principles of comprehensive sex education. For a current overview of pending legislation, see table below. Additionally, reach out to EducateUs to get connected to local advocacy groups. Further, advocates can contact their representatives to discuss the critical need for advancing sex education requirements and increasing funding to support the implementation of comprehensive sex education in districts that lack the capacity to do so. Advocates are encouraged to use the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit to guide local efforts to advance sex education.

State Sex Education Policies and Requirements at a Glance

  • Kentucky schools are required to teach sex education.
    • Curriculum is not required to be comprehensive.
    • Curriculum must include instruction on abstinence as the desirable goal for school-age youth.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
  • Kentucky has no standard regarding the ability of parents and guardians to remove their children from sex education instruction.
  • Kentucky has no standard regarding medically accurate sex education instruction.

State House Highlights

This section highlights sex education bills that were introduced during the 2021 state legislative session as well as bills that have been introduced thus far in 2022. These proposed bills ​provide a brief overview of both recent and current legislative action taken to advance or restrict sex education. For a more comprehensive look at relevant legislation concerning sex education and related topics such as reproductive health care, LGBTQ rights, racial equity and justice, parental rights, bullying and harassment, mental health, assault and violence prevention, and HIV/STIs as it impacts youth, continue reading on to the “State Legislative Activity” section of Kentucky’s profile.

2022 Legislative Session

House Bill 13 (failed): Requires instruction on healthy relationships which would include content such as human development, refusal skills, consent, bullying/harassment, gender stereotypes, emphasizing abstinence, information on contraception, STI prevention, and resources for sexual and reproductive health.

2021 Legislative Session 

House Bill 462 (failed): Aims to require schools to provide healthy relationships instruction in grades K-12. Such instruction, among other topics, must include age, developmentally, and culturally appropriate instruction on human development and reproduction, healthy relationships, developing effective communication skills, healthy decision making skills, the use of contraceptives, the benefits of abstinence, recognition of the roles that traditions, values, religion, norms, gender roles, acculturation, family structures, health beliefs, and political power play into decisions that affect students health, and sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

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State Law

Kentucky Revised Statute 156:160 requires that the Kentucky Board of Education “promulgate administrative regulations establishing standards [that public] school districts shall meet.” With that authority, 704 KAR 3:305 was promulgated, requiring students to take 0.5 credits of health education in order to graduate. It also requires the health education course to include the content standards delineated in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. Furthermore, 704 KAR 3:303 adopted the Kentucky Academic Standards into law.

In 2018, Kentucky enacted Chapter 156, stating that any human sexuality or STD curricula must include instruction on abstinence, state that “abstinence from sexual activity is the desirable goal for all school-age children,” and advocate for “permanent mutually faithful monogamous relationship[s].”

Kentucky statute does not require parental permission for students to participate in sexuality or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related instruction.

State Standards

Sex education is mentioned within the “Practical Living (Health and Physical Education)” section of the Kentucky Academic Standards, which schools are required to follow. Students learn “how decision-making relates to responsible sexual behavior (e.g., abstinence, preventing pregnancy, preventing HIV/[sexually transmitted diseases] (STDs), and impacts the physical, mental, and social well-being of an individual.” Students also learn about the basic reproductive system and functions. No specific curriculum is required.

State Legislative Activity

State legislative activity related to sex education does not take place in isolation from the broader embroiled political and policy climate. Attacks on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, attempts to restrict or prohibit instruction on “divisive concepts” such as Critical Race Theory, and efforts to limit access to abortion care and other reproductive health care services prevent students from receiving comprehensive sex education and accessing sexual and reproductive health care services. Below are highlights of current legislative activity related to these topics.  Kentucky’s 2022 session convened on January 4, 2022.  

TitleDescriptionStatusLegislative Topic
Senate Bill 1Prohibits instruction on certain concepts (divisive concepts)Passed Legislature (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/22RS/sb1/bill.pdf
House Bill 570Prohibits discrimination against medical providers who deny care on basis of religious refusalDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Reproductive Health Carehttps://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/22RS/hb570/orig_bill.pdf
House Bill 247Requires that students are classified on sports teams based upon biological sex which would effectively targets transgender students from being able to participate in school sportsDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/22RS/hb247/orig_bill.pdf
House Bill 14Prohibits schools from teaching certain concepts related to race, sex, and religion ("divisive concepts")Died in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/22RS/hb14/orig_bill.pdf
Senate Bill 320Create new sections of KRS 158 to prohibit censorship of history curriculum; permit a school or school district to offer equity, diversity, and inclusion curricula, programing, initiatives, and instruction.Died in the Senate Committee on Education (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://legiscan.com/KY/text/SB320/id/2536978/Kentucky-2022-SB320-Introduced.pdf
House Bill 23Requires that students are classified on sports teams based upon biological sex which would effectively targets transgender students from being able to participate in school sportsDied in the House Committee on Appropriations & Revenue (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/ba48d2c2e682f6d6377a390c5d4f9e0bc5183587bf4efa68dca1f6fbb343dc1aa9f7377da394b8ab6e62c23ba2e01602
House Bill 18Prohibits instruction on certain concepts (divisive concepts)Died in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/362a15cd9799b0ca77a9132c29c707eca1c0e2a16af6f4392c16559be158104c5d9516782369903d287eafb116eab449
House Bill 487Prohibits instruction on "bigotry" (uses this word in lieu of divisive concepts), "critical social justice", and "revisionist history", effectively trying to whitewash history and establishes penalties on schools and teachers who violate thisDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/1ccc213fc47536dd0d4bd7c985fc74a69ea97ffe42955129aae6d672bba5a65eb56c199b570686a0e1e9383ae90431ca
Senate Bill 83Requires that students are classified on sports teams based upon biological sex which would effectively targets transgender students from being able to participate in school sportsPassed Legislature (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/b51bad16c3b33b7edbbe5d024e3d4a0433a6275c6f07383a74e9ef163d53c53c9009646122e0b8548078c59fa3bf5c7f
House Bill 3Requires informed parental consent for minors trying to access abortion care and parents legal identification and documentationPassed Legislature (2022)Parental Rights and Curriculum Transparencyhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/2148fc3b38b445439e32de7d8664cc9d098650892646fe733f2f6d5008bbce8e6605902e10e6eacc513cccd84704f67e
Senate Bill 138Requires schools to refrain from instructing on racial disparities being a result of the legacy of the insitution of slavery and segregation because "it is destructive to the unification of our nation" and contains divisive concepts languageDied in Chamber (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/06de4cfbc36de1ba8b490e4314edf3c90589d672fb16a1f09e244f3a06c4774e0fcdb8e249ec9fb47a2b1a5f38eff6b8
Senate Bill 137Prohibits conversion therapyDied in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/9e986f91f5920efd4d06bb3fee74da197fc3b8db60175e211435242b29e9ff948df4afcfe98637a3876c99777abd9410
House Bill 324Requires informed written consent of parent or legal guardian in order to perform an abortion on a minor. Additional proof of being parent, increased burdenDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Reproductive Health Carehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/3fd65eec936df79dbf45dce2d4e166ebe77973b2c3ed6b80b63e91723f07bf967dd8c527d32fac8f8294538f43a00f06
Senate Bill 84Prohibits physicians from providing gender affirming care or referrals for minorsDied in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/0c185f9e875a4145fb3a7fb401293c6ba95193675fd3b3deb8372af43d03e0a05752f2cf540b53527b77d774c784e913
House Bill 253Prohibits physicians from providing gender affirming care or referrals for minorsDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/3160bc581c887a26029c7e8da7a9cdeb4d03e031a095022493763c398a5054090e23d623ddce4e72691c245c3db7e66a
House Bill 236Includes protection from hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identityDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/ccab4398b4c3b5b46a9a5860619ee90096b7a01a2c12c54aaedd177f82c1bf0506448bcffc0bafebcc30b22f15c07216
Senate Bill 36Requires legislative committees to conduct health disparity impact reviews for any proposed bill or amendmentDied in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/2af6f2a129ece4b69c566870492befe456c829bb2eb3c6b5920c8ee968f3b40b9278613ffd85a1a1f391b0239cf6b93a
House Bill 16Repeals code for criminalization of same-sex intercourseDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/0a43b1c7f2e88605cad6d131c7df8185fdb7ddaeb560fd466479c9c72a7f418039ccc527e4c69ba065cb9a1889275e98
House Bill 15Includes sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected from discriminationDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/d83201cefaa202d762f29a7cf1550beb691a50cce03bccdfa5b967eaa05ab8a1985080e83938997f70b18fb29fec2367
House Bill 11Includes sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected from discriminationDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/5fb91bb88c0d871e74118ceace70a035bc907c0f8cace2801935b0b2cad30b4291e909792ef9d67404388cbafbd832c9
House Bill 13Requires instruction on healthy relationships which would include content such as human development, refusal skills, consent, bulllying/harassment, gender stereotypes, emphasizing abstinence, information on contraception, sti prevention, and resources for sexual and reproductive health.Died in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sex Educationhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/f64735846718df9d14a8c8fca74cc2b60ae6f9f78a6e736d09c8c784383b13e0d5616bc006022939caeb78cec53a0be5
Bill Request 427Requires instruction on the history of racism.Prefiled (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/7515eae192ea94f6491a5132a900ecaa4d56f0c557c6c99d72cc9fd88868ac655feeb9538420869b1158a6e8098c7fcf
House Bill 12Prohibits conversion therapyDied in the House Committee on Committees (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/1eafa787b6e4b7989ee58997541961e1f148eded6b3eb42f251f1427c4e87cee9e0589b57b199ec01d2c4bd582d5f56e
House Bill 96Further defines parental consent requirements for a minor to obtain an abortion. Amends the right for minors to petition for self-consent to abortion to further address the credibility and demeanor as a witness, ability to accept responsibility, ability to assess both the immediate and long rage consequences of the abortion, and ability to understand and explain the medical risks of the abortion and apply that understanding to their decision. Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021) Reproductive Health Carehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/a90d10ee795142a9c139abaf696a7c1d61c79393b1a9288f433a808a315044581c1d402696d02d5973f5dc79eb79ba37
House Bill 216Prohibits public agency funds from going towards any organization that provides, refers for, or counsels in favor of abortions. Excludes any funds that are used to provide abstinence education. Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021) Reproductive Health Carehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/42a7a88588042025465522b87235f19f4bb60f9b6a49694da99c8b8af6e2336b3d9a21be953ac5f8e06d3040ce7e9313
House Bill 19Prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors.Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021)Sex Educationhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/753e8b8f7de839c5dc48869c510432eba7559a956afcd483d63ceefb8e96c99644af7555b504789d3d56bd23ec9f9ea5
House Bill 460Further clarifies parental consent requirements for a minor obtaining an abortion. Informed written consent must include a copy of the ID, certification that they consent to the procedure, which includes a signed, dated, and notarized document that has been initiated. Further amends the right for minors to petition for self-consent to abortion to further address the credibility and demenor as a witness, ability to accept responsibility, ability toa ssess both the immediate and long range consequences of the abortion, and ability to understand and explain the medical risks of the abortion and to apply that understanding to their decision.Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021)Reproductive Health Carehttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/067d4075bd97983ce6713bc70a7b8937748e157135ad693c3198b3d82dca75888ab03c846c6c7454e1f0df73ae1e5adf
House Bill 462Requires schools to provide healthy relationships instruction in grades K-12. Such instruction, among other topics, must include age, developmentally, and culturally appropriate instruction on human development and reproduction, healthy relationships, developing effective communication skills, healthy decision making skills, the use of contraceptives, the benefits of abstinence, recognition of the roles that traditions, values, religion, norms, gender roles, acculturation, family structures, health beliefs, and political power play into decisions that affect students health, and sexual orientation and gender identity.Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021)Sex Educationhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/50139e9a12a86ba2840f2ab209dd48e1140e30a380ed3b2f2c36e6d8d0be5868b622b362b72ea4c04fd5df59ca7e1a7d
House Bill 477Requires medical professionals to receive parental consent prior to providing gender affirming care to minors.Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/6f2a03a48c3064f6f2f514d571fee0ce9257005d3dc6e0279fe5338079113d88abd0d899d1d6fad8a4914dba3a505bf1
Senate Bill 30Prohibits mental health providers form engaging in conversion therapy with minors.Died in the Senate Committee on Committees (2021)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/ee1450e1591721541dcc7ed555427b0e6d0308a56a3d9f699f1eb5b8c147bd28efd9f102a06a017379ea1106f7d3ff8c
House Bill 19 Prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors. Died in the House Committee on Committees (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/753e8b8f7de839c5dc48869c510432eba7559a956afcd483d63ceefb8e96c99644af7555b504789d3d56bd23ec9f9ea5
House Bill 91Asserts that nothing in the state Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.Enacted (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://s3.amazonaws.com/fn-document-service/file-by-sha384/6988d39957efd4a14545d15055164da8b5b92ca26fce413ededdbdc1d6667bc5df2340d43ce9723ae15ba2dfd0970cde

Youth Sexual Health Data

Young people are more than their health behaviors and outcomes. While data can be a powerful tool to demonstrate the sex education and sexual health care needs of young people, it is important to be mindful that these behaviors and outcomes are impacted by systemic inequities present in our society that affect an individual’s sexual health and well-being. To learn more about Kentucky’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, click here.

Kentucky School Health Profiles Data 

In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the School Health Profiles, which measure school health policies and practices and highlight which health topics were taught in schools across the country. Since the data were collected from self-administered questionnaires completed by schools’ principals and lead health education teachers, the CDC notes that one limitation of the School Health Profiles is bias toward the reporting of more positive policies and practices. In the School Health Profiles, the CDC identifies 20 sexual health education topics as critical for ensuring a young person’s sexual health. Below are key instruction highlights for secondary schools in Kentucky as reported for the 2017–2018 school year.

Reported teaching all 20 critical sexual health education topics

  • 14.5% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students all 20 critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 44.3% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students all 20 [JD1] critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about the benefits of being sexually abstinent

  • 63.3% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 97.1% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy

  • 48.2% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 91.4% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships

  • 61.3% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 96.1% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health

  • 41.9% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 90.3% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to correctly use a condom

  • 19.1% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 60.7% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about methods of contraception other than condoms

  • 19.1% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 60.7% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about sexual orientation

  • 20.7% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 61.9% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression

  • 24.1% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 54.6% of Kentucky secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported providing curricula or supplementary materials relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth

  • 38.6% of Kentucky secondary schools provided students with curricula or supplementary materials that included HIV, STD, or pregnancy prevention information relevant to LGBTQ youth.

(Visit the CDC’s School Health Profiles report for additional information on school health policies and practices.)

***The quality of sex education taught often reflects funding available for sex education programs. To learn more about federal funding streams, click here.

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