Teach Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Sex Ed Courses

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Target: Secretary of Education John King Jr.

Goal: Educate people about sexual orientations and gender identity at a young age.

High school can be a confusing moment in a person’s life, a time when they start questioning some of their feelings. Sex education can answer some of those questions if they are straight and cisgender, but it leaves many LGBT teens more confused than ever. To help teens through this complicated stage of their life, sexual orientation and gender identity should be taught in sex education courses.

It is very difficult to find objective information on these subjects. Sexual orientation and gender identity are often considered taboo topics, with very few people willing to talk about them. People are also afraid to ask questions, even to trusted advisers, for fear of being labeled as LGBT in a society that is intolerant. With the age of the internet, it has become easier to find answers to these questions. However, it is still difficult to find objective sources on the web, and internet searches are useless if you don’t know what to ask.

Education about these subjects also leads to their normalization. If an LGBT student sees their identity talked about openly in an academic environment, they won’t see themselves as “different” and “unusual.” This also works the other way around. If a straight student sees these subjects discussed in an objective, non-politicized environment, they will be more accepting of them. In order to educate our children on identity and acceptance, we need to add sexual orientation and identity to the curriculum of sex education courses.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary King,

Our children need to be educated in everything they need to get by in life, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Both LGBT and straight students will benefit from this education, learning important things about themselves and how to respect others. For the enrichment of our children, sexual orientation and gender identity need to be added to the curriculum of sex education courses.

Many children have questions about themselves that rarely get answered because it is considered “inappropriate” to discuss them openly. Many teens have resorted to the internet for help, but it is difficult to find objective information, or even correct information, on the web when they have no guidance.

Discussion of these subjects in a classroom environment will also normalize them. By presenting non-politicized, factual information, schools can help all students see that LGBT people aren’t so different after all. Including sexual orientation and gender identity in sex education can help ensure that our children will grow up to be a more accepting generation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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5 Comments

  1. Imelda Higgins-Wiffle says:

    “…help all students see that LGBT people aren’t so different after all. Including sexual orientation and gender identity in sex education can help ensure that our children will grow up to be a more accepting generation.”

    Really? We have banned prayer and the mention of God in schools and we do not even teach penmanship anymore, but we want to require schools to preach about LGBT acceptance??? If everyone would keep what happens in their bedrooms private and between consensual adults, this would NOT be an issue, period.

  2. Michael Lynn says:

    You Jenna Newman ought to repent and turn in your depraved mind against your unclean thoughts and perverse imaginations, and no longer serve or indulge your wicked lusts; for having welcomed and entertained them you’ve also become subject to the spirits from which they came to call evil good and good evil- being filled with one as you suppress the other.

  3. Thank you. This is a very important topic for me, as I identify, as do many people I know, as queer, both in gender and sexuality. This need to be taught in school, so we do not have to believe we are “isolated”. Everything I have learned, is from the internet. Nothing I know about these topics I learned in school. I honestly found my health education to be useless. There needs to be change, and soon.

    • Jenna Newman Jenna Newman says:

      Yes, there definitely does need to be a change. I’m very happy that this petition is getting such traction, because people like you, my friends, my brother, and countless other people deserve better than what our education system is teaching. Personal identity is just as, if not more, important than theories and essays.

  4. This needs to be kept out of our school’s its inappropriate to be teaching this in schools.
    God and prayer has been taken out of schools but, we want to teach this??

    Our country is going to shit.
    Makes no sense to teach something like this to some who chooses to be this way.

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