Target: Governor Robert J. Bentley, President of the Alabama State Department of Education
Goal: End restrictions that forbid the teaching of LGBTQ issues in public schools.
Alabama is one of eight states that forbids discussions of LGBTQ issues in public schools, especially in sexual education and sexual health classes. Despite federal law, Alabama still has a law in the books that criminalizes “homosexual activity.”
As a result of this, all health teachers in the state are required to tell students that “homosexual conduct is a criminal offense,” making some students feel criminal for an inherent and natural part of their identity. Because many teachers fear the effects of this law, they avoid LGBTQ issues altogether.
This law is harmful to the state’s young people. It not only serves makes those in the LGBTQ community feel “abnormal” and marginalized, but it also leads to a gap in vital sexual health education. Despite public outcry against the law, lawmakers have not taken action to repeal it. Sign the petition and demand that the president of the Alabama State Department of Education, who also happens to be the state’s governor, sign an executive action to end the criminalization and censorship of LGBTQ issues.
Dear Governor Bentley,
Your state of Alabama is among eight in the nation that censors LGBTQ issues in schools. Because of an outdated law that still criminalizes what is called “homosexual conduct,” health teachers are required to state that such activity is a criminal offense. This makes LGBTQ students feel as though they are wrong for the way they were born and the way they feel.
Not only does the implementation of this law have the potential to seriously damage the mindset and confidence of these young people, but it also contributes to a lack of awareness of LGBTQ issues and aspects of sexual health. I ask that, as governor, you sign an executive action to bring an end to this harmful, noninclusive policy, and ensure comprehensive sex education for all students.
[Your Name Here]
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