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New Sex-Education Bill Acknowledges LGBT Students Actually Exist

sexual educationA new sex education bill introduced in the House last week would offer five-year grants to programs that include LGBT students, reports The Hill.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and outgoing Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act,  favors comprehensive sex education over abstinence-only hetero-specific programs, which have proven ineffective.

In addition to mandating programs not be “insensitive and unresponsive” to queer students or withhold information about preventing HIV, the bill requires the promotion of “healthy attitudes and values” about gender identity, body image and other issues.

“Research has shown that programs which teach abstinence and contraception effectively delay the onset of sexual intercourse, reduce the number of sexual partners, and increase contraceptive use among teens,” said Lee. “These programs also reduce unintended pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.”

The bill seems eminently sensible—so you can count on House Republicans to try and kill it.

Source: The Hill via Newsmax.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Feb 18, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      Sounds good to me.

      Let’s go for it.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad Hunt
      Chad Hunt

      If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times what needs to be taught in schools is a compulsory comprehensive social studies class in the elementary, middle, and high school levels which would include ethnic, gender, sexuality, body image, & social class differences.

      Feb 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @Chad Hunt: 2

      Your belief (shared by many) about what should be important in our schools may be closer to happening than you think.

      Next are our religious institutions.

      There are plenty of very progressive comments from the NT, for example, that would reinforce that effort.

      Feb 19, 2013 at 3:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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