LGBTQ individuals often feel left out in the areas of sex education in schools. It is vital that LGBTQ youth are given the opportunity to not only feel included, but to be educated properly as well.
As of right now, sex education materials often assume students are heterosexual and cisgender. Many sex education curriculum do not mention sexual orientation or gender identity at all; those that do often discuss it in a negative light. This not only denies LGBTQ youth important information on staying safe and healthy, but it also contributes to bullying in schools across the nation.
In order for all youth to grow up to lead happy, healthy, and successful lives, we must mandate an inclusive sex education curriculum throughout Iowa’s schools. Comprehensive sex education programs will ensure more safe and inclusive schools overall.