LGBTQ individuals face unique circumstances in terms of sexuality and gender. It is vital that these are taught and discussed in our schools.
As of right now, sex education materials often assume students are heterosexual and cisgender. Many sex education curricula 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 homophobic and transphobic school environments.
In order for all youth to grow up properly educated, we must mandate an inclusive sex education curricula throughout Iowa’s schools. Comprehensive sex education programs will ensure more safe and inclusive schools overall.