Why do these lessons include discussions of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, including LGBT?

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Why do these lessons include discussions of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, including LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)?

Inclusive means healthier youth and safer, supportive schools. LGBT youth are disproportionately affected by negative sexual health-outcomes. To learn more, see links below. Leaving out LGBT youth in sex education also implies that they are abnormal or not worthy of inclusion- exclusion contributes to the feelings of isolation and rejection, which further influences these negative health outcomes.

In addition, the federal Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2015 states that youth have a right to sexual health information that is evidence-based, age appropriate, medically accurate, inclusive of LGBTQQIA+ youth, and lays out a range of topics to be covered: Anatomy & physiology, Growth & development, Healthy relationships, Prevention of unintended pregnancy and STI’s, Gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, Protection from dating violence, assault, bullying and harassment.

Above all else, Peoria Public School’s values include the education and success of every child.

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