Add an LGBTQ+ Unit in Standard APS Education
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As current students in the APS system we feel that a unit based on LGBTQ+ awareness should be implemented in Health or Sexual Education classes. Bullying and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual preference has become prominent in schools and work places. We feel that adding a LGBTQ+ unit in schools could educate those who misunderstand the LGBTQ+ community. This could deter future discrimination.
Discrimination is a prominent problem around the world. Recently however more people of the LGBTQ+ community have been making a stand against discrimination. We feel that the problem is very important to solve because people across the globe are losing their lives over who they are. We have brainstormed multiple ways that LGBTQ+ discrimination can be lessened in New Mexico.
We think that educating the children of today about the different lifestyles of those in the LGBTQ+ community can have them grow up to be more accepting adults and prevent further division in our community. This could help the kids realize that no matter the differences, everyone is human and deserves to be treated as such. Implementing a unit based around LGBTQ+ awareness in a Health or Sexual Education class can expose preteens to the reality of difference as well, which could lessen bullying in schools. We feel this would be more effective than having a guest speaker come in only once in an assembly.
Many people, much less kids, don’t know the difference between bisexual and pansexual or bisexual and homosexual in extreme cases. These are critical parts of learning about the LGBTQ+ community, like knowing the difference between a Cuban and a Filipino. If we were to teach children at a young age to accept those around them, discrimination would decrease tremendously.
Therefore, we feel that the government should change the standard for Health and Sexual Education classes. An entire unit should be put aside for subjects relating to LGBTQ+ sex, identity, and preference. This would not only open the eyes of the children, this would also help those who are questioning understand their emotions. This could lead to a more accepting generation and a happier life for those affected.
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