We are a group of students in Boone, North Carolina who are looking to change the education system as to not be specific to heteronormative education (only teaching about sex between men and women) and to not solely talk about being abstinent.
In 2017 a CDC report came out stating that 55% of male and female teens had sex before the age of 18. In North Carolina, abstinence-only education exists. Whether you agree with it or not, the truth is teens are going to have sex and should have the proper education and not be under the assumption everyone is going to stay abstinent. There is also a correlation stating that students having comprehensive sex education programs (education that talks about abstinence and prevention strategies of getting pregnant or STIs) have a higher chance of being abstinent than with no education or abstinent-only education. Source: NC Youth Connected.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the GLSEN 2013 National School Climate Survey, less than 5% of students said they had LGBTQ+ inclusive topics. In 2015, only 12% of surveyed millennials stated that their sexual education classes talked about same sex relationships. If that's the United States as a whole, think of how low that is in North Carolina specifically.
It is important to talk about LGBTQ relationships when it comes to sexual education because everyone should be educated, not just heterosexuals.
Help us make everyone educated on one of the most important topics.
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