Sex Ed Inclusive of LGBTQ+ is the Norm in Only 17 States.

Sex ed is growing more inclusive of LGBTQ+ but is the norm in only 17 states

From 2016 to 2018, 27 states reported increases in the number of schools offering LGBTQ+-inclusive sex-ed instruction

Instruction that affirms LGTBQ+ students’ gender identities is spreading but still lacking in many states, as are gay-straight alliance clubs where young people can turn for critical support.

  • LGBTQ+-inclusive sex-ed curricula were offered in a majority of the schools in only 17 states as of 2018.
  • From 2016 to 2018, 27 states reported increases of greater than 1 percentage point in the number of schools offering LGBTQ+-inclusive sex-ed materials.
  • Failing to provide inclusive sex-ed instruction can cause mental health problems in students and increase the stigma they face. 
  • Studies have shown that gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) improve both school climates and academic outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth.

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