Minnesota students deserve the right to a medically accurate and inclusive sex education

“The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Research Institute’s National School Climate Survey of LGBTQ+ middle and high school students found that over 24% of LGBTQ+ students had never had any school-based sex education, and of students who had received sex education in school, only 8.2% reported that it was inclusive of LGBTQ+ topics” (Kosciw et al., 2020).

What is inclusive sex education?

Inclusive sex education includes topics that are relevant to all gender and sexual identities.

“Inclusive sex education allows students to open the communication between friends and parents about the topic and helps start a difficult conversation. It helps to develop a tolerance for the topic at an early age and reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases” (Tarin, 2018).

Students in states with a greater proportion of LGBTQ-inclusive sex education have lower odds of experiencing school-based victimization and adverse mental health (Proulx et al., 2019).

How Minnesota Compares

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