Konni Burton, a Texas state senator and member of the Tea Party, introduced Senate Bill 242 which would force schools to out students to their parents, even if the student requests confidentiality. That and more in our look in the intersection between the queer community and education around the world.
- A U.S. senator introduced a bill that will require school faculty to “out” students who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT organizations warn this would be dangerous for at-risk youth, noting that 40% of US homeless kids identify as LGBT due to unsupportive home environments.
- In the UK, the chairs of five parliamentary committees sent an open letter to education secretary Justine Greening demanding the government introduce compulsory sex and relationship education in schools. Additionally, sex education rarely includes information for sexual minorities. In one UK survey, 82% of gay men reported that they received no information about sex at school, with another 40% learning from pornography.
- In the US, only six states require inclusive sex education, while four legally require educators to emphasize that LGBTQ people are deviant and undesirable. Despite this, a report from the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN, and Planned Parenthood found that 85% of parents support discussion of sexual orientation in high school education.
- In China, where there is little formal sex education, educators are turning to social media and messaging apps to provide information. Founders of “Buzz and Bloom” 蜜丰兰花, an online sex education resource, say the “culture of shaming” leave young people with no information on contraception, STIs, or sexuality: “Men learn from Japanese pornography. Women learn from having one night stands.”
- In India, a 19-year-old committed suicide after an acquaintance threatened to out him to his family. And in Brisbane, Australia, the suicide of 13-year-old Tyrone Unsworth has revived debate around the Safe Schools program after it was revealed he suffered ongoing homophobic school bullying, including an incident that left him in the hospital with a broken jaw.
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