lgbt sex ed, KC Miller, lgbtq-inclusive sex education
lgbt sex ed, KC Miller, lgbtq-inclusive sex education

This Teen Thinks Every American Kid Should Be Taught About Gay Sex (and We Tend to Agree)

KC Miller is the gay 17-year-old founder of the Keystone Coalition for Advancing Sex Education (CASE), an organization pushing for comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive sex education in public schools across America.

Miller decided to become an activist for comprehensive sex education after hearing stories of sexual assault from female friends (although men experience sexual assault as well). His vision of comprehensive sex ed includes instruction on “sexual orientation, contraception, intimate partner violence and sexual harassment.”

Miller told VICE:

Advancing sex education in schools to talk about sexual assault, consent, and safe sex are all ways we can educate people and deter sexual violence. As a gay student, I feel particularly motivated because I saw firsthand how these programs fail to help LGBTQ+ people. We’re neglecting the queer community, and they deserve inclusive and comprehensive sex education just like everyone else. In the end, I simply want to empower people with the tools to keep their bodies happy, safe, and healthy.

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To this end, Miller’s organization has drafted the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act, a piece of  legislation based on the 2015 California Healthy Youth Act. CASE also has an initiative called Sexual Health Awareness Educators (SHAE) that seeks to “bring together a network of students ready to teach their peers about sexual health and wellness.”

Miller is currently seeking parents, activists, students, health professionals and educators to join CASE’s board of directors — he’s accepting nominations and applications now.

 

Why is American sex education so horrible?

Only 22 states mandate sex education for public school students, and only 13 require the information to be “medically accurate” (which is odd considering that we generally expect our history classes to be historically accurate and our math classes to be mathematically accurate). Sex ed curriculum can also vary wildly between states or school districts.

To make matters worse, 26 states require any sex educations to emphasize abstinence as the best method of avoiding sexually transmitted infections and pregnancies. (Many of these states have the highest pregnancy rates in the country.) Seven states also have so-called “no promo homo” laws limiting what teachers can say about same-sex attraction.

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Miller acknowledges that many politicians are reluctant to advocate for young people’s sexual health, but he encourages them to act before the current state of sex education in America continues contributing to public health crises.

 

Featured image via the Keystone Coalition For Advancing Sex Education