A bill filed in the Colorado House known as the Youth Wellness Act wants to teach children in Colorado public schools about the different relationship models they and their peers may engage in.
The bill would allow explicit descriptions of sexual techniques used by the LGBT peers but prohibit teaching that there are two sexes, male and female, which is considered the promotion of “gender norms or gender stereotypes.” Sex education instructors would also be prohibited from “explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines” and that would include abstinence-only curriculum.
Fortunately, the state allows parents to opt their children out of sex education and, thankfully, parents have not been silent. Though the measure is backed by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, ACLU Colorado, and LGBT activist groups, opposition to it has been strong. Nearly 95,000 email messages opposing the bill were sent to legislators and of the 300 people who signed up to testify in last Wednesday night’s hearing most opposed the bill.
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