For Immediate Release, May 4, 2023
Kelley Dennings, (919) 355-8102, KDennings@biologicaldiversity.org
Sex Ed For All Month Highlights Need For Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools
Community Leaders, Parents, Allies, Caregivers Lend Voices to Promote #SexEdForAll
TUCSON, Ariz.— May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time when community leaders, caring adults, allies and advocates call on local school boards, parent-teacher associations, and lawmakers to invest in sex education that meets the needs of young people and support sex education programs that promote critical thinking, communication skills, sexual health and wellness, consent and self-esteem.
This month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal will be introducing a resolution to support Sex Ed for All Month and Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Cory Booker and Reps. Barbara Lee and Alma Adams will be re-introducing the Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act, or REAHYA.
REHYA would provide the first-ever federal funding for comprehensive sex education. The bill would ensure youth have access to the education, resources and health services they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and futures.
“Comprehensive sex education gives young people a sense of agency over their own bodies,” said Kelley Dennings, a campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Until everyone has the tools to make informed decisions about their health, we won’t have reproductive justice, climate justice, food justice or economic justice. The Center is proud to be an ally in this work because we know the ability to plan your reproductive future affects every aspect of one’s life.”
The vast majority of Republicans and Democrats agree that sex education covering a wide range of topics should be part of school curriculum.
Elementary sex education includes discussions on setting boundaries, understanding our bodies, preparing for puberty, and respecting different kinds of families. Conversations for middle schoolers are centered on healthy peer relationships, anti-bullying, and media literacy skills to support a healthy body image and improved self-esteem. At the high school level, sex education focuses on contraception, safer sex, communication skills, and healthy relationships.
Since 2019 May has been recognized as Sex Ed for All Month, as part of a national effort spearheaded by a coalition of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice organizations committed to ensuring equitable and accessible sex education for all young people. National activities are coordinated by the Sex Education Collaborative — representing 23 national, regional and state-based organizations with extensive experience training educators to deliver school-based sex education — in collaboration with the federal Sex Education Coalition, as well as other national and regional partners.
Anyone who wants to get involved this month can discuss why they believe in Sex Ed for All by following and using the hashtag #SexEdForAll on social media.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.