While it is all well and good to have sex education in schools, even this in-road to alerting the next generation can fall flat when it comes to the needs and interests of homosexual and bisexual youths, especially in curricula that focus on the risk of pregnancy. A group of health professionals were brought together in order to answer some of the questions most commonly asked by LGBTQ youth.
Their advice included: the fact that anal intercourse increases the chances of physical trauma to that area; protection and lubrication should always be used, especially in same-sex female interactions; that the definition of sex was whatever the person felt it was, that it is any sort of contact that strikes a sexual chord in the person and that since the notion of losing one’s virginity is as much a social construct as having sex, it too should be considered to have happened when the person feels it has. The closing message of the group was that no one should be afraid to ask questions; that gaining an education in sexual health should be exciting, interesting and approachable.
While all fifty members of the United States of America teach sexual education in the classroom, there is no single approach to this education. The primary stances taken by states boils down to either being pro-abstinence or a comprehensive approach that informs students about age of consent, different sexualities and the variety of, and effectiveness, of various contraceptive measures like condoms and “pulling out.”