Combining interviews with experts and stories from regular people, this piece discusses the importance of sex education that is truly LGBTQIA+, not merely inclusive. It addresses information on barrier methods, a range of sexualities and gender identities, the fluidity of sex and gender, the vast diversity of ways people can be sexual, and more.
“Any education that says ‘this is how things always are and always will be’ teaches shame, Alves said. Sexuality and gender identity are fluid, so rather than be prescriptive in what we teach young people, we should teach that it’s okay and expected to explore who you are a little bit. It’s also normal for those things to shift, which doesn’t invalidate any part of your past, present, or future identity.”