My sex ed teacher says homosexuals came from the devil, what should I say ?


Dear Keianna,

Thanks for writing us. I understand that you are wondering why your

school

hired a lady to give sex education class that is openly homophobic

based on

her religious values. You think that it makes no sense that she would

answer questions about heterosexual sex, but not homosexual sex. Well,

you

are absolutely right to be offended by such conduct, and I hope that

you and

your friends can stick together and bring up the situation to an

authority

figure of your school/community.

I don’t know where you are from, but if you live in North America, it

is

quite surprising in today’s society that your school would let such

things

happen. I mean, homosexuality is not illegal or seen as a mental

disease

anymore, and all sexual education programs should not only be open to

answer

questions that students might have about gay sex and relationships, but

they

should bring up the subject by themselves. If there are still people,

like

the lady of your sex ed class, who are very religious and believe that

homosexuality is a sin, it is in no way acceptable to openly

communicate

their beliefs in a school setting, even less in a sex ed class! Are

your

school directors aware of what happened ? If not, you could let them

know

about the homophobic comments of that lady and suggest that they hire

another sex ed teacher who will talk about not only straight sex, but

also

gay sex. If, however, your director is already aware of the situation

but

doesn’t do anything about it, or worse, if he agrees with what the lady

said, then you should contact an organization/activist group in your

city/surroundings that defends GLBT rights; I’m sure that they could

help

you to do something about it and also answer your friend’s questions

about

safe-sex. You can also talk about it to other adults that are

gay-friendly

and ask for their help. Here’s the website for the organization Egale

Canada, which deals with such issues in Canada: http://www.egale.ca/

I hope that helps, don’t hesitate to contact us again if you have other

questions !

Marilyn, for AlterHeros

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