Sex education, when done right, can transform people’s lives and society at large. Quality sex education taught by trained educators covers a wide range of topics, including relationships, decision making, condom negotiation, gender identity, body image, birth control, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When people receive quality sex education, they explore their values and beliefs about sex and relationships while also gaining skills to navigate relationships and manage their own sexual health.
Everyone deserves quality sex education.
But too few young people get it because a patchwork of inconsistent laws and policies makes access to it inequitable.
The outrageous thing is, sex education is incredibly popular in the United States. Most Americans think young people should receive quality sex education that covers a wide range of important topics, including birth control and sexual orientation. And lots of people assume schools are already providing good sex education (even when they’re not).
Too many people aren’t getting any sex education at all, or they’re getting unhelpful, shaming, or abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. We can do better.