Homo “I know of NO sex ed program that acknowledges the existence of gay people.”
posted by June 27 at 11:16 AMon
“Abstinence-only sex ed programs donít acknowledge the existence of gay people, much less give young gay people the tools they need to protect themselves.”
Actually, I’d expand on that point. I know of NO sex ed program that acknowledges the existence of gay people. Mine back in high school was pretty comprehensive (we had a huge problem with teen pregnancy… classrooms converted into nurseries to encourage mom and dad to stay in school, etc.). I learned all fifty million ways to keep a girl from getting pregnant. I learned about all sorts of STDs, sperm-killing foam, diaphragms, and more. There was even required viewing of a video of a birth (three football players passed out, and one girl went into false labor). They even told us which condom brands are less likely to break during heterosexual intercourse.
But, nothing at all on gay sex. Notta. Zip. Not that I was looking at that point (I didn’t come out until a few years later). Still, seeing as how we had notebooks and notebooks of information on hotlines, clinics, counselors, and welfare programs we could turn to for help with our straight sex lives, you’d think the could’ve at least handed us an index card with a few info hotlines or clinics or medical experts we could talk to safely about gay sex.
And, you’re right. There is no gay community. I know many Seattleites disagree on this point. But really, I’ve never encountered this supposed inclusive, all-encompassing gay community. The closest thing we have is an annual parade. And if that constitutes a community, then I’m sure there’s also a “Thanksgiving Community” and a “Veterans Day Community” and a “Christmas Community.”