A Range of Policies

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A sampling of state laws and policies on the teaching of sexual orientation and homosexuality in health education classes:

Alabama State code says courses must emphasize, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.

Arizona Under state law, if a school chooses to teach HIV education, such instruction must be medically accurate and cannot promote a "homosexual lifestyle," portray "homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style," or "suggest that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex."

New Jersey State law mandates that health education be aligned with state curriculum standards, one of which requires information about sexual orientation.

Oklahoma Schools are required to provide HIV/AIDS-prevention education and must specifically teach that homosexual activity, promiscuous sexual activity, intravenous drug use and contact with contaminated blood products are known to be primarily responsible for contact with the AIDS virus.

The District Regulations say public schools must provide comprehensive school health education, including information on sexual orientation.

SOURCE: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

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