This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Louisiana!
In late April, Louisiana Youth for Truth (LYFT) council member Paris Scott testified at the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) meeting, where she urged the school board to support two important pieces of proposed legislation that would impact the health of New Orleans young people. HB359, sponsored by State Representative Wesley Bishop, would mandate comprehensive sexuality education for all New Orleans public schools. HB326, also sponsored by Rep. Bishop, as well as SB31, sponsored by State Senator JP Morrell, would allow for the collection of youth sexual risk behavior data through the YRBSS.
Paris spoke about the importance of medically accurate, inclusive and evidence-informed sexuality education, and reflected on her own sex education experience at Warren Easton High School, an OPSB school that would be impacted by the mandate.
“I am motivated to do the work I do by the increasing numbers of HIV/AIDS cases in my community. I have seen firsthand how incorrect information is given to young people in schools.” Paris, LYFT council member