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Mar 1, 2013
Alabama’s Sex Education Law is pretty good… except for one part. The part is when it says 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.” This is a minimum content law meaning that this is the absolute minimum that teachers must teach. Now, most people already know about this injustice in the Alabama law, but what can we do about it? This is why I am glad to be part of the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth. This week I got to collect information and share what kind of sexual education I received in high school to Patricia Todd, an Alabama state representative. It is great to know that she is working to make a difference at Montgomery. By talking to her and preparing for the Youth Lobby Day (where youth from all over the state are going down to Montgomery to lobby for a better, more comprehensive and informative HIV education law), I felt like I had a direct impact in my state! I want to encourage others out there, especially young people, that we do have a voice-and if we yell loud enough- but more importantly long enough- someone will have to hear.