Letter to the Editor: Student Upset Over Teachers Refusing to Answer Questions About “Gay Sex”

Mr. Parsley,

I am an 8th grade student at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs. Towards the end of the year we are educated about our own sexuality and reproductive systems.

I am extremely disappointed by the amount of homophobia in this program. Today (May 26, 2015), I had my first lesson. We were told in the beginning of the lesson that there were questions that our teacher could not answer certain questions because there is a handful of topics they're told not to speak about.

Then, our teacher passed out small pieces of paper and told us to write questions we had on them and put them in the box. I wrote "Why don't we learn about gay sex? People need to know this.", or something along those lines. Then, put it in the box. The first question he read was about HIV/AIDS, he answered. Then, he took the other questions out of the box and read them to himself. He said he couldn't answer any of them. Do you know what that means?

That means that whoever trained him told him that he couldn't talk about homosexuality. I strongly dislike assuming things, but it really looks like that was the standard. I am sick and tired of the school being homophobic because they're afraid of how some bigoted parents will react.

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than straight people of the same age group (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/facts-about-suicide).

One could wonder if a cause of this could be the lack of assurance that they are normal and included. They feel different and isolated. Please, help me stand up for what is right.

Thank you for your time,
Ellie DelVecchio


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