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Aired Jun 3, 2021

Opting Out of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion. 

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, June 3. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article: Tennessee Will Excuse Students From Lessons With LGBTQ+ Content 

Source: The Advocate 

Author: Trudy Ring 

Questions for Discussion: 

  1. In the past few years there has been an effort to mandate that more LGBTQ+ content be added to school curriculum in both K-6 and secondary education (e.g., New Jersey, California). Do you think that bills like this one can pose a significant threat to that progress? And do you think that these bills are related to those efforts, or part of a larger pushback on progress? 

  2. The Tennessee bill is unique in that it doesn’t just address LGBTQ+ content in health and sex education, but can have an impact on other curriculum such as history, literature, and social studies. What is the effect and impact of not exposing students to these aspects of identity and social movements in education? Can you give specific examples of what this kind of exclusion looks like for students of all ages?

  3. As we start Pride month 2021, it sometimes feels like the whole world is focused on the LGBTQ+ population. But that seems to change when June ends and people put their rainbow flags away. What are some of the ways that we can continue conversations about the contributions of people who are LGBTQ+ throughout the year in both formal (e.g., classroom) and informal (e.g., conversations) methods? 

Ways to Watch: