Pending changes to Battle Ground Public School’s sexual health education curriculum have the parents of LGBTQ students optimistic about what a more inclusive curriculum will mean for their children.
The district’s board of directors on Monday will begin deliberating its updated sex education program. In addition to lessons about consent, sexually transmitted diseases and puberty, the three-week set of lessons features a two-day unit about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Conservative critics have been speaking out against the program for more than a year — 18 percent of parents and community polled in a district survey reported they were afraid the district was trying to “promote an LGBTQ lifestyle.” But Melanie Davis, whose transgender daughter attends Prairie High School, hopes the curriculum will help her daughter and students like her feel safer and more supported at school.
“We’ve always had LGBTQ youth,” Davis said. “The U.S. has always had that. It’s whether we choose to include them or not.”
Jessica Cole and Eunice Ingermanson are the co-directors of Battle Ground PFLAG, the offshoot of a national organization previously called Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. The organization supports the families, friends and allies of LGBTQ people.