Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

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Sample Message

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) have introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA). This legislation would support the health and well-being of young people by providing the comprehensive sexuality education they need to lead healthy lives. This act is critical to the bisexual community because our youth already face increased rates of violence and bullying, they shouldn't have to face miseducation about their own sexuality too.

REHYA is currently cosponsored by 11 Senators and 55 Representatives. Let’s tell Congress it’s time to support comprehensive sexuality education and get more cosponsors on REHYA!

Urge your congressional delegation to support young people’s need and right comprehensive sexuality education by cosponsoring the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act.


Sample Letter to Congress

Dear XX,

The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would establish the first-ever dedicated federal funding for comprehensive sexuality education for elementary and secondary schools, institutes of higher learning, and teacher training while ensuring that federal funds are spent on science-based, age-, and developmentally-appropriate, and medically accurate instruction.

The current federal investment in adolescent sexual health promotion programs is an important step in the right direction, but much remains to be done to strengthen, enhance, and expand these efforts. The availability and quality of sexual health information and sexuality education varies drastically across the country. Less than half of all high schools and only 20% of middle schools in the U.S. provide all of the topics identified by the CDC as critical to ensuring sexual health. The data on disparities and disproportionate burden on young people continue to highlight the need for additional resources to serve young people most in need of sexual health education.

Despite the need to equip and empower young people with the information and skills they need to lead sexually healthy lives, funds continue to be wasted on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that inherently withhold lifesaving and affirming information from young people.

This act is critical to the bisexual community because our youth already face increased rates of violence and bullying, they shouldn't have to face miseducation about their own sexuality too.

It’s time we provide the type of quality sex ed that young people need to lead healthy lives. Please support the sexual health of young people by cosponsoring the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,


To learn more about REHYA, visit SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and don't forget to join us during today's Thunderclap!


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