CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Taskforce of Better Cleveland and AIDS Healthcare Basis strongly oppose Ohio’s new proposed laws prohibiting the dialogue of sexual orientation and gender id in public faculties. Limiting, or outright banning such dialogue fully undermines the state’s public well being and training system.
“Ohio Home Invoice 616 unfairly targets our LGBTQ+ youth, placing them liable to a large number of issues, together with bullying and psychological well being challenges,” stated Tracy Jones, Government Director of the AIDS Taskforce of Better Cleveland, an affiliate of AHF. “It additional places our youth in danger for buying HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Making issues worse, this invoice additionally targets younger folks of coloration by denying lecturers the chance to show the documented historical past of our state and nation. It will halt legit historic dialogue and public well being prevention training to maintain our youngsters secure.”
Home Invoice 616 will isolate kids and place yet one more burden on our instructional system. The continued marginalization of LGBTQ+ youth will trigger youngsters to be much less secure at school. Broadly banning discussions of sexual orientation and gender id is unacceptable well being coverage follow. With no secure area in school to debate these essential points, kids will flip to much less trusted assets, endangering their bodily, psychological and sexual well being.
“Home Invoice 616 is a cynical trick to make use of race, sexual orientation and gender id to divide our state and to attain political factors,” added Jones. “We can’t let this invoice go and should do every thing in our energy to cease it. The AIDS Taskforce of Better Cleveland and AHF respectfully ask the Ohio Common Meeting to oppose the passage of Home Invoice 616.”
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