LGBTQIA+ and sexual health

Updated: Jun 28

This article was originally published on Stat.

For the purposes of this article, the term LGBTQIA+, which stands for lesbians, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex, and asexual (or sometimes ally) and is widely used for comprehensiveness, will be shortened to LGBTQ but is meant to inclusive of everyone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. This term also refers to anyone who identifies as pansexual and non-gender binary.

Why should sex-ed be LGBTQ-inclusive?

There is still a lot of stigma associated with being LGBTQ. In most countries, sex education often alienates the LGBTQ community. Most curriculum only covers basic sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) facts, or how to practise abstinence or use condoms - this type of heterocentric and cis-gendered way of teaching often disproportionately affects those who do not fit into the “social norms”. In addition, the stigma associated with the LGBTQ community and HIV may prevent people from getting tested.