Pride, Sexuality, and Curriculum, Oh My!

Pride means many things to many different people! Pride by definition means, (noun) “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements,” it can also mean, (verb) “to be especially proud of a particular quality or skill.” Pride as it is defined for National Pride Month has more meaning and history than the word; “It is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It promotes dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation and is a way of increasing society’s awareness of the issues they face.” Love had no limits! Be comfortable with who you are!

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So, how in the world does this relate to curriculum? Being a health educator, teaching topics such as mental illness, sex, sexuality, gender, gender bias, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, LBGTQ, etc. sometimes have a connotation of being, “bad?” Why? Because people are uncomfortable talking about it! All things sex are commonplace and something that our teens will think of as “no big deal.” But there are still so many misconceptions and levels of ignorance, that people believe if we “talk about it more, teens are going to do it more!” What the hell is that about?

Included in health curriculum, discussions about mental health, physical fitness, nutrition, puberty, and empathetic behaviors, are common. However, it is also becoming increasingly important to introduce topics such as gender equality, gender norms and human rights in order to provide a more comprehensive curriculum on sexuality that continues to increase empathy and understanding for all human beings.  Writing curriculum is hard, but it is no harder than discussing these controversial topics in health class.

Keep working to be prideful of something you have accomplished, have pride in your curriculum.

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