From the official Missouri gov website, HB2051 “Prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction”
In effect, this law will outlaw any sexual or gender identity apart from the heteronormative. By mandating a heteronormative school culture, Missouri will be encouraging homophobia and homophobic violence.
HB2051 is the equivalent of prohibiting any segment of society from being included in public school curriculum. Imagine if Missouri or any other state outlawed instruction of Women’s Rights, African-American History, The Holocaust, Japanese Internment Camps, Native American History, or any other marginalized minority (its history, culture, and present-day realities). History would eventually repeat itself because a whole generation of students will have received inadequate education.
Advocates of the LGBTQ community - it is extremely important to let Missouri State government know the potential consequences of HB2051. We need to educate them about LGBTQ culture, and affirm it is not strictly about sex / sexual activity. We need to advise them about healthy and positive options regarding sexuality education.
Our silence is not an option when it comes to state-sanctioned homophobia.