Youth Health Equity Real Education and Access for Health Youth Act
Sponsors: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) & Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Every election is considered an historic election where the nation hangs in the balance.
This election is certainly critically important as our nation contends with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the associated racial injustice and mental health crises. These crises in combination with each other pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of our young people.
The midterm elections have already been fraught with contentious debates about nonexistent critical race theory in K-12 classrooms,
“Don’t Say Gay” bills in schools, and bans against transgender individuals participating in school sports.
With considerable legislative focus on school age children and the associated ongoing crises, SOPHE’s legislative ask should focus on advancing the Real Education and Access for Health Youth Act.
The bill would essentially do the following:
- Provide grants for comprehensive sexual education and increase access to gender and sexuality inclusive care.
- Provides competitive grants for organizations, schools, colleges, and universities to tailor services to persons of color, LGBTQ youth and persons with disabilities.
- Grants cannot fund programs that are discriminatory against persons with varying gender identities, gender expressions, or sexual orientations. Programs supporting abstinence are prohibited from receiving funding.
Related ResourcesThe Real Education & Access for Healthy Youth Act
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