Video and Multimedia

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  1. US: Repeal Anti-Gay No Promo Homo Laws (Human Rights Watch, December 2016) Many schools across the United States remain hostile environments for LGBT students, despite significant progress on LGBT rights in recent years. This video by Human Rights Watch documents the concerns, including bullying and harassment, exclusion of LGBT topics from school curricula and resources, restrictions on LGBT student groups, and discrimination and bigotry from both classmates and school personnel.

  2. What We Don’t Teach Kids About Sex (TED Talk, June 2017) Introducing “The Talk 2.0,” Sue Jaye Johnson discusses how people can teach their children to tune in to their sensations and provide them with the language to communicate their desires and emotions—without shutting down or numbing out.

  3. Youth Scrutinize the Hidden Curriculum, Why Don’t Adults? (YouTube, July 2014) In this spoken-word performance titled “Somewhere in America,” three high school students share their experiences as youth in America’s educational system.


  1. Moving Through the World as a Young Black, Queer, Transgender Artist (Okay Africa, July 2016) Tiger Maremela pens an essay inspired by #OxfordEddiecated, a movement to get South African disability rights activist Eddie Ndopu to Oxford.

  2. The Case for Starting Sex Education in Kindergarten (PBS, May 2015) The benefits of starting education about bodies, consent, boundaries, and love in kindergarten can be seen in the Netherlands. This article examines the impact of such education, and makes a case for why it can be transformative.

  3. “Like Walking Through a Hailstorm”: Discrimination Against LGBT Youth in Schools (Human Rights Watch, December 2016) Human Rights Watch unpacks the hostile environment that LGBT students often face in schools. A lack of policies and practices that affirm and support LGBT youth—and a failure to implement protections that do exist—means that LGBT students nationwide continue to face bullying, exclusion, and discrimination in school, putting them at physical and psychological risk and limiting their education.

  4. Sex Education Centers Whiteness—and It’s a Problem (Wear Your Voice Magazine, April 2017) This Black, cis, femme writer discusses why race must be a part of the conversation when it comes to sexuality education, and how, by dismantling the long history of centering whiteness within sex education and the sexuality field at large, we can begin to create a better culture for all.

  5. America’s Sex Education: How We Are Failing Our Students (Department of Nursing, University of South Carolina, September 2017) This blog post summarizes research published by the Public Library of Science, which shows that when sex education is comprehensive, students feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes—resulting in fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infection.

  6. Sex ed: Many Parents Wouldn’t Recognize It Today—and #metoo May Change It Even More (USA Today, March 2018) In many areas of the country, sex education looks remarkably different than it did a few decades ago, and the recent momentum of the #metoo movement may change the course of sex education even more.

  7. Trump Administration Pushes Abstinence in Teen Pregnancy Programs (NYTimes, April 2018) This article discusses the potential impact of new rules from the Trump administration, which explicitly encourage sex education programs that emphasize “sexual risk avoidance.”

Additional resources

  1. Queer Kid Stuff (YouTube Channel) Queer Kid Stuff imagines a kinder and more equal future through highly-accessible education and entertainment for kids ages 3+. This LGBTQ+ educational web series, hosted by a tie-wearing queer lady, Lindsay, and her non-binary best-stuffed friend, Teddy, has been described as Gender Studies 101 meets Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood.