Gender-inclusive puberty and health education is life-affirming for all students, and life-saving for some.
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FAQs for Parents
Q: What’s the purpose of these principles?
Using these principles, your child’s teachers can make their puberty and health education (PHE) classes more inclusive and welcoming to all students. For parents, this document can give you information about today’s evolving understandings of gender and inform conversations with your child about puberty and health.
Q: My child is cisgender and straight, why does my child need gender-inclusive puberty ed?
Gender is uniquely personal to each of us, so gender-inclusive PHE is for all students. All students benefit from discussions about gender, gender stereotypes, and gender in puberty. Further, regardless of their own gender, students are already surrounded by a diversity of gender and will grow up in an increasingly gender-diverse world. Additionally, information such as knowing that there are many pathways to creating family are important for all students to know, both as a reflection of the families they come from, as well as the family they may want to create in the future. While gender-inclusive puberty and health education is valuable for all students who need to understand gender and its impacts on health through puberty, it can be especially important for their gender-diverse peers so they also feel supported and welcome in PHE classes.
Q: How can parents use these principles?
As parents, we need to understand gender and today’s evolving understandings so we can help our children navigate their gender journeys. The principles of gender-inclusion are intended for educators, but parents may find useful information, tools and language for your conversations with your children. They can also be an important tool for working with your child’s school and advocating for a more inclusive PHE program. The principles can help them see what such an approach might look and sound like.
Q: My child’s school already has a puberty ed curriculum — can they still use these principles?
Yes. The principles complement any existing PHE curricula and can be adapted without major changes, so your child’s school does not need to change its current curriculum.
Q: How can I get my child’s school to adopt the principles?
Schools may have varying levels of interest in adopting these principles, so you may have greater success by aiming to start a conversation, and then determining how to proceed. Some schools may be ready to adopt the principles immediately; others may want more background and support. We have found that a great place to start is simply to ask, “How is our school accounting for the unique gender of all students?” Gender Spectrum can help: we have worked with hundreds of school districts, state education departments, and other educational organizations to bring gender-inclusive environments to schools. Contact us for more information about our work with schools.