The House Education Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would require schools to make sex education instructional materials available to parents and require parents to opt-in to instruction.
Monica Boyer, president of the Indiana Liberty Coalition, says the bill allows parents to protect their children from information about people who identify as transgender specifically or LGBTQ.
“And that choosing what sexual orientation a child wants to be other than heterosexual is also normal and acceptable. This is a message that many parents in Indiana would find wrong,” Boyer says.
Opponents of the bill testified that ignoring LGBTQ students sends an inconsistent message about bullying. Tara Johnson pointed to several anti-bullying bills still alive this session.
“If we are on one hand, concerned about those students that are being bullied, but on the other hand are silencing the very issues they’re being bullied about – that doesn’t seem very consistent to me,” Johsnon says.
The committee announced it would discuss amendments at its next meeting on Feb. 20.