An estimated 22.5% of high schoolers across the country self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, or other identity. In 2022, many states have enacted policies that impact the LGBTQIA+ student community.* As we recognize LGBT History Month, we see a number of policies that may have an effect on instruction, school conditions, athletic participation, and student health and wellbeing.
A few states enacted or are considering legislation regarding classroom instruction and curriculum. Alabama’s H.B. 322 prohibits individuals or groups in charge of instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade from providing instruction or engaging in classroom discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity in a manner that is not considered age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students according to state standards.