Tucson Unified School District approves LGBTQ+-inclusive Family Life Curriculum!

Youth standing outside of public hearings last year showing their support for curriculum centering LGBTQ+ people and issues in TUSD schools. Photo by Momta Popat//Arizona Daily Star
Last week, the governing board of the Tucson Unified School District voted unanimously in support of the Family Life Curriculum--an opt-in health education program that will include instruction centering many previously excluded topics, such as LGBTQ+ identities. At the high school level, instruction will include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. 

The curriculum includes sex education, but will also have an overarching focus on abstinence--as initially recommended by Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo. 

However, Board President Kristel Foster cited the curriculum as "medically accurate and comprehensive,*" and emphasized the importance of discussing issues of consent and the centering of gender identity/expression and sexual orientation in order to reflect the identities of youth currently attending schools. "We have a lot of young people who are identifying as gender fluid or nonbinary, and when they don't see themselves in the curriculum, that just does harm," said Foster**.

Read more about the TUSD vote on Family Life Curriculum and related topics here and here. Visit TUSD's Family Life Curriculum webinars here

*Original quote reported by Vanessa Barchfield of AZPM News (14 May 2020).
**Original quote reported by Danyelle Khmara of the Arizona Daily Star (16 May 2020).
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To the UA Graduating Class of 2020

To the UA Graduating Class of 2020

S-ap'e si s-mamasim tohnolig
S-ap'e si s-mamasim tohnolig
Jewed Ka:cim wui wui hihi:m
S-ap'e si s-mamasim tohnolig

Good light is spreading
Good light is spreading
All over the world there it goes
The Good Light is spreading

Your hard work earned this degree.
Close your eyes, breathe deep and know we are all here with you.
We celebrate your strength. We celebrate your dedication.
Your impact remains here for the coming generations.
In this moment of uncertainty and loss,
We are heartened by your fierceness, commitment and love for your community.

We honor you Graduate!
Si has em elid, we hold you in high regard!

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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This month our panelist is Dave Watt who will discuss imagining physical intimacy in a Covid-19 world.

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The term pandemidiarios comes from blending "pandemic" and "diarios" (diaries). Diarios are where the stories of ourselves are written. They are where we express our frustrations, hopes, and visions for the future. For some it is a therapeutic process, and for others a way to capture the moment or keep a record of day to day life. 

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