In September, the Texas Board of Education rejected a proposed sex education curriculum that would have taught middle and high school students about sexual orientation and gender identity. If the final vote in November doesn’t reverse that decision, advocates say it could have significant health consequences for young people.
Ruben Cortez, a Brownsville Democrat, introduced the proposal in part because he has a personal connection to the topic. “One of my children this summer came out to us and the fact that she had to bottle that in for years thinking that we wouldn’t accept her,” he said, according to the Texas Tribune. “It’s difficult to imagine what other students who don’t live in a tolerant house would go through if