MONTGOMERY, AL — (05-03-21) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R), has signed Alabama House Bill 391, the bill that LGBTQ advocates have been lobbying heavily to be passed into law.

Last week the Republican governor signed AL HB391 into law that removes anti-LGBT language from the state’s sex education curriculum.

The new state law goes into effect July 1, 2021 and removes the requirement that educators teach that “Homosexuality isn’t an acceptable lifestyle and that being a homosexual is a criminal offense in the state.

The law also will require schools to notify parents about their intent to provide instruction about sexual education or human reproduction. Teachers will send copies of the teaching materials to parents upon request.

AL HB391 was sponsored by House Rep. Laura Hall (D) who said she downplayed the removal of the condemnation of homosexuality to focus more on making the bill age-appropriate and accurate for the sexual education curriculum.

Courtney Roark, Alabama policy and movement building director for Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE), said…“We are proud that young queer and trans folks, in particular, made their voices heard in ending this harmful requirement. This win is just one step in the direction of the sex ed we’d like to see in Alabama, which is sex ed that is comprehensive and LGBTQ+ affirming.”

This follows Govenor Ivey signing a bill into law last week stating that transgender individuals are prohibited from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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