Thanks to the Helena School Board so very much for all its efforts in proposing the most comprehensive health curriculum I have ever seen or heard of. The waves of negative comments may still be ringing in their ears, so I wanted to write with my enthusiastic support for everything they’ve done.
On the other hand, a vocal opposition has been far more offensive than the goals of the revised curriculum. One opponent went as far as calling a good friend of mine a “pervert” for speaking in favor of teaching non-discrimination. In the latest public meeting, Trustee Trevor Wilkerson requested the word “sodomy” or “unnatural sex” be used to describe certain sex acts. This word is both offensive and archaic. The word is a direct attack on the self-concepts of LGBTIQ children. Wilkerson would have LGBTIQ children learn that their romantic desires and interests are unnatural. This type of opposition doesn’t deserve the board’s ear, deference or respect.
Please make appropriate revisions as appropriate, but do not budge from the primary goals of teaching children to be healthy, safer and prepared to live in and understand the world around them. Thanks so much for the board’s hard work and patience!