2007 Democratic primary debate on GLBT issues: on Education

Dennis Kucinich: Teach sex ed in schools; including AIDS prevention

Q: The kind of AIDS prevention outreach is no longer eligible for Ryan White funding if it includes frank talk about gay people. Will you reinstate AIDS prevention as a category in Ryan White funding?

A: First of all, the answer to your question is yes. This is a very serious health issue. And through our education system, a president must help the country, and help our children, in particular, learn the kind of conduct that promotes health. And that also means sex education. Now, some parents may not want that, and they should have the right to opt out. But the truth of the matter is that we need to have sex education. We also need a president who is ready to embrace people with AIDS in a real, meaningful way that says that, look, we want you to receive all the care that you need by having a not-for-profit health care system.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

Joe Biden: Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods

Senator Biden supports comprehensive and age appropriate sex education that includes science based prevention methods.
Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate--written questionnaire Aug 9, 2007

John Edwards: Teach in public school that we embrace same-sex parents

Q: Do you think public schools should teach about LGBT kids and families?

A: Oh, sure, it should. I mean, the kids who go to public schools need to understand why same-sex couples are the parents of some of the children. They need to understand that these are American families, just like every American families. Itís important for the kids that their peers understand whatís happening. Because otherwise, you know, children are children. And they can be mean and cruel. We as adults have a responsibility to make sure that theyíre educated, that they understand this is a good thing and itís something that we as Americans believe in and embrace.

Q: At what grade or what age would you introduce, for instance, that kind of education into the schools?

A: Iíve not thought about it enough to answer it.

Q: Well, think about it and come back later, and tell us what you come up with.

A: Yeah. There is a place, though, that I believe itís appropriate.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

  • The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC, a gay-rights group) and the LOGO Network (a gay-oriented cable TV channel), Aug. 9, 2007.
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