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A congressional report released last year found misconceptions and falsehoods in 11 of the 13 most commonly used abstinence-only curricula. One program taught students that HIV can be transmitted through tears and sweat. Other students were taught that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, and that half of gay male teenagers in the U.S. have tested positive for HIV.The text above is from an article published by MetroWestDailyNews.com. Under President Bush's leadership to guide America to being a more 'moral' (a.k.a. code word for radical, religious right do it our way or no way ideology) country, abstinence only education has been more highly encouraged by the government and many schools are adopting these types of programs. My problem with this is not the program itself. I'm all for abstinence. I may not practice abstinence myself but there is no escaping the truth: it is the only, 100% full-proof way of not getting pregnant or receiving an STI. However, as a side note from my original intent in doing this post: The fact that teens are teens should not be ignored. It is a simple fact that some (well, many) teens will engage in sex adn they should be given the knowledge and education to help them make proper, health-conscious (and possibly life-saving) decisions. My problem with these abstinence only programs is very clear in the article text I quoted above... they are, for the most part, anti-gay. I would bet that many of these programs stem from some of Bush's 'faith-based initiatives' which have somehow managed to eek themselves into America's public school system. These programs are not only teaching students wrong information concerning gay teens, specifically gay males, they are also helping to create and sustain long-held prejudices and biases against and myths about gays. Those prejudices, biases, and myths all lead to discrimination, which leads to hate and bigotry. In the end, everyone loses... the hated become second-class citizens and the haters suffer from an often irreparable learned ignorance. It outrages me that our government would allow students to be taught things which are so blatantly wrong and prejudiced. The government... that is the governments of the states and commonwealths as well as the federal government needs to step up and ensure that students are being taught correct information and that they are not being spoon-fed prejudice, bias or myths which will only serve to create more problems than these abstinence only program supposedly seek to prevent (by the way, the same article points out that the abstinence only programs are failing to stop teens from having sex). Technorati Tags: gay youth, lgbt, gay rights, abstinence, sex education, school, gay teens