2023 State of Sex Education Legislative Look-Ahead

Jan 26, 2023
  • Description

2022 was a year of countless attacks on the social fabric of our country, particularly at the state and local level. Sex education, LGBTQAI+ rights, transgender rights, and racial justice advocates saw a sudden flurry of hate-based bills filed that attacked vulnerable students, public school curriculum, and libraries. In fact, SIECUS observed a 438% increase in so-called "divisive concept" curriculum censorship legislation in 2022 as compared to 2021. Additionally, over 140 so-called "parental rights'' bills were introduced in 2022 seeking to weaponize conservative litigation against public schools using fear-based tactics to misguide parents.

Navigating this complex sociopolitical landscape will be an arduous but necessary task for advocates working to advance sex education in the upcoming session. SIECUS believes that access to accurate and comprehensive sexual health information is not only key to improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes, but is essential for the health and well-being of young people.

This legislative report will review the past year's legislation since the release of SIECUS's State Legislative Mid-Year Report and will give an overview of expected legislative trends for 2023.