Change the sex ed program
As early as their fifth-grade year in school, children begin to learn about puberty and sex. Many will ask how much of the information that is given by their teachers is accurate and useful.
I propose a complete reform of the sex ed program to include gender, sexual orientation, consent and acceptance. The basis of sex ed now is the basic dynamics of heterosexual intercourse and how to not get pregnant. I remember being told the words “gay” and “lesbian” in school as though they were rare occurrences and something I wouldn’t have to worry about. Transgenders, asexuals, pansexuals and gender fluidity were words I had to find on my own.
I, and thousands of other young adults, believed we were broken because we didn’t feel the way we were taught to feel. By teaching variance, it will plant the seed of acceptance and normality. Emphasis should also be put on everyone to ensure they have full consent from their partner at all times during any sort of sexual or romantic encounter, but to never force it. Too many children are taught to say “no” and to watch out for peer pressure, but not nearly enough are being told not to act this way in the first place.