SRE letter to MP
Please consider writing to your MP to ask them to support the introduction of comprehensive, statutory sex and relationship education for all young people.
Suggested text is below, but a personal letter is better, so feel free to amend this as you see fit, and include your own reasons as to why you think SRE is important.
I am writing to ask you to support the introduction of comprehensive, age-appropriate statutory sex and relationship education which is inclusive of all children and young people.
As it stands, the vast majority of the Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) provided by English schools focuses mainly on pregnancy and contraception does not provide comprehensive information on safer sex or cover issues surrounding same-sex relationships or consent, sexual violence, porn and the internet and unhealthy relationships. As a result, millions of young people leave school each year without the essential knowledge they need to make informed and responsible decisions when it comes to sex and relationships.
This is especially true for LGBTI young people: 85% of gay and bisexual men tell us they received no information about same-sex relationships in school. Lesbian and bisexual (LB) women typically receive even less SRE than men. This is supported by a recent survey of LB women in their 20s which revealed that none had received any information about same-sex relationships, STI transmission or safer sex between women whilst at school. To top this off, 89% of LGBTI young people report learning nothing about bisexuality issues and 94% report learning nothing about transgender issues.
For more information on why ending this silence on LGBTI sex and relationships is vital please see the open letter addressed to political leaders in the UK and signed by influential LGBTQ figures:
I am writing to ask you to support the introduction of legislation that would mandate statutory, age-appropriate sex and relationship education which is inclusive of LGBTI young people and also to support the inclusion of such a policy in your party's manifesto.