by Matt Landers, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations
| Aug 17, 2020
The GSBA Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the APPROVE campaign for Referendum 90.
This is a ballot measure that will be voted on in November 2020.
A vote to approve Referendum 90 supports allowing Senate Bill 5395 to take effect, thereby requiring public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education for all students and requiring students to be excused if requested by their parents.
GSBA strongly supported SB 5395 for the last few years as it made its way through the legislative process. Having inclusive sex education that positively reflects the lives of LGBTQ people is critical for our populations, and sorely lacking without this bill. Young people need access to information and resources about healthy relationships to understand how to respect personal boundaries, ask for consent, and learn how to say and receive a 'no.' Young people who have quality sex education are less likely to participate in risky behavior, experience unintended pregnancy, or get a sexually transmitted infection. All information included in this curriculum is age-appropriate, and parents can opt their children out of the lessons.
GSBA joins the Approve campaign with partners such as the ACLU of Washington, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Equal Rights Washington, Gay City, Gender Justice League, Ingersoll Gender Center, King County Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, League of Women Voters, Legal Voice, Lifelong, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, PFLAG, Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Tacoma Rainbow Center, Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network, UTOPIA Seattle, the WA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the WA Public Health Association, and Youthcare.
Click here to learn more about the Approve R-90 Campaign.