Every May is Sex Ed For All Month, an effort spearheaded by the Sex Education Collaborative in collaboration with the federal Sex Education Coalition and a national coalition of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations committed to ensuring equitable and accessible sex education for all young people nationwide.
Each May, we invite you to join us as we collectively (and loudly!) voice our commitment to work toward a world where all young people—no matter where they live or how they identify—get equitable access to the education and care they deserve.
Young people have consistently called for increased access to sex education and information. As organizations dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice for all, we responded with Sex Ed For All Month. Too many young people fail to receive the sexual health information, education, and access to the care they need to live healthy lives—oftentimes based on who they are and where they live.
This May marked the third year that Sex Ed For All continued its pledge to help all young people get equitable access to the education and care they deserve. The theme for 2021 was Equity and Access For All—focus on working together toward sex education for all young people--especially youth of color, LGBTQ+ young people, immigrants, those with lower incomes, those living in rural areas, those with disabilities, and systems-involved youth. With more young people returning to in-person learning at school, we celebrated this Sex Ed for All Month with a renewed sense of urgency to ensure they have access to sex education that is more equitable, accessible, and inclusive.
We believe that no matter who you are or where you live, you deserve sex education that is reflective of your experiences and needs. Because we must stop stigmatizing young people, we no longer recognize the month of May as Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. May is Sex Ed For All Month. We stand with young people, so they have the power and the right to access the education and information they need to achieve the best positive outcomes for themselves.
While this May has now passed, you can continue to make noise in support of Sex Ed For All Month by using and following the hashtag #SexEdForAll. (Tip: You can still get the Tool Kit with all the good stuff for sharing—graphics, social media posts, talking points, and more!)
In 2021, we marked Sex Ed for All Month with the following events:
- May 3, 2021: Launch of Sex Ed For All Month 2021
- May 4, 2021: Sex Ed For All Month Youth Town Hall featuring opening remarks by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07).
You can view a recording of the Youth Town Hall here.
- May 18, 2021: Federal Congressional Briefing on the recently introduced Real Education and Access to Healthy Youth Act (REAHYA).
Speakers included bill sponsors, advocates, and other champions of high quality sex education on the state of sex education in the U.S.
You can view the recording here.
- May 21, 2021: State Legislator Briefing: State Legislators Leading Toward Equitable Sex Education
Designed for state legislators and legislative staff only who are at any point in the process of advancing equitable sex education policies in their states.
SEC Members Alison Macklin, SIECUS, and Dan Rice, Answer, discussed Sex Ed For All Month and advocacy efforts for what sex education should look like in their Rewire op-ed, How Sex Ed Has the Power to Make Social Change.