“Arizona is one of just five states that requires parental permission to attend sex ed, and recently Republican lawmakers jammed through a bill requiring another permission slip for any discussions of LGBTQIA+ issues,” Bee explains. “That was vetoed, so now they’re trying to achieve the same goal with HB2035 — which could require permission slips for any discussion of sex in any class.”
Over the course of the segment, Bee speaks to Democratic Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete, teacher and Senator Christine Marsh — who taught under the previous rules — and a group of students who began an advocacy group to improve sex education in the state.
One of the students, Kelli Brown from Arizona State University, clearly encapsulates the damage that a bill like this could have on LGBTQ students. “Telling them that they need a permission slip to learn about their identity, and the way that their identity has existed throughout history, is telling them that it’s something that should be hidden,” Brown says.