Lehigh Valley, PA - Drag superstar and transgender activist Peppermint endorsed efforts to modernize sex education by making it inclusive and comprehensive at a pride festival on Sunday. During a trip through her home state she headlined this year's Pride in the Park in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and met with organizers from Keystone Coalition for Advancing Sex Education.
The group's mission is to spread awareness for comprehensive sex education, support student led campus initiatives, and lobby for legislation in relation to sexual health and education. After meeting with the organization's leadership she filmed a short video in support of their efforts saying, "We are all feeling proud, we are feeling gorgeous and fabulous, and we are also getting some very important work done with Keystone CASE.”
KC Miller, President of Keystone CASE, was excited to have Peppermint on board. “We are grateful for the support Peppermint has lended to our cause. One of the biggest problems with sex education programs in Pennsylvania and across the Nation is their lack of inclusivity for LGBTQ+ students. I am glad Peppermint agreed to meet with us today, because while Pride is partly a celebration, it has alway been political. Having her support means the world to us.”
The organization was started by Miller last year. He's a 17 year old gay high schooler who lives in West Chester Pennsylvania. He's been fighting to bring sex education into the 21st century by making it inclusive and comprehensive. "The last time Pennsylvania issued an update to their minimal requirements on sex education was 15 years ago in 2002. Since then, teen STD rates have continued on an upward curve. Pennsylvania's outdated requirements neglect 15 years worth of research regarding adolescent sexual health and wellness," says Miller.
KC has written his own legislation through Keystone CASE titled the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act. The bill takes heavy influence from the recently successful California Healthy Youth Act, and a previous attempt to modernize sex education in the Pennsylvania legislature.
The bill would enact comprehensive sex education statewide and reform the abstinence-only and abstinence-based models traditionally used by Pennsylvania public schools. Miller asserts, "Abstinence-only and abstinence-based programs were started in good faith. Their goal is to keep kids safe. The research shows, though, that these programs have failed to accomplish their goals. I'm passionate about creating approaches that keep all teens safe and healthy because need a new approach.
You can see Peppermint's full endorsement on youtube here.
Keystone Coalition For Advancing Sex Education is a group of parents, activists, health professionals and educators who believe we need to enact comprehensive sex education. It is a pending 501(c)4 nonprofit organization founded by KC Miller based in southeastern Pennsylvania.You can reach KC Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, past releases, and article examples visit the press kit at www.keystonecase.org/press.