The Arizona Republic reports:
Two gay-rights organizations are suing Arizona over its so-called “No Promo Homo” law, which bans public district and charter school HIV/AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.”
The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court on behalf of Equality Arizona, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBT residents. An unnamed student is also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
From Lambda Legal:
Arizona law prohibits instruction in HIV/AIDS curriculum that “promotes a homosexual life-style,” “portrays homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style,” or “suggests that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex.”
“In 2019, it is shocking to see Arizona enforcing a law that openly disparages a group of students and requires them to be treated differently from all other students,” said NCLR Senior Staff Attorney Julie Wilensky. “It is time for this harmful law to be eliminated from Arizona’s schools so all children can feel safe and valued.”
“Arizona is stigmatizing and demeaning LGBTQ students and preventing them from getting medically-accurate information that literally could save their lives,” Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Puneet Cheema said.
The law is backed by the anti-LGBT Center for Arizona Policy. Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly attempted to repeal the law.
Equality Arizona is proud to stand up against an outdated law that disadvantages and harms LGBTQ students in AZ. We’re proud of these students taking a stand and their parents and proud to work with The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal. https://t.co/mooXDTeTRR
— Equality Arizona (@equalityarizona) March 29, 2019
#BREAKING: An outdated law in #AZ bars students from receiving medically accurate, age-appropriate, potentially life-saving information about non-heterosexual people in health class. We’ve teamed up with @NCLRights & @equalityarizona in a lawsuit. #LGBTQ https://t.co/fpSDTT6Cie
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) March 28, 2019