Massachusetts was the first state to institute a law which prohibits discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation. Massachusetts was also the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Massachusetts law does not require sex education, but its school board urges HIV prevention instruction within a “comprehensive health education” program. Communities which teach sex education must include information about HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy prevention, and “sound health practices” and must “define sexual orientation using the correct terminology (such as heterosexual and gay and lesbian).” See the statutes governing sexuality education: Title XII, Chapter 69 Section 1L , Chapter 71, Section 1 , Section 32A , and Section 38O
Massachusetts has comparatively low teen pregnancy, AIDS, and STI rates.
*Per 1000 young women ages 15-19
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