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LGBTQ+ Focus Groups

We wanted to know how LGBTQ+ youth perceived school-based sex education (SBSE) as well as what strategies they were using to access their specific and evolving sexual health needs. To accomplish this, we recruited LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14-18, across Northeast Ohio to help us answer these questions.

This study yielded some interesting results. Our participants described SBSE as "ineffective, inaccurate, biased, and shallow," to name a few things. They cited family and friends, community programming, internet, and pornography as sources of answers to their questions about sexual health.

We concluded that there needs to be much more support for youth in developing a broad media literacy and that it's our job to make sure LGBTQ+ youth have access to good quality information.

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