12/10/2014 12:46 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Where Are All The LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed Books?

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ne summer weekend in 1990, my friend G. and I—then 9 and 11 years old, respectively—spent a weekend giggling over the book What’s Happening to Me?, a cartoon-illustrated guide to puberty. We would have laughed nervous preteen chuckles even if the book, which came out in 1975, were serious in tone, but it was often deliberately funny. (A section describing pubic hair explained, “It’s possible to be a blonde and a brunette at the same time,” accompanied by an explanatory drawing.) All the same, it provided us with a valuable insight into sexual education that may have otherwise been unavailable.

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