Human Sexuality

PFLAG believes:

  • Knowledge of human sexuality and an understanding of the human relationships which are important to the full development of the individual should be introduced to children in age-appropriate factual ways when they first start asking questions about this.
  • Families, as primary caregivers, should reinforce the teachings as their children mature.
  • Parents, to be effective teachers and role models, must clarify their own knowledge, beliefs, and value systems so that they are comfortable transmitting them to their children.
  • An understanding of one’s sexuality can be enhanced through agencies outside the family including schools, religious institutions, youth groups, and health services. These are not to substitute for the family but rather to support parents in providing current information through other caring environments.
  • A study of human sexuality is only complete and honest if it includes information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), asexual and straight people. Therefore, we urge parents to impart to children a non-judgmental understanding of all people’s sexual orientation, identity and expression.
  • Since a significant number of our children are LGBT, adults should relate sensitively to young persons who are having difficulty understanding their sexuality. Parents of LGBT children should remember to reassure their children about their love for them.
  • All children should be made aware of the health realities of sexual activity. They should be given realistic and useful guidance informing their choices with the intention of avoiding risky sexual behavior.
  • LGBT people lead productive and meaningful lives, especially when their sexuality is accepted by their loved ones and friends. It is hoped and expected that as knowledge, acceptance, and understanding increase in society as a whole, LGBT people will be increasingly able to live openly in caring, committed, and loving relationships.

(Adopted by Board of Directors on June 29, 1987, revised July 24, 2011 and revised November 4, 2011)