Owning who we are & speaking up (with a little victory)!


Reflection: Upper deck at the Utah Natural History Museum

Can we make a difference? Does it matter if we speak up? Will people reject me for owning who I am; even when who I am doesn’t fit into one particular space? Will people reject me because I think differently than they do? Probably. No. Some definitely will. Some already have. I have spent a good percentage of my life trying to figure out where I fit in. I know how I feel. I have strong opinions. To make it easier for everyone, I try to understand and define my beliefs even though my beliefs sometimes change. However, what I realized long ago is that I do not think that I fit into labels and I actually get annoyed when I am only defined by another person’s label. I struggle to know what to do about my “on-the-fringe”-ness.

Most times I keep my mouth shut. Even with family I try to remain quiet. Trying to shove my differences down my mother’s throat just doesn’t work. Talking religion and politics can alienate and often hurts. More specifically it seems like habit to judge others based on the labels our world assigns us. I am not even sure if this is a bad thing or not. We put people into boxes and then bias them based on those boxes. We read the bullet points on a topic and are often too busy to learn the “whole” truth. Currently in our busy, super busy and overstimulated world it seems like it is too much effort to see past those labels, boxes and quickly-digested bullet points, doesn’t it?
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I think Governor Herbert needs to VETO Utah’s Sex Education Bill HB363, and here is why:

Seriously, Utah? Seriously?

Earlier this week I saw something on Facebook about a petition to stop a new law (HB363) that would change how Sex Education is taught in Utah. What I have learned is that Utah with its “abstinence-based” curriculum is already considered very conservative in its sex education approach. Currently Utah schools have an option to teach a abstinence-only or abstinence-plus curriculum and with abstinence-plus curiculum  teachers are allowed to discuss contraception while most importantly encouraging abstinence-only.

As a parent  I am angry. I am angry that some Legislator is proposing a law that strips aways the school’s ability to properly inform our children.  What is even worse is that HB363 strips away our rights as a parent. Currently we have to opt in if we want our children to participate in sex education.

Isn’t this enough?
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