Are ETR's evidence-based programs sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ students?

Yes, definitely. All of ETR’s sexual and reproductive health interventions are reviewed for inclusivity, bias, and stereotypes.

Language around dating relationships and feelings of attraction avoids making assumptions about gender or sexual orientation. In addition, roleplays and case study scenarios involving relationships often use gender-neutral names to avoid making assumptions about the sexual orientation of the characters, and some curricula include roleplays specifically around same-sex relationships, so that all students can feel represented.

In addition, ETR offers an optional LGBTQ Supplement that can be used with evidence-based programs to help educators implementing these programs build a supportive environment for LGBTQ students. There is also a supplement specific to Reducing the Risk. These supplements include a lesson on self-identity that can be taught before implementing the intervention, as well as suggestions for acceptable adaptations to make program activities more inclusive of LGBTQ+ youth.