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Press Release

AEA Applauds Repeal of Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law

AEA supports the repeal of this anti-LGBTQ law and believes that health education curriculum should provide accurate and age-appropriate information to our students.
Published: 04/10/2019

Today, the Arizona House of Representatives passed Senate Bill (SB) 1346, which repeals A.R.S.15-716C, known as the “No Promo Homo” law because of its prohibition on school districts from providing instruction that “promotes the homosexual lifestyle.” We are hopeful the Senate will support the effort to ensure this critical repeal reaches the Governor’s desk for a signature by the end of the week. Please ask your senator to pass SB1346.

“Schools should be a welcoming and safe environment for our students,” says AEA President Joe Thomas. “This law stigmatized and harmed both our LGBTQ students and staff. Arizona educators are glad to see this discriminatory law repealed.”

AEA appreciates Arizona Legislators for passing a clean repeal of this law, especially Senator Martín Quezada, who fought tirelessly year after year for our LGBTQ students and introduced legislation to eliminate the “No Promo Homo” law.

AEA would also like to thank state superintendent Kathy Hoffman for her courageous stand on this issue. “Today’s action is the sort of victory for our students we will start to see now that we finally have an educator serving as Superintendent of Public Instruction,” says Thomas.


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.