Policy, Advocacy & Research

“No Promo Homo” Laws

What are laws stigmatizing LGBTQ people in the classroom?

Laws prohibiting the “promotion of homosexuality” (often referred to as as “no promo homo” laws), are local or state education laws that expressly forbid teachers of health/sexuality education from discussing lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) people or topics in a positive light – if at all. Some laws even require that teachers actively portray LGB people in a negative or inaccurate way. Not only do these laws prevent LGBTQ young people from learning critical information about their health, but they also serve to further stigmatize LGBTQ students by providing K-12 students false, misleading, or incomplete information about LGBTQ people.