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Arizona teachers can now discuss LGBTQ issues without worrying about the law

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Before the repeal, Arizona was one of at least seven states with curriculum laws around LGBTQ issues. [Getty Images]
Before the repeal, Arizona was one of at least seven states with curriculum laws around LGBTQ issues. [Getty Images]

On Thursday, Arizona lawmakers repealed a law that restricted how public school teachers could talk about LGBTQ relationships in health classes.

The Arizona law regulated HIV/AIDS instruction in public schools. Since 1991, it has banned teachers in those courses from promoting "a homosexual life-style," portraying "homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style" or suggesting there are safe ways to have homosexual sex.

At least six other states have curriculum laws around LGBTQ issues, according to the advocacy group GLSEN. Like many of the laws that exist in other states, Arizona's was created in the throes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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