Read our Letter to the Editor in regards to the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade yesterday, the rise in legislation restricting safe and legal access to abortion, and working across movements to fight for reproductive justice.

We had a great time educating our community on HIV/AIDS, distributing condoms, and fighting for the healthiest generation in honor of World AIDS Day 2013.

We had a great time educating our community on HIV/AIDS, distributing condoms, and fighting for the healthiest generation in honor of World AIDS Day 2013.

Today on World AIDS Day and every day, Planned Parenthood is a leading provider of HIV prevention, screening, and referrals. Click here to find out where you can get tested at a Planned Parenthood health center. http://pplm.org/locationsWe’re fighting for the healthiest generation!

Today on World AIDS Day and every day, Planned Parenthood is a leading provider of HIV prevention, screening, and referrals. Click here to find out where you can get tested at a Planned Parenthood health center. 

http://pplm.org/locations

We’re fighting for the healthiest generation!

We had some Peer Health Educators come and host an amazing Sex Pictionary workshop. It was fun, educational, and informative!

Sex Ed in Westchester County NY

It was great. I had it sophomore year and my teacher was hysterical. She was also pregnant at the time which made it even better. LGBQ was included, and she demonstrated on some model penis how to put a condom on (apparently the model ejaculated but it gets messy so she didn’t do that…). We played a game where we all had signs with different “steps” to putting on, properly using and taking off a  condom, and we had to arrange ourselves in the proper order. That was “condom day,” and it included female condoms and dental dams too. Then there was “birth control day” where she went over all forms of female birth control…the pill, nuva ring, IUDs, diaphrams, patches…..We learned about male and female anatomy, we talked about oral sex and how it’s “in style right now.” The sex ed unit of our semester long health class was only about 2 weeks, but it was….”memorable.” Oh and we watched a video about conception and saw a woman give birth.

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Today, we recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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Today, we recognize the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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An incredible series of infographics by Fenway Health on health disparities faced by the transgender community.

Just another reason why it is so important that sex education programs are comprehensive and inclusive to ALL gender identities.

The Center for Women and Community provided us with an amazing workshop on Building Healthy Relationships!
Here are some take-aways for building equal power through your communication with your friend, partner(s), etc.
1. Secure you center
2.) Ask clarifying questions
3.) Find out what your partner’s feelings are.
4.) Express your feelings.
5.) Determine what’s important to you
6.) Acknowledge what’s important your partner.
7.) Think about your similarities and differences
8.) Exchange ideas for a possible solution. 
Check out the Center for Women and Community and all of the great things they do including providing counseling, information and referral services, support groups, educational workshops, and advocacy!
http://www.umass.edu/ewc/

The Center for Women and Community provided us with an amazing workshop on Building Healthy Relationships!

Here are some take-aways for building equal power through your communication with your friend, partner(s), etc.

1. Secure you center

2.) Ask clarifying questions

3.) Find out what your partner’s feelings are.

4.) Express your feelings.

5.) Determine what’s important to you

6.) Acknowledge what’s important your partner.

7.) Think about your similarities and differences

8.) Exchange ideas for a possible solution. 

Check out the Center for Women and Community and all of the great things they do including providing counseling, information and referral services, support groups, educational workshops, and advocacy!

http://www.umass.edu/ewc/

The Benefits of a Comprehensive Sex Education Program

When it comes to Sex Ed, I was very fortunate to have a school system that started teaching about the body at a young age. In fifth grade, everyone was to watch what was referred to as “the movie” which was about our changing bodies during puberty. We had to watch both the video for males and females as a class and were able to ask questions freely. We continued Sex Ed through our sophomore year of high school within our health classes and always had units that covered a variety of issues within the realm of Sex Ed.

I really appreciated how we weren’t just preached to about abstinence; their theory was that many teenagers have sex, so they want to make sure teens have sex in the safest and most informed way possible. We learned about puberty, reproductive organs and sex, consent, rape and date rape, different forms of birth control (male and female), STDs, pregnancy, teen parenthood, abusive relationships, and it was LGBT inclusive.

While we spent many class periods watching informational videos, Degrassi episodes, and the occasional Lifetime movie on these topics, I found that our school excelled in its Sex Ed curriculum because it was also very hands-on and was greatly informative. As we got older, the topics grew more serious and age appropriate. I am privileged to have had such a comprehensive Sex Ed experience in my hometown, but unfortunately not everyone is as lucky as I was. This is why I am in full support of the Healthy Youth Bill. Everyone deserves the right to proper Sex Ed and to be informed about his and her bodies. The Healthy Youth Bill will give every student in Massachusetts the ability to be an informed adolescent who can make conscience, independent sexual decisions.

-Sabrina

Sex Ed Matters because THIS is not okay.
Sign our petition to get comprehensive sex ed passed in MA today: http://www.sex-edmatters.org/get-involved/sign-our-petition/

Sex Ed Matters because THIS is not okay.

Sign our petition to get comprehensive sex ed passed in MA today: http://www.sex-edmatters.org/get-involved/sign-our-petition/