What coming out means to me

Tomorrow is National Coming Out Day. The process of coming out can run the gamut from easy-peasy to riddled with pain. When I came out it was much closer to the second kind. I was already an adult, married, with children. People have jumped to assumptions about what that meant for me – that I… Read more »

LGBTQ Adolescent Pregnancies

Tomorrow’s post, which I’ve already got ruminating around in my head, partially written even, is going to be about National Coming Out Day, which is always on October 11th (which is Saturday). October is also LGBT History Month! As I am pondering the post for tomorrow and this LGBT history month and flipping through Positive Images… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Aida Manduley

What project(s) in Sex Ed are you currently working on? A million things! Two of the big highlights would be starting up a new sex-ed program for an entire all-girl’s middle school and doing a lot to put LGBTQ domestic violence on the map as an issue in Rhode Island. With a healthy relationships and… Read more »

Sex Ed Week in Review: Tulsa, Teens, and TV

Tulsa, Oklahoma:  Tulsa Public Schools is set to vote this coming Tuesday, September 10 on the expansion of their sex ed curriculum for 7th, 9th, and 11th graders in the district. If passed the comprehensive pregnancy prevention curriculum, Making Proud Choices! will begin this Fall and will require the consent of a parent or guardian. The classes… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Alison Bellavance, M.Ed, CSE

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? My current passion is working to bring together the fields of sexuality education and sexual violence prevention. I provide professional trainings around the intersection of healthy sexuality and sexual violence prevention for organizations in both arenas. This summer I will present on this topic at the National Sexual… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Amber Brown

What project(s) are you currently working on in Sex Ed? This year, The SPECTRUM, the LGBTQA youth safe-haven I founded in 2006, turns 7 years old! I’ve done my best to provide hundreds of queer and allied youth with education, recreation and support. Helping them grow into sexually healthy adults is some of the most… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Jessica Valladolid

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? I am a sex educator for Masakhane Center in Newark, NJ. I have worked with Covenant House, the local young adults homeless shelter, Renaissance House, an expectant mothers drug rehabilitation center, and several high schools as well as youth groups in the summer time. Masakhane… Read more »

Sex Educator of the Week: Jen Mainville

What project in sex ed are you currently working on? I am working to incorporate more multi-session programs for young women into our education efforts at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.  We are utilizing programs such as Girls Circle and Girls on the Run, which help strengthen self-confidence and personal awareness, as well… Read more »