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Gender and Sexuality
Celebrating AANHPI Month

Celebrating AANHPI Month

Cultural Experiences, Shared Identities, and Everything, Everywhere, All At Once By April “Kayuri” Lat, MS MPP By Patricia Natalie, MA May 28, 2024Check out this video blog post, where April and Patricia discuss their shared identities as Southeast Asians, their...

Save the Date! May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

Save the Date! May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

Each May since 2019, Sex Ed for All Month is an opportunity to voice our shared commitment to a world where all young people get equitable access to the education and care they deserve. April 18, 2024The seasons are changing, and May will be here before you know it....

Sex Education Is Essential (Sex Ed for All Talking Points)

Sex Education Is Essential (Sex Ed for All Talking Points)

Together, by advocating in our communities, we can ensure Sex Ed for All.April 16, 2024As April starts to wind down, and as we look ahead to the start of May on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to share with you the history behind May as Sex Ed for All Month....

5 Queer Sex Ed Resources by and for Young People

5 Queer Sex Ed Resources by and for Young People

Young people take the lead to reimagine building a society that centers their experiences. By Arianna de la ManchaApril 11, 2024I’m constantly in awe of young people who work collectively to fill the gaps in their sex education experiences. As someone approaching...

Seeds of Healing: A Community Garden Experience by Thrivology

Seeds of Healing: A Community Garden Experience by Thrivology

Seeds of Healing: A Community Garden Experience by ThrivologySeptember 29, 2023In their modest and unassuming form, seeds encapsulate the potential for transformation and growth. Just as these seeds thrive when nurtured and cared for, so do our intentions, dreams,...

Protecting Transgender Youth and Young Adults in Maryland

Protecting Transgender Youth and Young Adults in Maryland

Get the latest scoop on the Trans Health Equity Act in Maryland and what you can do to show up for the trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive young people—and adults—in your life. By Mariah CowsertAugust 31, 2023While Pride month has already wrapped up this Summer,...

Let’s Talk Inclusivity… in Birth Control!

Let’s Talk Inclusivity… in Birth Control!

We need to be mindful of our language to ensure that we’re reaching young people of all genders.By Vanessa GeffrardJuly 13, 2023As health educators, it’s likely that we’ll teach a lesson, or answer questions about, birth control for a classroom full of curious young...

Give Your Contraceptive Lessons a Refresh

Give Your Contraceptive Lessons a Refresh

Support your students to feel informed and in control of their health!By Allison Tomai Felsen June 23, 2023As part of its efforts to bring the very best sexual health education to Maryland youth,  True You Maryland, a program of the Maryland Department of Health, has...

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2023)

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2023)

 Community Leaders, Parents, and Guardians Lend Their Voice to Promote #SexEdForAllMay 3, 2023For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD — May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time community leaders, caring adults, and advocates call on local school boards, parent-teacher...

Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Daring to Dream at #HealthyTeen22

Thank you for daring to dream with us in Miami!November 4, 2022During our staff meeting before the conference, we asked everyone to share one thing they were excited about for this year’s conference. Every single person mentioned they were excited to be together, in...

Navigating Sexuality + Faith for Better Sex Ed

Navigating Sexuality + Faith for Better Sex Ed

Religion and faith does play a role in shaping our views on sex and sexuality. By Allison Tomai Felsen July 14, 2022You might be thinking the same thing that I was when I first read the title and description to our recent training series—Demystifying Sexual Taboos:...

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

Our freedom, our rights, are being restricted by a radical minority that does not represent the majority of Americans. By Gina Desiderio June 27, 2022Like many of you, here at Healthy Teen Network, we’re feeling the weight of the Supreme Court decision last week to...

What We’re Watching this Pride Month (and beyond!)

What We’re Watching this Pride Month (and beyond!)

I asked our staff what their favorite LGBTQ+ shows and movies are and why they think it’s important that young people see themselves thoughtfully represented in media. By Mariah CowsertJune 14, 2022We believe every young person has the right to live their authentic...

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2022)

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2022)

 Community Leaders, Parents, and Guardians Lend Their Voice to Promote #SexEdForAllMay 2, 2022For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD — May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time parents, guardians, teachers,  community leaders, and advocates call on local school boards,...

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let’s emphasize survivors' right to joy and pleasure after sexual trauma.By Mariah CowsertApril 15, 2022I remember learning about it during welcome week at my tiny liberal arts college in the form of cheesy skits about preventing...

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

If youth don’t have equal access to comprehensive sex ed, then it is not intersectional. And it’s on us to change that. March 10, 2022Intersectional sex ed is possible, but what does that mean? Sex ed should be as robust and diverse as young people are today. And it’s...

We Found Love in a COVID Place

We Found Love in a COVID Place

Alexa, play We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin HarrisBy Mariah CowsertJanuary 13, 2022It all started with a message on a dating app. Once our conversations got longer, we moved from messaging in the app to texting then after a fun phone call about life and how we...

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

All students deserve to learn in an inclusive and affirming space.By Allison Tomai Felsen December 9, 2021Did you know that out of the 29 states that require sex ed to be taught in school, only 17 states require the inclusion of LGBTQ+ topics? GLSEN’s National School...

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender nonconforming” really mean? Or if it's grammatically correct to use “they” as a singular pronoun? You’re far from alone. Words By Ali CottongVisuals By Brooke ThyngAugust 12, 2021 Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender...

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

With more youth feeling free to live their authentic sexualities and build relationships that reflect that, it’s up to educators and youth-supporting professionals to keep up momentum for supporting LGBTQ+ young people in schoolsBy Mariah CowsertJune 30, 2021Growing...

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