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Helping LGBTQ+ Youth Navigate COVID-19

July 24, 2020

Well, here we are. It’s almost August and we’re still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. That short, sigh of relief we had when things began to reopen is over. In fact, cases in the US have surpassed FOUR MILLION. Let that sink in for a minute. Here in Baltimore, indoor dining has been suspended again, and… Read more

Press Release: Healthy Teen Network Joins Over 50 Organizations in Calling for LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex education this Pride Month

June 22, 2020

For Immediate Release Baltimore, MD --  Today, Healthy Teen Network is proud to join over 50 organizations across the country in demanding LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education for all young people in the United States. [Your organization name] is participating in a series of virtual events as part of the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Sex Education Week of… Read more

The Algorithm Police: Are Social Media Policies Biased?

February 20, 2020

We frequently get caught up in assessing the negative effects of social media for young people, particularly when it comes to their sexuality. Yet it is also common to hear from research and LGBTQ+ folx the importance of the internet for developing identity, community, and self-exploration. As Amber Leventry describes in “The importance of social…

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It’s time for sexual health to get a little bit kinky.

February 7, 2020

Washington, DC’s premier leather, kink, and fetish event known as “Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend (MAL)” concluded last Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend with plenty of parties, pageants, and “pup play.” I was a first-time visitor to the annual event that brings together leather, kink, and fetish enthusiasts from around the region and the globe to… Read more

How Can I Be Gender-Inclusive with Students?

August 26, 2019

Guest Blog Post by Kim Westheimer While gender diversity is not a new thing, the way we talk and think about gender continues to rapidly evolve. If you teach puberty or other health education classes, you may have many questions about how best to be gender-inclusive with students:   “How should I talk about bodies…

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Inclusive Sex-Positivity

July 11, 2019

Guest Blog Post by Capri Fiello Sex-positivity, which the Feminist Majority Foundation defines as “celebrating healthy sexual relationships, diversity within those relationships, bodily autonomy, and empowering individuals to control their own sex life (or lack thereof),” is incredibly important in supporting adolescents’ sexual development. When sex-positivity is both inclusive and comprehensive, it shifts the paradigm…

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It’s Pride Month! 5 Queer Reads for Allies in Honor of Stonewall’s 50th

June 5, 2019

This month marks a full half-century since the Stonewall Uprising, when queer residents in New York City’s Greenwich Village notably demanded space to be open about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The uprising at the Stonewall Inn followed one of many commonplace police raids in underground queer establishments during the era of queer…

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Serving Everyone: Providing Sexual & Reproductive Health Services to LGBTQ+ Youth

May 10, 2018

What can be done to ensure youth who identify as LGBTQ+ are being treated with respect and dignity by health center staff and providers while receiving sexual and reproductive health services? Tons! Review some LGBTQ+ language, meet Aliyah and Jamell, two adolescents who identify as LGBTQ+, and start action planning! Complete this course at your… Read more

Training: LGBTQ+ 101

April 2, 2018

How can sex educators ensure that students of all sexualities and genders feel 'seen' and affirmed?  This training will cover the basic knowledge instructors need to feel competent leading discussions and answering questions, and will help build skills to create inclusive environments. Want to learn more? Whether you’re looking for a training or perhaps more… Read more

Growing Up LGBTQ+ Online: An Infographic

January 20, 2018

When approaching topics such as adolescent sexuality, technology, and social media, it is sometimes tempting for adults, even sexuality educators, to focus solely on the Internet Age’s harmful and problematic byproducts for adolescent development and sexuality. In fact, hardly a newsstand exists without glossy-paged headlines screaming for attention with the threats of cyber-bullying, sexting, and…

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