The head of Exodus International, an umbrella group for ex-gay ministries around the world, recently said that conversion therapy does not work and that there is, in fact, no “cure” for homosexuality. While this seems like a step in the right direction, the organization still says that any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is wrong. So, now what?
Purity balls aren’t as widespread a phenomenon as first assumed, but that doesn’t mean the problem with the idea of “purity” isn’t an issue. Purity pledges and purity rings still abound in large numbers, and the smuggle ideas that are bad for people’s mental and physical health.
There’s a new trend emerging that deserves to be documented. Here we find ourselves – it is the summer of 2012 and the season of hip hop taking the lead in expanding support for LGBT equality.
Scientists now believe an HIV-vaccine that works could be just ten years away; the state of Georgia is adopting a “treatment as prevention” strategy; and the popular anti-baldness medicine, Propecia, has been found to have sexual side effects that last long after men stop taking the drug.
What new series has an unplanned pregnancy, abortion discussion, and centers women of Color? Are we ready to use the forms of popular culture that offer us opportunities to explore these topics with our communiites?
A student in a human sexuality class at a community college in Nevada is suing her professor claiming that by forcing her to divulge information about past child abuse he created a “sexually hostile environment.” I ask other human sexuality instructors to weigh in on personal assignments and whether this professor went too far.
From the Sandusky trial to new revelations about the Catholic Church to the stories about Horace Mann in the 1970s, it seems like sexual abuse is always in the news. These topics are particularly tricky to discuss with kids—how do we keep them safe without making them scared? I turn to two experts for advice.
When it comes to body image issues the odds are stacked against girls. Three out of four teenage girls feel depressed, guilty, and shameful after spending just three minutes leafing through a fashion magazine. The Keep It Real Campaign wants to change this by making one simple ask of fashion magazines: print at least one picture of a model that is not retouched in photoshop in each issue.
By censoring Rep. Lisa Brown’s use of the word “vagina,” lawmakers in Michigan are sending a powerful message to young people that certain things (and body parts) are so shameful adults can’t even hear about them. It is just this attitude that creates environments where years of abuse – like what is being alleged in the trial of Jerry Sandusky – can go on in silence.
Patty Murray Speaks in Today’s Senate Hearing for Federal Law Against Workplace Discrimination (ENDA)
Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, attended a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (ENDA). Senator Murray is an original cosponsor of the bill. ENDA would prohibit employers from using an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for employment decisions, extending protections to LGBT workers similar to protections provided to persons based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.