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Students Mobilize as Extreme New Anti-Choice Bill Surfaces in the Kansas Legislature

As a friend and colleague from Planned Parenthood so eloquently put it, Kansas is a “petri dish”—a place where the most extreme anti-abortion laws are conceived and tested. But students are organized and we are fighting back.

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Young People Are at the Center of Efforts to End the Spread of HIV

UNAIDS released a report in advance of World AIDS Day with hopeful news about the epidemic: there has been nearly a 50 percent reduction in new infections across 25 low and middle income countries. As UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe put it, “We are moving from despair to hope.” Young people are at the center of that success.

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When It Comes to Civic Engagement, Young People Know Better Than to Hit It and Quit It on Election Day!

Photo: Theresa Thompson/flickr via The Knight Foundation.

After months of political ads, voter registration drives, presidential debates, and the circus that is an election cycle, we’re finally approaching the big day. And although this is a new year and a new election, some things never seem to change. Erroneous claims of voter apathy. Widespread fear that young people won’t show up to the polls. The ‘knight in shining armor’ complex masqueraded as a legitimate way to engage Millennials. But don’t sweat it.

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Putting the Sex Back in Birth Control: Why the Dominant Narrative on Contraception Undermines Young People

The progressive community is deathly afraid of talking about sex and young people. We have to stop running away from sex like it’s our movement’s dirty little secret, because despite the supposed mainstream appeal and political expedience that comes with a watered down sexless narrative about birth control, it also comes with a swift price. 

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Young and Restless at the United Nations, Youth Fight For Their Rights

It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.

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Young People and Comprehensive Sex Education: Moving Beyond Scare Tactics and Fear Mongering in 2012

Growing up in the United States is like playing a foucauldian game of discipline and punish. Disciplined by a morally bankrupt narrative about sex and sexuality and then punished for daring to question it.

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Young People: The Most Powerful and Untapped Resource in the Battle for Reproductive Justice

With the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade a little over a month away, and the 2012 election right around the corner, I can’t help but think about the popularly speculated relationship between abortion rights and young people.

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Getting to Zero: Young People Mobilizing to End the Spread of HIV

The involvement of women and girls, sex workers, persons who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM), and young people is crucial to the achieving the goal of zero new HIV infections by 2015.

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Get Real! Am I Stupid for Loving a Guy Who Only Wants Sex?

You can have conflicting feelings about someone but loving and being loved is about honoring and celebrating who we are and what we want.

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STOKING FIRE: Sing Out for Abortion Rights

Simplistic Christian pop helps recruit tweens and teens to the anti-choice movement. But with maturity people see shades of gray, a developmental reality anti-choice youth-recruitment efforts can’t ameliorate.

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