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Renewing our Commitment to Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Young Mexican gay rights and AIDS activist Rodrigo Olin’s charge to his fellow Mexicans was a charge to all of us to hold our governments accountable to the promises they make toward achieving better outcomes in the fight against the AIDS pandemic.

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Where Are All the Young Black People at IAC?

African and African-American youth are almost nowhere to be found at the IAC. This lack of representation was extremely surprising considering that sub-Saharan Africa is widely recognized as the most HIV affected and infected region in the world.

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Empowering Our Generation: Mexico City Youth Pre-Conference

At the Mexico City Youth Force Pre-Conference, we are readying ourselves to fight the battle against HIV and AIDS as our generation matures.

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Self-Identification Comes First

Many people, queer-identified or not, assume that the term “transgender” refers only to specific individuals who have sexual reassignment surgery, but that is not the case.

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Anti-Racism 101: Getting It Right

Racism isn’t just open and direct bigotry, it is privilege plus power. You can choose how to use white privilege, but you cannot choose whether you have it or not. At Creating Change, we outlined the foundations of anti-racist organizing.

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Creating Change Starts with Opening Your Mind

At the Creating Change conference, I learned that the key to movement building is bringing everyone to the table by creating the message that our issues are all tied to human rights.

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Who Is “Us?”

Ever since Edwards dropped out of the race, a lot has been said about the feminist vote. We have the NY chapter of NOW telling us that the obvious feminist choice is Clinton, and anyone who suggests differently (even Senator Kennedy!) is betraying "us."

Yeah, but who's "us"? The loads and loads of news I have read or watched suggesting that a vote for Obama is a vote against feminism is irritating. To be honest, I don't even know which candidate I prefer yet, but telling me that I need to vote a certain way, based on certain demographic characteristics just to be a "good feminist" is a sure-fire way to alienate me. Sorry, I prefer to vote based on issues that are important to me, such as reproductive health, not on genitalia.

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Who Cares?

Since issues and concerns that are important to unmarried women are often marginalized by legislators, it is no surprise that Congress recessed last month without fixing the birth control crisis.

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Let’s Really Talk About Sex

My problem with the sex education I received had little to do with content, which was fairly comprehensive, and more to do with the delivery. Sex was presented as something shameful and embarrassing, more of an awkward chore than an essential component of a young person’s education.

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The Way Sex Ed Should Be

Though I was the recipient of a helpful and informative sexuality education program, the abstinence-only elements of the curriculum were misleading and regressive.

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