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In Alabama, teachers are forced to lie to their students and say that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is an “unacceptable lifestyle” and a “criminal offense.”

We have the chance to stop the spread of hate in the classroom right now. Sign the petition!

A new bill is sitting in front of Alabama lawmakers that would strike this inaccurate, hateful language from the law. But there are only a few weeks before the session ends. If they don\’t feel the pressure from the public and the media, we …

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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. …

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In Alabama, young people are working to make comprehensive sex education a reality in their state.  The Youth Activist Council, a project of Advocates for Youth and Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth, leads the work of a statewide youth activist network that advocates for comprehensive sexual health education.  Here’s a picture of some of the council members on their way to tell their Senators and Representatives about the importance of good sex ed!

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Recently, I have been wondering what place menstruation and menstrual health has in the reproductive justice world and in all of the work that we do for to promote reproductive justice. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about the unregulated amount and usage of chemicals in traditional sanitary products like tampons and pads. People with vaginas who use these products are being exposed to dangerous chemicals, to this is definitely an issue of health disparities and injustice. Traditional menstrual products are also expensive and

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I sit here at my desk and try so hard to go back. To figure out which experience has stuck out the most during my time with Alabama Alliance. Which experience is extraordinary enough to write about?

Is it Washington?

…..Well, I gotta be honest. My time in Washington was pretty darn awesome – I had never been to D.C. before, and it was during this trip where I went through many “firsts”. I saw the United States capitol for the first time, slept in a swanky hotel …

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Let us be real for a moment, and talk about what black people are really owed. We need 400 years of power and privilege the chance to actually be citizens of America. We need police to recognize that being black is not a crime. We need stereotypes to be demolished. We need to have our culture back, stop saying things are new and improved and “urban” when black people have been doing it forever. Give us our ebonics and stop trying to understand it. Let us have the “N” …

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I am a Caucasian female and I am straight. I have faced my privilege. I know that I had been granted many advantages because the mold I fall into but I know others who don’t fit that mold are being unjustly treated. I was elected as a Undergraduate Student Government Association senator for the past school year and I knew this was my opportunity to make a change. I attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I love my school. We were supposed to be progressive. Why were …

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I know that this post is coming a little late since it concerns the 2014 Urban Retreat; however, I did not want to miss this opportunity.  I wanted to share the love and say what a great experience I had (for my second time) at Urban Retreat. Encouragement from other fellow young people, especially among the CAMI groups, is essential to “fire-up” our social justice and comp sex ed campaigns.

The CAMI training was awesome.  We were able to share ideas and strategies, especially with states that have a …