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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  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.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. I …

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In Colorado, young people are working to make comprehensive sex education a reality in their state. Colorado Youth Create, a project of Advocates for Youth and Colorado Youth Matter, 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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A ton of marriage equality news has been breaking so far this year; so much that you may have missed some important stories! So here’s a quick look at seven states that have made important advances.

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January 14th- U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern ruled that the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on marriage equality violates the US Constitution. In his ruling, he cited the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which specifies that states must guarantee that all citizens are treated equally under the …

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Protest & Counter-Protest outside Planned Parenthood of the Rockies.

For as long as I have advocated for abortion rights, the conversation has always seemed to carry that old fashioned us vs. them attitude.  But from what I have experienced as of late, this issue is not one of “freedom and genocide”, or “us vs. them” as my university’s newspaper likes to claim, but one in which I believe there to be much more gray area and overlap.

The Students United for Reproductive Justice Group, of which I am apart, at Colorado State University partook in “1 in 3 …

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In our mainstream society, we hear lots of messages about the perfect body and the right way to be healthy: that body is thin, toned, and has great boobs and butt/ or a six pack and awesome arms.

Luckily, in reproductive justice movement and other social justice spheres, I hear a lot of counter balancing messages about self-love and self care. I feel lucky getting to be in a subculture that empowers me to love myself and be proud of myself. Not only does this subculture say to love …

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What is rape culture? Is it a new dialect that researchers alike have studied and tested through social-interactions? Is it just another, “uptight” feminist perspective digging up new short-comings of men? These are the many questions people might ask as it is addressed more frequently today.

Rape culture is simple. It stems from language and actions that without conscious thought, maintain insensitivity toward sexual assault in our society. Rape culture is attitudes that normalize, excuse and even tolerate rape. Some examples of how it is manifested into our everyday …

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Sex education is a mechanism by which some high schools disseminate knowledge to students about proper sexual behaviors. As a form of biopolitical management, sex education tells students how to behave healthily, thereby labeling certain behaviors as worthy of health, while marking other behaviors for death. While the content delivered in classrooms varies, most sex education classes fail to include the identities and experiences of students who experience alternative (nonheterosexual-only) sexual attractions or gender identities. By leaving out the students who have non-heterosexual desires, most sex education curricula mark