Apr 3, 2013
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 And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.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 …
Apr 1, 2013
If selected, you will have opportunities to: develop new organizing and leadership skills; become informed on sexual and reproductive health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build skills to make …
Oct 1, 2012
On Wednesday, September 27th , the UNC- Chapel Hill Gender Non-Specific Housing Coalition (UNC GNH) kicked-off its campaign to make UNC offer students gender non-specific housing. We had the UNC Wordsmiths, a spoken-word group perform. We will be in the Pit, where almost all students pass thru, every wednesday which we have labeled “Creative Wednesdays” as every week there will be performances from student groups in favor of Gender Non-Specific Housing.
As a leading academic and innovative university in the state of North Carolina and in the Nation, it …
May 8, 2013
TODAY, the North Carolina House of Representatives will be debating a bill (HB 693) that would require teenagers notarized parental consent form in order to access STD testing and treatment, mental health counseling, pregnancy prevention or care, or substance abuse treatment. Teenagers without a parent or guardian would be required to stand before a judge and request a judicial bypass in order to obtain those health services.
Let’s do a quick before and after:
RIGHT NOW, a young person in North Carolina can see a doctor for STD testing …
May 2, 2012
On May 8th, North Carolina voters will vote on Amendment 1, which, if passed, would amend the North Carolina state constitution to ban marriage equality and civil unions for same-sex couples. To be clear, this is not a vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, but rather to reinforce an already existing law against this right.
There’s been good news and bad news this week. The Bad: The wife of Senator Peter Brunstetter, who wrote the Amendment, admitted to a poll worker that it was written …
Feb 2, 2012
I currently have an internship at local highschool in North Carolina with a teen prevention program that aims to give students to skills to make good decisions and become peer educators (like me!) in their communities and to students in the local middle schools.
These are all kids in 10-12 grade, so when we talk about sex I get all kinds of questions and I am grateful to be able to give them medically accurate information. (I hear some crazy stuff) However, today the topic of homosexuality came up. …
Jan 31, 2012
This past weekend, I attended the LGBT Equality Conference: Creating Change. I must say that it was one of the GREATEST experiences of my life. I learned a lot, I listened even more and the things I saw were incredible. On my flight going to Baltimore around this time last week I was hoping to find something to dedicate my passion to and as I expected I came back home to North Carolina full of inspiration and motivation. The human rights movement is an amazing one. Hearing Ben Jealous, …
Dec 19, 2011
Here is a post about Teen Health Now’s 2011 World AIDS Day event by Teen Health Now member Emilio Vicente:
Distributing Condoms at UNC!
Last week we passed out condoms at UNC. Needless to say it was very fun and informative. Seeing people’s expressions when they saw the condoms was hilarious! We had them in goodie bags, all of which included information about Teen Health Now, and how to be protective of their sexual health. We had met up the night before at our coordinator’s house and prepared them …