login  |  create an account

Here's the Amplify Profile for

%%name%%



Share This Article

Here we go again. Although the most restrictive abortion bill (‘the Heartbeat bill’) in the nation was tabled in Ohio’s last Senate session, it’s coming back – and this time with the full backing of America’s largest reality TV family, the Duggars. The Duggars are from Arkansas which is currently the home to the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, banning abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  Arkansas got the idea from Ohio, where the bill would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could …

Share This Article

 

UPDATE: Governor Kasich signed the budget bill with all of the anti-choice provisions intact. The Governor has proven he is out of touch with Ohioans and his actions will hurt Ohio women and their families. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich touted his budget bill as “Jobs 2.0”. What the Ohio legislature turned it into is anything but. The “Jobs Budget” is now an anti-abortion bill filled with amendments that devastatingly restrict access and information from Ohioans at a time when it’s needed most. We know that timing is everything …

Share This Article
Ilya 2

At the beginning of this school year, Ohio Advocates Youth Leadership Council member Ilya and her friend created their school’s first ever GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) club.  Things have been going well – they’ve had a steady group of peers coming to their meetings, created a facebook page, compiled valuable resources to share, and have captured the support of their Principal.  They’ve even started to plan themed awareness events and put together a list of speakers they would like to invite to their meetings.  Not bad for a brand …

Share This Article

We had another amazing World AIDS Day candlelight procession and program in Cleveland, Ohio this year!  Our community came together once again to hear featured HIV+ speakers, community and faith leaders, and performers.  We supported one another as we remembered those who we have lost to this vicious disease and we came together to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS.

I want to share a couple of highlights from the evening.  One of Ohio’s premier drag troupes, the Cleveland Kings and Girls once again inspired the crowd with …

Share This Article

I’ve recently been alerted to a relatively new abstinence-only-until-marriage organization popping up in southwest Ohio. The organization, called Maximum Freedom, Inc., claims to “empower students with medically accurate sexual health and relationship information to achieve a lifetime of Maximum Freedom.” Maximum Freedom, Inc. is currently seeking a Classroom Educator and interestingly, there seem to be no minimum requirements and limited training for this position. Apparently, all they need is a “commitment” to review the materials. Despite this, the description insists that “Our Educators are carefully selected to ensure that …

Share This Article

Some of you may remember that high school student Danny Sparks and several of his peers had taken on the Parma City School District (PCSD) for their lack of an acceptable sexual health education program, particularly using Operation Keepsake, an abstinence-only-until-marriage program as its fundamental source. Long before the first public address by the students at the PCSD Board meeting, students and supporters had tried unsuccessfully to get the administration to seriously examine the issue. So, in February of 2010, the students made their point in front of the …

Share This Article

On June 5th 1981, the Center for Disease Control reported the first cases of what we now know as HIV/AIDS. In the past thirty years, we have seen remarkable progress in the treatment and care for HIV+ individuals leading to longer, healthier lives. But we continue to see the great need for prevention resources and access to life-saving to medication.

Unfortunately, as thirty years of HIV rolls upon us in Ohio, and the Greater Cleveland area in particular, we are seeing increases of STDs and HIV in youth

Share This Article

World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on the past, remember those we have lost to the disease, honor those with us, and look forward to the future. It is a time to promote awareness in support of prevention, care and services, and advocacy. This year, the HIV/AIDS Community in Cleveland created an unprecedented World AIDS Day event — Cleveland Rocks! World AIDS Day 2010 was the culmination of a week long of events. Here is a brief week in review:

Cleveland City Council Resolution in Honor of World AIDS

Share This Article

I’m wearing THE T-shirt today. The t-shirt simply says HIV POSITIVE and I’m wearing it all day today. So are about about 250 Northeast Ohioans, a few state- and nationwide, and even a few internationally.

http://www.cleveland.com/living/index.ssf/2010/03/aids_taskforce_t-shirt_aims_to.html

Activism takes many forms and The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland decided to create an anti-stigma campaign wherein anyone, regardless of HIV status, agrees to wear The T-shirt all day, go about their regular routine and report about their experience.  

The purpose is to break down the stigma surrounding those who are infected or …

Share This Article

A few weeks ago, I gave an update of a couple of Ohio youth advocates who gave witness testimony in support of Ohio Prevention First, specifically for comprehensive sex education.
 
More recently, the opposition had its chance to testify before the Ohio House Health Committee. You can view the witnesses and see their testimony here: http://www.prochoiceohio.org/issues/pfthirdhearing.shtml
 
Many of the witnesses focused on the comp sex ed piece proposed in Ohio Prevention First. As usual, they continued to promote misinformation, distortion, and outright lies
 
For example, Peggy

Share This Article

HIV/AIDS infected and affected Ohoians filled the pews of First United Methodist Church in Cleveland on Dec. 3rd to tell White House officials their thoughts for improving care and access to HIV/AIDS services.  For nearly two and half hours, consumers of HIV/AIDS services, professionals, friends and family provided continuous testimony of practical and heartfelt recommendations and demands including needle exchange, condoms in prisons, anti-stigma media programs, streamlined program processes and more. I was inspired and proud of my community and began to think this exercise could actually help to …

Share This Article

The Ohio House Health Committee heard proponent testimony on the Ohio Prevention First Act (HB 293) on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009.  HB 293 includes a breakout bill (Act for Our Children’s Future) that promotes comprehensive sexuality education in Ohio’s schools. Of the ten witnesses who provided testimony in support of comprehensive sex education, two were youth involved with the Ohio Advocates Youth Leadership Council.  K.D., a fourth year student at the University of Cincinnati gave their account of the lack of comprehensive sex education in their …

Share This Article

So many times, I have spoken with passionate individuals about taking action for their cause. Often, it leads to sharing ideas and experiences. Many of my best experiences have been while lobbying my legislators and I always encourage people to try it. The first time I had the opportunity to lobby, I was excited and very nervous. I had once thought that lobbying was for professionals – people who were paid to pressure legislators to support causes or industries. It just seemed like an intimidating, overwhelming thing to take …

Share This Article

The first line cheers “Abstinence education works! It is powerful. It brings results!” That’s what the 2006-2007 ATM (Abstinence ‘til Marriage) Education Evaluation Report claims anyway.
 
ATM, an Ohio-based abstinence-only-until-marriage organization, delivers their curriculum, Relationships Under Construction, to over 135,000 students in 35 Ohio counties since 2002. 
 
So I thought I would see what results they bring. At first glance, this ‘report’ looks thorough, perhaps even scientific. They have fancy graphs, lots of numbers and bars, and even tout that the “evaluation is conducted by The Applied …