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How to handle an unwanted pregnancy is a decision a woman makes with her doctor, not with the school board. Isn’t that something we can all agree on? But in Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona, they’ve found a new way for the government to force its ideology on students: textbook stickering. At the school board and superintendent’s command, Gilbert students are receiving stickers to place on their biology textbooks urging students not to have abortions.

Anti-abortion stickers are not a part of teaching biology. Email the school board and

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I wanted to offer my opinion on this week’s question which stated: How can local and national governments better engage youth in decision-making?

I have been attending a leadership conference for the past two days at my University titled ‪#‎UWILeads‬ ‘Generation 2.0′ and we had discussions about youth and civic engagement nationally.

One of the means in which government can engage their youth in decision-making is creating a branch (or partnering with major student societies) of important government entities in Universities and High Schools. This would include

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This week we asked members of the Girls Engagement Advisory Board to respond to the question: What would a sex ed curriculum have to include to be relevant to your community?

In Nepalese community, curriculum based on sex education is must from grade 6 to 10. Students are taught almost everything mentioned in books. In my opinion LGBTI issues and safe abortion should be given priority. – Muna KC, Nepal

The word ‘sex’ is banned for usage in most schools in Pakistan. Even the thought of sex education is

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This week, we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to weigh in on the question: After the Post 2015 Development Goals are finalized, how can the international development community ensure the goals pertaining to young girls are implemented?

It is hard to change the laws of each country, but it is not impossible. With the help of NGOs and active people advocating girls’ rights we can make the changes we want to and that are needed. The campaigns will show other people the importance of these

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Running a country successfully and efficiently requires everybody taking part. For a long time, the task of running a country was assigned to a specific group of people within the Government. But that way of thinking has to end. Many have tried to do their best to achieve that goal, but has it ever crossed anybody’s mind that involving or even empowering Youth could be the key?

Have you noticed the way  Malagasy Young people behave nowadays? It seems like the country is not theirs, they do not feel …

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Please click here to take this survey: http://app.keysurvey.com/f/827844/1797/

Advocates for Youth is partnering with DANYA International to recruit young people ages 15-24 to participate in an online survey. The goal of this survey is to gather feedback about current health information products to determine if they meet the needs of the public. We would like your feedback on informational materials produced by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) for young people. The CDC is a federal public health agency that provides health information …

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Want to be a hero on your college campus? Do you like free stuff? How does 500 free condoms to distribute to your friends and fellow classmates sound?

Good? Good.

You want in? Awesome.
Applications to become a Great American Condom Campaign Fall Semester SafeSite are now open!

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students accepted as GACC SafeSites receive a box …

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Did you catch Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”? The critically acclaimed comedy and commentary show took on sex education and abstinence-only programs – from the inconsistent patchwork of laws and policies, to the damage abstinence-only programs can do to young people who receive them.

That’s right – the issues our staff and youth activists work on every day!

Help us keep working to ensure that every student gets quality sex education. Donate $10 or more today!

Advocates for Youth and the youth activists we work with have …

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Every day, Planned Parenthood affiliates and independent abortion providers around the nation give compassionate care to women who need abortions. I am fed up with the ongoing attacks on these brave and committed providers. The need for abortion care has been a common experience across the generations and health care facilities such as Planned Parenthood have been there to ensure safe access. Yet those who provide abortion care are too often intimidated, badgered, stalked, and entrapped.

I stand with Planned Parenthood and I ask you to do so as

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This week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to give us a rundown of what they’d say if they had one minute to speak to a UN official about the inclusion of girls in the post 2015 development agenda. 

There are lots of issues to be raised but the one I would speak about is the education of the girl child and the prohibition of early child marriage. Both are interlinked. If you want to empower the girl child then allow her to fulfill her pote

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This week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to share their thoughts on how media portrayals of girls and women in their countries affects how their communities view the role of girls. Check out what they said!

In Ramadan, numerous new Egyptian tv shows and series are released. Sadly, the image of the Egyptian women in these shows is a huge lie. I watched a few episodes of some shows and I was really shocked. Violence against women is portrayed as nothing but normal. Young school

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Advocates for Youth is thrilled about today’s decision finding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.  It’s beyond time to stamp out all legislated bigotry. Recognizing marriage equality in every corner of this nation is a historic step for this country.

The swiftly growing cultural acceptance of LGBTQ rights has been propelled by Millennials, who are more likely than any other generation to support same-sex marriage. Young people refuse to sit idle as they, their friends, colleagues or family members are denied their inalienable rights.  And even as we celebrate this victory, …

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Why worry about sex education, building life skills, or young people’s health and rights, when you could just spend money on lectures about abstinence?

That’s what a House and Senate committee seem to be saying with their draft of the 2016 spending bill, which virtually obliterates funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (90% cut in the House version and 80% cut in the Senate) and provides millions of additional funding for so-called “sexual risk avoidance” programs which must teach that “refraining from non-marital sexual activity” is the only …

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Did you miss out on the premiere of Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign last January at Studio Theater?

Now, you have five chances to catch the show THIS JULY!

Heartbreaking. Messy. Funny. The stories of Out of Silence puts real-life stories at the center of a new dialogue about abortion, one steeped in empathy and demonstrative of the importance abortion care has played in the lives of so many.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets ($17) for the Capital Fringe Festival, along …

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This week we asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to weigh in on Nigeria’s new law against female genital mutilation/cutting.  Here’s what they said!

I do believe that law is the cornerstone of all societies today. No matter how good one’s intentions are, it won’t mean anything unless a citizen can find solace in the law if their rights have been infringed. Therefore, I think that it is a leap forward for Nigeria to pass an Anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) law.

However, through experiences with perception and reality, one …

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You have already helped to break the silence and end the stigma by sharing your story with the 1 in 3 Campaign. Now we’re asking you to work with an illustrator, and make your story a part of the first ever abortion story graphic novel.

We are working with a diverse group of artists to illustrate the stories of people who have had abortions. You would work with an artist to develop your story into an illustrated format. Then your story could be a part of the upcoming 1 …

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We reached out to you to sign a petition urging President Obama to prioritize young people in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy – and you came through. Now we’re calling on you again.

Vote to prioritize young people in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is asking the public to vote on which strategies are the most important to reaching an AIDS-free generation. We’ve submitted a recommendation that the strategy prioritize young people, the only segment of the population for whom HIV rates continue to …

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Ohio!

Last month Ohio Youth Leadership Council members lobbied their state legislators and ask for comprehensive sex education in all schools. Under the current law, Ohio requires that sex education be taught in schools but says nothing about it being comprehensive, medically accurate or age-appropriate. Ohio House Bill 132 would include a provision to the current sex …

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As activists from the U.S and around the world, will you stand in solidarity with your LGBT identified friends and peers on May 17?

Over the course of this year alone, we have seen an escalation of violence and harassment targeting LGBT people across the globe. The harmful targeting of LGBT youth, or persons perceived to be LGBT, continues to threaten young people’s human rights as well as their ability to lead healthy, safe, and successful lives. Which is why we must stand up, not just on The International

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Alabama!

Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth (AA4HY) has been hard at work this year organizing their communities around sexual health education at the state level. Last month AA4HY held their 3rd annual Youth Advocacy Day, where over 40 young people from across the state met with legislators to advocate for HB252 – a bill that would remove …

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We’ve been cooped up in the office all winter…so we decided to hit the road!

We all know that comprehensive sex ed programs help young people stay healthy and avoid unintended pregnancy, HIV, and STIs.

But we wanted to hear from young people across the country about why comprehensive sex education is important to them and their peers, and essential to lead healthy lives.

So we gassed up the car and hightailed it across the country!

We’ve been visiting youth activists in Nevada, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Alabama, and …

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Mississippi!

In the fall of 2014, Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members did condom surveys across the state in their local communities. MYCouncil members surveyed local stores on signage, placement, and product variety of condoms. The results ranged from helpful and affirming to shame and judgment.

“I asked him if he knew where the condoms were, and he …

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Today the Sex Ed Road Trip makes an unexpected swing back to California, where a judge has ruled that abstinence-only programs do not constitute education.

Research has found for a long time that lecturing students about not having sex isn’t enough to protect their sexual health. But abstinence-only programs are even worse than that:

 

Plaintiffs alleged that the district was showing students abstinence-focused videos that contained “egregiously inaccurate and biased information,” like comparing a woman who has engaged in sex to a dirty shoe, and suggesting that men

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. As part of today’s stop in Louisiana, we’re hearing from Foster, an activist for inclusive sex ed and trans rights in Louisiana.

My first exposure to sex education was as a very queer 9th grader at a central Alabama high school. The guest lecturer started strong with “condoms don’t work” and proceeded on to the STI-infected genital flashcards.

I remember that …

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Louisiana!

In late April, Louisiana Youth for Truth (LYFT) council member Paris Scott testified at the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) meeting, where she urged the school board to support two important pieces of proposed legislation that would impact the health of New Orleans young people. HB359, sponsored by State Representative Wesley Bishop, would mandate comprehensive sexuality …

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in Colorado!

“Sexual health is inextricably interrelated with our well-being, our health, and the ability to determine our own futures, so much that ignoring sex ed is doing an injustice to the youths of Colorado. As a young person, I believe that providing a comprehensive, medically-accurate, and inclusive education program should be both a basic human right and necessity.” …

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Getting quality sex ed in “the Big Easy” has been anything but.

New Orleans has some of the highest rates of unintended pregnancies and STDs among young people in the United States.

Louisiana schools aren’t required to teach sex education. If they do opt to teach it, the “major emphasis” must be abstinence. There is no requirement for these programs to provide information on condoms or contraception: information that could protect students’ health or even save their lives.

Support comprehensive sex-ed in New Orleans schools!

HB 359 would require …

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This blog post is part of the Sex Ed Road Trip, a blog series uplifting youth activists work from across the country working towards comprehensive sex education. Today’s stop is in California!

Youth activists across the country are sharing their stories of bravery and resiliency through the Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency campaign – a “playlist” of culture pieces and tools — including videos, reports, images and other multi-media projects — designed for queer and trans youth, youth allies, teachers, parents, organizers and anyone who wants to support the …

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Over the past several months we have seen youth activists make their voices heard from the streets of their local communities to the steps of their state legislators offices. From May 11th to May 17th join Advocates for Youth in uplifting the voices and actions of youth activists from across the country who are making major waves towards comprehensive sex education in the states.   Read the series here!

During this week, we will be highlighting the work of our youth activists with vblogs, quotes, videos and blog posts on …

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This National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, we asked President Obama to demonstrate his commitment and prioritize young people by ensuring that their specific needs are front and center in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) – the strategy our government will use in the HIV/AIDS response from 2016-2020. Now the conversation is coming to Detroit – and you can be a part of it.

It’s time to prioritize young people and engage youth voices in the response to HIV and AIDS! Sign up to attend the Office of

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Inspired by real abortion stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, and honoring the tradition of theatre in social justice movements, the 1 in 3 Campaign is bringing Out of Silence to a university near you!

Host a performance of Out of Silence at your school or university!

From the halls of Congress, to pulpits and court houses around the country, there is so much noise around abortion—but it’s women’s personal stories that have been silenced. Out of Silence is a play comprised of a series of vignettes that …

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We’re excited to announce that COLOR (Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights) is looking for youth activists like you to join their COLORado 1 in 3 Campaign!

COLOR is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists ages 18-24 who care about the sexual and reproductive health of Latin@s. Apply here!

As a member of the COLORado 1 in 3 Campaign you will work to destigmatize abortion and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1.

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In honor of Earth Day, we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to tell us about linkages between the environmental and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in their countries!

If girls aren’t treated equally, if we’re continued to be put down, then so is the whole human race. And if the whole of humanity is fractured and suffering, how are we meant to help the planet? – Allison, 19, United States

Globally, people are consuming huge amounts of resources every day. Although many people and …

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Over 75 student groups across the country are participating in the 1 in 3 Week of Action. These young people, using guerilla art tactics, are peppering their campuses with pop-art featuring real people’s abortion stories. They’re helping shake up the conversation among their peers about the role abortion plays in people’s lives.

And you can join them. Print out the images and post them in the spaces where you live and work.

Cut out three or more, and put them up in your office, dorm rooms, community spaces, or …

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We’re excited to announce that Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth (AA4HY) of AIDS Alabama is looking for youth activists like you!

AIDS Alabama is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists who care about sexual and reproductive health. Apply here!

As a member of the AA4HY you will work to support and promote comprehensive sex education and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1. Send in yours today!

Applicants must:

  • Be a high school or college

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We’re excited to announce that Ohio Youth Leadership Council (OYLC) with the Center for Community Solutions is looking for youth activists like you!

Center for Community Solutions is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists who care about sexual and reproductive health. Apply here!

As a member of Ohio Youth Leadership Council (OYLC) you will work to support and promote comprehensive sex education and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1, send in yours today.

Applicants …

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We’re excited to announce that Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) of Mississippi Youth is looking for youth activists like you!

Mississippi First is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists who care about sexual and reproductive health. Apply here!

As a member of the MYCouncil you will work to support and promote comprehensive sex education and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1, send in yours today.

Applicants must:

  • Be a high school or college student, age

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We’re excited to announce that Louisiana Youth For Truth (LYFT) of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) is looking for youth activists like you!

IWES is currently looking for 10 passionate youth activists who care about sexual and reproductive health. Apply here!

As a member of Louisiana Youth for Truth (LYFT) you will work to support and promote comprehensive sex education and increased access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people across the state.

Applications are due May 1, send in yours today.

Applicants …

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Health is a basic human right and a key factor in the Girl Declaration. Also, April 7 is World Health Day! So this week we asked members of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to tell us about health in their home countries, especially sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The most important thing, I think, is that everyone gets a proper health education. In Bulgaria we have biology classes and we are talking about youth’s health, but it’s not that much. If there are se classes included in the …

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Are you a young person (14-24 years old) who is:

  • Passionate about fighting for young people’s rights to sexual health information and services?
  • Interested in connecting with youth leaders from across the country?
  • Dedicated to developing skills to make a difference in your community?

Apply today to join one of Advocates for Youth’s programs!

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This week we asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board “Why is it important to include the voices of girls in events like CSW, where governments make big decisions about international development priorities?”Here’s what they said!

I think it is important to include voices of girls in events like CSW because girls bring a reality check. This means they offer ideas and solutions from their own context. They also bring perspective that is missing. It is documented or noted that investing in girls education and other areas has impacts that …

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National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is right around the corner! How are you getting involved?

Young people are hosting creative events all across the country in honor of this year’s NYHAAD.

Click here to add your event to the map!

In Detroit, S.A.V.E.T.H.E.M. is “stomping out” HIV at their annual step show competition. In Atlanta, folks are celebrating V-Day in April at Georgia State University’s performance of the Vagina Monologues and free testing clinic. And all over the country, people will be joining HEYO Youth Program …

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Art begins with resistance.” – André Gide

Art has has the power to change perspectives and to start a new dialogue. That’s why it is such a powerful tool for activists. Now, we’re asking you to harness that power to change the conversation around abortion.

Host a 1 in 3 Week of Artivism event to showcase people’s real abortion stories.

During the week of April 13-19, student activists around the country will create pop-up sticker art displays. We’ll send you a roll of the sticker art (don’t …

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This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is taking place. We asked the Girl Engagement Advisory Board to weigh in on what message they would share with world leaders during the CSW. Here’s what they said!

I’m here at the CSW and what I want to tell leaders and delegates and everyone is that while these sessions, panels, speakers are amazing! They’re inspirational, educating and just phenomenal, but they’re just not enough. We’re hear creating policy (hopefully) and change but we’re talking amongst people who …

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The countdown to National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, April 10, has officially begun! And you can join young people around the nation as they lead efforts to end the AIDS epidemic. Here are five ways you can jump in right away:

  1. Sign the petition to President Obama asking him to prioritize young people in the National HIV/ AIDS Strategy.
  2. Get a local proclamation for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day and make NYHAAD #Official in your community! Use the NYHAAD Campaign Toolkit to help you get

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Anti-abortion lawmakers have come up with a new way to interfere with reproductive decision making. This time, a handful of senators snuck an abortion coverage ban into legislation designed to support survivors of human trafficking. Shameful.

Just like everyone else, trafficking survivors should have access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion care. Yet, due to the political maneuvering of anti-abortion senators, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178) includes a provision that restricts abortion. Taking away someone’s ability to make the …

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One of our partners, Mississippi Youth Council with Mississippi First, is working to improve sex education in their state and they need your help!

Download the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month sign and participate in the photo campaign.

Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil), a group of youth activists from across Mississippi who support comprehensive sex education and policies that improve the lives of young people, are telling Governor Bryant that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are not enough for young people.

We need YOU to help spread the word.

Check out the email …

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Too often, young people’s voices aren’t respected or included in decision-making processes that affect them. That’s why Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is proud to support the Girl Engagement Advisory Board (GEAB), a team of adolescent girls aged 15-19 from Cameroon, Bulgaria, the United States, Kenya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Jamaica, Nigeria, Egypt, and Nepal. GEAB members engage in advocacy efforts to advance adolescent girls’ rights internationally and to inform, guide and advise Advocates’ efforts to elevate and secure prioritization of adolescent girls’ rights in the global post-2015 development agenda. This week

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We at Advocates believe that young people have the right to accurate, age-appropriate, complete information about their sexual health. We also believe that they have the right to that information in whatever form they can get it.

Approximately 89% of young people credit the Internet as their primary source for sexual health information. So why are organizations that provide young people with tools to safeguard their health, being censored by big tech companies?

Tell Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Yahoo, and Google, to change their restrictive policies that prevent the

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Too often, young people’s voices aren’t respected or included in decision-making processes that affect them.  That’s why Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is proud to support the Girl Engagement Advisory Board (GEAB), a team of adolescent girls aged 15-19 from Cameroon, Bulgaria, the United States, Kenya, Pakistan, Madagascar, Jamaica, Nigeria, Egypt, and Nepal. GEAB members engage in advocacy efforts to advance adolescent girls’ rights internationally and to inform, guide and advise Advocates’ efforts to elevate and secure prioritization of adolescent girls’ rights in the global post-2015 development agenda.   This week

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This March 10th marks the 20th anniversary of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. Let’s take this opportunity to honor and celebrate the people who risk so much to ensure access to safe reproductive health care every day.

Join us in showing your appreciation by gathering friends to send postcards of gratitude for National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day.

Every single day, abortion providers, nurses and clinic staff stand with young people, women, and their families, often at great risks to themselves, to ensure access to safe medical care – care …

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Greetings!

Advocates for Youth is proud to announce the release of the HIV prevention campaign, Testing Makes Us Stronger. The campaign is designed to aid youth-serving community-based organizations working with and for young Black men who have sex with men, to raise awareness of the importance of regular testing.

If you work as a health care provider or other youth-serving professional, you can get FREE posters and palm cards to help connect these young people to vital testing and learn more about how to prevent HIV. Visit Testing

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Want to show your love for access to safe abortion care this Valentine’s Day? Bee sweet to your honey, or some otter special person in your life and send them a 1 in 3 Valentine for just $5! Check out the new Valentines for 2015!

Click here to send out your Valentine!

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Forty-two years after the Roe vs. Wade decision legalized abortion, attacks on access to safe abortion care are relentless, from state legislatures, to the media, to the very sidewalks outside family planning clinics. Today, Congress voted to pass H.R. 7, a bill that targets low income women by restricting insurance coverage of abortion.

Donate $7 to help us fight H.R. 7 and keep abortion safe and affordable for all women.

In this bleak environment, we need a new strategy–one that puts women’s real life abortion stories at the center …

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In Nepal, talking about sex and sexuality is taboo. Imagine not being able to get basic information, or even ask questions. I started working with a local organization so young people, especially young women, could talk about their sexual health and get the lifesaving information they need. With support from Advocates for Youth, after a three year campaign, we got comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education into schools in Nepal.

Donate $10 now to help activists like me get trained to advocate for lifesaving sex education in our countries.

It didn’t …

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I started Tea Time and Sex Chats to provide positive, comprehensive, peer-led sex education to my fellow students at the University of Chicago. One hundred people came to the very first session! Each one had questions about all sorts of things they never felt comfortable asking their parents or doctors. Being a member of Advocates’ Young Women of Color Leadership Council gave me the training and education to feel confident tackling these issues and answering questions honestly.

Help me raise $5,000 today so that shame is not a barrier

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When I was a student in Broward County, Florida, I didn’t take sex education until my senior year – and at that point, it was an abstinence class. I never learned how to protect myself from HIV, sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancy.

I wanted something different for the 250,000 students in Broward County that would follow in my footsteps.

So I joined the Broward County Youth Council, a project of Advocates for Youth and Planned Parenthood South Florida. We drafted a new sex education plan for the school …

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Ursula, YUWA, a youth-led partner …

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The 2015 National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Ambassador application is now open! Every year we mark April 10, as a day to educate and empower the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

Now is your chance to join a dynamic group of young leaders and activists who come together to promote treatment, care, and youth empowerment.

NYHAAD Ambassadors hold events …

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Patricia, Member of the Girl

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Muna K.C., Member of the

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Elizabeth, Member of the Girl

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“Taking Mum’s hand, I whispered “Are we really safe, here?”  ― Alwyn Evans, Walk in My Shoes

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit

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Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!

by Preslava, Member of the Girl Engagement Advisory Board

This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Mai, Member of the Girl …

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

 by Hamna, member of the Girl …

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This blog is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence, which runs from November 25th through December 10th, 2014. The 16 Days of Activism are an international campaign that highlights violence against women as a human rights issues and calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Throughout the 16 Days, Amplify will be featuring one blog each day from youth activists who sit on our International Youth Leadership Council and Girl Engagement Advisory Boards.

by Christal, Member of the Girl …

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Today is the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and the first day of 2014’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, that runs through December 10 (International Human Rights Day). During the 16 Days of Action, Advocates for Youth and our allies highlight violence against women as a human rights issue and call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. This year, the theme of …

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Yesterday, Colorado voters like you made your voice heard. Last night Colorado voters rejected Amendment 67 — which would ultimately have banned all abortions.

Congratulations to the hundreds of activists across the state who worked hard to make sure that women stay in control of their own health, lives, and futures.

You did it!

Tweet now!We did it! Yesterday, we showed out & voted NO on Amendment 67, protecting women’s access to reproductive care in Colorado! #VoteNO67

 

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Just because it’s Halloween, don’t let Amendment 67 trick you. It would ban all abortions and severely limit women’s access to reproductive health care services.

Check out this video made by our partners over at Colorado Youth Matter and the CREATE Council that shows how scary Amendment 67 actually is.

Remember to Vote No on Amendment 67 next week to truly protect women’s reproductive care in the state of Colorado.

Learn more about the No on 67 Campaign.

 

Tweet now!We’re not fooled by your costume, Amendment 67. Learn how

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This article was written by a youth activist with Advocates for Youth, who wished to share her story anonymously.

[Trigger Warning: rape, sexual assault]

When I was a senior in high school, I was raped. My rapist was my most recent ex-boyfriend at the time and my rape was one of the many facets of an emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship. Despite my interest in feminism and advocating for survivors of sexual assault, it took me an incredibly long time to realize what had happened to me was rape, …

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Elections are just six days away! Now is the time to make YOUR voice heard.

I’m asking you to make a commitment to yourself and your community — take the pledge to ShowOUT in 2014!

Elections matter – they are the time to show your support for the candidate that best represents your values and lived experiences. It’s a time to hold your elected officials accountable.

TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW to speak out, turn out and vote in 2014.

As young people, we have an incredible opportunity to make …

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Tomorrow, October 11, marks the 3rd annual International Day of the Girl! This day highlights, celebrates, and advances young women’s and girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe.

Add your name in support of girls’ health and rights!

Let’s continue to ensure that young women and girls are agents of change in their local, national, and global communities. Together we can bring an end to gender based violence, early and forced marriage, and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health information, education and services. The Girl Declaration, the …

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We were all shocked and angered by the Supreme Court’s decision that certain corporations can decide which birth control methods are covered under employees’ health insurance plans — a decision that could put birth control out of reach for millions of women.

But there’s still hope: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been tasked with drafting new rules to carry out the decision. In other words, HHS has to figure out how women can access the contraception they need. Now, we’re working in partnership with Young …

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Thank you. Because of your support, we are creating a world where all young people have the right to lead healthy…

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Written by Heather, an activist with the 1 in 3 Campaign. 

With the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment here, allow me to dispel some myths using basic math. Here’s the myth: millennials and those born after Hyde was implemented are apathetic or are no longer doing the work to lift the health care coverage bans that deny abortion services to so many. Here are the facts: I, a 24-year-old born 14 years after Hyde, was among 180 abortion access advocates that participated in the All* Above All …

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No person should have their pregnancy options limited because they cannot afford to have an abortion. We have not fully secured abortion rights until everyone has access to safe, affordable abortion care.

That’s why we are part of All* Above All, a coalition of organizations committed to restoring public funding for abortion care.

Sign the All* Above All Declaration in support of repealing the Hyde Amendment.

Thirty-eight years ago today, the Hyde Amendment was passed for the first time, barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion …

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Today is the largest voter registration day of the year, National Voter Registration Day!

Let’s ensure that all our voices are represented in our democracy.

If you are voting for the first time this November, or have moved since the last time you voted, register today! It’s free and takes less than 10 minutes.

Young people have an incredible opportunity to make a huge impact on the political process. In 2012, 18-29 year-olds made up 21% of the voting eligible population in the US. That number will rise to …

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It’s that time again – time when young people from around the nation travel to Washington, DC for the Urban Retreat!

Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education …

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Applications are now closed, GACC Safe Sites will be notified in October!

Did you miss this round? Come back in December when applications open again!…

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Check out the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! The campaign will engage and mobilize young voters across the country through on the ground organizing, social media activism, and online actions at youthshowout.org.  Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for this exciting new national civic engagement campaign.

In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out–they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, …

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You took action and the President heard you loud and clear. Thanks to your action, and…

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It’s just wrong that hardworking and dedicated young people can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer. For being who they are. These young people have no protection. No recourse.

We need our President to stand strong. And right now, he can make a big difference for thousands of LGBTQ federal employees and contractors. Join us in demanding that President Obama and his Administration do the right thing and sign executive orders protecting LGBTQ workers without needless exemptions that would open the door to discrimination.

With …

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It’s been a tough few days for us here at Advocates. Last week the Supreme Court ruled against buffer zones at abortion clinics, and just a couple hours ago the Court put women’s access to contraception in jeopardy.

We could give you a long, legal explanation of the cases, but in short—until our society recognizes that sexuality is a normal, healthy part of being human, we’ll continue to get devastating decisions like these.

Donate today so we can continue to fight for our personal freedoms and reproductive health

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Question: Were you a part of one of our youth programs? If so, join our new Advocates Alumni Network!

For more than a decade, Advocates for Youth has led programs for youth activists from across the United States and around the world focusing on sexual and reproductive health issues. We are in awe of the passion, vision and leadership you have taken over the years. And…well, we miss you! What you’ve been up to?

Let’s face it, we have history together! Perhaps you were a Campus Organizer, and advocated …

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Guest post by Lara Brooks

Lara S. Brooks is a Chicago-based youth worker fighting for transformative justice, queer and trans youth spaces, a never-ending supply of harm reduction options, and holistic health access for youth experiencing homelessness. Brooks works with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as a youth rights advocate.

During the first week of April 2014, youth leaders rallied at the Illinois state capitol to advocate for their reproductive rights and generate awareness about the dangers of the Parental Notification of Abortion Law (PNA). The Illinois …

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As activists from the U.S and around the world, will you stand in solidarity with your LGBT identified friends and peers on May 17?

My name is Urooj, and I lead Advocates for Youth’s efforts to help young people fight homophobia and transphobia around the globe. In too many countries, LGBTQ youth face discrimination that threatens their lives and their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Recently, I was in Pakistan to meet with LGBTQ youth activists and allies. They …

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As activists from the U.S and around the world, will you stand in solidarity with your LGBT identified friends and peers on May 17?

Over the course of this year alone, we have seen an escalation of violence and harassment targeting LGBT people across the globe. The harmful targeting of LGBT youth, or persons perceived to be LGBT, continues to threaten young people’s human rights as well as their ability to lead healthy, safe, and successful lives. Which is why we must stand up, not just on The International

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After three years of community mobilization and advocacy efforts, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive sexual health education policies in the nation!

And young people were at the center of those efforts. Join them in saying “Thank You” to the School Board of Broward County for supporting comprehensive sexual health education!

Congratulations to the Broward County Youth Council for all their hard work in making sure that young people have access to the resources and education they need to make healthy decisions …

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Prom season is in full swing! Students across the country are reserving limos, renting tuxes, and posing for those classically awkward photos for their parents. But while we’re enjoying the glamour, let’s not forget safety! It’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #promswag!

Share on FacebookIt’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #PromSwag. http://bit.ly/PromSwag

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Are you looking for ways to participate in National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day? Here are 5 easy ways to get to you started!

Get tested for HIV! Find a testing center in your area here: http://aids.gov/locator/.

1.Join NYHAAD Youth Ambassador Wesley and Advocates’ NYHAAD Coordinator Sulava Gautam-Adhikary on April 10 at 5:30 PM EST on HUFFINGTON POST LIVE for a convo on the impact of HIV on young people.

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3.Participate on social media! Follow NYHAAD on Facebook and Twitter using @YouthAIDSDay and #NYHAAD! And join us

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“Art begins with resistance.” – André Gide

Art has great power. It can get your attention. It can make you think. It can even change your mind. That’s why art can be such a powerful tool for activists. Now we’re asking you to use that power to change the conversation around abortion.

Host a 1 in 3 Week of Artivism event to showcase people’s real stories of experiences with abortion.

During the week of April 21-27, activists around the country will host 1 in 3 Week of Artivism events …

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Are you a young person (14-24 years old) who is:

  • Passionate about fighting for young people’s rights to sexual health information and services?
  • Interested in connecting with youth leaders from across the country?
  • Dedicated to developing skills to make a difference in your community?

Apply today to join one of Advocates for Youth’s programs!

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 …

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by Amber Morley Rieke, Special Projects Fellow

The Supreme Court is about to hear two challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that private insurance plans cover contraception for women with a prescription at no out-of-pocket cost. In Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, owners of for-profit companies argue that the requirement violates their religious freedom. They want the same exemptions from the mandate that religious institutions receive.

As we wait for the Court’s decisions, which should come by June, women of all ages are paying less for essential …

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Should corporations be given a free pass to discriminate against their employees?

That’s what the Supreme Court will be deciding on March 25 when they will hear cases from two corporations that object to providing insurance which includes coverage for birth control.

Be a part of an online picket line. Make your voice heard on our #DearSCOTUS Digital Soapbox.

Share your thoughts about why affordable and available contraception is important, what you think about the co-opting of religious liberty, and what’s at stake for you. Through your blogs, Instagram …

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In honor of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Dr. Emily Young, who works as an abortion provider, shared her story with us.

“You saved my life,” I had told the provider.

I was 22 years old, in a just-okay four-year relationship with a just-okay guy, and I was working every second of every day towards becoming a doctor. One night while working on my medical school application, I realized I had been so stressed that I couldn’t remember when I last had a period. Time stopped. Then, the …

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In honor of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Alison, who works as an abortion provider and a Nurse Practitioner in California and on the board of directors of Nursing Students for Choice, shared her story with us.

On the sidewalk outside the clinic, I see her standing in white scrubs and a lab coat. A car turns right towards the parking lot and she runs in front of it, waving her arms. The driver stops, rolls down the window, then rolls it back up and pulls into the …

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Every single day, abortion providers, nurses and clinic staff stand with young people, women, and their families to ensure access to safe medical care – care that 1 in 3 women will need in her lifetime.

Join us in showing your appreciation by signing a postcard for National Abortion Provider Day. They will be mailed to a provider near you!

Sadly, many abortion providers and clinic staff face significant risks, including harassment, stalking, threats to family members, and even violence. Despite these risks, they continue to stand with us …

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Advocates for Youth condemns the multiple instances of disturbing government actions aimed at denying the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons that have recently taken place in Nigeria, Uganda, Russia, India and almost in Arizona, right here in the U.S. We will speak out against such intolerance and bigotry. This complete disregard for human rights and we will not let it go unnoticed or unchecked.

Urooj Arshad, Associate Director of International Youth Health and Rights at Advocates for Youth, spoke with Richard, an LGBT youth …