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“I have Chlamydia and I haven’t told my boyfriend or any of my past sexual partners yet (THREE; and I haven’t had sex with my boyfriend until the medication I’m taking cures me). I don’t think I will tell them either because one of those assholes had it, didn’t test himself (or did), and had the audacity to not tell me afterwards. I feel sorry for every girl that gets it from this disgusting
asshole.”

This is a discrete comment left on FaceBooks ‘UTEP Confession’ page where …

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Deborah Paz is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been a member of Advocates for Youth’s Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative since 2011. She serves as the Vice President of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter on her campus.

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22 1970, following the civil rights movement. I feel it’s not a coincidence a social and nature movement sprung around the same time, but because people begin to realize that environment and societies have bigger interconnection with nature.…

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Deborah Paz is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been a member of Advocates for Youth’s Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative since 2011. She serves as the Vice President of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter on her campus.

 

Growing up at the turn of the millennium has its privileges. As young people, we take for granted many technologies that have changed the way we live and connect with each other (this blog included!) We simply have so many things that our parents’ …

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This past weekend I was able to attend  the seventh annual One Voice Summit which was organized by Advocates for Youth, The Sierra Club, and Sexuality Information & Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

The summit was focused on environmental and reproductive justice awareness in which attendees learned about the inequity impact in production and consumption that takes place in developed and developing worlds. Toxins that pollute the environment through destruction of natural resource , over looked safety and healthy regulations, and hazardous waste factories close by neighborhoods create burdens for people working or living around these communities. Getting to know the facts of what toxic chemicals …

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After months of registering people to vote, making calls and knocking on doors to get out the youth vote and following the debates closely, I have found voter outreach to be some of the most satisfying youth organizing work I have ever done. Seeing people who support LGBTQ equality and evidence-based sex ed get elected or reelected, from Barack Obama to local races, was an amazing win for progressives and young people. This diverse agenda in which many different groups of people can move forward together will be positive …

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Deborah Paz helps to lead the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter at the University of Texas at El Paso – a part of Advocates for Youth’s Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative (CAMI). Deborah is beginning her second year in this program and enjoys advocating for comprehensive sex ed and LGBTQ equality in her community
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As a straight ally, I deeply care about LGBTQ equality and I often focus my activism on this issue. I’ve realized that I care about this issue so passionately because I truly believe no …

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When hosting the screening of "Abortion Diaries," I really felt I was doing something to represent reproductive justice. This documentary was vital to the screening in order to raise awareness of the reproductive choices women make, and goes even deeper in discussing why they choose to end a pregnancy.

The audience watched with enthusiasm while they learned of abortion experiences that were representing a women’s choice over her own body. After the film, the discussion was even better. The general reaction from the film was in support of a …

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In 2009 the El Paso Texas City Council voted to offer health benefits for unmarried and same sex partners of municipal workers. The policy took effect in 2010. As soon as council members approved the measure, some religious groups began trying to repeal it. They gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. Ever since then this has been a ongoing battle between traditional values and defining who is classified as a couple. The whole Re-call issue is an ordeal between El Paso’s Mayor John Cook …

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In 2011 I was honored to become an intern with the Texas Freedom Network as part of the Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative (CAMI)and was able to attend the Urban Retreat in Washington, DC with Advocates for Youth. Over a few months I was able to bcome part of grassroots organizing and was made aware and a part of issues that deal with young people and their well-being. I feel liberated to be able to work on many issues such as supporting comprehensive sex ed, fighting for a HIV/AIDS free …

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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced House Resolution 3324, or the “Real Education for Healthy Youth Act” into both chambers of Congress earlier this month.
This new bill is a great achievement towards strengthening public schools and by addressing not only heterosexual but LGBTQ students in comprehensive sex education in public schools this would help students to broaden their perspective and help them to accept LGBTQ individuals.
If LGBTQ-inclusive comprehensive sex ed is taught, LGBTQ targeted bulling can go down. I believe …

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How can situations for the LGBT community get better? We have heard of so many young teens taking their lives because of the bullying via at school or on the internet because no one understands there lifestyle. Ive come to conclude that healthy sexuality is a very important practice if we choose to be intimate with someone. Such advocacy groups like www.itgetsbetter.org advocate that we need to be optimistic and hope for a better tomorrow for people living with ridicule for who they are. And though they maintain a …

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Heterosexism is the assumption that everyone is society is heterosexual and that this orientation is superior and normal. What about for the teenagers in public school systems who are feeling confused about their sexual orientation but have no way to express or understand it in a society that views homosexuality as unmoral. This is all changing in BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada where the Board of Education for the Burnaby School District is moving towards adopting a “Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity” policy (formally titled Homophobia/Heterosexism), which promotes homosexuality and censor all …