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Supporting the rights of LGBT youth, young & parenting teens, and youth of color is totally critical when supporting sex education.  It still feels like some states can’t get it together.

The utterly unforgivable: Tennessee & North Dakota

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Tennessee decided to double down in both the state house and senate in February and re – introduced a worse version of their “Don’t Say Gay” legislation from last year.  As if it this wasn’t already bad enough to deny LGBT youth of inclusive sexuality education, the “Classroom Protection Act,” if …

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Are you ready to bring all 50 states into a head to head competition? Then let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!! At this moment, 48 state legislative sessions are up and running across the United States (Louisiana and Florida start in late spring). We are ready to give you the inside scoop on state policy as it shakes and shimmies through the state legislature. For us to have the ultimate victory dance and win the “war on women”, LGBT equality, pass comprehensive sex education, and work towards an AIDS free …

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Next week is a critical time for young women in North Dakota.  Starting Monday, January 29th and Tuesday, January 30th a number of anti-choice bills will be heard and we need your support to prevent them from moving forward. There are a total of five bills, each one a dangerous affront to young women’s ability to make reproductive health decisions on their own. These are copycat bills that have been defeated by activists like you across the country, and include forced medical procedures, such as ultrasounds; redefining …

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by Amanda Wake, Forward Together Youth Organizing Manager

It’s safe to say that almost everyone is going to feel the outcomes of the election on Today. Whether it’s personal, because of a local school board election, a state proposition or the Presidential run off, we all have something at stake. And even though they aren’t old enough to vote, youth may feel it the most. But their age isn’t keeping young people from getting involved in the election and making sure that their voice is being heard.

Wednesday, October …

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Check out this article on feministing and the infographic it focuses on.
Reproductive Health Education

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By Hemly Ordonez

As a young working professional Poderosa, as a college graduate, and as I have seen in communities across the America, I know first-hand intelligent and motivated Millennial Latinas achieve and overcome what some would consider insurmountable obstacles. They have not only met their challenges head-on but have come to achieve success at multiple levels. At the age of 14, I staged my first sit-in and I have been a poderosa organizer and policy nerd in local communities ever since. I did not have the words then …

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This Valentine’s Day, students on campuses across the country are engaging their Senators and Speaker John Boehner via “Birth Control 4 Us,” a campaign launched to protect young women’s access to birth control.

The Obama Administration’s decision this January not to expand religious exemptions to no-copay birth control was a step in the right direction in providing women basic health care. No woman should be denied their right to medical services because she can’t afford the high deductibles, or because her insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. The Catholic …

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by Denicia Cadena, Young Women United
Photos provided by Gabriella Lemas-Sanchez

On Tuesday, January 24th Young Women United rocked the New Mexico Capital with Show Some Love, a day of action for young parents. Our message echoed through the roundhouse: young parents deserve respect, trust, and recognition. With over 50 young parents from across New Mexico, this day was about centering the voices of young families and their allies in pushing for change. YWU has always understood that negative and inaccurate descriptions about young parents and their children have …

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Pree Sen a 1 in 3 activist, with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia was on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where two Virginia Congressmen stood up to Governor McDonnell’s attacks on women’s health.  U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (VA-08) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined  the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health to sign the petition calling for Governor Bob McDonnell to reject new regulations on Virginia’s abortion providers on October 12, 2011.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and chair of the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health, began with a rallying …

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by Jessica McConville

There are many emotions that are commonly associated with reproductive related issues, but there is one in particular that I take great issue with: shame. Thinking back on it, this is a feeling that has been prevalent ever since I can remember. When my friends and I started our periods in middle school, we were careful to never let our other classmates know that we were “inflicted” with the “horrible, unnatural disease.” Despite the fact that 50% of the students were female, we hid maxi pads …

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by Tim Allen

In September, Tell Them’s SWARM Council flew to Washington DC to attend the 11th annual Urban Retreat sponsored by Advocates for Youth, a national group that champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Along with the South Carolina SWARM Council, 11 other organizations, domestic and international, gathered for the seminar and lobby day. In all there were 118 young people representing the youth of America, Jamaica, Nepal, Namibia and Nigeria.

The Council’s days were packed from …

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by Maria Jackson

This post was written by Maria Jackson (pictured above) who is a part of the Tell Them SWARM Council and cross posted from the following: blog.tellthemsc.org/2011/10/shocking-statistic-leads-to-prevention-ideas/

As a volunteer and mentor at a local after school program, I took a 2.5 hour Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training geared towards stewards of children this weekend. It was startling and insightful. The statistics on sexual abuse are grim and depressing; it is so much more prevalent than I thought. This one in particular struck me:…

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by Aaron Guest

While having the wonderful opportunity to catch up with an old friend over dinner just recently, and as we chatted away about the goings and happenings of our collegiate lives, the topic of conversation turned into what we were currently involved with outside of our academic work. This of course was filled with the general and mundane topics of football, dating, applying for grad school, etc. It was when I brought up my involvement with advocating for reproductive rights and age appropriate comprehensive sex education that …

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Tonight is the premiere of the Brown and Out Play Festival whose mission is to present plays written by Latina/o and LGBTQ storytellers representing the rich, diverse and ever-evolving Latina/o and LGBTQ culture. It begins this evening, September 23, 2011 and will run for only three weekends. Playwrights featured in Casa 0101’s Theatres, inaugural Brown and Out Play Festival include Josefina Lopez (“Doña Concepcion,” “Coming Out Party”); Ricardo A. Bracho (“A Writer and His History”); Angela Cruz (“My Perfect Boyfriend”); Miguel Garcia (“GayMex,” “Butch Juice,” “Mayhem,” “Gay Cholo Charm …

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This is my contribution to the Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice Blog Carnival!  We were asked to respond to the question below:


"What’s the real problem?" when it comes to how immigrant women are treated.

The real problem is silence.

In most major cities and in some rural communities, it is impossible to go through a week without having an interaction with immigrant women. My entire world has been shaped and molded by immigrant women including the janitors in the many buildings I have worked …

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1 in 2 Latinas becomes pregnant by the time they are 20.
Latinas have the highest teen pregnancy rate and teen birth rate.
The vast majority of teen pregnancies occur to Latinas living in California and Texas.

                             – The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Billboards have been posted in Los Angeles this week that read, ““El lugar mas peligroso para un Latino es el vientre de su madre/The most dangerous place for a Latino is in their mother’s womb.” Facts about teen pregnancy have been …

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“One-third of child welfare agencies in the United States currently reject gay, lesbian, bisexual and unmarried applicants.” -The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Prohibiting qualified applicants because of sexual orientation and marital status has reduced the pool of adoptive parents. These rules have also prevented relatives from adopting their own kin. The pervasive structural discrimination set against our queer community is preventing America’s foster care youth from being adopted. On May 3rd, 2011, Representative Pete Stark (CA-D) introduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 1681), a bill …