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Madie is a member of the Palm Beach County Youth Council. When she's not advocating for reproductive rights, she's in college studying Sociology, enjoying art, and traveling.


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This is in response to the article “Middle schools handing out condoms?

As a member of the Palm Beach Youth Leadership Council, I lobbied for the Healthy Adolescents Act with seven other members. This act would mandate that if sex education is taught in schools, it would have to be comprehensive, medically accurate, and age appropriate. There would also be an opt-out options for parents. When youth receives comprehensive sexual health programs they wait a year long to engage in sexual activity compared to students who receive

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This blog is in response to: http://scpbc.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/01/12/wake-up-its-time-to-rally/

Last week I was privileged to speak at the Awake the State rally among others who spoke out against fracking, for raising the minimum wage to $15, immigration reform and health care expansion. I spoke about a comprehensive sexual health education policy that the Palm Beach Youth Leadership Council is going to lobby for in Tallahassee. We also also creating a policy to propose to the Palm Beach County School Board. PBYLC is made up of ten Palm Beach County high school

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This is in response to the Slate article “Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers Need to Stop Shouting Past Each Other

Saying that abortion is a touchy subject is an understatement. Pro-life and pro-choice supports and advocates may not be able to agree on fundamental issues but it is important to find a common ground to make progress. No one plans or wants to have an abortion; it’s a decision no one wants to have to make. I think most people can agree that a fair goal is to reduce

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This is in response to the Slate article “Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers Need to Stop Shouting Past Each Other

Saying that abortion is a touchy subject is an understatement. Pro-life and pro-choice may not be able to agree on fundamental issues but it is important to find a common ground to make progress. No one plans or wants to have an abortion; it’s a decision no one wants to have to make. I think most people can agree that an fair goal is to reduce the number of

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The pull out method is probably one of the first forms of birth control. The pull out method, also known as coitous interruptus or the withdrawal method, is when the penis is withdrawn from the vagina before ejaculation to prevent pregnancy. When pulling out, it is important a person to know their own sexual response to be aware of when they are going to ejaculate. Although, most of the time people aren’t as aware and ejaculation happens before they realize it — this method involves self-control. It is important

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Halloween is a time of year for candy, costumes, and for me, giving away more free condoms. What it shouldn’t be is a time for an overwhelming amount of sexualized costumes for women, sex/body shaming, and cultural appropriation.

When it comes to picking out a Halloween costume, there doesn’t seem to be a lack of “sexy” costumes for women. In fact, over the years I’ve seen people comparing what options men have for their halloween costumes; women often only have a much tighter and shorter version. (Have you …

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This blog post is in honor of Bisexual Awareness Week from September 20-26 and Bisexual Visibility Day that took place on September 23rd

I recently was asked when I knew I was bisexual.

It seems like such a silly question to me because being bisexual is just a part of who I am, my being, I never think about when I really “knew.” I’ve always known I’ve had similar feelings for more than just one gender. I never felt out of place about my sexuality until labeling began and …

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I started a sexual health club at my school my freshmen year of college because there wasn’t access to condoms on my campus —  not even a health center to get information. Now, 3 years later, I created a place with access to condoms and information! I was often called the “Condom Lady,” “Condom Queen,” and (my personal favorite) “Condom Fairy” by fellow students. I spent a lot of time emphasizing the importance of condoms and trying to normalize them on campus. I learned to have a variety of