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foursquare is a new social media tool, and count me as a big fan. In case the phrase foursquare to you only brings up images of students playing at recess, foursquare is new application that allows you to "check in" at locations as you go through your day to day life on your smart phone. Based on the frequency and nature of your check-ins, you can get badges and if you have the most check-ins of anyone at a specific location, you will be designated the "mayor."

Recently, I …

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As I mentioned yesterday, Elizabeth Hundley Finley from the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina and I will be live blogging tonight’s episode of Glee, in which the New Directions get a sex education lesson from guest star Gwyneth Paltrow.

While Elizabeth and I are both big fans of Glee, we’re also intrigued to see how the show treats a very important issue.

We’ll be cross posting at this post on amplify and on the APPCNC blog. I hope you’ll join the conversation by posting in the comment section here. Also Liz …

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I’ve written about pop culture and Glee on this blog before, but nothing peaked my interest like the announcement that this Tuesday’s episode of Glee will feature Gwyneth Paltrow returning to show as substitute teach Holly Holiday, while teaching sex education to the students of New Directions.

I loved Paltrow’s performance last time, however I’m somewhat hesitant about this return performance. Glee is a fun show, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, however pop culture is political, and representation of social issues on film impacts our opinions- and …

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Katy Perry has an interesting history with the gay community. While many of her songs have undoubtedly been blasted away at gay clubs across America, her lyrics and songs have at times stigmatized and stereotyped gay and gender non-conforming men. Her first single, “You’re So Gay,” describes a young teenager’s ex-boyfriend, as the speaker lists off his traits that aligned with stereotypes of gay men.

I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf
While jacking off listening to mozart
You bitch and moan about LA
Wishing you were

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The race for District 76 of the State Assembly in California just got really interesting. Both candidates running in November are openly gay. Let me repeat that. When voters go to the election both in November, they will not be able to vote for a straight candidate.

Openly gay candidates and elected officials are still underrepresented, however Republican gay candidates and officials are even more rare. Ralph Denney has been a member of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego for over a decade and is running as a …

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I’ve written before about Kurt and his father’s relationship on Glee, and I feel compelled to write again after this Tuesday’s episode. Their relationship should be held up as a model of how pop culture can depict the challenges of coming out of the closet with honesty.

Kurt’s father has been dating Finn’s mother, and as a result he has been spending a lot of time with Finn. Finn likes sports and girls, two things that Kurt does not. Kurt’s father and Finn start to hang out a lot, …

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On Thursday night, I had the privilege of seeing the new Broadway play Next Fall. Next Fall tells the story of Adam, who finds himself at a loss when his boyfriend Luke, who he has been with for four years, is hit by a taxi driver and rushed to the hospital in a coma. Luke’s friends and family quickly descend upon the hospital waiting room. Adam knows that Luke is not out to his parents, and tension quickly rises as Adam desires to see Luke, but also knows that …

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This weekend, I am attending the Sexuality Education Advocacy Training in Washington, DC, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association, along with other faith communities and Advocates for Youth. I’m joined by two other advocates from North Carolina. I’ll be blogging more as the conference goes on about the work that we are doing, but I wanted to reflect on a moment that happened yesterday during lunch. Delsie and I had McDonalds for lunch, and I decided to order a happy meal. Since I am 20 years old, I decided to …

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As part of The Great American Condom Campaign, I donated 200 condoms to my friend Alexis Dennis, for an alternative spring break trip to the Mississippi Delta to teach sex education in the rural community of Sunflower.  Alexis founded this trip as a special project of the Black Student Movement at UNC.  Alexis is a junior, and led the trip for the first time last spring.

The second batch of participants is headed off this weekend. I sat down with her last week to talk about the importance of …

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Earlier this week, the New York Times printed an article about the challenge that women face finding a single man in college. The article argued that women were disadvantaged in college, because far more women were entering college compared to men.  The article specifically focused on UNC, where the female to male ratio is approximately 60-40.

I’ve heard these complaints from straight female friends on countless occasions. The New York Times article attributes this gender gap to several reasons. Women tend to have higher grades and are more …

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Two cities in North Carolina are on the brink of beginning historic debates about the role of government in supporting equality and monitoring the private lives of their employees. Early next week, the Asheville City Council is set to debate providing domestic partnership benefits to city employees. Newly elected city council member Gordon Smith has long championed this policy, and he along with the two other new members of council are supportive of the policy. Smith only needs to convince one more member of council to support domestic …

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I am always inspired by the dedication of college students to service and political action, but some days reaffirm those convictions more than others. This year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service was one of those days. I’ve been really fortunate to do work with the Young Democrats chapter at UNC Chapel Hill, and our volunteers did amazing work today. We led several events throughout the day, to both celebrate and commemorate Dr. King’s commitment to public service and social justice.

I began the day with five other Young …

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This Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts will make or break President Obama and the Democrat’s legislative agenda for the next year. Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley is running a surprisingly competitive race against Republican State Senator Scott Brown to replace Ted Kennedy in the US Senate. Many pundits and experts never expected …

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On a recent episode of One Life to Live, history was made. On the December 30 episode of the popular soap opera, Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish had sex for the first time. While this was not the first time that a gay couple has had sex on a soap opera, is was the first time that a gay sex scene was actually AIRED on daytime television. No the scene wasn’t soft core porn. Lewis and Fish were treated the same as any other couple might, with their encounter …

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I have a confession to make. I love animated films! Everything from classic Disney to Pixar, from Miyazaki to Wallace and Gromit, I love them all. Unfortunately, as one ages, it no longer is socially acceptable to attend animated films that are indented for children. Fortunately, I have a large group of friends, many of whom like animated films just as much as I do, who don’t mind going along.

 

I was recently snowed in at college and was not able to brave the long drive home to …

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This week, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender – Straight Alliance at UNC Chapel Hill held a discussion about the state of testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections at UNC. Currently students at UNC can receive a blood test for HIV free of charge. The test results take two weeks to return from the lab. This is the only test that Campus Health and Wellness administers free of charge. Other tests, from an instant oral swab for HIV to Chlamydia, cost anywhere from $20-$60. Many of our peer institutions, including the …

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I went home a week ago to find a giant box outside of my house. I quickly opened it to find 500 Trjojan condoms, all individually wrapped. “Sweet,” I thought. My condoms from the Great American Condom Campaign had arrived. I left the box in the kitchen and caught the bus back to campus an hour later. I received a text from my housemate later that day saying, “You are either the weirdest or the coolest roommate ever!” I guess I forgot to tell her to expect a surprise …

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The television show Glee has become a favorite of young people across the country. Many appreciate Glee for its catchy musical numbers and larger-than-life characters, yet underneath Glee’s glossy appearance is a story that defies stereotypes while challenging our pre-conceived notions of geeky students in high school.

The character of Kurt for several episodes of the season seemed to exist as nothing more than the stereotypical closeted yet feminine high school male. Yet as the season has progressed, the creators of the show have allowed the character of Kurt …

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If you thought the election in 2008 was full of drama and excitement, wait until you find out what happened in a special election in the 23rd district of New York for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. Republican John McHugh recently resigned his seat when he was appointed Secretary of the Army and pundits and political watchers have turned the race into a symbol for the future of American politics.
 
The Republican candidate, Dierdre Scozzafava was a moderate who has served in the New …