Gender-Inclusive Language: A Primer

By: Kathleen Morrison As LGBTQ activism and awareness has increasingly entered the mainstream, activists and educators have pushed for using more gender-inclusive or gender-neutral language in education, the workplace, and everyday life. For those who want to adopt this type of language, but have questions or feel unsure about how to go about it, you’ve come […]

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“Stealthing” and the Law: Why We Need to Teach Consent in the Classroom

By: Kathleen Morrison If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Last spring the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law published a study on the act of “stealthing,” or the removal of a  condom during sexual intercourse without the knowledge of the […]

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Video Games as Sex Education: Engaging with At-Risk Youth

By: Kathleen Morrison With rates of STDs on the rise in the US, education and prevention programs that target youth and high risk communities are more necessary than ever. Research shows that comprehensive sex education and knowledge about condoms help teens make healthier, more informed choices about their sexual health. However, not all youth have […]

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Navigating Unstable Health Insurance as a Young Adult: “I feel very alone in this process.”

Anybody who works with adolescents knows that the transition into “young adulthood” can be a time of tremendous change. Young adults move, start and finish school, gain and lose jobs. These and other life changes can trigger a loss or change in health insurance coverage (churning) for young adults. At the same time, access to […]

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LGBTQ Pride Month – June

Here in San Francisco, we are gearing up for Pride – the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation – which occurs at the end of LGBT History month, each year in June. The city transforms into a display of rainbows on storefronts, street displays, and buildings illuminated in color, in […]

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The Importance of Peer Education: How a Planned Parenthood High-School Activist Served Her Community

Since our work revolves around youth health, we take pride in featuring the words of young people on our platforms at ASHWG. Today, we’ll be sharing an essay from a youth Peer Educator from  Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s (PPMM) education department. PPMM is a trusted source of sexual health information that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, […]

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How Young People In California Are Making A Difference As Peer Educators With Planned Parenthood

As our work intersects youth health, we take pride in featuring the words of young people on our platforms at ASHWG. Today, we’ll be sharing an essay from a youth Peer Educator from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s (PPMM) education department. PPMM is a trusted source of sexual health information that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, inclusive […]

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Accessing Sexual Health Services and Education in California: Youth Voices

California has some of the strongest laws protecting young people’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and information. We wanted to learn more about the experiences that youth have had when accessing these services and how they think the California Healthy Youth Act, the most comprehensive sex education law in the country, will […]

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ASHWG Subcommittee Interview Series: Tools and Training

This blog post is a part of the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) Subcommittee Interview Series, where we feature an in-depth Q&A with each of our organizational working groups. This first installment features the Tools and Training subcommittee, which works to identify, create and make available quality training, tools and other resources for those […]

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Resource Alert: ASHWG Completes Review of Sex Ed Curricula

There is more reason than usual to celebrate the New Year! January 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). Thanks to CHYA, comprehensive sexual health is mandated in California middle schools and high schools. Before schools can effectively practice the new law of the land in their classrooms, they need […]

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