Friday April 11, 2014
Today is the Day of Silence.
This is an event that happens every year and which hopes to fight anti-gay bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools.
Teachers and students can take part by spending the day without talking. This is done as a reminder that even today, many GLBT individuals cannot talk openly about who they are.
This year, I am happy to report, that the school where I teach is participating in the Day of Silence for the first time! So far it seems to be going pretty smoothly.
Have you ever been involved in the Day of Silence? How did it go? Are you staying silent today? Let us know!
Monday March 31, 2014
This week, there was yet another horrific story of a woman and her boyfriend who murdered her 4-year-old son because they thought he was gay! I can't even wrap my brain around this tragedy, but it has made me think a little about the kind of environment that could allow this kind of thinking.
Some researchers think disgust is really what drives trans- and homophobia. But in a case like this, I feel like there has to be more too it.
What do you think?
Sunday March 30, 2014
People who are members of multiple minority groups are just that, individuals who have affiliations or experiences which put them in the minority on more than one level.
So for example, you might be both Black and a lesbian. Both gay and living with a physical disability. Pansexual and Jewish. Being a member of multiple minorities can create additional stresses for teens, and the challenges this presents shouldn't be ignored!
Wednesday March 26, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it will to stop using the term "unprotected sex" to describe sex without condoms in future publications related to HIV / AIDS.
In part this is because there has been a shift in the understanding of how risk reduction works in a world where preventing HIV infection does not only involve using a condom.Read more
What do you think of this new term? Accurate? Helpful? Clunky?