Today is World AIDS Day. Here's what you need to know about this important event...Read more
The New York Times has a troubling article on the rise of unprotected sex among gay men and the implications for HIV risk, explaining,
Federal health officials are reporting a sharp increase in unprotected sex among gay American men over the last decade, a development that makes it harder to fight the AIDS epidemic. The same trend has recently been documented among gay men in Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, France and Australia, heightening concerns among public health officials worldwide.
So what is going on? Some people get a thrill out of taking a chance on unprotected sex. Others simply feel that unprotected sex is pleasurable enough to be worth the possible consequences. And sadly, a most common reason that gay teens (and adults) don't practice safe sex is that many feel shame and guilt. If you are sexually active and are taking risks, remind yourself that you are worth taking care of. And if you have a partner who is pressuring you to go latex free, think about whether or not this is really someone worth putting your health at risk for.
Teens are entitled to the legal protection as anyone else. But that doesn't mean that teens are always able to make their own legal decisions. Some decisions, (say medical care or education) can often only be made by a parent of legal guardian. But even if you don't always have decision making power, what you should have is the knowledge of your rights...Read more
Though it might seem tempting, especially for GLBT teens who are sexually inexperienced, it is usually a bad idea to fake an orgasm with a partner.
Why do you think people fake orgasms? Is it ever a good idea?
A lot of people believe that during gay and lesbian sex, one partner acts like the "man" and one person acts like the "woman."
In reality, this isn't actually how most people's sexual experiences play out. There are a lot of reasons for these assumptions, most of which are based on myths and misinformation. Keep reading...
In a perfect world, all teens would have loving supportive parents. But in reality, this simply isn't the case. Some parents are horribly abusive or homophobic or neglectful. Some teens in these situations move in with friends or family. Others leave home and become homeless, and a few choose to become legally emancipated from their parents. Legal emancipation is really complicated and definitely isn't the first (or even second) thing a teen should pursue. But it is worth knowing about...Read more
Is it racist to say you won't date someone of a particular race? In many ways, I would say, yes. Here a gay black teen who has heard just that from a crush expresses his fear that racism is getting in the way of finding love...Read more
What do you think? Is it racist to say you won't date a certain race?
Gender identity is a complex aspect of who we are. And while it is often confused with our biological sex, feeling male or female, or neither fully male or fully female is something that is shaped by multiple forces... Read more
Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The day was founded fifteen years ago in memory of a transgender murder victim, Rita Hester, who was killed in 1998. It is designed to commemorate those who have lost their lives simply for expressing their gender identity.
The Advocate has published a memorial to transgender individuals who were murdered in the past year. This is a sad, but important reminder that even in an era where actress and advocate Laverne Cox can be seen as a role model in many arenas far beyond the trans community, hatred still persists.
Read More About Transgender Issues:
- What's it Like to be a FTM Transgender Teen
- Transgender Life
- Improtant Info for Transgender Teens
- 7 Trans Role Models
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Whether or not you are out to your parents, it is really useful to have information to give them about what it means to be a GLBT teen. Your parents are from a different generation than you are and a lot of them simply don't understand what queer youth life is like today. That's where you can come in!
Here's what they need to know: