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What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

Our freedom, our rights, are being restricted by a radical minority that does not represent the majority of Americans. By Gina Desiderio June 27, 2022Like many of you, here at Healthy Teen Network, we’re feeling the weight of the Supreme Court decision last week to...

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

The Right to Bodily Autonomy Shouldn’t Vary by ZIP Code

Abortion is still legal. And we must fight to keep it that way. By Gina Desiderio May 3, 2022Bodily autonomy—the right to make decisions about your own body, including decisions about if, when, and how to parent—is a right. None of us are free to live our authentic...

Demand IX

Demand IX

50 years later, we have much to celebrate with Title IX…but we still have a lot of work to support ongoing efforts for strong Title IX protections and enforcement.April 21, 2022"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation...

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let’s emphasize survivors' right to joy and pleasure after sexual trauma.By Mariah CowsertApril 15, 2022I remember learning about it during welcome week at my tiny liberal arts college in the form of cheesy skits about preventing...

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

If youth don’t have equal access to comprehensive sex ed, then it is not intersectional. And it’s on us to change that. March 10, 2022Intersectional sex ed is possible, but what does that mean? Sex ed should be as robust and diverse as young people are today. And it’s...

3 Instagram Accounts to Follow to Learn about Reproductive Justice

3 Instagram Accounts to Follow to Learn about Reproductive Justice

Social media can be more than algorithms and explore pages—it can be a spring board into action, a connecting place for activists, and a place for inspiration and growth.  By Sam AkersFebruary 3, 2022As a Gen Z’er who has been scrolling Instagram for years, I’ve come...

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

All students deserve to learn in an inclusive and affirming space.By Allison Tomai Felsen December 9, 2021Did you know that out of the 29 states that require sex ed to be taught in school, only 17 states require the inclusion of LGBTQ+ topics? GLSEN’s National School...

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

These Two Designers Published a Visual Guide to Gender Fluidity

Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender nonconforming” really mean? Or if it's grammatically correct to use “they” as a singular pronoun? You’re far from alone. Words By Ali CottongVisuals By Brooke ThyngAugust 12, 2021 Ever wondered what “nonbinary” and “gender...

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

With more youth feeling free to live their authentic sexualities and build relationships that reflect that, it’s up to educators and youth-supporting professionals to keep up momentum for supporting LGBTQ+ young people in schoolsBy Mariah CowsertJune 30, 2021Growing...

May is Sex Ed For All Month

May is Sex Ed For All Month

Together, We Can Ensure Equity and Access for AllMay 3, 2021For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD—May is Sex Ed For All Month, a national effort spearheaded by a coalition of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations committed to ensuring...

Parents and Youth Agree on Sex Ed for All

Parents and Youth Agree on Sex Ed for All

Young people have a right to quality, affirming sex education...and regardless of political affiliation, parents and young people agreeBy Mariah CowsertMay 1, 2021Aworld where all young people lead healthy and fulfilling lives...that’s the dream, right? And it’s not...

Accessing Contraception During COVID-19

Accessing Contraception During COVID-19

Ensuring that youth have access to the services they need is a core principle of reproductive justice—one that we must continue to strive towards and build upon.By Tonyé Fohsta-Lynch, MPH April 15, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has essentially changed our everyday...

Fear and Loathing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Fear and Loathing in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Strange memories on this nervous night near Scranton, in coal-scarred, Appalachian foothills filled with autumn color and political angstBy Nicholas Sufrinko November 2, 2020Strange memories on this nervous night near Scranton. Five years since Obergefell. Four since...

Too Much and Not Enough

Too Much and Not Enough

Ginsburg’s death showcases how so many members of Congress and our government branches are failing us.  She was more than enough. They are nowhere near enough.  By Gina Desiderio September 22, 2020It feels like too much.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died...

What am I willing to do differently to support Black lives?

What am I willing to do differently to support Black lives?

Reproductive justice depends on defending the needs of women of color and other marginalized people, including trans people. Here are some individual actions that we can take to support Black lives and strive for justice in all aspects. By Ella Dorval Hall July 10,...

Today, we pause…

Today, we pause…

Racism is a persistent social toxin in our society. The ongoing and disparate impacts of racism demand our attention, now.June 2, 2020I n recognition of #BlackoutTuesday and in support of #BlackLivesMatter, we are pausing our regular communications. Today, we pause to...

Education Legislation Will Empower Young People

Education Legislation Will Empower Young People

Introduced during Sex Ed for All Month, education legislation will empower young people with information and accessMay 16, 2019For Immediate ReleaseW ashington, DC — Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth...

2019 #RJResolutions

2019 #RJResolutions

Healthy Teen Network joined SisterSong and many others on January 1st for a tweetstorm to talk about our reproductive justice resolutions for this coming year.By Allison Tomai Felsen January 2, 2019What are your hopes, goals, and vision for 2019? Healthy Teen Network...

Today, I choose to be hopeful.

Today, I choose to be hopeful.

There were some small wins in this midterm election. They might help us get a little bit close to dismantling the patriarchy and adjusting an imbalance of power.By Gina Desiderio September 28, 2018Today, I choose to be hopeful. Maybe it’s naïve. Maybe it’s a...

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