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Statement in regard to recent “anti-homosexuality” bills
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:06

Advocates for Youth condemns the multiple instances of disturbing government actions aimed at denying the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons. The terrifying “anti-homosexuality” bills passed by parliaments in both Nigeria and Uganda are a complete disregard of human rights. And the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the country’s colonial-era law banning same-sex acts is not only out of step with the global trend of protecting the privacy and dignity rights of the LGBTQ community but it is also cruel and degrading. There is no place for intolerance and hatred. Whether we witness it in our own communities or see it take root thousands of miles across the globe, we all must speak out against homophobia and bigotry of all kinds. Laws like these that single out sexual and gender minorities for punishment should never be tolerated. Read more

 
Happy New Year! Time to brush up on your facts about condoms
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

condomologyinfographic Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health.

Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic

 
A New Generation of Activists
Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:30

Why They Fuel My Passion

by Debra Hauser, President

Advocates for Youth's 2013 Annual Report, from which Ms. Hauser's letter is an excerpt, is now available online.   

For this new generation of youth activists, being an activist is not just what they do. It is who they are.

When I started at Advocates 22 years ago this July, young people’s sexual health and rights were being trampled upon in many communities across the globe. Challenges seemed to overwhelm opportunities. Abstinence-only was our national sex education policy, and we were exporting it to others abroad. LGBT youth were afforded little affirmation. HIV was still devastating a generation. And young people were barely visible in our field.

Today the stage is set for a new day, a new time.

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How U.S. Foreign Assistance Policy Harms Women
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 07:04

Today is the anniversary of the Helms Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, which says that United States foreign assistance funds may be used to provide abortions.  Elizabeth Maguire of Ipas wrote on RH Reality Check about how this restriction hurts women who need abortion care.

"For the past 40 years, USAID and its grantees have implemented the Helms Amendment as a complete ban on abortion. This means that in Ethiopia and in many other developing countries, health-care facilities that receive U.S. government funds treat women only after they are already suffering or dying from a botched abortion, under the umbrella of sanctioned post-abortion care."

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My Dad Got Harassing Phone Calls
Monday, 16 December 2013 07:29

by Lizzie, Campus Organizer


Last spring, I got a letter from Boston College administration threatening me and my student group BC Students for Sexual Health with disciplinary action for distributing condoms and safer sex information to help my peers prevent STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancy. When our story gained media attention and appeared on CNN, the NY Times and more, conservative activists tried to intimidate me into stopping by personally insulting me. I received a handwritten note calling me an outspoken slut. One news outlet even tracked down my father and harassed him with hurtful phone calls.

Because of the advocacy training and the personal support I received from Advocates for Youth, I was able to turn degrading personal attacks into a progressive victory. We didn't back down, and BC Students for Sexual Health still operates on campus today, providing lifesaving information and resources to our peers.

Will you stand by them and make a $25 donation today?

There are many places across the country where young people’s health and rights are being trampled. But there are also many more young activists like me making a difference in our communities and just need the training, materials and support Advocates for Youth provides.

Please make a $25 donation today. Advocates for Youth uniquely combines the crucial need for better sexual health programs with the hope and the power of youth voices.

Thank you for supporting Advocates, just like they supported me. 

 
Condomology: The Scientific Case for Condoms
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Here's a great holiday present for the sexual health nerd in your life: The Scientific Case for Condoms

This slideshow gives the complete rundown on how condoms work, their effectiveness, and what that means for STD and pregnancy prevention. Check it out and share widely!

Unfamiliar with Condomology? You should get familiar! Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health.  

 
Spring 2014 Semester GACC Applications are now open!
Monday, 02 December 2013 12:05

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The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people's health and lives.

PLEASE APPLY HERE. Applications will close on December 31st, 2013. All successful Spring Semester 2014 SafeSite applicants will be notified by January 22nd, 2014.

The program is for college students in the United States between the ages of 18 and 29. If you are a college/university staff member who is interested in purchasing discounted condoms, please visit trojanprofessional.com.

Have questions? Please email Ariel Cerrud- Youth Activist Network Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Gen X & Millennials Speak Out: HIV Across the Generations
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:46


by Antigone H. Dempsey


“You’re positive.” Those were the first words I heard when I found out I had HIV. It was 1990. I was 22 years old. The test counselor handed me two things, one was a graph that showed time from infection with HIV to progressing to AIDS, and then death. The timeline showed six months to two years. The second piece of paper was a flyer for a support group for young people living with HIV, called Bay Area Young Positives. I went to the Monday Night Drop-in group just two days later. The group, its leaders and the other young people there changed me in more ways than I can even begin to explain.

Twenty-three years later, young people continue to be vulnerable to HIV, particularly young gay and bisexual men of color and young women of color. It saddens me that we were not able to protect the next generation from this disease. In 2011, 26% of all new HIV infections were among young people ages 13 to 24 years old. A young black gay man in the U.S. has a 1-in-4 chance of being infected by the age of 25. Essentially, HIV has now touched two generations of youth, “Gen Xers” were born between the early 1960s to 1980s; “Millennials” were born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. If I have learned anything, it is that young people are resilient and are fighters—from every generation.

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