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Why is the Obama administration endorsing a virginity pledge-based abstinence-only program?

TweetRecently, the Obama administration quietly updated its list of “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for preventing teenage pregnancy and are therefore endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services. This list includes the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education program. Which is weird because, like basically all abstinence-only programs ever, it doesn’t work. According [...]
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What do Peru and Utah have in common? Fierce youth advocates for starters

TweetThis week, youth advocates from around the world are in New York for the Commission in Population and Development, the United Nations’ annual meeting on development, health and rights. This year’s meeting is focused on adolescents and youth, and these young advocates are in town to ensure that governments uphold prior commitments to advancing the [...]
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Pariah: Best movie of last year*

Tweet Eesha, Miriam, Zerlina, Lori, Deanna Zandt and myself all went to see Pariah together last week and I think I speak for all of us when I say, if there is one movie you see this year–make it this one. Pariah is set in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and tells the story of Alike (pronounced [...]
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Happy Birthday to the 7 billionth person!

TweetHave you heard? The world population hits 7 billion today! Conflicting reports put the 7 billionth baby as having been born in a few different places (The Philippines! India! China!) but it matters little to me: for the most part the milestone is symbolic. So .. what of it? Behind all the rhetoric and symbolism, [...]
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On Spirit Day, push for enumerated anti-bullying policies

TweetToday is the nation’s annual Spirit Day. Today, I think of 18-year old Tyler Clementi, 11-year old Carl Walker-Hoover, 13-year old Asher Brown — or 15-year old Jamie Hubley, who ended his life just this past weekend because of anti-LGBT bullying. While the major “ask” on Spirit Day is for folks to wear purple in [...]
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