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"It gets Better"

Oct 6, 2010 | General | Comments (0)

That’s the message that author and advice columnist Dan Savage and many others are trying to get across to gay youth in the wake of a recent spate of suicides of gay teenagers across the country in recent weeks.

From Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, 18, who died after jumping off the George Washington Bridge, to Seth Walsh, 13, who hung himself from a tree in California, to Asher Brown, 13, who shot himself at his parent’s home in Texas, to Raymond Chase, 19, who hung himself in his dorm room at Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island—the list of gay teens lost to suicide in September alone brought national attention to an ongoing problem.

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Is Oral Sex “Sex”? The Original Matryoshka Doll

Apr 15, 2010 | General |Sexual Health | Comments (0)
According to an article by Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Healthstudy conducted in 2007 by the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington indicates that only about 20% of the participating 477 university students regarded oral-genital contact as “sex.” The article cites similar data collected in 1991 where approximately twice the amount of survey participants regarded oral-sex as sex. Students surveyed in 2007 had a lot more information readily available and more efficient tools to access it than students in 1991. So it can’t be that today’s college students don’t get it… but rather that they just disagree with their predecessors.

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Is Infidelity Okay?

Apr 6, 2010 | General | Comments (0)
In the eighties singer Sade released the hit “Smooth Operator.” Today, she’s returned to radio after a long hiatus, but before I can listen to her latest hit, I’m interrupted by radio DJs weighing in on some modern day smooth operators. These smooth operators-Tiger Woods and Senator John Edwards-have me agitated not only because their scandals are generating buzz that takes airtime away from my smooth R&B but because they are now part of the problem rather than the solution. The problem I’m referring to is infidelity.

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What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

Mar 29, 2010 | General | Comments (0)

A friend of mine, Cindy, recently reminded me of an old but great quote that says, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” In the past my answer would have been about different careers I would have pursued or instruments I would have learned to play, but I’m older now and my aspirations take me in different directions.

What would I attempt if I knew I couldn’t fail? Since joining ASHA my answer has changed to be that I would …find a way to make every adult sexually healthy.

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