Why Kids Need to Learn About Gender and Sexuality

United Nations International Youth Day is August 12, 2019. This year’s theme highlights efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

Watch Lindsay Amer, founder and CEO of Queer Kid Studios, a multi-media production company making queer-focused intersectional all-ages media, talk about the importance of creating opportunities for kids to learn about gender and sexuality.

Achieving Together aims to cultivate a stigma-free climate of appreciation and inclusion, much like the one Lindsay talks about. Read more about how Achieving Together partners envision taking action.

What can YOU do now?

As Linsdsay says at the end of their talk, “So, talk to a kid about gender. Talk to a kid about sexuality. Teach them about consent. Tell them it is OK for boys to wear dresses and for girls to speak up. Let’s spread radical queer joy.”

How will you spread radical queer joy today?

One Provider’s Perspective on Transgender Healthcare

In 2015, Parkland Health & Hospital System opened a clinic to meet the growing need for comprehensive and affirming medical care for the transgender community. In five years, the Parkland Transgender Health Clinic has grown to serve more than 500 patients. The clinic currently operates one day a week in three locations. They provide behavioral health care, primary health care, and hormonal treatments.

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You Are Not Alone

By John Poole, Achieving Together Partner

I am a 29 year-old, black, gay man who has been living with HIV for four years. My community is a drastic part of the epidemic. Even with the adoption of PrEP, the U=U campaign and Treatment as Prevention, there are still so many hang-ups and so much “HIV- phobia” going on. Even in a world where we have managed to decrease the risk of transmission to almost 0%, we still have to battle stigma to this day.

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