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A Small-Town LGBTQ Ally Speaks A Small-Town LGBTQ Ally Speaks

A Small-Town LGBTQ Ally Speaks

By , 16

I grew up in a pretty conservative, rural, stuck-in-its-ways small town. It’s a town of crops and cattle where church parking lots are full on Sundays and the gravel dirt roads are paved by trucks with flat decks. Its residents […]

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Abortion: An Option Abortion: An Option

Abortion: An Option

By , 17

“Abortion.” The word may seem daunting and clinical, but the reality is, abortion is a safe and legal option when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy. Some people may have mixed feelings about abortion for many reasons, including the stigma […]

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All About Condoms All About Condoms

All About Condoms

By , 17

Condoms have long been a hot topic at Sex, Etc., as teens often have questions about what kind to get, how effective they are and how to use them correctly. This is pretty cool, actually, because it means that a […]

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Am I Normal? Am I Normal?

Am I Normal?

By , 17

Many teenage girls experience feelings of disliking their bodies at one point or another. In the media, we tend to see only certain body types, so it’s no surprise that someone might feel bad about her body. Katya Summers, 17, […]

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Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor

Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor

By , 17

I am a high school athlete, and I hear homophobic slurs all the time. Coaches use them to get you to try harder; kids use them on other players to make themselves feel stronger. This type of behavior has been […]

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Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal

Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal

By , 16

This past spring, I went to Storrs, Connecticut to attend the True Colors Conference—a conference all about supporting teens of different sexual orientations and gender identities. All of the bathrooms at the conference were transformed into “all…

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Being Drunk Is Not Consent Being Drunk Is Not Consent

Being Drunk Is Not Consent

By , 17

I run upstairs and open the doors to various rooms, looking for my close friend at a party. Finally, I open a bedroom door, and there she is, almost fully naked in bed with a sober athlete forcing his tongue […]

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Birth Control & Safer Sex Superheroes Birth Control & Safer Sex Superheroes

Birth Control & Safer Sex Superheroes

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Some superheroes don’t wear capes; sometimes they wear plastic packaging. Their goal isn’t to save the world and destroy an entire city while doing so but to keep people safe, healthy and happy. From reducing the risk of sexually transmitted […]

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Bisexuality: More than Curiosity Bisexuality: More than Curiosity

Bisexuality: More than Curiosity

By , 17

“I believe a lot more teens would experiment sexually or even be a lot more comfortable with their sexuality if they didn’t fear being harassed, labeled or forced to identify with a particular group,” says Alexis, a 17-year-old from Cedar […]

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Boxed in by Gender Boxed in by Gender

Boxed in by Gender

By , 18

Like many little girls, I wanted to be a ballerina—the epitome of grace, beauty and femininity. As a child, I’d flip through sparkly picture books, play with Barbie dolls and stare at TV screens as dancers pirouetted across stage; all […]

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Breaking My Parents' Mold Breaking My Parents' Mold

Breaking My Parents’ Mold

By , 16

I’ve never fit the mold my parents had for me. They have been Jehovah’s Witnesses for decades. They believe it is a woman’s destiny to get married to a man, have his children and follow his lead as the head […]

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