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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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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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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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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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Caught Between Two Cultures Caught Between Two Cultures

Caught Between Two Cultures

By , 17

You’re watching a movie or TV show with your family when out of the blue, there it is—the dreaded sex scene. We’ve all been there before, the awkward fidgeting, the nervous laughter, the let-me-look-at-my-phone-and-check-for-text-messages…

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Coming Out as Genderqueer Coming Out as Genderqueer

Coming Out as Genderqueer

By , 18

Almost 11 months ago, I realized something about myself—something that was quite unexpected. I realized I was not a girl. But I didn’t see myself as transgender either. Reading up on the existence of genders outside the binary—being either…

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Consent 101: A How-to Guide Consent 101: A How-to Guide

Consent 101: A How-to Guide

By , 17

Many teens’ first relationships are quite the learning experience. Being in a sexual or romantic relationship may be the first time you really consider your boundaries with another person. Just like consent is important for any sexual situation,…

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Debunking Racist Sex Myths Debunking Racist Sex Myths

Debunking Racist Sex Myths

By , 15

Quick, fill in the blank: African-American men have big ______.  No, I am not talking about hands or feet. If you filled in the blank with “penis,” then you may have heard this common stereotype. The truth is, most black […]

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Defining My Sexual Identity Defining My Sexual Identity

Defining My Sexual Identity

By , 17

Whenever there are enormous posters of shirtless guys and I am surrounded by my cooing friends, I feel uncomfortable. “Look Emma! Look at his abs!” “He’s so hot. Don’t you think?” On this particular day, my posse and I were […]

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