When it comes to sexual health, we are currently living through what history will recognize as a significant moment for human rights.
Looking through young people's eyes, all that is happening in our country and throughout our state must be jarring: #MeToo revelations are being revealed at a record pace, including the most recent headline-making claims coming from the highest offices in our land.
In our state of California, news of sexual assault in our schools is front-and-center. Our comprehensive sex education law is under attack from fringe anti-LGBTQ groups, who want to put an end to inclusive education for young people. It feels like all of the voices around us have reached a fevered pitch, and young people are often caught in the crosshairs.
In the face of adversity, parents, educators, students, and advocates have joined together to ensure high-quality sex education stays in our schools, influencing policy to drive positive, inclusive, and affirming curricula and services to our young people. This ranges from passage of the California Healthy Youth Act, to the development of educator guidance for lawful implementation of the CHYA, and accountability at school boards for addressing sexual misconduct and assault.
In this vein, October is #LetsTalkMonth, which is dedicated to facilitating frank conversations between young people and the adults they trust about sexual health. Thousands of parents, educators, administrators,social workers, students, and advocates in California (and around the country and even globe) are joining in, and we are SO PUMPED!
This October, we at BACHE are elevating the conversation a step further by using the #LetsTalkMonth platform not just to raise awareness about young people’s sexual health, but also to show our support for medically-accurate, comprehensive, and inclusive sex education in California schools. We’re using the celebration to convey our values of respect, tolerance, and honesty, showcase the strength of our numbers, and fortify our position, especially in the face of attacks on our health programs and state law.
What we’re doing:
What can you do? Join us!
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Help us turn this major historical moment into a positive, inclusive, and hopeful movement for our young people both here in California, as well as around the world by taking part in the #LetsTalkMonth #MyHope campaign.