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Today's youth deserve inclusive masturbation education
For a kid, there are few things more awkward than sitting in a sex ed class and learning about masturbation. For a queer or transgender kid, the experience can be simultaneously uncomfortable and painful.
That's because, as some sex educators argue, sex education often fails to address masturbation in an inclusive way. In fact, it may not even be discussed at all. Less than half of American high schools and only one fifth of middle schools teach all 16 sex ed topics from the Center for Disease Control's recommended list. Masturbation isn't even on that list, much less inclusive masturbation education.
"Talking about self-pleasure doesn't happen that much in sex ed," says Andrew Townsend, teen program coordinator for Planned Parenthood Toronto.
By ignoring masturbation and not addressing it in a way that speaks to everyone, sex ed fails our youth. Inclusive sex ed should be a critical component of education, and masturbation should be a core topic. Regardless of gender identity or sexuality, the practice is an essential part of an individual's sexual pleasure.
Kicked out, spat on and abused, new UK shelter helps LGBT+ homeless
LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Apart from being spat on and urinated on when he slept rough in London for over a year, 52-year-old Chabahn had to contend with another daily threat: being abused and attacked for his sexuality.
Chabahn, who is gay but kept it hidden on the streets, said living with HIV was an additional burden that some mainstream shelters did not have the capacity to support him with.
"When it comes to being LGBT, the amount of discrimination on the street is rather high. There is no safety, you have to fend for yourself," said Chabahn, who declined to give his full name.
"You have to become a very good actor and you have to be someone that you are not."
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VIDEO: WHITE MARYLAND POLICE OFFICER USES N-WORD WHILE TRYING TO DISPERSE GATHERING OUTSIDE MCDONALD'S
Maryland police are investigating a video that was posted to social media this week showing a white officer using a racial slur while addressing a group of black men.
The incident took place yesterday outside a McDonald’s on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring shortly after 10:30 a.m. One of the men who recorded footage, Barry Tucker, told WRC-TV they had been waiting to be picked up for work when they were accused of trespassing.
Tucker told Fox 5 he was waiting with two of his brothers and a co-worker when officers from the Montgomery County Police Department approached them for questioning.
As the interaction continued, one white female officer was heard using the n-word at the men. As shown in bodycam footage, she said: “Hey, you want to get out of here fast, right? So if we have more people, y'all n****** been trying to something.” The officer then claimed she had been mimicking the men’s language, saying: “What I am doing is repeating your words.”
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HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING RISES IN CHILDREN WHEN LGBT RIGHTS GET PUBLICLY DEBATED
Children endure from more homophobic bullying when LGBT rights are publicly debated, according to researchers.
The authors of the study published in the journal Pediatrics looked at the results of surveys completed between 2001 and 2014 by almost 5 million middle- and high-school students from about 5,000 California institutions. The team noted rates of homophobic bullying before and after the vote on Proposition 8, a statewide ballot initiative that asked voters to decide whether same-sex marriage should be banned, and whether only opposite-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
According to the researchers, the debate over Proposition 8, which voters approved in 2008 but a federal court ruled unconstitutional in 2010, “promulgated stigma” against homosexuals.
Among the questions the students were asked was: “During the past 12 months, how many times on school property were you harassed or bullied because you are gay or lesbian (or someone thought you were)?" They were also asked how often they were targeted because of their race, ethnicity or national origin; religion; or gender. Bullying was defined as students acting aggressively toward their peers.
Father Accused Of Setting Daughter Ablaze Inside Car
Family and friends are mourning a 3-year-old Queens, New York, girl this week after her father allegedly chained her inside of his car and set it on fire. The tragic event took place on Sunday night.
Martin Pereira, 39, is currently in police custody in relation to the crime.
N.J. Mom Who Called 911 for 'Medical Emergency' Allegedly Stabbed 5-Day-Old Baby to Death
A New Jersey woman is charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her newborn daughter to death last week, PEOPLE confirms.
A statement from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office alleges Hiralbahen Bhavsar, 29, of Little Ferry, called 911 around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, claiming “she was having a medical emergency at her apartment.”
Several officers responded to the scene.
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MADONNA SAYS GIVING PHONES TO OLDER CHILDREN ‘ENDED HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM’
Madonna has said giving phones to her two eldest children had a hugely negative impact on her relationship with them.
Despite having given 22-year-old Lourdes and 18-year-old Rocco phones when they were in their early teens, Madonna does not plan on doing the same for her 13-year-old son David.
"I'm going to stick that one out for as long as possible, because I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13," the Madame X star told Vogue.
"It ended my relationship with them, really."
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These numbers come from an anonymous survey the Pentagon conducts every two years. Respondents include Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. The survey defines assault as “rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses,” according to ABC News.
Over 85% of the victims reported knowing the perpetrators.
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It's Prom Season And The Racist Promposals Are Back
An Ohio teen was barred from prom after he decided to craft a racist promposal sign that read, “If I was black I’d be picking cotton but I’m white so I’m picking u for prom.”
I suppose it’s time we brace ourselves, because at this time of the year (much like Halloween) racism rears its ugly head.
“To be frank with you I thought, ‘Oh my goodness this is awful,'” Janice Wyckoff, the superintendent at Clear Fork Valley Local Schools told Fox8.
The news station declined to identify the student, who was seen in a photo with his prom date holding up the inappropriate sign. Wyckoff told the news station that she was not clear if the boy is a junior or a senior, but the girl pictured with him is not a student in the district.
Despite the fact that the promposal happened off school property, the school superintendent wants to send a clear message.
This notoriously homophobic pastor has been caught running a hellish private school
A Christian school in Harlem has been feeding students rabid homophobia for years.
The Atlah World Missionary Church is run by Pastor James Manning, who is best known for some of his appearances on The Daily Show where he claimed that Barack Obama was “Hitler” and that Starbucks puts “gay semen” in its lattes.
The church is listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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School Bus Driver Receives No Jail Time After Raping 14-Year-Old Student
There was no doubt after his guilty plea that the former school bus driver had raped a 14-year-old girl.
But because there was only one victim, and the accused had no prior arrests, the judge in the case said the man didn’t deserve to be sent to prison. Instead, Jefferson County, New York, Judge James P. McClusky sentenced the man, Shane M. Piche, to 10 years’ probation, according to the Watertown Daily Times.
The punishment did not sit well with the victim’s mother.
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The high school teacher fired for harassing transgender student just got his job back
Popping up again like a bad rash, Lee Livengood, the West Virginia assistant principal fired for harassing a transgender student, just got his job back.
The Harrison County Board of Education voted to reinstate Livengood to his role after voting unanimously to fire him in late March. District Superintendent Mark Manchin said that the move came after much discussion and deliberation–and the threat of a lawsuit from Livengood’s attorney. “I commend this board for taking the time and getting the input,” Manchin said. “We just felt it was best for the school system and best for the school that we move forward and hopefully, after today’s action, we can put this behind us and move forward, and hopefully everything will be OK.” Attorneys for Livengood had threated to hit the district with a lawsuit over Livengood’s firing, arguing that it violated his contract by terminating him.
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Will Young on school protests: 'Adults push insecurities onto children'
‘Adults just seem to focus on the sexual nature of LGBT and they kind of miss the point,’ British pop star Will Young has strong opinions about the people protesting LGBTI-inclusive lessons in English schools. ‘It’s really sad.’
Well, it is his job to have opinions on LGBTI matters. We started talking about the protests currently hitting headlines in the UK press while discussing his podcast Homo Sapiens. He’s the co-host with his best friend and film director Chris Sweeney.
‘I think it could be the people who are protesting it are protesting LGBT people in particular,’ Young added.
‘The problem is you get adults hoisting their insecurities onto children… But what you’re missing out on is the embracing and understanding and empathizing.
‘If you stop embracing differences in others you stop embracing it in yourself,’ he adds.
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