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Health - Sexuality

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Reproduction and Sexuality - Health 

 

What is Reproductive Justice?

"Reproductive Justice," a term coined by activist Loretta Ross in 1994, refers to "the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities." In the interest of reproductive justice, we are pleased to offer these resources to help you make informed choices.

 

As always, when perusing these materials, please keep in mind our disclaimer: Information available at these Web sites was not generated by The Newark Public Library and is not warranted by the Library to be accurate, authoritative, or factual. The content of networked information accessed at these sites is not endorsed by the Library, which offers this list for study and current awareness purposes, and urges professional diagnosis and treatment for all health concerns.

 

General Resources

AMAZE

AMAZE promises to take "the awkward out of sex ed," and while that might be a goal for many platforms out there, this video series by Advocates for Youth delivers on its promise. Each video breaks down aspects of sex ed that might not be taught in schools, like sexual orientation, how to be an ally, or what virginity actually is.

 

American Social Health Association

Hotlines include services for deaf and for Spanish speaking people. Links educate about sexually transmitted infections. Features a special section for women and a glossary as well as hotlines and prevention information for herpes, cervical cancer, and sexually transmitted infections.

 

Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP)

Housed within Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, CLPP has the mission to inspire, educate, train and support new activists and leadership to secure reproductive and sexual rights, freedom, and justice for everyone. They envision a world where reproductive justice is a basic human right and the conditions to attain it are available to everyone.

 

iwannaknow.org

This site provides "answers to your questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases" (STDs). It has a FAQ, basic information on sexuality and STDs, a chat room, a parent's guide, and links to other sites related to youth and sexual health. The links page includes the Spanish-language sister website. Maintained by the American Social Health Association.

 

Guttmacher Institute
Contraception, sexual health, teen issues, and lifestyles can be studied with resources from this research center.

 

HEART Women & Girls

HEART Women & Girls is a platform dedicated to filling a gap in sex ed through their efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote healthy practices in Muslim communities. Guest bloggers have written about their experiences in posts on the site, and if you have a question of your own, there is a space for you to bring it forward on the site anonymously.

 

Men's Health: Sex & Intimacy| WebMD

Start here to learn about the top health conditions that concern men, from head to toe.

 

Men's Sexual Health|MayClinic

Sexual health is important for a man's well-being, whether you're trying to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections or you're worried about erectile dysfunction or other problems related to men's sexual health.

 

Men's Sexual Health|Harvard Medical School

Sexual health refers to a state of well-being that lets a man fully participate in and enjoy sexual activity. A range of physical, psychological, interpersonal, and social factors influence a man's sexual health.

 

Reproductive Justice Briefing Book|Berkeley Law

A collection of introductory articles and essays about reproductive justice.

 

Reproline: Reproductive Health Online

Provides information about family planning, maternal and neonatal health, cervical cancer, and other related health topics. Features training materials, articles on birth control methods, and links to related Web sites. Some information in French, Spanish, and Portuguese. From John Hopkins University.

 

SisterSong

SisterSong is a Southern based, national membership organization; its purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.

 

SuzyKnew

SuzyKnew! was started in 2011 by an international group of women clinicians, marketing specialists and education advocates mainly from the African diaspora. Our goal is to advance the reproductive and sexual health and sexual pleasure of women of color so we can make our own decisions about sex and love.  We aim to bring you better health and increased pleasure and better health.  Join the conversation and share your experiences and concerns

 

Tabú

Stanford graduates Mia Davis and Elise Racine created an app that spotlights everything you need to know about sex. Have a specific question? Check out the forum. Not sure how to do something? They'll have a guide. The app has facts about everything from lube to periods and is colorful to look at to boot.

 

LGBTQA-Friendly Resources

"Asexuals and Attitudes Towards Sex"|The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)

"Asexuality is an orientation, not an ideology. Asexual people can have a wide variety of attitudes towards sex, both in a wider cultural sense and in personal relationships." Visit this page to learn more.

 

Autostraddle's Sex and Relationships Page

Autostraddle is an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends).

 

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)

GMHC is the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization. Its mission is to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected. Today, GMHC serves 10,000 people in New York City with comprehensive psychosocial and prevention services.

 

Genderqueer.Me

Micah is a writer, advocate, and educator when it comes to transgender identities. Through the website GenderQueer.Me, non-binary stories and identities are amplified beautifully. There are personal essays by and for other non-binary or trans folks, and an opportunity for providers to also share stories or themes alongside plenty of incredibly informative resources.

 

LGBTQIA Safer Sex Guide

Zero. Disgracefully, that’s the number of states that require that sex education curriculums be comprehensively inclusive to LGBTQIA folks. Most sex education programs, instead, assume that those receiving the information are both heterosexual and cisgender. If there’s anything less cute than mules, it’s that degree of homophobia and transphobia. That’s why Healthline worked with GLSEN, Advocates for Youth, and two queer sex educators to create a safer sex guide that understands the true complexity and diversity across gender identities, sexual orientation, attractions, and experiences.

 

NYC-Metro Area Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Community Resources

There are many resources out there for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) people! This is a guide to community organizations and social and supportive services in the NYC-Metro area that are either known to have experience working with TGNC people, or who offer unique services that some in our community might need. However, the presence of an organization here does not mean that it will be a safe referral for all TGNC people. If you have any concerns, it is always a good idea to bring a friend or other supportive ally with you.

 

"Romantic Orientations"|The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)

Some asexual people may still feel romantically towards others, or may still wish to find a romantic relationship, despite not feeling sexual attraction. This has led to people adopting the Split Attraction Model, which separates sexual attraction or desire from romantic attraction or desire, to express their orientation, and to make it clear what relationship(s) they may be looking for.

 

Scarleteen's Sexual Identity Page

Scarleteen is an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, as of 2020, Scarleteen.com is visited by over five million diverse people each year -- several thousand of whom we speak with directly in our direct services and in-person outreach -- most between the ages of 15 and 30. It is often the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide and has been so through most of its tenure.

 

Transgender Sexual Health Guide: Safer Sex| Apicha Community Health Center

When it comes to sex, there’s a serious lack of resources available to transgender people that talks about their bodies and their needs in a relatable and respectful way. Our friends from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created an amazing guide to safer sex for trans bodies. So we wanted to join the conversation by outlining a few key points and reconfirm the different methods to maintaining or improving transgender sexual health.

 

"What is Asexuality?: Myths and Truths About Being Asexual"|TeenVogue

For Asexuality Awareness Week (October 25-31), model Yasmin Benoit answers the question ‘what is asexuality’, and busts some common myths about what it means to be asexual.

 

Learning about Consent and Pleasure

Image description: a graphic from Planned Parenthood. At the top, the graphic says, "Consent" in all capital letters. Below that, there is an image of a container of French fries on the left and a set of words on the right. The words on the right say, "Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, Specific." The first letters of each of these phrases are highlighted in red to indicate that they spell out the word "FRIES." End ID

Afrosexology

Afrosexology's mission is simple: "to educate, explore, and reclaim Black sexuality," and promote "Black self-empowerment through sexual liberation." While a majority of their work comes from in-person or virtual workshops that you can attend, they have resources in the form of worksheets, book suggestions, and more.

 

Future of Sex Podcast

Future of Sex podcast takes you inside the world of sextech, the emerging industry at the intersection of sexuality, technology, and what it means to be human in the middle of it all.

 

O.School

O.school is your non-judgmental resource for sexuality and dating. They help people build sexual confidence through medically-accurate videos, articles and live streams. They’re here for everyone - whether you’re having lots of sex or no sex, there’s so much to know about your body. They work with a community of Pleasure Professionals that includes gynecologists, dating coaches, sex educators and therapists who cover a wide range of topics including health, consent, gender, sexuality, dating, sex after trauma, sex and disability, and more. They offer free live stream sessions where you can ask anything you want anonymously.

 

Sexual Consent|Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood's guide to sexual consent. Includes videos and simple explanations.

 

Further Reading:

"10 Things You Need to Know about Consent"

"12 Ways Parents Can Teach Their Children Consent"

"Building Consent Castles"

"Reproductive Coercion Needs to be Talked about More"

 

Healthcare Providers

If you have health insurance, the best place to learn about reproductive healthcare providers would be your health insurance company's website or hotline. There you can find general practitioners, obstetricians, gynecologists, and other specialists whose services are covered by your plan. Still, here are other organizations that you might investigate:

 

Center for Innovative Gyn Care|Montclair, NJ

The Center for Innovative GYN Care® (CIGC®) was founded in 2001 by the world-renowned laparoscopic surgical specialists Paul MacKoul, MD, and Natalya Danilyants, MD. The advanced laparoscopic DualPortGYN® and LAAM® techniques were developed to improve surgical outcomes for women, providing a revolutionary approach to GYN surgery. Our innovative techniques simplify even the most complicated procedures for complex GYN conditions, such as fibroids and endometriosis.

 

Planned Parenthood

Information about birth control, safer sex, sexually transmitted infections, the gynecological exam, pregnancy, menopause, breast cancer, and sexuality.

 

Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc 

Provides sexual and reproductive education and health services.

 

Resources for Teens and Young Adults

Get Smart Before You Get Sexy

"Get Smart b4 U Get Sexy" is an organization aiming to empower black youth to be educated about reproductive health, the impact of rape culture, and more. While they facilitate workshops in Los Angeles communities IRL through the parent organization Black Women for Wellness, you can get access to curricula and more information on their website above

 

iwannaknow.org

 

This site provides "answers to your questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases" (STDs). It has a FAQ, basic information on sexuality and STDs, a chat room, a parent's guide, and links to other sites related to youth and sexual health. The links page includes the Spanish-language sister website. Maintained by the American Social Health Association.

 

Real Talk

Real Talk crowdsources authentic teen stories on topics like puberty, bullying, identity, and mental health and connects teens with additional resources. Real Talk aims for all teens to have the information, resources, and support they need to be healthy, regardless of who they are or where they live.

 

Scarleteen

Scarleteen is an independent, feminist, grassroots sexuality and relationships education media and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, as of 2020, Scarleteen.com is visited by over five million diverse people each year -- several thousand of whom we speak with directly in our direct services and in-person outreach -- most between the ages of 15 and 30. It is often the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide and has been so through most of its tenure.

 

Sex, Etc.

By teens, for teens is the mantra at Sex, Etc. Here you can learn the answer to Frequently Asked Questions, find clinics in your community to visit, understand your rights when it comes to getting the best sex ed out there, and play games

 

Teen Vogue | Sex and Relationships

 

Abortion Resources

Abortion|Planned Parenthood

Pregnant and not sure what to do? That can be scary, but you’re not alone. The professional, caring staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center will give you all the straight-up information you need to help you make the right decision for you. No pressure, no judgment. Just support.

 

Catholics for Choice

Catholics for Choice (CFC) was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.

 

National Network of Abortion Funds

The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America

The 2.5 million members of NARAL Pro-Choice America fight for reproductive freedom for every body. Each day, they organize and mobilize to protect that freedom by fighting for access to abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination. Like 77% of Americans, they believe in the legal right to abortion. We are the foot soldiers who work to ensure that abortion access is not only protected, but expanded.

 

Further Reading

"Beware of Crisis Pregnancy Centers"

"What 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers' Really Do"

 

Adoption Resources

Children's Aid and Family Services

Children’s Aid and Family Services is one of northern New Jersey’s leading nonprofit providers of services that protect and support vulnerable children, adults and families. As an agency, CAFS are focused on meeting ever-evolving social needs by expanding our programs to help members of the community live their best lives.

 

Foster and Adoption Resources|New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF)

The Department of Children and Families believe that all foster, adoptive and kinship families are a cherished resource and invaluable to the work we do in serving children and families. All resource families play a unique role in the child welfare system as they are both internal and external customers. Resource families are internal customers to be acknowledged and respected as essential members of the professional team and are also external customers to be sought out, supported, valued and retained by all DCF staff.

 

New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJARCH)

NJ ARCH is a State-Funded service that provides support to all members of the adoption constellation. Its goal is to direct people to appropriate adoption services in New Jersey.

 

Unplanned Pregnancy|AmericanAdoptions

As someone facing an unplanned pregnancy, it can be difficult to find the information you need about the local services, resources and options that are available to you — especially if you are thinking about making an adoption plan for your baby.

 

Birth Control/Contraceptives

Birth Control|NARAL Pro-choice America

Working toward a future where everyone who needs affordable contraception can get it.

 

Birth Control Methods|Planned Parenthood

Birth control is how you prevent pregnancy. There are lots of different birth control options out there. We’re here to help you figure it all out.

 

Family Planning and Healthy Pregnancy

Office on Women's Health: Guide to Pregnancy

Frequently asked questions, tools for the mom-to-be, information about the stages of development, when to schedule check-ups, and more.

 

Pregnancy|Planned Parenthood

Maybe you want the facts on how pregnancy happens. Or maybe you’re pregnant and want to know more about your options. Or maybe you want to know how to have a healthy pregnancy. You’ve come to the right place.

 

Further Reading

"For Black and Native Women, Doulas Can Prevent Deaths"

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Prevention Access Campaign

Prevention Access Campaign is a health equity initiative to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV-related stigma by empowering people with and vulnerable to HIV with accurate and meaningful information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health. Prevention Access Campaign's Undetectable = Untransmittable ( is a growing global community of HIV advocates, activists, researchers, and over 1,000 Community Partners from 102 countries uniting to clarify and disseminate the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. 

 

General Info about STD's or STI's

This reference from the CDC overviews STD's and links to specific STD's.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)|Planned Parenthood

Planned Parentood's guide on sexually transmitted infections.

 

Status is Everything Project

The African American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC) is a grassroots HIV Prevention & Resources center servicing the needs of the Black Queer Community of Newark, NJ for almost two decades. The AAOGC offers free onsite HIV testing, referrals for PrEP Counselors (PrEP is a once-a-day pill that assists you in staying HIV Negative), and offers referrals to local HIV Healthcare Professionals for care & treatment.

 

 

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