Pride can be all kinds of things.
One of the things of pride - and other ways we can claim and defend space and visibility for ourselves and others as weird people, trans people, non-binary people, gay and lesbian people; as pansexual, bisexual, omnisexual, asexual people, like intersex, as questioning, and at and in all our intersections - perhaps is positively disruptive.
I'm talking about what civil rights activist and US Congressman John Lewis calls good problem: to overturn the status quo in order to help crush oppression and pave the way for developg freedom instead of suppressing or limiting it; to create culturally and personally positive change.
I remember a time not too long ago when we took an awful lot of bullshit here, and encountered an awful lot of pushback - even from some of our peers who are now on board - when it comes to homosexuals, trans and other non-heteronormative representation and inclusion in sex ed. We have faced far-reaching resistance (and a lot of harassment: we still do sometimes, unfortunately), for example taking things as assumed and assigned genre out of the way we talked sexual anatomy, or because we didn't separate the information for heterosexuals from that includes the rest of us, or even because I and other people working with Scarleteen just had the audacity (gasp!) to be visibly queer people providing sex education in the first place, and without leaving our queerness at the door, nothing less.
I remember doing a radio interview in the early 2000s where they put a man on who accused me of providing sex education for the express purpose of "making young women homosexual". I assured him that despite a lot of very lonely queer people harshly wishing for that kind of power on occasion and probably never before, none of us actually had it (and also that no one seemed to work harder than straight men to try. to become women outside of them, so maybe he wanted to go talk to his brother rather than me).
There are still a lot of people like that or who clearly refuse to be inclusive or to think that way. But all of these types of things are still accepted a lot more by a lot more people now, including some of the people or groups who didn't even accept a few years ago. Pride and many other types of good trouble for the sake of QUILTBAG/LGBTQ rights, visibility, love, community, and the old (but often hard-earned) joy have all helped us move forward.
By all means, fight for your simple right to go out and have community spaces as Stone wall was a very, very powerful problem. I absolutely think that creating, providing and advocating for education and information about sex and relationships that fully includes those of us who are queer and trans / gender are good issues. I think if you can help organize something around or about Pride is a good deal. Some of the musicians in this mix have made (and some still do!) Good problems being visibly queer in music, both disrupting this industry and giving so many of us the ability to feel seen and heard. just by turning on the radio. (once-babyqueer-me cannot thank David Bowie, Boy George and Elton John enough). Over the years, some of our users have positively disturbed Scarleteen simply by telling us about something they needed, wanted or didn't think was as inclusive as they could have been, helping us to adapt or change. positively ourselves: today I am thinking especially of the asexual and trans members of our community (thank you!).
I am thinking of attending a Pride event, if you can, and finding and absorbing whatever you want that feels powerful and beneficial - whether it's making yourself visible, finding community, celebrating your friends, bonding, supporting your mom, blending in without being visible feeling safe, presenting exactly what you want for once, exploring identities - can be a problem. It is not just because when we participate or recognize pride in some way, we recognize and honor our elders and ancestors who fought so hard for the great benefit of those of us who came after, but that's absolutely part of it.
Pride parades or marches aren't for everyone, however. Some of the ways that many of us get involved in Pride are just not or always accessible to everyone, whether it's accessibility in case of disability, a lack of pride in a community in the first place, personal security, just not feeling ready to be so visible, or just not feeling very represented. (Elly Belle at Teen vogue suggests some good Pride alternatives, by the way.)
I'm sorry if the Pride events are something that you really want to be for yourself but haven't done yet: I hope this is something that will change for you soon. But I also believe that doing whatever we can to accept and celebrate each other in any way has the ability to create powerful change, certainly for yourself, but also outside of yourself. I even just think being weird, just being trans, fair being non-conforming in any other way when it comes to the dominant paradigms of the day, just being who we are, not assimilating (as much as it works and is what you actually want, anyway), even just keeping our own space for yourself through yourself is doing a lot of harm. We don't often act the same when we don't accept ourselves as we do when we do: when we accept, affirm and celebrate ourselves for who we are, as we are, when we see ourselves with compassion, care and respect, I believe it concerns everyone, no matter how small or subtle it seems. Small, incremental changes are also powerful, and they are also usually how a larger change occurs.
This pride month is almost over, but before it's over - even if pride just isn't your thing - I hope you can find ways to disrupt some dominant heteronormatives.cisgender/binary paradigms, even if only with, for or in yourself. You are always a great place to start and experience positive, affirming, and powerful change.
PS My dog and sometimes the self-assigned Scarleteen mascot Trouble Pants would like you all to know he is as well good boredom, and if he can do it (most of the time), then apparently you can.
If you want to participate or start your own revolution, you will need anthems. Sam, Alice M., Izzy, Jacob and I have concocted a mix for you this time around that is full of trouble and we hope it energizes you in all the best ways. Check it out on Apple Music or Spotify. Happy, happy, happy Pride, everyone!
- Freedom! '90 - George Michael
- Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters
- True Trans Soul Rebel - Against Me!
- Warrior - Kesha
- I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
- Like a Girl - Lizzo
- Be Yourself (with Bianca Shaw) - Taylor Bennett
- Church of the Poisoned Spirit - Culture Club
- Pynk (feat. Grimes) - Janelle Monáe
- Weird Love Triangle - New Order
- Cool For Summer - Demi Lovato
- Tear Me Down - Hedwig and the Angry Thumb
- Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
- I know a place - MUNA
- Indestructible - Robyn
- i want to be your girlfriend - girl in red
- Constant Envy - KD Lang
- She Keeps Me Warm - Mary Lambert
- Travelin 'Thru - Dolly Parton
- Gay Sex - Be Steadwell
- Black tie - Grace Petrie
- I am her - Shea diamond
- I'm not your hero - Tegan and Sara
- The biggest - Sia
- Queendom - AURORA
- Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
- Belle - Christina Aguilera
- Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
- A little respect - Erasure
- We Are Family - Sister Sledge
There are many variétés of health including physical health, esprit health, spiritual health, cultural health, social health, financial health, environmental health, etc. Plus all these variétés of health can effet each other. For instance, if you are trying to prevent pregnancy and are able to access the birth control you need ( physical health ), this may help to create a more positive mood ( emotional health ), which may also positively effet your sense of sexual confidence and sexual self-esteem ( sexual health ).
Sexual health-related issues are wide-ranging, and encompass sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual expression, relationships, and pleasure. They also include negative consequences or conditions such as : infections with human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV ), sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) and reproductive tract infections ( RTIs ) and their adverse outcomes ( such as cancer and infertility ) ;unintended pregnancy and abortion;sexual dysfunction;sexual violence; andharmful practices ( such as female genital mutilation, FGM ).
No matter where you are coming from, WE ARE HERE to help bring Sexual Health into a more positive and empowering place. A place where hopefully you can learn the sexual health information you would like, see or speak to a professional in the field whether on the Sex Sense Line or at one of our many clinics throughout BC, and come away knowing that sexual health is a natural part of being human.
Options for Sexual Health champions and celebrates sexual health including an individual’s freedom of sexual expression, the diversity of human sexuality, and a positive sexual self-image for individuals throughout life. Think about what factors influence your sexual health ? What messages have you been given about sexual health from… ( if applicable ) ….. your family ? friends ? society ? culture ? religion ? spirituality ? What are some of your own values and beliefs ?
How we experience our sexual health is also part of how we experience the world. For example, there are many factors that health researchers have identified that can impact our health including sexual health. These are known as the ‘social determinants of health’ and include how health is affected by income, education, employment, childhood development, food, housing, health services, gender, espèce, disability, Indigenous status, social marginalization, and social services. If someone’s gender identity/identities are not recognized this can effet their sexual health and experiences of social marginalization. Another example is if someone is a newcomer to Canada and may not speak the language or have the health care card that will allow them to access the sexual health services they need. As you can see, our sexual health is as individual and complicated as the various dynamics of our lives. Human sexuality rarely falls into neat categories or lends itself to simple labeling, but rather is a rich and complex area of human experience. Sexual health is personal, psychological, relational, cultural, spiritual, physical, and emotional. So what does “sexual health” mean to you ?
This supplemental provenant of Public Health Reports ( PHR ) presents a variety of articles addressing the technique and practical applications of sexual health, an important health réduction concept with the potential for improving population health in a broad range of areas related to sexual behavior, including human immunodeficiency malware ( HIV ) /acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ( AIDS ), sexually transmitted diseases ( STDs ), viral hepatitis, teen and unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence. The focus of these articles is especially timely given the population burden of these conditions in the United States and other nations, and the growing recognition that, despite the sensitive nature of the topic, addressing the broad construct of sexual health can enhance the national dialogue in this area and increase the effectiveness of public health programs
The concept of sexual health has evolved since its initial articulation by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) in 1975, 5 but it has generally emphasized well-being across a range of life domains ( e. g., physical, mental, and emotional ) rather than simply the absence of disease or other adverse outcomes. 6 The definition of sexual health currently in most widespread use is that developed by WHO in 2002 :
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence
Sexual health is a state of well-being in relation to sexuality across the life span that involves physical, emotional, esprit, social, and spiritual dimensions. Sexual health is an intrinsic element of human health and is based on a positive, equitable, and respectful approach to sexuality, relationships, and réplication, that is free of coercion, fear, discrimination, stigma, shame, and violence. It includes : the ability to understand the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of sexual behavior; the prevention and care of disease and other adverse outcomes; and the possibility of fulfilling sexual relationships. Sexual health is impacted by socioeconomic and cultural contexts—including policies, practices, and services—that support healthy outcomes for individuals, families, and their communities.
Similar to the WHO definition, this newer definition is health-focused, emphasizing well-being related to sexuality that is beyond the absence of specific health problems, in multiple dimensions of life, as well as positive and respectful approaches to sexuality and relationships. Moving beyond the WHO definition, the CHAC definition also specifically emphasizes attributes of sexual health at both the individual level ( e. g., individual understanding of benefits, risks and responsibilities, and prevention and care of health outcomes ) and the social level ( e. g., effet by socioeconomic and cultural contexts and healthy outcomes for families and communities as well as individuals ).
In the past decade, there has been increasing attention to the importance of addressing the concept of sexual health, 1–4 with the premise that réduction of sexual health has great potential to complement traditional disease control and prevention exercices for a range of conditions of public health importance—not with the intent of replacing those efforts, but rather of improving their acceptance and, thus, the effet of those prevention exercices on the population. It is from this perspective that this supplemental venant of PHR has been developed, with the purpose of bringing together a range of articles addressing new insights into research, surveillance, program practice, and broader perspectives that can influence our understanding and progress on the broad topic of sexual health. It should be noted that “sexual health” is a concept undergoing evolution, not only in its definition, but also in its practical application. The term generally includes a focus on health and wellness rather than disease, an appreciation for the intrinsic importance of sexual health as part of overall health, and an attempt to address comprehensively a range of outcomes of public health importance; however, some of the articles in this supplement address a relatively narrower focus ( e. g., STD and pregnancy prevention9–11 ), while others include a broader spectrum. 12–17 Such variety is a necessary and important aspect of the uptake of the sexual health concept into the méthode and practice of public health.
Four articles address important research questions in key areas relevant to sexual health. First, Penman-Aguilar and colleagues conducted a detailed literature review to assess the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on teen childbearing. 9 While the factors evaluated varied by study, the authors discovered a consistent theme across the review, with all studies that considered socioeconomic factors as determinants finding a significant union with teen birth rates, including factors at the family level ( e. g., lower levels of père education and family income ) and the community level ( e. g., lower per capita income and higher rates of unemployment and racial segregation ). The review found that relatively few studies assessed factors at both the family and community levels, an important priority for future research.
Second, using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth and the U. S Census Bureau, Biello et al. conducted an in-depth analysis of the impact of various dimensions of residential racial segregation on the risk for early initiation of intercourse—an important risk factor for STD and teen pregnancy—among black and white ados. 17 The finding that black youth were more likely than their white peers to have initiated sexual intercourse in adolescence was significantly modified by several measures of segregation ( e. g., concentration and unevenness ) with a particularly notable black-white disparity in highly segregated areas. While preliminary, these findings contribute to our growing understanding of the complex interplay between social determinants and individual sexual health outcomes and should stimulate further research in this area.
Third, to understand the union of relationship characteristics and attitudes about STD and pregnancy outcomes with the use of dual protection strategies ( i. e., both highly effective contraception and condoms ), Crittenden Murray and colleagues conducted formative research among young African American women attending reproductive health clinics. 10 The study found a tension from trying to balance the desire to establish and maintain intimate relationships with the use of protection strategies ( e. g., condom use could be seen as a sign of mistrust ). The authors conclude that a more holistic approach, with a focus on saine adolescent and young adult relationships, is crucial in interventions to prevent STD and unintended pregnancy, an venant that can be especially important in environments where trust is often violated ( e. g., due to frequent concurrent partnerships ) and childbearing at younger ages is accepted.