Why straight parents struggle to talk to their LGBTQ kids about sex and how to make it easier

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By Jaimie Seaton [A] few months ago over Sunday brunch, my 18-year-old daughter and I fell into a discussion about sex and dating. Between the omelets and crepes, she described how she felt about her new boyfriend, and I gave advice on enjoying their young love while retaining her independence and sense of self. From …

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Federal courts ask: What is the meaning of ‘sex’?

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Existing prohibitions against discrimination ‘because of sex,’ already provide a civil rights umbrella wide enough to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity, some judges are beginning to say. By Harry Bruinius [A] number of federal courts have begun to ask a question that has become more and more subtle over the past …

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Parents struggle to discuss sex with LGBTQ teens

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[I]t’s hard enough for parents to have “the talk” about sexual health with their kids, but parents of LGBTQ children feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The study examined parents’ attitudes toward talking about sexual health with their lesbian, gay, …

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Omnisexual, gynosexual, demisexual: What’s behind the surge in sexual identities?

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by Olivia Goldhill [I]n 1976, the French philosopher Michel Foucault made the meticulously researched case that sexuality is a social construct used as a form of control. In the 40 years since, society has been busy constructing sexualities. Alongside the traditional orientations of heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual, a myriad other options now exist in the …

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Masturbation hacks and consent advice: how YouTubers took over sex education

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With UK schools increasingly falling short, vloggers such as Hannah Witton and Laci Green have stepped up to offer guidance on everything from body confidence to sexual pleasure By Emine Saner [W]hen Lily was at school, she remembers the boys and girls being separated for a sex education class. The boys were given one booklet; …

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Gay people are better at sex, according to science

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By Ryan Butcher [G]ay people might have faced generations of persecution, harassment and social torment, but finally, science has dealt them a decent hand: they’re apparently better at sex. We’re being facetious, of course. But research published this year suggests that the above is true. A study looking at the differences in orgasm frequency among …

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A new prescription for tackling sexual violence

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How some advocates are looking to dismantle rape culture using public health strategies. By Addy Baird [W]hen Tahir Duckett talks about consent with elementary and middle school boys, he often talks about video games first. “If I just hop on your Xbox without your consent, what’s your response?” Duckett says he asks the boys. Almost …

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Adolescents with autism need access to better sex education

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by Steven Stagg [I]ntimacy is part of being human. There are well-documented benefits to positive relationships, from emotional security to good mental health1. Those who want relationships and can’t develop them face low self-esteem, depression, loneliness and isolation from the wider society2. For adolescents, learning how to navigate sex and sexuality can be a minefield. …

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How to Talk to Your Younger Sibling About Sex

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Since older siblings can sometimes be the best sex-ed teachers, here are four important topics to cover and a few links about how to get the conversation started. By Abby Wolfe [P]ositive sexuality is at the forefront of conversations being had by student activists on college campuses. Dismantling the societal constructs of traditional masculinity and …

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LGBTQ kids are missing out on sex education—and it’s up to schools to change that

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by Ana Valens [L]ast year, California officially mandated LGBTQ history lessons in public schools, vowing to teach “the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” and their impact on both the state’s and the country’s history. This was a victory for LGBTQ rights, because it’s a rarity; in most states—in all but nine to …

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British Columbian study reveals unique sexual healthcare needs of transgender men

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by Craig Takeuchi [W]hile HIV studies have extensively examined issues related to gay, bisexual, and queer men, one group missing from such research has been transgender men. Consequently, Vancouver and Victoria researchers undertook one of the first such Western Canadian studies, with the findings published on April 3 in Culture, Health, and Sexuality. This study …

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Does Progesterone Influence Baby’s Later Sexuality?

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By Rick Nauert PhD [A] new study addresses whether supplementing progesterone during pregnancy, a common practice to prevent miscarriage, could influence a baby’s sexual orientation in later life. Dr. June Reinisch, director emerita of the Kinsey Institute in the U.S., led the study. She found that bisexuality is quite common among men and women whose mothers …

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