(hell, yeah) Scarleteen

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An awesome article by Maddie of Autostraddle.

silversarcasm:

[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,

"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]

femmeanddangerous:

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lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Thank you so much for this, lalondes!

thismighthurt:

Purchase a copy of Awkward Sex Comics and recieve a free sample pack of condoms from our friends at GLYDE! First 100 people to purchase a book will recieve a sample pack inludeing a GLYDE postcard, an ultra condom, a Maxi condom, a strawberry flavored condom, and a discount coupon!

Glyde condoms are vegan. I wasn’t aware that most condoms AREN’T vegan. Were you?

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bebinn:

[A] common message spread about teenage pregnancy is that children born to teenage parents are more likely to become teenage parents…However, there has yet to be a collective acknowledgment that without supporting the parents now, we are failing the children of teen parents and by extension maintaining an environment where these children can experience an unintended pregnancy just as their parents did.

Building support systems for education, health care, housing, child care, and career services, as well as comprehensive sex education, will go so much farther than our current framework of shame and scare tactics!

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silverarabian:

This is an AMAZING sex-positive, fully supportive and affirming site, but they need help funding their services, which include comprehensive education from parental troubles to safe sex to pregnancy options to sexuality (seriously, every sexuality) guidance…I could go on and on about their awesome services. They also have a chat program, forums, and advice columns, all designed for supportive, affirmative help with any issues teens from any background could have! If they aren’t funded by May 1st, they have to go on strike, and all their services would be in danger of being shut down PERMANENTLY. Please donate, even a small amount of money! I promise it’s worth it.

outforhealth:

Oh, did you not know you wanted to read this interview with a non-binary transmasculine roller derby player named Smacktivist today? WELL NOW YOU DO.

"Unlike some of my trans friends, I did not always know that I was trans (which is also totally normal!). My gender and body dysphoria originally presented themselves to me in ways that were not so obvious, such as an eating disorder. I really felt like I didn’t fit anywhere for most of my life and I always felt like I had a hard time relating to others. I would try so hard to fit into molds that I thought I was supposed to, based on what I thought would make me more like-able and make it easier for me to relate to others. But that usually ended up back-firing and making me really hate myself, which fed into a lot of my disorders. It wasn’t until the last year and a half of my life that I started putting a lot of the pieces together,  in regards to understanding my gender and sexuality. And I started realizing how that affected my younger years and what it means for me now.

I started to figure this stuff out when I started reading about other people’s experiences regarding their gender identities, went back to therapy, and began eating disorder recovery. It has been really comforting to see that other people feel the way I do and have been able to give that a name and build community around that. It took me a really long time to figure everything out and I feel like I am still learning so much about myself and my identity, but finally knowing that I am not alone and that there is a name and a reason for everything has been an enormous comfort. Always growing!”

erikamoen:

Hysteria! Paroxysms! Wandering Uteruses! OH MY.

Fantastic cartoonist Emi Gennis bravely leads us through the History of Vibrators in today’s Oh Joy, Sex Toy.

autostraddle:

So, You’re A Trans Woman Looking For A Bra

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WELCOME TO BRA WEEK! This week and next, the Autostraddle writers and some special guests will be giving you the scoop on over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders and otherwise-inclined chest-covering situations — fashion, history, feelings and so much more.

For trans women, buying bras is often a new experience, even if we’re adults. If you transition later in life, you probably won’t have much…

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