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Advocates for Youth is thrilled about today’s decision finding same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. It’s beyond time to stamp out all legislated bigotry. Recognizing marriage equality in every corner of this nation is a historic step for this country.

The swiftly growing cultural acceptance of LGBTQ rights has been propelled by Millennials, who are more likely than any other generation to support same-sex marriage. Young people refuse to sit idle as they, their friends, colleagues or family members are denied their inalienable rights. And even as we celebrate this victory, we know the fight is not over. LGBTQ young people around the nation need to feel safe in their schools, communities, and homes. They need protection from discrimination in housing and employment. They need sex education programs which truly include them and teach the skills they need to protect their health and lives.

The last few years have seen great leaps forward in understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Let’s keep the momentum going until all young people are treasured for who they are and empowered to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Adding Insult to Injury: So-called “Success Sequencing” in abstinence-only programs

By Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Advocates for Youth

They’re at it again! This week the House and Senate LHHS Subcommittees each released a Draft Spending Bill.  And do you know what they did?  They cut the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative funds by 90 percent in the House version, and a proposed 80 percent in the Senate! As if that weren’t bad enough, each bill sets aside millions in new funding for so-called sexual risk avoidance programs  - $10 million in the House bill and a proposed $20 million in the Senate.  Risk avoidance, that sounds positive, right?  Not so fast.  Sexual risk avoidance is just abstinence-only by another name.


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