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Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00

Did you miss out on the premiere of Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign last January at Studio Theater?

Now, you have five chances to catch the show THIS JULY!

Friday, July 10 8:15 pm

Tuesday, July 14 8:00 pm

Saturday, July 18 2:30 pm

Thursday, July 23 10:00 pm

Sunday, July 26 6:00 pm

Mourning the losses in Charleston
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:26

Some crimes are too hard to face, too much to bear. The murders of nine churchgoers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina disheartens, outrages, appalls, agonizes us. We mourn their loss. We condemn the violent actions of the killer, and the poisonous culture that makes violence against Black people a common occurrence. We honor the long history of African American/Black churches in the social justice movement and the great courage members have shown in the face of violent opposition.

Advocates for Youth believes Black lives matter today and every day. Young people are working for a time when everyone can live free from violence and fear.

How long before we #SayHerName?
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 01:08

It seems that with every passing week, another video of state violence explodes into the blogosphere. Another attack on a young person of color goes “viral”, while we sit on the other side of the screens, becoming increasingly desensitized to acts of violence enacted by the very force charged with protecting us.

The events in McKinney, Texas are no exception. In the wake of Ferguson, New York and most recently Baltimore, we’re becoming accustomed to hearing and seeing stories about systemic violence against young people of color, more specifically, young men.

A Miscarriage of Justice in Missouri
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:08

by Wesley Thomas, Program Coordinator for LGBTQ Health and Rights

The trial and conviction of Michael Johnson is a perfect storm of ways NOT to help reduce HIV rates among young men of color who have sex with men.

Johnson, 23, was accused not having disclosed his HIV status to sexual partners – a crime in Missouri and 23 other states. Six former partners testified that Johnson had not disclosed his status, while Johnson testified that he did. Johnson was found guilty in May, and sentenced to a total of 60 years in prison.

His trial and sentencing are a perfect storm of harmful approaches to and biases surrounding HIV. Articles on Gawker and Buzzfeed have described in detail the biases of the jury (many believed homosexuality itself is a sin); the myths about HIV which were shared in the courtroom (including that HIV could be transmitted by masturbation); and the problematic nature of HIV criminalization laws in general (they stigmatize individuals with HIV, and do not lower HIV rates).

For a decade we have been watching HIV rates rise among young men of color who have sex with men. And we are still stuck in a dangerous fog of stigma and ignorance.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:31

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You Can Shape the New National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:30

URGENT: The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is asking the public to vote on which strategies are the most important to reaching an AIDS-free generation. We’ve submitted a recommendation that the strategy prioritize young people, the only segment of the population for whom HIV rates continue to increase. Voting through ONAP’s system is one more way to make our demands heard.

With one click you can let the Obama Administration know that prioritizing young people in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is crucial.  Voting closes Friday, so vote now! 

Join the Sex Ed Road Trip!
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:12

Over the past several months we have seen youth activists make their voices heard from the streets of their local communities to the steps of their state legislators offices. From May 11th to May 17th join Advocates for Youth in uplifting the voices and actions of youth activists from across the country who are making major waves towards comprehensive sex education in the states.   

Read the series here!

….Or Does It Explode?
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:49

Every young person, in every city and country, has the right to health, education, and a secure stake in the future. We owe it to them to provide them with the tools they need to lead safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives, and to nurture and respect their leadership. If we don’t, the failure lies with us, not them.

When young people grow up in an environment where they face systematic oppression and violence every day – when they are denied access to education, health care, and economic opportunity – when law enforcement and the judicial system don’t protect them but treat them as targets – when trauma, disorder, and pain are realities throughout their lives – who is at fault when their anger and disenfranchisement take a destructive shape?

We are at fault.

Nobody wants to see their child shot down by police officers. Nobody wants to see their community burn. But here we are, and we have to examine how we got here. We leave too many young people behind, in the grip of poverty and desperation, with no belief in their own value and no path to realizing their potential. Then we blame and vilify them as “thugs.”

What we are witnessing is the result of young people who have not just seen their dreams deferred but their lives devalued and their communities dismantled. Yet as young and old come together to clean up Baltimore today, we see what could be, if we value and invest in our young people.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

- Langston Hughes

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