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Celebrating National Coming Out Day
Friday, 11 October 2013 08:02

by Angel Brown, Senior Manager, LGBTQ Health and Rights

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to celebrate who they are. The last decade has seen great advances for LGBT rights and acceptance. In fact, Millennials are more accepting of LGBT people than any previous generation, by far. Yet many LGBT youth still face discrimination, harassment, and even violence.

At Advocates we’re inspired by the young people working to change our culture to be a place where ALL young people are valued and celebrated for who they are.

After the jump are a few resources for LGBT youth and their youth and adult allies. Let’s all use October 11 as an opportunity to make this world a more accepting place for LGBT youth!

What's In It For Young People?
Friday, 11 October 2013 07:48

The New Health Care Law

by Kashif Syed, Reproductive Justice Fellow

Young people deserve quality, affordable health care. And by signing health care reform into law 2010, the government took a big step in making that a reality. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits young adults by letting them stay on their parents’ health plans longer, by making it easier and cheaper to get health insurance of their own, and by providing no-cost preventative care, including important sexual and reproductive health services.

Now that enrollment is under way, young people have more power to get and stay healthy. First, the new healthcare law gives you the option of staying on a parent’s health plan until you are 26. This provision has already resulted in real gains in health coverage among people between 19-25 years of age, helping them both get and keep insurance. Before the ACA, lots of young adults experienced a gap in coverage between leaving school and getting a job with healthcare benefits. The ACA goes a long way in addressing that gap.

Thanks for a great Urban Retreat 2013!
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:16

Last weekend was the 14th annual Urban Retreat, when 130 activists from around the United States and from the Global South gathered in Washington DC, for an amazing weekend of inspiration, education, and friendship!

“I can't stop thinking what an amazing weekend this has been. From growing as a leader, making new friends that are just like family, and getting to know incredible youth-- I've had the time of my life here.” – Ignacio, Youth Resource

Click through to read all about the events of the weekend and see pictures of Advocates’ fierce youth activists at work!

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00


Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share.

You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health. Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic

The 14th Annual Urban Retreat!
Monday, 23 September 2013 09:27


The 14th Annual Urban Retreat starts this week - September 26-30!

Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people's reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education is so important for young people.

Thank you to our coalition partners for sponsoring Advocates for Youth’s 14th annual Urban Retreat!

Ally Level:

ANSIRH | Human Rights CampaignNational Latina Institute for Reproductive JusticeReligious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Champion Level:

IPAS | NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Hero Level:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

This year, the groups attending the Urban Retreat include:

1 in 3 Week of Action
Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:11


From October 22 to 29, activists, campus organizers, and people just like you will host events all around the country for the 1 in 3 Campaign Week of Action, to start a new round of conversations about abortion access and our shared experiences.

We're looking for 50 people to host events, and we need your help!

When we launched the 1 in 3 Campaign, we began a bold new conversation about abortion, to elevate women's real life stories rather than political rhetoric and divisive language. Since then, you've shared thousands of stories and inspired countless conversations. You are breaking the silence!

Tell US Secretary of State John Kerry to Support International LGBT Youth Rights
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:38

AFYJKerryLast week, we told you about young people gathering signatures in support of sex education, and asked you to support their efforts. And because you’re awesome, you came through: on October 1 youth activists will deliver over 4,000 signatures to Congress!

Now we need your help again.

Sign a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to support international LGBT Rights.

Joining us at this year’s Urban Retreat youth activism conference, are youth participants from Uganda, Nigeria, Nepal, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Liberia. They too have been hard at work organizing - in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 20:43

AFYVision4SexEdAs you read this, young people are working hard to make comprehensive sex education a reality. They’re knocking on doors, holding campus events, and organizing their friends online, all to gather support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA). The REHYA will dedicate federal funding to comprehensive sexual health education programs that will finally provide young people with the skills and information they need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?

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