Target: Sex Education Project theSEXword
Goal: Applaud theSEXword for finding creative methods to promote safe sex practices
It is always a challenge to find new ways to get people interested in subjects that have a reputation as being antiquated or boring. Sex education often sadly gets placed into this category and calls to mind sitting in stuffy high school health classes with older teachers preaching abstinence. Because of this, many people are discouraged from learning about safe sex practices and don’t bother to learn about them later on.
Even in areas with good public safe sex programs, LGBTQ safe sex practices are very rarely discussed and the programs are very heteronormative. 2011 saw 3,404 newly diagnosed cases of HIV, 51% of which were from men who had engaged in sexual activities with other men. With such a large number of new cases, the need for some reform in education was very apparent.
A New York-based project focused on sex education geared toward gay and bisexual men is using modern social media tools and young voices to educate people about safe sex. The project aims to use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to engage people in discussions about safe sex that feel relevant and humorous.
Teddy Reyes, an 18-year-old who works with theSEXword, explains, “People don’t want to talk about [HIV] because it’s so serious. But if you make if funny, that gives people a way to feel comfortable about it.”
Thank theSEXword for all of their work to promote safe sex and prevent HIV.
Thank you for providing innovative, modern sex education. By using nontraditional methods, your program reaches and connects an audience who is highly at risk and who may have not otherwise gotten this important information.
Traditional sex education often leaves the younger generation feeling disconnected and uninterested in the information they’re receiving. It also very often excludes LGBTQ people and focuses solely on cisgender, heterosexual relationships.
Safe sex is important for everyone and theSEXword ensures that it people receive that message in a way that makes sense to them. Rather than refuting technology as harmful, you are utilizing it as a tool to access a much broader audience. People frequently feel nervous or burdened when safe sex practices and HIV prevention come up as topics of conversation. Your program, however, is a wonderful way to make people feel more comfortable talking about these crucial issues.
Your work is incredibly important in reaching a large amount of people in a way that resonates with them and makes them understand the importance of safe sex practices. Thank you for all of your efforts in spreading inclusive, modern sex education.
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