Doing it right
Want to know more? Check out these resources.
For college students
In 2014, then-UNR student Anneliese Hucal wrote honest columns for the Nevada Sagebrush about sex from the point of view of someone who was having it. Yep, all that stuff you were trying not to think about in your Monday physics lab—she actually wrote it down. Her articles are still in the archive:
For campus activists
To learn about Take Back the Night and other campus events, follow Generation Action at Nevada on Facebook. It’s a splinter group of Planned Parenthood concerned with reproductive health and civil liberties.
Planned Parenthood has a good book list and straightforward advice to demystify talking about sex with kids of every age. One of the first tips: “You don’t have to be an expert.” Phew!
For parents of teens
Sex is related to hormones, and hormones are related to everything. Here to decode and assist teenage girls is Ohio’s Lisa Damour and her book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. On giant websites where books are sold.
For parents in the Washoe County School District
Learn more about the current SHARE program:
For progressive kids, teens and adults
The Universalist Unitarian Fellowship’s Our Whole Lives curriculum is available in book form from In Spirit, the fellowship’s online bookstore. (There are also workbooks for children of different ages and one for adults.)
For things you always wanted to know but are afraid to ask
To Dan Savage, editorial director of Seattle’s alt weekly, The Stranger, and long-time sex columnist, no subject is off limits. In his weekly Savage Lovecast, he fields questions on sex and relationships from people of just about every stripe. And, if he doesn’t know the answer, he calls in an expert. (Heads-up: some families will find Savage Lovecast too explicit for teens. Others—those who want the nitty-gritty on issues like coming out, body image issues, sex-related medical issues, sex-related political issues, assault prevention, and how to communicate with partners, parents and kids about potentially awkward topics—will find it a godsend.)
For LGBTQ, teens, adults, families and allies
The Unitarian Universalist LGBTQ booklist offers perspectives on history, family life, and balancing religion with various orientations. Titles include A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves 12 years later to become the lovely lady she is today; GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens; Family Pride: What LGBT Families Should Know about Navigating Home, School, and Safety in Their Neighborhoods; and Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law.