In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), forming a statewide coalition of 40 organizations to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. Since then, the Getting to Zero coalition undertook a successful statewide community engagement process to lay the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero.
Many people are surprised to learn that we do not have comprehensive sex-ed across Massachusetts. In 2019, 82% of high school students in MA reported they did not learn about LGBTQ sexual health in their school classes. 6.9% of high school students experienced physical dating violence in the past year- and this number rises to 17.7% for lesbian, gay, and bisexual identifying youth. Across the Commonwealth, we are not doing everything we can to provide our young people with the tools they need to make informed choices about their health and their relationships.
This year The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to coordinate a project called The People’s Sex Ed. The people of Massachusetts deserve comprehensive sex education now- we should not be expected to wait any longer! We need to ensure that every Massachusetts school choosing to offer sex education will utilize curriculum that is LGBTQIA+ inclusive, medically accurate, and discusses healthy relationships. The People’s Sex Ed is a webinar series that will explore a variety of topics that could be included in a comprehensive health curriculum while also offering the education that our communities need to make informed choices.
We are coordinating webinars that are appropriate for a range of ages because we know comprehensive health education is important for everyone. In addition to learning about LGBTQIA+ identities or topics like pleasure, our webinars will be medically accurate and participants will also learn how to engage their legislators on this issue. You can expect that each webinar will:
In this workshop, we will build a foundational understanding for terms and definitions related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Building on that foundation, we will consider health and wellness for LGBTQIA+ people, including healthcare disparities, opportunities for health equity, and how an intersectional approach is vital to wellness.