The People’s Sex Ed

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:

Please see below for our webinar listings and where to sign up! Please email Alyvia at anorris@fenwayhealth.org with any questions!

Important Dates

** If you do not receive a response by this date please email anorris@fenwayhealth.org to confirm the email we have on file/status of your proposal

Upcoming Webinars

An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Identities

May 17, 2021 6:00 PM EST

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. 

 Mason J. Dunn, JD. (he/they)

Mason J. Dunn, JD. (he/they)

Mason J. Dunn, JD, (pronouns he/they) is the Deputy Director of Education and Training at the Fenway Institute. Mason serves on the Massachusetts LGBTQ Youth Commission and is a board member with the Equality Federation. They are an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, in the Communications Department. Mason is the former Executive Director for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and served as the campaign co-chair for the Massachusetts Yes on 3 campaign, the first ever state-wide ballot question on transgender rights in the United States.

Too often sex education is binary, heterosexist, and cissexist. In order to repair these oversights, we need a fundamental shared understanding of the beautifully complicated and diverse worlds of gender identity and sexual orientation."