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.
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.
The People’s Sex Ed is a webinar series that will explore a variety of topics that are important for people in our communities so they can make informed choices.
We are offering webinars for people from a variety of backgrounds, 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 register for them by checking out our linktree: linktr.ee/GTZMA! NOTE: Each webinar has its own Zoom registration link. You do not need to attend all webinars, but you do need to register for the webinars that you wish to attend. Please email Alyvia at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
When it comes to Sex Ed, many of us are too often left behind: our bodies ignored, and our complex relationships with our bodies unseen. For trans and nonbinary folks, that means that there’s a lot for us to talk about! In this session, we’ll dive into some of the areas that are often untouched by most Sex Ed conversations: language, navigating dysphoria, impacts of (various forms of) transition, queering safer sex materials, and pleasure! Through information sharing, demos (as needed), personal reflection, and conversation (as group size allows), we’ll create trans and nonbinary brilliance together.
Intended audience: T/GNB folks, folks questioning or exploring their gender identity, their partners and loved ones, and health educators
This webinar examines cultural and historical factors of sexual violence. Looking at historical examples, we will examine challenges that survivors of color may face connected to the U.S.’s history of slavery and racism. We will discuss how to support survivors, bystander intervention, and how white people can be allies. In addition to considering individual actions, we will discuss how to engage legislators to improve sexual assault policies.
Intended audience: This webinar is intended for folks in high school and above. People of all identities are encouraged to attend this webinar, as it asks each person to examine their own positionality to the content we cover.
This webinar is a guide to exploring our relationship with self. It’s important to establish our yeses and nos – to do that, we have to take time to explore! This webinar will allow folks the space to connect to their desires and learn to appreciate them. There will also be an opportunity to check in about some healthy and unhealthy relationship-with-self behaviors with the intention to reframe our self-talk for more softness.
Intended audience: centering Black youth and young adults, but education for all
Let’s move beyond the exclusive message that “Safer Sex = Condoms.” There are so many amazing, creative, resourceful ways that we protect ourselves and our partners by minimizing the risk that comes with sex—whether we recognize them as such or not! In this live game of pictionary, participants respond to a shared prompt…and the group draws and laughs its way through a candid conversation about a more diverse ways to engage in safer sex.
Intended audience: Any and all folks aged 18+!
This webinar aims to explain and define the term “medical racism”. In this workshop, participants will come to understand how medical racism has affected BIPOC communities in the past leading up to the present day. We will work together to pinpoint the systems or barriers that were/are in place that allowed instances of medical racism to occur. After acknowledging our past and present, participants will discuss current changes happening within the healthcare realm to combat medical racism and envision our path forward. Participants will also learn tools for how we can advocate for ourselves and others, as well as relay this information to others so they can get educated on this topic.
Intended audience: All ages, all genders, all sexualities, all ethnicities and all religions
The goal of this webinar is to engage in an educational experience around an often misunderstood form of pleasure. During this webinar we will provide the facts around anal pleasure, including anatomy, hygiene, penetration, routine check-ups, techniques, pre/post care, and safer sex methods relating to anal sex. This webinar is a learning opportunity that will explore how to make anal play healthy, safe, and pleasurable, as well as provide tools for having a conversation about anal sex with partners and medical care providers.
Intended audience: Any and all folks 18+!
This webinar connects sexuality education to larger struggles for collective liberation. It starts from the premise that sex education is always political—it’s always linked to social power. It’s not an accident that most sex education is heteronormative or pathologizes the bodies of people of color. Through a combination of interactive lecture, group dialogue, and individual reflection, participants will connect topics from other webinars in the series (eg: consent, harm reduction, pleasure) to collective liberation.
Intended audience: youth, adults, LGBTQ folks, people of color, anyone interested in the politics of sex ed
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.
This workshop will introduce best practices around the use of inclusive language in Spanish for people providing sex education and prevention services. Participants will reflect on the challenges and importance of using inclusive language. The workshop will give a brief history of the Spanish language, an overview of terminology, and an opportunity for participants to practice making language more inclusive. This presentation will be facilitated primarily in Spanish and would not be appropriate for participants who speak only English.
Intended audience: Health educators, sexuality educators, prevention workers, case managers, social workers, youth workers, etc. who provide services in Spanish
Children in grades Kindergarten through Second are curious, impressionable and reliant on others. Regarding sexuality, children have a natural curiosity of their bodies, as well as the basics of family structures and reproduction. This webinar focuses on what to and how to teach children of these ages specific age- and developmentally- appropriate information and skills, while also being sex positive.
Intended audience: Caregivers, educators and others working with younger children