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 topics like consent and 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 actually offering the education that our communities need to make informed choices.
We will offer webinars that are appropriate for a range of ages because we know comprehensive health education is important for everyone. In addition to learning about topics like consent and LGBTQIA+ identities, our webinars will be medically accurate and participants will also learn how to engage their legislators on this issue. These webinars will be free and hosted via Zoom.
We are currently recruiting health educators of all backgrounds to facilitate these webinars. Individuals representing the populations most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic are strongly encouraged to apply – namely, members of the LGBTQ+ community and Black, indigenous, people of color.
If you want to join us as a facilitator, please use this form to submit a proposal for a 50 minute lesson about a topic you’re passionate about! We are especially looking for content that is age diverse and centers topics like consent, gender diversity, disabilities + sex, pleasure, trans health, healthy relationships, types of sex, harm reduction, autonomy, anatomy, and more!
If your proposal is selected, you will be eligible to receive a $300 stipend for your time preparing and facilitating your webinar.
* Must be 18 years or older to apply, or 14+ with parent/guardian permission. Accepted applicants will be asked to provide a mailing address to receive payment. Applicants who live in Massachusetts will receive preference.
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Fenway Health is a federally qualified health center founded in 1971, dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of the LGBT community through access to quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health is also the largest non-hospital provider of HIV/AIDS medical and behavioral health services in Massachusetts.
As part of Fenway Health’s HIV/AIDS work, AIDS Action (the public health division of Fenway Health) works to stop the HIV epidemic and related health inequities by eliminating new infections, maximizing healthier outcomes for those infected and at risk, and tackling the root causes of HIV/AIDS.
In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), a statewide coalition of 40 organizations that work to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. This initiative is part of a worldwide movement dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic, and ensuring that those living with HIV have access to HIV treatments. Getting to Zero includes a future where there is zero stigma around HIV/AIDS, zero new diagnoses, and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Since 2015, Getting to Zero MA has successfully laid the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero, including hosting a hugely successful HIV Innovations in Action Conference where Senator Elizabeth Warren issued her support for the coalition. Getting to Zero MA has also successfully lobbied Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston to sign the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities so that by 2020, 90% of Boston residents will become aware of their HIV status, 90% of residents diagnosed with HIV will receive treatment with antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of those in treatment will achieve viral suppression.