Calendar of Events

All events in Eastern Daylight Time unless noted otherwise

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Alfredo Brown-Noguera, AIDS Project Worcester

What happens when a child discloses their sexual orientation? What if their caregivers, teachers, stakeholders, or legislators stigmatize individuals within the LGBTQ+ community? Let us take a deep dive into the levels of social development and their influences on a person's individualism and perspective of the world around them.  Have society's attitudes on LGBTQ+ rights and liberties been adequately addressed?

Free

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Dr. Sandra L. Caron

This presentation will highlight the results of a human sexuality survey administered over the past 30 years to thousands of University of Maine college students. Responses by nearly 7,000 college students between the ages of 18-22 will be presented, including attitudes and behaviors, as well as trends over time.

Cost: $25

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October 21, 1:00-2:30 pm

Sharon Lamb, Ed.D., Ph.D., UMass Boston

How do we teach kids to be caring and attentive sexual partners and sexual citizens? We do this through education that focuses on ethics, sexual violence prevention, compassion, mutuality, fairness, and justice. Dr. Lamb offers the SECS-C (Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society Curriculum) as well as HABIT (Humane Acts Bystander Intervention Training) to schools to help make sex education not only informative, but meaningful.

Free

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October 26, 3:30-5:00 pm

Senator Jason M. Lewis, Fifth Middlesex; Rebekah Rollston, MD, MPH

This workshop will feature the recently published sex education policy, research, and story map. The story map explores sexuality education legislation and policies by state, compared to each state’s respective health indicators, including sexual violence, physical dating violence, bullying/harassment, suicide, teen birth rate, contraceptive prevalence rate, and STI rate.

Free

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Deborah Roffman, MS, CSE

Adults in the US often misinterpret the spontaneous questions young kids ask about their origins as being about “sex,” when in reality children are simply wondering out loud about scientific ideas related to time, space, movement, and causation. As a result, parents and schools end up teaching even the most basic of concepts about human reproduction years after children are “ready.”

Cost: $25

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November 1, 3:30-4:30 pm

Mariya Taher, MSW, MFA; Catherine Cox; Amela Tokić

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (or FGM/C) affects over 200 million girls and women globally, with many more at risk of undergoing the harmful practice each year. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about FGM/C, hear from advocates on the importance of FGM/C being taught in schools across the U.S. and how teachers can become advocates to end FGM/C.

Free

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November 3, 7:00-8:00 pm

Lori A. Rolleri, MSW, MPH; Dr. Tanya Bass; Bill Taverner, MA

Despite a multitude of challenges presented by the pandemic, sexuality educators have found innovative ways to reach youth and adults with information and skills needed to make healthy decisions about their sexual health, link them to services, and advocate on their behalf. This presentation summarizes tips and recommendations gathered from a survey of 51 sexuality educators.

Cost: $25

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November 9, 3:30-4:30 pm

Justine Uhlenbrock, BSN, MPH

This workshop will focus on how elementary educators can begin conversations about sexuality within their school communities. Justine will offer tips for making changes to existing sex ed programs or starting a new program entirely. We will discuss which stakeholders to invite when planning, how to bring parents on board, the benefits of mixed gender student groups, and where to begin in building accessible and inclusive content. 

Free

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November 11, 3:30-4:30 pm

Glenn Manning, M.Ed.

For students, a positive connection to at least one school adult — whether a teacher, counselor, sports coach, or other school staff member — can have tremendous benefits that include reduced bullying, lower drop-out rates, and improved social emotional capacities. Rather than leave these connections to chance, learn to use relationship mapping and invest time in making sure that every student is known by at least one adult.

Free

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November 17, 3:30-5:00 pm

Molly Pistrang-Gomes, M.Ed., Lauren Nackel, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

​In this workshop, members of the Prevention and Education team at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence will explore how teaching young people about consent, healthy and unhealthy relationships, LGBTQ relationships, identity, and power- all the things that the Healthy Youth Act aims to standardize- is an integral part to preventing domestic violence and dating abuse.

Free

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November 17, 7:00-8:00 pm

Amy Shapley; Anna Cathryn Olle

People with disabilities face numerous barriers in their lifetime, including structural, social, and political. The phrase “nothing about us without us” truly  applies when addressing accessibility and sex education. By using a universal design model, presentations and materials become accessible to a broader audience, including those with and without disabilities.

Cost: $25

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December 1, 7:00-8:00 pm

Steven Hobaica & Shari Reiter

This lecture will cover how comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education can reduce bullying of LGBTQ+ students, which is related to increased psychological distress and suicidality. This may be particularly important in conservative leaning districts, where more LGBTQ+ bullying, and less intervention, occurs.

Cost: $25

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December 15, 7:00-8:00 pm

Vanessa Geffrard

The job of a life-affirming educator is life changing! The things that can be challenging in our roles as sex educators are answering the difficult questions that come our way, honoring the identities of all of our students, all the while examining our values and dismantling bias’ that uphold systems of inequality and oppression that keep our students from getting the support they need.

 Cost: $25
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January 12, 7:00-8:00 pm

Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L; Linda Sandman, MSW, LCSW

The vision of the Home B.A.S.E. educational workshop is to increase parents’ comfort and confidence in discussing sexuality and healthy relationship topics with their loved ones with I/DD. The development and implementation of the workshop will be discussed. Results from the pilot study with parents of individuals with Down syndrome will be shared

 Cost: $25
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January 26, 7:00-8:00 pm

Courtney W. Brame

STD Prevention efforts are non inclusive. People who’ve experienced a diagnosis have direct experience navigating stigma. Each individual experience directly provides us with essential communication skills that can be integrated into the CDC’s recommended prevention efforts. This presentation presents some of those findings from the SPFPP podcast over the years.

Cost: $25
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February 16, 7:00-8:00 pm

Elizabeth Jarpe-Ratner, PhD, MST, MPH; Booker Marshall, MPH

Program fidelity, defined as whether prescribed curricular components are delivered as prescribed, is critical in sex education. Teachers in our mixed methods case study reported needing more guidance on how to appropriately make adaptations that maintain fidelity to core content while allowing them to adjust to students’ needs and interests.

Cost: $25
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Month of May 2022

A month focused on providing young people with the sexual health information and access to resources they need and deserve in order to make healthy decisions for themselves.

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May 17, 2022

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

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May 22, 2022

Harvey Milk Day is a day to educate your school about an extraordinary leader whose courageous work to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today.

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June

Pride events are held around the world during June as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world. June is when the Stonewall Riots took place in 1969.

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June 1-7, 2022

QTBIPoC Pride Week

QTBIPOC is an important acronym that extends our understanding of the larger LGBTQ+ community. QTBIPOC stands for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color. QTBIPOC are acknowledged to encompass some of the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community existing at the intersection of racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia.

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June 2-5, 2022

Valuable learning and social networking for anyone with an interest in sexology!

Register for the 2022 AASECT Conference program,

Get ready for 3 days of valuable programming plus pre-conference workshops and opportunities to connect with fellow attendees, speakers, and virtual exhibitors.

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June 12, 2022

Pulse Remembrance Day

On June 12, 2016, one of the worst mass shootings in US history claimed 49 lives at a Florida gay bar. The shooting occurred during the club's Latin Night, and many of those killed were Latino and LGBTQ+. The remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting comes as violence against LGBTQ+ people persists.

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June 19

Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

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June 28

The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

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July 14

Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that are neither male nor female‍—‌identities that are outside the gender binary. Non-binary identities fall under the transgender umbrella, since non-binary people typically identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex, though some non-binary individuals do not consider themselves transgender. 

Non-binary people may identify as having two or more genders (being bigender or trigender); having no gender (agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); being third gender or other-gendered (a category that includes those who do not place a name to their gender).

Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation, and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as cisgender people do.

NCSexCon

August 2022

Promoting interdisciplinary coordination among members of advocacy, clinical care, education, human/social services and research, to share innovative approaches, best practices and practical applications for the enhancement of sexual health across the lifespan in North Carolina.

NC SEXCON is targeted towards individuals working in and across the sexual health field, including clinical care, education, reproductive health and justice, HIV/ STDs, LGBTQ healthcare, advocacy, policy development, and overall sexuality from birth to death.

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S.L.A.M. is committed to uplifting and centering the voices of Sex Educators of Color. Each conference/event we host is an open invitation to speakers, educators, therapists, and clinicians of Color.

This conference is geared toward sexuality and direct service professionals who work with and care for young people/youth (up to the age of 24 years old). Audience make up is typically comprised of social workers, school counselors, teachers, sex educators, program coordinators, peer educators/leaders, clinicians, parents, and other support people.

Honorarium: $650/educator