Calendar of Events

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All events noted in Eastern Time

Calling In: Creating Change Without Cancel Culture

Join us in co-creating a culture of love, compassion, and joy. Transform your conversations and make a meaningful impact. Sign up today and start your journey towards better communication and understanding! This course consists of 4 lectures and 4 Learning Labs. By signing up for the full course, you will have access to both. $5-$20

STIgma: Let’s Talk about It

STIs remain a pervasive global health challenge, affecting millions of individuals each year. This presentation serves as a call to action, urging participants to be advocates in reshaping language, challenging beliefs, and fostering supportive environments. Join us in breaking barriers, redefining language, and shattering stereotypes on the way to a stigma-free future. $30

Break Up Summit 2024

Get ready to heal, grow, and thrive after heartbreak at Break Up Summit 2024 - the ultimate event for moving on and finding your best self!
Free!

Project 2025: The Stakes for Sex Education

By now you’ve probably heard about Project 2025, the far-right’s detailed plan to turn the country into an authoritarian theocracy should Trump manage to regain power.
But have you heard that eliminating sex ed is essential to their plan? And do you know how to fight back?
Free!

JUSTICE: Patricia J. Williams in Conversation with Caroline Light

Harvard Book Store welcomes Patricia J. Williams, Professor Emerita at Columbia Law School, for a discussion of her new essay collection The Miracle of the Black Leg: Notes on Race, Human Bodies, and the Spirit of the Law. She will be joined in conversation by Caroline Light, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Free!

Teaching Emotional Wellness In Sexuality Education

Trainings will be 60-90 minutes each, with time being split between the “work” and the “self,” wherein educators are given space to reflect on how this sessions content impacts them/their work/perspectives/experiences. I offer that until each of us does an intentional lean into unlearning internalized values and (sometimes) subconscious biases, we can’t provide sex education that is whole. $33.33-$44.44

National Wellness Month

National Wellness Month is celebrated every August to encourage people to prioritize their well-being and take care of their minds and bodies.

Elevatus Training: What, Wait! You Want Me to Talk About Sexuality? (I/DD)

For professionals who work with people with IDD:
Healthy relationship boundaries are an important skill for us all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what’s okay and not okay in various settings.

This FREE 60 minute webinar will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with the individuals you work with . We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.

Healthy/ Unhealthy Relationship Characteristics

Relationships come in many varieties: family, partner, coworker, classmate, teammate, faith community, roommate, etc. And any of these relationships can be more or less healthy. Join us to consider how to nurture healthy relationships and address unhealthy behaviors.

Framing Primary Sexual Violence Prevention as Sexuality Education

Faculty: Linnea Hjelm & Ayden Prehara
Both sexuality education and primary sexual violence prevention should incorporate discussions of power and consent as tools for healthy and empowered sexual lives. Sexual violence resource centers are uniquely positioned to address the limitations of schools and families and provide affirming and inclusive spaces for youth to build critical skills. $30

Power, Identity, & Relationships

Faculty: Oronde Cruger & Mackenzie Bartlett

What is power and how does it affect consent, attraction, and dating? This lecture integrates lived experiences, pop culture, and social science to explore how young people can navigate power differentials and empower one another. $30

Teaching Reproductive Justice in Sex Ed

In this 90 minute session you'll get an in-depth analysis of the reproductive justice framework coined by Black Women/Femmes, including Kimberly Crenshaw's "intersectionality," along with a brief comparison of Reproductive Health, & Rights movements. With a firm understanding of what RJ is and why it is necessary, we'll move through the Reproductive Justice timeline itself, holding space to process the feelings that may arise, and discuss how to integrate this into your sex education curriculum. $33.33-$44.44.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

Awareness helps the public understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked is necessary. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments that can help ease the stress and complications of specific symptoms. The more people that are informed of PCOS the better chances for early diagnosis.

Sexual Health Awareness Month

The month recognizes that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than just sexual behavior. It also embraces the physical, emotional, mental, and social aspects of sexual health, and encourages open dialogue about sexual health concerns.

Certificate Program In Sexuality Education And Disability: Understanding Neurodiversity, Intellectual Disabilities, And Sexual Health

The Certificate Program Sexuality Education and Disability delves into a wide range of topics related to sexuality, including sexual identities, arousal, response, pleasure, consent, socio-emotional relationships, and more. You’ll explore how these topics intersect with the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, and learn strategies for effectively communicating about sex education with parents and caregivers. You’ll also have the opportunity to create your own materials for teaching sex education in a way that is tailored to the needs of your specific population. Instructor - Stephanie Mitelman $1495

Lights, Camera, Action: The Menstrual Cycle Musical!

Faculty: Deborah M. Roffman, MS, CSE, CFLE

Unlike menstrual periods, no one has ever actually seen a menstrual cycle. Because so many of our students are predominantly concrete thinkers and learners, teaching this vital concept in ways that “stick” can be challenging. Using several learning modalities at once in fun and engaging lessons is the key to success. $30

Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer

A 3-Day LIVE on Zoom, ONLINE *certificate training for anyone who works with people with developmental disabilities. $945 – $1,195.

Elevatus Training: What, Wait! You Want Me to Talk About Sexuality? (I/DD)

For professionals who work with people with IDD:
Healthy relationship boundaries are an important skill for us all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what’s okay and not okay in various settings.

This FREE 60 minute webinar will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with the individuals you work with . We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.

Tinder, Grindr, and More: Supporting People with I/DD Who Are Dating Online

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) want to be in relationships but often struggle with just how to meet people. Lots of folks today are meeting people online, often through dating apps. How do we successfully support someone dating online? And what are some specific things to know about dating apps? Join us for this two-part online workshop and leave feeling more confident that you can handle this topic. $60

Teaching Reproductive Justice in Sex Ed

In this 90 minute session you'll get an in-depth analysis of the reproductive justice framework coined by Black Women/Femmes, including Kimberly Crenshaw's "intersectionality," along with a brief comparison of Reproductive Health, & Rights movements. With a firm understanding of what RJ is and why it is necessary, we'll move through the Reproductive Justice timeline itself, holding space to process the feelings that may arise, and discuss how to integrate this into your sex education curriculum. $33.33-$44.44.

October is “Let’s Talk Month”

Advocates for Youth sponsors Let’s Talk Month. Observed each October by states and communities throughout the country, Let’s Talk Month emphasizes the importance of young people and the adults they trust talking about sex.

Advocates for Youth recently updated its Let’s Talk Month Planning Guidebook. The guidebook provides strategic tips and examples to help local communities plan and implement activities for Let’s Talk Month. It also includes fact sheets, guidance for involving youth and working with the media, and sample forms.

Event Series Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Human Trafficking and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are particularly at risk for human trafficking due to reasons such as their desire for relationships, history of abuse, and lack of prevention education (Hetherington, 2022). This session will focus on the prevalence of human trafficking within the I/DD population and stress the need to address the various barriers that contribute to their vulnerability. The session will also explore your role in teaching and discussing ways to prevent human trafficking. $30

Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer

A 3-Day LIVE on Zoom, ONLINE *certificate training for anyone who works with people with developmental disabilities. $945 – $1,195.

The True Crime of Sex Education: Lessons In Gender/Dating Violence

In this session Steph will review common occurrences of dating violence through true crime documentaries/podcasts/stories, and highlight how sexuality education can empower people to pick-up signs of violence, control, manipulation, narcissism, and their inevitable escalation. Countless survivors have uttered, "I didn't know _ was a red flag, I didn't know I could advocate for different/better," "I thought this was normal."

Sexuality Education must do more to increase learners ability to assess safety for themselves, and in many cases, for their loved ones. WE, my loves, have the incredible power to help people recognize the wolf in sheep's clothing, if only just a little sooner. $22.22-$33.33.

The True Crime of Sex Education: Lessons In Gender/Dating Violence

In this session Steph will review common occurances of dating violence through true crime documentaries/podcasts/stories, and highlight how sexuality education can empower people to pick-up signs of violence, control, manipulation, narcissism, and their inevitable escalation. Countless survivors have uttered, "I didn't know _ was a red flag, I didn't know I could advocate for different/better," "I thought this was normal." $33.33-$44.44

Elevatus Training: What, Wait! You Want Me to Talk About Sexuality? (I/DD)

For professionals who work with people with IDD:
Healthy relationship boundaries are an important skill for us all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what’s okay and not okay in various settings.

This FREE 60 minute webinar will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with the individuals you work with . We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.

From Nothin to Somethin: Utilizing a Strengths Based Pedagogy in Sex Education

In this session, Steph will review the deficit based model that most sex education frameworks utilize, knowingly and unknowingly. We are now at a place where we firmly, contextually understand that impact must be centered over intent. Throughout the session we'll explore varying strategies, policies, and tactile activites to integrate in lessons, that will demonstrate to your learners, that you, dear educator, believe they are inherently worthy and capable. $22.22-$33.33.

Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer

A 3-Day LIVE on Zoom, ONLINE *certificate training for anyone who works with people with developmental disabilities. $945 – $1,195.

Elevatus Training: What, Wait! You Want Me to Talk About Sexuality? (I/DD)

For professionals who work with people with IDD:
Healthy relationship boundaries are an important skill for us all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what’s okay and not okay in various settings.

This FREE 60 minute webinar will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with the individuals you work with . We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.

The National Sex Ed Conference.

Are you a sexuality educator, health educator, professor, school teacher, nurse, counselor, case manager, social worker, therapist, or someone who works in a related field? If so, this conference is for you!
Hosted by The Center for Sex Education, this conference is the perfect opportunity to share your knowledge and engage with professionals in the field. (Early Bird Registration $460, Regular Registration $560)

Elevatus Training: What, Wait! You Want Me to Talk About Sexuality? (I/DD)

For professionals who work with people with IDD:
Healthy relationship boundaries are an important skill for us all. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities need the information and skills to navigate these waters and learn what’s okay and not okay in various settings.

This FREE 60 minute webinar will explore tips and tools for addressing sexuality one-on-one with the individuals you work with . We will explore why this topic can be difficult to approach and useful tools that will help you become more comfortable and confident and communicate about this sensitive topic.

International Sex Education Day!

Sex Education Alliance

Talking to kids about sex and relationships can change their futures — and the world. Sex education, at home, in school, and even at the doctor’s office can improve self-esteem and self-image, reduce at-risk sexual behavior, reduce teenage pregnancy, and improve grades, test scores, and educational outcomes.

SIECUS Hosts Nationwide Sex Ed Week of Action

“The majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, believe sex education should be taught in schools. States that teach comprehensive sex education in their curriculum see lower STI rates, lower teen pregnancy rates and overall better well-being of students across the country. We are enthusiastic to see our national and state partners engage in our week of action to advocate for all students.”

Currently, only 33 states mandate sex education, and an overwhelming 34 states mandate sex or HIV/STI education to stress abstinence over other forms of contraceptive options. Only 13 states require sex education to include instruction on consent; 10 states have policies that affirm sexual orientation and gender identity; and many states explicitly require instruction that discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth.

Event Series STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month

This STD Awareness Month, ASHA is drawing attention to the importance of STD testing. As part of this effort, we are promoting a new campaign—YES Means TEST. Having sex is a choice, and so is saying healthy. Saying yes to sex should mean saying yes to test!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM is about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence: It’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem.

Event Series STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in April, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

Pansexual & Panromantic Visibility Day

If you identify as panromantic or pansexual – enjoy the 24th of May. If you know someone who does, let them know you’re thinking of them. Validation and acceptance makes the human experience all that more wonderous. If you neither identify or know someone – but you’ve learned something new about the wonderful variety that human beings come in, share on social media, have a conversation, do some reading. The more connected we are, the happier we are.

Event Series Pride Month

Pride Month

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.

National Sex Educator Appreciation Day

Sex educators are fun, passionate and highly qualified professionals, often with advanced degrees, who make the world a better, happier, safer place, and save lives. But it is a misunderstood profession. From abstinence only funding, to censorship, community backlash and harassment, an overarching cultural shame of sexuality that makes our students hard to reach, and a profound society-wide misconception about what sexuality educators even do and why it's important, sex educators are up against a lot when they go to work every day. On June 9, thank a sex educator for the important but often underpaid and unappreciated work they do.

AASECT Annual Conference St Louis, MO

Get the latest information relating to sex counseling, therapy, education, and more! In-person and Virtual. In a time when fundamental human rights are not guaranteed, we face some of the most significant challenges of our time. AASECT joins in answering new calls to collective liberation — where underutilized and historically oppressed voices are centered, where advocacy is transformed into action, and where we can create a more just world for all of us.

Juneteenth

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.

Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

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 Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Event Series Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

Awareness helps the public understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked is necessary. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments that can help ease the stress and complications of specific symptoms. The more people that are informed of PCOS the better chances for early diagnosis.

Event Series October is “Let’s Talk Month”

October is “Let’s Talk Month”

Advocates for Youth sponsors Let’s Talk Month. Observed each October by states and communities throughout the country, Let’s Talk Month emphasizes the importance of young people and the adults they trust talking about sex.

Advocates for Youth recently updated its Let’s Talk Month Planning Guidebook. The guidebook provides strategic tips and examples to help local communities plan and implement activities for Let’s Talk Month. It also includes fact sheets, guidance for involving youth and working with the media, and sample forms.

Event Series Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

International Sex Education Day!

Sex Education Alliance

Talking to kids about sex and relationships can change their futures — and the world. Sex education, at home, in school, and even at the doctor’s office can improve self-esteem and self-image, reduce at-risk sexual behavior, reduce teenage pregnancy, and improve grades, test scores, and educational outcomes.

SIECUS Hosts Nationwide Sex Ed Week of Action

“The majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, believe sex education should be taught in schools. States that teach comprehensive sex education in their curriculum see lower STI rates, lower teen pregnancy rates and overall better well-being of students across the country. We are enthusiastic to see our national and state partners engage in our week of action to advocate for all students.”

Currently, only 33 states mandate sex education, and an overwhelming 34 states mandate sex or HIV/STI education to stress abstinence over other forms of contraceptive options. Only 13 states require sex education to include instruction on consent; 10 states have policies that affirm sexual orientation and gender identity; and many states explicitly require instruction that discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth.

Event Series STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month

This STD Awareness Month, ASHA is drawing attention to the importance of STD testing. As part of this effort, we are promoting a new campaign—YES Means TEST. Having sex is a choice, and so is saying healthy. Saying yes to sex should mean saying yes to test!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

SAAM is about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence: It’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem.

Event Series STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week

STD Awareness Week, observed the second full week in April, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs.

Pansexual & Panromantic Visibility Day

If you identify as panromantic or pansexual – enjoy the 24th of May. If you know someone who does, let them know you’re thinking of them. Validation and acceptance makes the human experience all that more wonderous. If you neither identify or know someone – but you’ve learned something new about the wonderful variety that human beings come in, share on social media, have a conversation, do some reading. The more connected we are, the happier we are.

Event Series Pride Month

Pride Month

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.

National Sex Educator Appreciation Day

Sex educators are fun, passionate and highly qualified professionals, often with advanced degrees, who make the world a better, happier, safer place, and save lives. But it is a misunderstood profession. From abstinence only funding, to censorship, community backlash and harassment, an overarching cultural shame of sexuality that makes our students hard to reach, and a profound society-wide misconception about what sexuality educators even do and why it's important, sex educators are up against a lot when they go to work every day. On June 9, thank a sex educator for the important but often underpaid and unappreciated work they do.

AASECT Annual Conference St Louis, MO

Get the latest information relating to sex counseling, therapy, education, and more! In-person and Virtual. In a time when fundamental human rights are not guaranteed, we face some of the most significant challenges of our time. AASECT joins in answering new calls to collective liberation — where underutilized and historically oppressed voices are centered, where advocacy is transformed into action, and where we can create a more just world for all of us.

Juneteenth

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.

Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

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 Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Event Series Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month

Awareness helps the public understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked is necessary. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments that can help ease the stress and complications of specific symptoms. The more people that are informed of PCOS the better chances for early diagnosis.

Event Series October is “Let’s Talk Month”

October is “Let’s Talk Month”

Advocates for Youth sponsors Let’s Talk Month. Observed each October by states and communities throughout the country, Let’s Talk Month emphasizes the importance of young people and the adults they trust talking about sex.

Advocates for Youth recently updated its Let’s Talk Month Planning Guidebook. The guidebook provides strategic tips and examples to help local communities plan and implement activities for Let’s Talk Month. It also includes fact sheets, guidance for involving youth and working with the media, and sample forms.

Event Series Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

International Sex Education Day!

Sex Education Alliance

Talking to kids about sex and relationships can change their futures — and the world. Sex education, at home, in school, and even at the doctor’s office can improve self-esteem and self-image, reduce at-risk sexual behavior, reduce teenage pregnancy, and improve grades, test scores, and educational outcomes.

SIECUS Hosts Nationwide Sex Ed Week of Action

“The majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, believe sex education should be taught in schools. States that teach comprehensive sex education in their curriculum see lower STI rates, lower teen pregnancy rates and overall better well-being of students across the country. We are enthusiastic to see our national and state partners engage in our week of action to advocate for all students.”

Currently, only 33 states mandate sex education, and an overwhelming 34 states mandate sex or HIV/STI education to stress abstinence over other forms of contraceptive options. Only 13 states require sex education to include instruction on consent; 10 states have policies that affirm sexual orientation and gender identity; and many states explicitly require instruction that discriminates against LGBTQ+ youth.