Calendar of Events

All events noted in Eastern Time

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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 18, 7:00-8:00 pm

Dena Abbott, PhD

Sexual wellness is an integral component of psychological well-being (WHO, 2006), yet training in sexuality among mental health professionals is inconsistently accessible, rarely comprehensive, and not prioritized as a competency. Using health service psychology as an example, this webinar will highlight the strengths, gaps, and opportunities in the current provision of sexuality training.

Cost: $30

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May 18

This day is a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a time to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

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May 19, 2022

Barb Gross and Landa Fox

This presentation will briefly review some of the sources of explicit and implicit bias and how they impact access to sexual health education for disabled students/clients and how sex educators can help to address these.

The presentation will also review some of the most common knowledge and skills that may need to be more explicitly taught to disabled clients and some examples of how this may be done. We will also highlight some of the ways that teaching must be adapted to make it meaningful to disabled clients.

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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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May 24 4:00-5:30

As part of National Period Poverty Awareness Week we're taking periods out of the closet and to the State House! Learn more at mmecoalition.com.
RSVP to the rally, sign making party, organizing committee & to Download our Digital Organizer's Toolkit at bit.ly/MAPeriodRally
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During this event, Activist Academy graduate Maria Cappellucci will be discussing their team’s project and goals. The end result of the project was an educational zine on the HYA and the sex education experiences of those in the community. They will share the virtual zine and offer hard copies to anyone who wants to make them available to their students, administrators, and district members. Ideally the zine will help people realize the importance of advocating for the passage and implementation of the Healthy Youth Act within their school and community. You can learn more about Activist Academy here: https://www.gettingtozeroma.org/activist-academy-2021/ and about our project here: https://www.gettingtozeroma.org/2021-sexual-health-education/

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May 24, 2022

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.

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May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm

Pauline Bosma & Oscar E. Hughes, MEd

For LGBTQ+ People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This lecture describes how to support healthy relationships and sexuality for LGBTQ+ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Based on interviews with over 20 LGBTQ+ people with IDD, we will discuss barriers to healthy sexuality for LGBTQ+ people with I/DD and describe ways that family members and professionals can support LGBTQ+ people with I/DD with sexuality education.

Cost: $30

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May 28, 2022

Today, millions of women and girls* around the world are stigmatised, excluded and discriminated against simply because they menstruate. In 2022, it’s no longer acceptable that a natural bodily function prevents women and girls from getting an education, earning an income and fully and equally participating in everyday life.

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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 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 1, 7:00-8:00 pm

Ozlem Erden-Basaran

As the Science Curriculum in Turkey includes topics such as human reproduction and adolescent health, elementary school science teachers (ESTs) are indirectly required to teach sexuality. Informed by Foucault’s analysis of sexuality and power, this study examined how elementary school science teachers (ESTs) responded to problem scenarios related to sexuality.

Cost: $30

AASECT

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 8, 2022 9:30-4:00

This one-day event brings together nationally recognized speakers focusing on preventing first time perpetration of sexual misconduct as well as the variety of responses to a report of sexual misconduct.

Over the course of the day, we will provide an overview of what is known and not known about the students who engage in sexually problematic and abusive behaviors from multiple perspectives.

Cost $98 before June 1, $45 student

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June 8, 7:00-8:00 pm

Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert

How do African American people come to understand sexuality, and themselves as sexual beings? Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert has released her inaugural work Black & Sexy, which helps get at an answer. This session provides an overview of the book’s emergent theory (Black Sexual Epistemology), facilitating discussion with participants about its implications for sexuality educators and practitioners alike.

Cost: $30

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June 9, 2022

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, protesting parents, 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. And they don't make much money. Current job listings nationwide for sex educators, gathered across the non-profit sector, higher education, and government positions, pays an average of $31,618 per year. Many require the advanced degrees and years of experience most sex educators possess. On June 9, thank a sex educator for the important but often underpaid and unappreciated work they do.

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June 12, 7:00-8:00 pm

Puberty: The Wonder Years

If you are a puberty teacher who wants to talk to other puberty teachers, please join us for 60 minutes of interaction. Part education, part conversation… this free, monthly webinar is made for you!

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June 12, 2022

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

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October

Register now for the 2nd annual #AMAZESexEdCon, coming to a screen near you October 26-28. Our virtual conference is famous for actionable tools, insights, and interactive discussions.

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October 26

Intersex Awareness Day marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America. It took place on October 26, 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts outside a conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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November 8

Intersex Day of Solidarity, also known as Intersex Day of Remembrance, takes place on November 8. The Day marks the birthday of Herculine Barbin, a French intersex person whose memoirs were later published by the philosopher Michel Foucault, along with contemporary texts and a later fictionalized account.

November 13-19 and Saturday November 20

Transgender Awareness Week to raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)  commemorates all transgender people lost to violence.

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December 6-8, 2022

The National Sex Ed Conference is the largest conference in the United States designed exclusively for sexuality educators. Sessions address sexuality education for all ages, in all types of settings, and are highly interactive and give participants materials they can replicate. The conference is hosted by The Center for Sex Education.

January 2023

The Sexuality Liberators And Movers virtual symposium is for parents, teachers, sexuality educators and direct service adults who work with and care for young people.

S.L.A.M.'s focus is shifting and moving sex education forward by centering the contributions, experiences, and expertise of Educators of Color, while challenging isms and institutions that keep sex education white-washed, fear based, and ineffective.

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March 21-25

LGBT Health Awareness Week is a time to bring attention to the devastating cycle of discrimination and health disparities that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

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March 31

Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.

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April 1-30

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!

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April 1-30

Even before its official declaration, SAAM was about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence, it’s clear why: 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, and they always have. From the civil rights movement to the founding of the first rape crisis centers to national legislation and beyond, the roots of SAAM run deep.

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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.

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Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management

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Non-binary parent’s day is the third Sunday of April. First suggested by Johnny Blazes of Boston, MA in 2019, the day is a spring holiday celebrating non-binary parents and their families. Photo:https://www.instagram.com/mlynne44/

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April 18, 2022

Tuesday, April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD), an observance designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. The observance is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.