Calendar of Events

All events noted in Eastern Time

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December 6 - 1:00-2:00

Join us for some holiday season fun, prizes, and the bite-sized chucks of essential education our Lunch-N-Learns are known for. We've got a few surprises up our sleeve, and hope you will join us for a fun and educational lunch break catered to the sexual health educator.
Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at noon on Friday, December 2nd.

Sex Ed Lectures

December 7 - 7:00-8:00

Helena Salgado

As the world continues to diversify, counselors and educators must develop multicultural competencies. This lecture will push you to think about your own cultural biases while also exploring those surrounding many of the sex education programs in USA schools. We will explore the unique life experiences of minority populations and think about ways to develop culturally sensitive sexual education. $30

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December 8, 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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December 13-15

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.

Sex Ed Lectures

December 14 - 7:00-8:00

Tom Klaus

One of the earliest conflicts over sex education in public schools was in 1913 in Chicago. Since then it has met the qualifications for being an “intractable conflict” that wanes, intensifies, and wanes again but doesn’t really go away. Today we are in the midst of an intensifying cycle. This session will explore strategies for managing the controversy and self-care in the midst of the conflict. $30

Sex Ed Lectures

December 21 - 7:00-8:00

Dr. Catherine Dukes

Join us for a fun Sex Ed lectures from Sex Educator, Sex Therapist and Rock Guitarist & Singer Cat Dukes as she shares a fun music-filled experience. Through LIVE performance we will explore popular music, dive into and discuss lyrics, and creatively change them to reflect medically accurate shame-free sex ed. Join us! $30

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January 26 - 7:00 pm

Cardea Training Center

Free webinar

January 27-28, 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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February 2

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.

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February 23 - 7:00 pm

Cardea Training Center

Free webinar

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March 7 - 7:00 pm

Cardea Training Center

Free webinar

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March 14

Maine Family Planning 

Save the Date - Registration coming soon!

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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

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

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.

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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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April 11 - 7:00 pm

Cardea Training Center

Free webinar

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Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management, online conference.

Hosted by Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm and Massachusetts Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

April 22, 1:00-2:00 pm

Power Up Education

We all have a body. It's ok to learn about it, talk about it, and ask questions about it. With fun, meaningful and hands-on activities, our children can learn to be open and confident with these sensitive topics. This workshop will be entertaining, engaging and informative. Be prepared to laugh!

Participants will be sent a zoom link, via email, the day before the workshop. Parents are encouraged to attend. $20

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May

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 9 - 7:00 pm

Cardea Training Center

Free webinar

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May 17

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

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 24

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 28

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, 2023

Valuable learning and social networking for anyone with an interest in sexual health education, therapy, counseling, or sexology!

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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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.

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June 9

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.

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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.

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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 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

International Non-Binary People's Day is observed each year on 14 July and is aimed at raising awareness and organizing around the issues faced by non-binary people around the world. The day was first celebrated in 2012. The date was chosen for being precisely between International Men's Day and International Women's Day. (Wikipedia)

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July 15-16

At Clitical Hits sex educators and game designers team up to create new sex ed lessons that are playful to their core.

  • Learn from industry-leading speakers
  • Practice new skills through design challenges
  • Create and share bold, immersive edu-games
NCSexCon

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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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September

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September 4

The World Association for Sexual Health has invited many audiences to celebrate World Sexual Health and join this initiative to promote sexual health, well-being and rights for all. This year’s theme is sexual health in a digital world and the motto is: Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world”

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September 18-24

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.

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National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed each year on October 15 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on the Latinx community in the United States.
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October 18

The purpose of World Menopause Day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing. We encourage professionals and women to participate in this global awareness raising campaign by printing and sharing these materials, organising events to engage their communities, and sharing World Menopause Day social media posts.

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Let’s Talk Month emphasizes the importance of young people and the adults they trust talking about sex. The Let’s Talk Month activities implemented in your community or state this year can make a huge difference to teens and their families and can also offer a good basis from which to build more inclusive and multi-faceted initiatives in the years to come. Download the guidebook for ideas!

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A month long event founded by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center to prevent childhood bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Download student activity kit here. Unity Day is October 19th

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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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October 27-28, 2022

S.L.A.M. is an unparalleled, first of its kind BIPOC centered virtual professional development sexuality conference. One of the few conferences that actually pays its presenters.

The Sexuality Liberators And Movers conference highlights the lived experiences of BIPOC communities who have historically been denied access to bodily autonomy, safety, and pleasure

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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.

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November 16

Power to Decide 

99% of US women have used it. And it allows people to plan for a family on their own terms and gives them the power to decide their own destinies. By saying #ThxBirthControl we hope to remove the controversy and acknowledge how much contraception makes possible for everyone.

November 13-19 and Sunday Nov 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 1

World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.