Prep Talk for the Sex Talk

by Fibiana Oladipo

I wondered how to start this blog for the past few days. It is weird in the sense that I am trying to educate readers about a predicament that is common for many people. Still, I am oblivious to a topic like this simply because I have no expertise in an area as gripping as discussing sex. However, I can share with you what I would do if I wanted to talk to my parents about sexual health.

What It Means to Be a Teen LGBT Allyโ€”And How You Can Be One, Too

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by Leslyn Smith

All it takes is a little love and support to protect the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth. LGBT+ youth are three times more likely than straight kids to attempt suicide at some point in their lives.

Merriam-Webster defines an ally as one that is associated with another as a helper; a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle. In simpler terms, an ally is someone on your side and has your back. An ally doesnโ€™t have to share your same experience, but they can still be supportive of your plight.

Three Stigmas about Contraceptives that You Should Cancel in 2020

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by Kimberly Travis

Contraceptive use is not a sign of a manโ€™s masculinity or a womanโ€™s promiscuity. However, contraceptives are still taboo topics in the 21st century, especially in Mississippi. Growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, I learned many stigmas about what girls should and should not do, but there were a few things that I had to cancel, and in 2020, I hope you will, too.

If You Wanna Be My Lover, You Gotta Have My Consent

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by Kelly Bates

Sex isnโ€™t sexy without consent. Recent movements like #MeToo and #ItStopsNow advocate for consent strongly, but what does consent look like,  and what part do you play? Sexual consent is quite simple: It is when two people mutually agree to participate in some form of sex without outside influence. That agreement can look different to different people, but consent is expressed affirmatively through clear words or actions. An enthusiastic โ€œYes!,โ€ or the lack thereof, is the best way to tell whether or not an act is consensual.

Meet MYCouncil Member – Kally Xu

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members.ย MYCouncilย is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

MYCouncil 2017 Application

The 2017-2018 application process closed on June 1, 2017. We are no longer accepting MYCouncil applications.

On March 1, 2017, the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) released their application for their 4thย class of passionate youth activists. MYCouncil is made up of 10 youth from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Jefferson Davis

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members.ย MYCouncilย is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet MYCouncil Member -Triuna Taylor

We are continuing features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members.ย MYCouncilย is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.

Meet MYCouncil Member-Courtney Simmons

Over the next few months, we will be running features on our Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) members.ย MYCouncilย is made up of 10 passionate youth activists from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. They work to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in Mississippi schools. Follow MYCouncil on Facebook.