You’re not advocating properly when you put LGBTQ+ youth in the backburner.
I didn't know that when I grew up, I'd be advocating for reproductive justice and sexual education reform. I didn't know that I'd become a vocal person about the intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. If you asked me a few years ago, I wouldn't have known I'd become a digital activist. In fact, I didn't I'd become very aware and disillusioned with the sexual education system. I grew up in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. As many people can safely assume, New York City is pretty liberal as most American cities go. Most of my life, I've gone to public schools, where it was mandatory to teach about HIV/AIDS but not explicitly sexual education. I ended up going to a Catholic, all-girls high school and got a decent sexual education. Instead of getting abstinence-only education, I ended up getting basic information on how to be protected during a sexual encounter and what to do to prevent pregnancy (my high school was also in a neighborhood that had a pretty high teen pregnancy rate, which might explain why they avoided abstinence-only education).
My career as a child care provider has allowed me some of the most delightful moments observing children as they role play different ways of being. So much role-playing comes from the world around them. I could hear my voice,
Let’s face it, most of the media and advertising out there is working against any body positive parenting we might be trying to provide. Hell, even our parenting peers, spouses and sports communities can counteract much of what we say