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  • Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:13 PM | White Ash (Administrator)
    Performer's Name: Rebecca Kling

    Event Name: Storms Beneath Her Skin – Minneapolis Fringe Festival

    Event: The person standing next to you, are they a boy or a girl? What about you? Are you a boy or a girl? You can only pick one, obviously, and you had better get it right. I’m transgender, which complicates things. This show is about that – my identity and experience as a transgender woman – but it’s about other things, too: apologies, surgery, the equations of sex, the weather (metaphorically speaking), boobs, and more.
    Storms Beneath Her Skin will travel to Minneapolis for the 2012 Minneapolis Fringe Festival, 8/2-8/12 at Patrick’s Cabaret at 3010 Minnehaha Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Dates: Saturday, August 4, at 4:00PM
    Sunday, August 5, at 5:30PM
    Tuesday, August 7, at 5:30PM
    Friday, August 10, at 4:00PM
    Sunday, August 12, at 4:00PM

    Venue: Patrick’s Cabaret
    3010 Minnehaha Ave S.
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Tickets: $12

    Phone Number: Minneapolis Fringe Festival
    (612) 872-1212

    URL: http://www.rebeccakling.com/events/minneapolis-fringe-festival/
  • Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:01 PM | White Ash (Administrator)

    On January 9, 2012, four leading health organizations* released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools. Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12.

    The standards are the result of a cooperative effort by the American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, in coordination with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative. Nearly 40 stakeholders including content experts, medical and public health professionals, teachers, sexuality educators, and young people developed the standards in a two-year process.

    "These National Sexuality Education Standards provide teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies with a new national standard--the minimum they need to teach to set students on a path to sexual health and responsible adulthood," said Jerry Newberry, Executive Director of the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN). "They set forth essential sexuality education core content and skills responsive to the needs of students and in service to their overall academic achievement."

    For years, research has highlighted the need to provide effective, comprehensive sexuality education to young people. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world and teens bear a disproportionate impact of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV epidemics facing our nation. One in four sexually active teens has a STD and two young people every hour become HIV positive. Furthermore, there is also a pressing need to address harassment, bullying, and relationship violence in our schools, which have a significant impact on a student's emotional and physical well-being as well as their academic success. The National Sexuality Education Standards set the groundwork for the minimum of what sexuality education should look like in America's public schools.

    "These standards are presented in a user-friendly way, making it possible for a health education teacher or parent, say, of a seventh-grader, to easily find out what is the next step in the learning process for a thirteen-year-old in regards to sexual health," said Stephen Conley, Executive Director of the American School Health Association.

    The standards focus on seven topics as the minimum, essential content and skills for K-12 education: Anatomy and Physiology; Puberty and Adolescent Development; Identity; Pregnancy and Reproduction; Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV; Healthy Relationships; and, Personal Safety. Topics are presented using performance indicators--what students should know and be able to do by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12--and are based on the National Health Education Standards.

    "The National Sexuality Education Standards translate an emerging body of research related to school-based sexuality education so that it can be put into practice in the classroom," said Brian Griffith, President Elect of the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education. "These standards, developed by education and health professionals, present sexual development as a normal, natural, healthy part of human development that should be a part of every health education curriculum."

    The National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic. General health education is given very little time in the school curriculum. Even less time is dedicated to sexuality education. According to the School Health Policies and Practices Study, a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adolescent School Health, a median total of 17.2 hours is devoted to instruction in HIV, pregnancy, and STD prevention: 3.1 hours in elementary, 6 hours in middle, and 8.1 hours in high school. Studies have repeatedly found that health programs in school can help young people succeed academically and programs that included health education have a positive effect on overall academic outcomes, including reading and math scores.

    *Organizations: American Association for Health Education, American School Health Association, National Education Association - Health Information Network, Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, and the Future of Sex Education (FoSE).

    Future of Sex Education Initiative. (2012). National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 [a special publication of the Journal of School Health]. Retrieved from http://www.futureofsexed.org/documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf

  • Friday, March 02, 2012 3:30 PM | White Ash (Administrator)

    by Tamarah L Gehlen

    The media does well to highlight the issues of dating violence and domestic violence as it pertains predominately to women and younger females – many of the examples of abusive relationships shown are Heterosexual relationships, and if the abuse scene is not portrayed in the PSA, slogans like “he said he wouldn’t do it again” are flashed on the screen; proclaiming that men are abusive – women are victims.

    It is vital to send the message of intimate partner violence into our community and beyond.  For those in our community – not all of us have had the support or courage necessary to fully reveal ourselves to our loved ones and acquaintances.  Domestic and dating violence are isolating and often create feelings of shame in the victim.  When you add the fact that we as a group have been discriminated against, and if we are not fully able to share our relationship with those around us, it increases the difficulties in seeking help and obtaining the support that is needed when intimate partner violence occurs.

    from The University of Pennsylvania

    Information from: http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/ortner/docs/factsheet_ipvinsamesexrelationships.pdf

    Intimate Partner Violence in Same-Sex Relationships

    Original conceptualizations of domestic violence did not take into account violence that occurs in same-sex relationships. 1

    The term "domestic violence" has been replaced, in many quarters, by the term "intimate partner violence," in part, in recognition of violence in same-sex relationships.

    Gay and lesbian intimate partner violence is similar to that experienced by heterosexual women.

            Psychological abuse is most common.2, 3

            Physical and sexual abuse co-occur.2, 4

            Violence that is on-going becomes more frequent and more severe.5, 6

            Physical violence can lead to a range of injuries including bruises, cuts, and broken bones.7-9

            More commonly occurs among younger persons (under 40 years of age).2, 3, 10

            No race, ethnicity, class, or socioeconomic status is immune.2, 6, 10

    However, there are also important differences.

            The percentage of women who experience IPV in their lifetime appears to be higher for lesbian women than for heterosexual women.4 •

            However, this is because lesbians (vs. heterosexual women) are more likely to have experienced IPV at the hands of female and male partners. Many lesbian have had intimate relationships with men prior to coming out as lesbians.11 One study on same-sex IPV found that about half of the 79 women in the sample had had relationships with men as well as with women.4 Their findings indicate that male partners may pose a greater risk for IPV than female partners: of the total sample, about 39.2% reported being raped and/or physically abused by a partner in their lifetime (30.4% by male partner and 11.4% by a female partner).4

            Rates of physical partner violence victimization are higher among gay men than heterosexual men.2, 4

            Due to societal homophobia, gay men and lesbians victims of IPV may experience situations that are not experienced by heterosexual victims of IPV. o An abusive partner may threaten to “out” his or her partner’s sexuality to family, friends, or co-workers as a tactic to get that person to stay in the relationship or to coerce the victim in order to get what he or she wants.5, 6

            Lesbians and gay men whose families and friends are unsupportive of their sexuality have fewer sources of support, thereby increasing isolation and making it more difficult to end abusive relationships.12 Abusive partners may use this situation to their advantage to keep a relationship going; they may continuously remind the victim how alone he or she will be if he or she tries to leave.

            Victims who are not “out” publicly may be reluctant or unwilling to seek help from the police, the courts, and other services because it would require them to reveal their sexuality and possibly face embarrassment, ridicule, or even harassment.12, 13

            Gay male and lesbian victims appear to be less likely than victims in opposite-sex couples to call the police for help.14 o This may be due, in part, to concern that the responding officers would consider the incident to be "mutual combat" and not take the time to determine the primary aggressor, which could result in both the victim and the assailant being arrested.6, 13, 15

            Gay men are less likely than lesbian women to report IPV to the police.16

            However, a recent study indicates that when gay men and lesbians do contact the police about IPV, the police response they receive is similar to that received by opposite-sex couples.14

    Responses to intimate partner violence among gays and lesbians can be described as neglectful

            Although all 50 U.S. states issue protection from abuse orders (aka restraining orders, stay-away orders, etc.), some do not make this legal remedy available to gay men and lesbians.

            Domestic violence shelters are typically not available to gay male victims because few shelters admit men.

            Domestic violence shelter services appear to be increasingly responsive to the needs of lesbian victims.18 Nonetheless, more work is needed to address heterosexist attitudes and shelters' general focus on IPV as a male-on-female problem. 7, 19 Such issues may discourage lesbian victims from seeking shelter and can contribute to negative experiences for those who do.

            There are few agencies specifically for lesbians and gay male victims of IPV, and most DV services do not have programs that address the unique issues of these women and men.

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