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September 2010

2009 National School Climate Survey Reveals LGBT Youth Still Face Significant Harassment
The 2009 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), produced biennially by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), provides sobering insight into the harassment that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students regularly face at school as well as the detrimental effects that such persecution has on their educational outcomes. ...
Overwhelming Majority of States Choose PREP over Title V Abstinence-Only Funds
States submitted their initial grant application materials to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on August 30, 2010 for the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) and Title V abstinence-only state-grant program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 funds. This marks the first year for which federal funds are available ...
After Years of Increases, Global HIV/AIDS Funding Declines in the Midst of Economic Recession
For the first time in fifteen years, global commitments to fighting HIV/AIDS are faltering according to the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé.[1] This comes at an inopportune time for one of the largest funders of AIDS programs, the Global Fund to Fight ...
Senate Republicans Lead Filibuster of Defense Authorization Bill
Following months of public speculation and debate, Senate Democrats were unable to garner the required 60 votes in order to overcome the Republican-led filibuster of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (S. 3454). Republican senators were united in their opposition to the bill, which, in addition to ...
New Report on Colorado Highlights Need for Vigilance against State’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Providers
In an effort to inform Colorado’s residents of both the gains made in the state and the challenges local schools districts face to implement comprehensive sexuality instruction consistent with state law, The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released a ...
Mixed Results as Inauguration Year for Healthy Youth Act in North Carolina Schools Kicks Off
A North Carolina bill signed into law on June 29, 2009, the Healthy Youth Act, has gone into effect for the first time this 2010–2011 school year. The new law requires school systems to offer information to students in grades seven through nine about the use of contraceptives for the ...
Merrill, Wisconsin School District Follows State Law on Sex Education
The Wisconsin Healthy Youth Act, Assembly Bill 458, was signed into law on February 24, 2010. Since then, much time and effort has been put forth in Merrill, Wisconsin, to update the curriculum for the local school district’s human growth and development courses. The Merrill School District developed a human ...
Focus on the Family Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program Journeys to China
In response to the trend of increases in population, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy rates, one province in China has reached out to the right-wing organization Focus on the Family to implement abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula in high schools and universities. In preparation for this new policy, the Educational ...
San Francisco Jail Installs Condom Dispensers
San Bruno County jail recently expanded its condom availability program, The Novel Condom Access Program for San Francisco Jail Prisoners, to make condoms more accessible to inmates.[1] This September, the program will be extended through the installation of 16 condom dispensers for the 750 prisoners in the San Bruno facility ...

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