1. Anonymous said: hello, who is monitoring this? I didn't know this was a feature on the QSE site. - Cheryl

    It’s a combination of Carly and Dom. :) 

     

  2. teenhealthsource:

    Bisexuality is the “B” in the LGBTQ acronym. It’s a sexual orientation with which many celebrities have identified publicly. It’s got its own visibility day!

    But what is bisexuality, and why is today so important?

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    Because the topic is so difficult to understand, there are many…

     
  3. straylightjay:

    10 questions to never ask a transgender person by Laura Jane Grace

    (via fromthefirefalls)

     
  4. lanepatriquin:

    embroidery april 2014

    quote from Ollie Renee Schminkey

    (via hellastarboy)

     
  5. fuckyeahbiguys:

    "I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This

    (via queerkenosis)

     

  6. mentally-illectric:

    things i needed to hear in health class:

    • puberty might make you squishier and its ok
    • vaginas have a smell and it’s a ok
    • all kinds of people with all kinds of bodies have gr8 sex
    • genitals do not all look the same and variety is rad
    • people have stretch marks sometimes
    • people have pimples on their butts sometimes
    • people have cellulite sometimes
    • gender =/= sex
    • sex =/= scary danger FEAR
    • bodies aren’t scary or gross or sacred 
    • everything is ok

    (via queerkenosis)

     
  7. gendeer-queer:

    marshmallowknight:

    punktrolls:

    Clothes don’t have a gender.

    ok but “male” and “female” pronouns = cissexist

    pronouns, like clothing, have no gender

    example on how to say what pronouns you use “I want to be referred to with he/him/his pronouns.” or “I want to be referred to with she/her/hers pronouns.”
    Bam.

    (via queerkenosis)

     
  8. teenhealthsource:

    Tips for Safer and More Pleasurable Anal Play

    When we say “anal play,” we’re talking about a whole range of sexual activities that involve your butt! These can include things like:

    • Putting fingers around/inside someone’s butt
    • Putting a tongue around/inside someone’s butt (rimming)
    • Putting a penis inside someone’s butt
    • Putting a dildo or other sex toy inside someone’s butt
    • Putting a hand inside someone’s butt (fisting)

    Folks of all gender identities and sexual orientations can enjoy anal play if they feel comfortable doing that, as long as it happens with everyone’s consent.

    What are the risks?

    Like most sexual activities, if anal play happens with a partner there can be risks of infection.

    Here are some tips for making anal play more comfortable that can also reduce the risk of experiencing discomfort or getting an STI:

    • Talk to you partner before engaging in anal play about what each of you want the experience to be like
    • Use condoms on sex toys and penises, gloves on hands and dental dams for oral/rimming. Don’t put things in or around the vulva/vagina if they have been in the butt, unless you wash them or use a new condom
    • Take it slow: if you are inserting things, start with smaller toys/less fingers and work your way up. Use lots of lube
    • During anal play, check in with your partner about what feels good and what doesn’t. Ask “does this feel good?” and “Do you like it when I…?” This will help make sure they are comfortable and is also important to make sure you have ongoing and enthusiastic consent

    Visit Teen Health Source for more information on sexual health, puberty and relationships. And, if you live in Toronto, you can speak to a trained peer volunteer who can answer your questions by text, online chat, or phone

     
  9. teenhealthsource:

    Getting called out and how to apologize

    Oh no! You accidentally said something super hurtful, and someone called you out on it. Now what?

    Apologizing can be one of the most difficult things to do. We are all in different places in our learning, and we all mess up in big ways. Here are some tips for making meaningful apologies:

    - acknowledge and own what you have done wrong. Use “I” statements (for example “I am sorry that I….”

    - say why what you did was problematic. For example, say something like “What I just said was super transphobic. When I said that, I was perpetuating negative stereotypes about trans people, and that’s messed up.”

    - commit to change your behavior. For example, “I’ll be sure not to do that again.”

    - support the person you harmed in their self care. Say, “I know you might be feeling really hurt right now. Is there anything I can do to support you?” Offer to buy them lunch, or to take their shift at work so they have time to care for themself. Know that anything you do won’t make up for what you have done, but is part of your process of accountability

    Strategies for Solidarity:

    - Step back. Let the people you are trying to be in solidarity with do what they need to do on their own, and then volunteer your time and resources to help out

    - Be sensitive. Recognize when your being at an event would disrupt the space/ prevent others from being there, and don’t go. For example, if there’s a panel about transphobia with limited space and you’re cis, you going might prevent trans people from being there. And if you’re white and there’s an event specifically for people of colour, you going can make people feel unsafe

    - Be supportive. Support the decisions of the people you are trying to be in solidarity with

    Visit Teen Health Source for more information on sexual health, puberty and relationships. And, if you live in Toronto, you can speak to a trained peer volunteer who can answer your questions by text, online chat, or phone

     
  10. teenhealthsource:

    thismighthurt:

    Intimacy: The Whys, Hows, How-Nots, and So-Nots

    A great Scarleteen article on intimacy by Heather Corinna with a few cute example illustrations! More illustrations in the article :)

    Check out this awesome article from Scarleteen!