The month of June was recently officially declared
National LGBT Pride Month by President Obama. June has traditionally been named as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. The Twin Cities Pride Festival
is at the end of this month, June 28-30.
How do you know if you are in an abusive relationship? Watch this Teen Dating Violence PSA
and focus on the details. Notice how things start out. Have you ever been in a situation like that? What should the girl have done? What should the boy have done?
If you're planning to go to prom, you've probably started to think about your date, and what you'll wear. Now's the time to think about what you want to do after the dance. Many people assume that proms include alcohol and sex
. Spring celebrations can have lifelong implications. Make sure you and your date, and the people you party with, support each other's plans. Check throughout TeenLinks to get the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the birth rate for teen girls has dropped 8 percent between 2010 and 2011
. This is not a new trend, as teen birth rates have dropped from 2007 to 2011. The study put out by the NCHS has several theories as to why the teen birth rate has dropped, from the economy to the CDC recommending long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs to teens.
One out of four sexually active teens has a sexually transmitted infection. Contraceptive pills, oral sex and anal sex do not protect you from infection. Get the facts you need at Teens Health
, myHealth/West Suburban Teen Clinic
or a local clinic
. If a partner pressures you into high risk behaviors, think about whether it's the relationship for you.
Need a little help? Check out the Dating
and GLBTQ Relationships
pages, and the Counseling
information. Or, look for the new book Relationship smarts: how to navigate dating, friendships, family relationships, and more
by Joyce Markovics. You don't have to go it alone.
This local community network, Trans Youth Support Network
(TYSN), works to support trans youth in Minnesota. In March of 2013, they will be offering spots in their Leadership Development Program to youth members. Check out the website for more info!
Emotions can run extra hot during the coldest months. If you could benefit from a professional's advice, check the links on the counseling page
November 20th is International Transgender Day of Remembrance
, a day to memorialize those who have died because of anti-transgender prejudice. There will be two local Day of Remembrance vigils. One will be held at Living Table United Church of Christ
, located at 4001 38th Ave S in Minneapolis, at 7pm. The other vigil will be at Augsburg College, in Murphy Square Park 2211 Riverside Ave, starting at 5pm.
Not too thankful about Thanksgiving? Have a knot in your stomach when you think about your family gathering? Professional perspective can really help. Check out the counseling
resources information available through TeenLinks emergency help.
No one wants to be a bully. Stuff happens. Check out this prevention website
to see if maybe you want to make a few changes. This clip from Demi Lovato
tells what it feels like to be bullied and what you can do to turn things around.
As the new school year starts, this is your chance to think about what you want. Do you want to make your school a welcoming place for all students, or do you want to look the other way when kids are harassed? Think about it now, because you know it's going to happen. What will you do? Be part of the solution, or part of the problem? Need ideas? See dosomething.org
Consider these numbers: by 12th grade, 12% of Minnesota girls experience date-related sexual assault. Twenty six% of female college students have suffered intimate-partner violence. An estimated 60% of teen first pregnancies are preceded by molestation, rape or attempted rape. Be aware of the numbers. Get help
if you need it.
is a new online magazine for teen girls. They have awesome advice columns
, and a lot of great articles about sex and love
Every September is a new beginning. In the back of your mind, start thinking about how you want this year to be for you. Maybe you are ready to get to know new people, and let go of some prejudgments based on fear. The MTV2
show If You Really Knew Me
lets you watch as high schoolers
around the country get to know each other in new ways. It might give you some insight into your classmates and ideas about what you want.
Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta
, started the Born This Way Foundation
late last year to help "foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated." They aim to bring together three main pillars of Safety, Skills, and Opportunity to help build "a kinder, braver world". Check out their Stories Of Bravery
page and find out how you can do your part
Have questions about sex or sexuality? Check out the Sex 101 booklist
on our Read On page. Find your answers!
Sometimes it's hard to sort it all out. This month we have links to quizzes
and tips that make you think, and a video
to make you smile. You can check out the video producer's book from HCL
, Exactly as I am
Maybe it’s allergies, maybe it’s end of the year school pressures, or maybe it’s the warm weather, but emotions can be extra intense this time of year. For some coping strategies, check out the book Don't let your emotions run your life for teens by Sheri Van Dijk
, or these web sites
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month
in the United States. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate about preventing sexual violence.
Professional athletes like Minnesota Viking Chris Cook are not the only people with anger management issues and domestic assault histories. Learn more at Dating Violence Facts
The fastest growing youth group in America is multiracial. The number of multiracial young people in America increased almost 50% between 2000 and 2010, to 4.2 million. Carolyn Battle Cochrane
produced a documentary about being multiracial, I'm biracial not black, damn it.
Plan now for your best Valentines Day ever. It doesn't have to be about romance. Maybe you want to add your voice to the marriage equality debate, or organize an anti-Valentines Day to celebrate independence. Check Anti-VD
for some great ideas. Make "I will survive" your theme song