Negotiating Our Membership: Factors leading Latina lesbians to develop a politicized collective identity (2014)

This is a project thesis headed up by Susana Rodriquez who attended Smith College. This paper is about how Latinas have to balance different identities when they are at the college campus. Queer Latinas run into what is called the “double minority” tern in which queer Latinas are part of two not priviledged groups: queer and Latina. She writes about how she came to campus and “came out” and was a attending a mostly white campus. She learned about power and oppresion in her classes on campus. She critiques some of the major identity “fathers” in missing the intersection piece.

Click here to read the rest of this thesis.


A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual-Health

This is a report that talks about how to do comprehensive sexual education with youth that have been through trauma.

It covers sexual health, sexual education, populations affected, preventions, trauma, strengths and needs, therapeutic services and safety plans for those who have experienced trauma.

Click on the link before to read more.


Is there a future for the LBGTQ Movement?

My2024 is an online game, a national conversation, and a giant party for 10 days in October 2014 asking lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people across the United States how our lives and communities could change in the year 2024.

This is a good resource for young LGBTQ people and those that work with them, including but not limited to teachers, nurses, medics, counselors, therapists, professors and parents. It is also a good resource for those questioning. A very good resource for those who do not identify but are students in a school setting.

Click here to read more.

The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on GLBTQ Youth of Color (2007)

This publication focuses on the obstacles youth of color face with discrimination and racism.

  • Queer youth of color are less likely to be out to their parents
  • In research gathered at Black Pride events, Black youth said the church considered homosexuality a sin.
  • Youth of color say they feel they have to choose between culture and sexual identities.

Click here to read the full article.

California Core Comps for Providers of Adolescent Sex and Reproductive Programs (2008)

This guide includes Core Competencies for adult providers and educators of adolescent sexual and reproductive health to deliver effective, sensitive and appropriate programs and services.

Programs and agencies might use the Core Competencies to:

  • guide the hiring, training, development and evaluation of staff
  • increase collaboration and cross training between agencies
  • support consistent health outcomes for adolescents
  • ensure that all programs are grounded in shared body of knowledge and skills

Click here to read more.

Georgia Name Change Kit (2012)

This kit explains why someone might want to change their name and how they can go about doing that in Georgia. It is writing knowing that institutions can be intimidating to working class, the young and people of color. It guides you throughout the steps you need to complete to change your name and or gender in Georgia.

This is useful to youth who want to change their names and/or genders. It is also useful to those working with those desiring to change their names and/or gender.

Click here to access the kit.

Reproductive Justice & Violence: Innovative models

This document presents the innovative work that organizations that work with youth through Chicago were doing.

Sisters Empowering Sisters created a zine. Global Girls created a performance piece that asked young women to think about waiting until they are 24 to have children. Beyondmedia created a video about HIV.

This document can be used by community members, non for profit organization interested in new ideas.

Click here to see more ideas.

How the Reproductive Justice Movement Can be Allies to Girls, Young Women and Transgender People involved in the sex trade and street economy

These are tips for working with young folks in the sex trade.

  • support the work of organizations that are led by youth in the sex trade and do not just merely “speak for or represent” the community
  • do not ask for their “story”. they will share it with you when they are ready.
  • they are not all just “victims” and/or “empowered. let them identify as they choose, do not choose for them.
  • stay away from using the word prostitute or trafficking. let them choose what word they want to use to describe their own experiences. using sex trade is better.

Click here to read the rest of the tips.

2014 Deportations Hurt Women Infographic Series

This resource shows statistics and images about how deportations affect women and their reproductive health.

Women who migrate to the U.S. and are undocumented risk being detained and deported. This separates the mother from the child. Women try to come back and reunite with children but if caught are then held in detention center a.k.a prison away from their children. These children are placed in the welfare system. Women are detained when migrating to the U.S and denied proper healthcare.

Click here to go to this resource.

Characteristics of Parents of Sexually Healthy Adolescents (1995)

This is a list of characteristics that understanding parents have.

It lists:

  • respecting the young person
  • finding resources and educational materials to share with the young person.
  • seeking additional help when needed
  • talking about sexuality in an open manner with the young person
  • check in with young person about their life, dating life and partners

To read the entire list click here.

Doula support during first-trimester surgical abortion: a randomized controlled trial (2014)

This study found that having a doula makes first trimester surgical abortion more manageable. 96.2% recommended routine doula support for abortion and 60.4% indicated interest in training as doulas. Among women who did not receive doula support, 71.6% of women would have wanted it. Additional clinical staff was needed to provide support for 2.9% of women in the doula group and 14.7% of controls (P < .01).


Although doula support did not have a measurable effect on pain or satisfaction, women overwhelmingly recommended it for routine care. Women receiving doula support were less likely to require additional clinic support resources. Doula support therefore may address patient psychosocial needs.

This study can be used by health professionals, youth workers, nurses and clinics.

Click here to read the full study.

“‘It’s Way Out Of My League’: Low-Income Women’s Experiences of Medicalized Infertility.” (2009)

This article speaks to how women of lower SES (social economic status) have less access to fertility treatment. The author then goes on to say that this is partly because of the notion that women of color are always fertile and always making more babies. Women of color of lower SES are left out of the conversation. Women of color are more likely to have access to sterilization than fertility treatments. Middle class women have more access to fertility treatments.

This is a good article for medical professionals, clinics, nurses, and abortion clinics.

Click here to read the article.