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.

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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.

Age of Sexual Debut Among US Adolescents (2009)


This study examines gender and racial/ethnic differences in sexual debut, computing the probability of not becoming sexually active from the age of 12 to 17. The survey used for this study is the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). The study finds that African American youth have the earliest sexual debut. The study also recommends that sex education programs should be racially and ethnically sensitive.

  • “African-American males experienced sexual debut earlier than all other groups.”
  • “Asian males and females experienced sexual debut later than all groups.”
  • “The probability for sexual debut by their 17th birthday was greatest for African Americans (74% females, 82% males) and Hispanic males (69%).”

Citation: Cavazos-Rehg, P.A., Krauss, M.J., Spitznagel, E.L., Schootman, M., Bucholz, K.K., Peipert, J.F., Sanders-Thompson, V., Cottler, L.B. (2009). Age of sexual debut among US adolescents. Contraceptions. Vol. 80., No. 2. p. 158-162

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Human Development Lesson Plans


Lesson Plans within the SexEdLibrary are brought to you by SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States), a highly acclaimed resource for educators, counselors, administrators, and health professionals seeking the latest in human sexuality research, lesson plans, and professional development opportunities. Lesson plans in this area cover topics such as: Reproductive and Sexual Anatomy, Puberty, Reproduction, Body Image, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity.

Link to lesson plans.