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STUDY: LGBT Kids Who Come Out In High School Have Better Long-Term Health Outcomes

A new study finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who come out during high school suffer lower rates of depression and anxiety and higher rates of self-esteem, long-term, than those who hide their identity from their peers — even if they’re bullied as a result of coming out. The study, published in the current … Continue reading

‘They Aren’t Confused’: Landmark Study Shows Transgender Children Have Consistent, ‘Deeply-Held’ Gender Identity

Transgender children as young as 5 years-old demonstrate consistent gender identity across a variety of implicit gender-association measures, according to a landmark study to be published in the journal Psychological Science. The study found that the responses of children who identify as transgender are indistinguishable from those of children who do not identify as trans, … Continue reading

Breakthrough: Scientists Identify Brain Networks Underlying Gender Identity

In a potentially groundbreaking discovery, researchers have identified the brain network underlying the very personal gender identity of every human being, providing one of the strongest biological explanations for transgender identification to date.  Gender identity — our sense of belonging to the male or female gender — is an inherent component of the human identity … Continue reading

STUDY: Adults With Autism At Higher Risk For Sexual Victimization Due To Lack Of Sex Education

Adults with autism are at an increased risk of sexual victimization, according to a new study by York University scientists. The researchers found that a lack of sex education is driving the risk, and they say that with improved interventions focused on sexual knowledge and skill building, the risk could be reduced. “Adults with Autism … Continue reading

New Louisiana Law Could Shut Down Most Abortion Clinics In The State

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed into law on Thursday an anti-abortion bill that could shut down four out of the state’s five abortion-providing clinics. The bill, which requires all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, is similar to a law that has been shutting down clinics in Texas. Only one … Continue reading

Teen Pregnancy Rate Plunges Thanks To Birth Control, Comprehensive Sex Ed

  Pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates among U.S. teenagers continue to plunge to record lows, according to a new report. These findings confirm an encouraging trend that researchers have been tracking for the past two decades. The latest evidence on the trend comes from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, who found that much of the … Continue reading

Nation’s Leading Medical Research Institution Calls Out Ineffective Anti-Choice Policies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on teen pregnancy, calling out how ineffective “abstinence-only” programs really are: “Only four out of 10 [teenagers] said they had been given information both on how to say no to sex and about birth control. And 83 percent of the boys and girls who had … Continue reading

How Republicans Are About To Make This State’s Teen Pregnancy & STD Crisis A Lot Worse

In Louisiana’s latest attack on reproductive rights, conservative legislators are trying to prevent medical professionals who also provide abortion services from educating children on issues related to “human sexuality or family planning.” If passed, House Bill 305, which was approved by a House Health and Welfare Committee last week, would ban those with direct ties to abortion … Continue reading

In New Report, CDC Highlights Need For More Efforts To Prevent Teen Pregnancy

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that although births to teens aged 15 to 17 have decreased, girls from this group in the US are still having nearly 1,700 births a week. The organization says this highlights the need for interventions targeted at teens. Not only do teenage mothers … Continue reading

Study Reveals Just How Much Parents Misunderstand Teen Sexuality

  It can be difficult for parents of teenagers to come to terms with the fact their kids may have sex, particularly given widespread concerns about the consequences of teen sexual activity. In fact, a study from North Carolina State University shows that many parents think that their children aren’t interested in sex – but … Continue reading

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