downloadIn response to: http://blog.aids.gov/2013/11/a-victory-for-lgbt-health-in-the-americas.htm Equality should be a right and not a prize to be won. Unfortunately in our society, it is difficult to discern when and where equality is sufficient. Thus, our society is intrinsically unequal. Campaigns such as the Human Rights Campaign (often denoted by a gold equal sign on a blue background) attempt to promote equality for the LGBT community. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Often members of the LGBT community are stigmatized and discriminated for their life choices. They are placed in a position of inequality and lower status in comparison to the heterosexual norm.  Such stigmas result in a fear of health care due to policies, which often discriminated against members of the LGBT community. This prejudice of the health system resulted in uncomfortable encounters with medical professionals, which proved inadequate and often resulted in avoidance of health care. October 2013 efforts were made to improve the quality and availability or access to health care for the LGBT community. It is an effort to combat the stigmatization and discrimination (and on occasion criminalization) associated with LGBT health procedures. This in turn would assist in decreasing Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) transmission among the community. For example, in 2008 the CDC reports 63% of syphilis cases occurred in homosexual and bisexual men. This is a result in part of insufficient health care and in some cases insufficient availability of health care.  However, please remember that STI’s are not solely for members of the LGBT community – anyone practicing unsafe sex can be the unfortunate recipient of an STI. Therefore it is important to practice safe sex whenever a sexual encounter is likely to occur. The move towards universal health services for hetero-normative communities and LGBT communities alike is a momentous step. It is an inch towards equality that is incredibly important for public health and the health of individuals in the LGBT community. That said, it is best to keep it “Safe and Sexy” for any person- so don’t forget that Tang provides safer sex supplies for a fee and SHEP will be out tabling on Wednesdays handing out traditional condoms (and more) so take advantage of it!


Sexual assault is a hot button topic on the UC Berkeley campus this semester.  It is a necessary topic and one that often gets brushed under political dogma and fear.  But did you know there’s actually an act to inform you about sexual assault and violence statistics on campus? No? Neither did I until this semester.  It’s the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and it was passed into law in 1990 in reaction the assault and murder of the young woman the act is named after: Jeanne Clery.

So what is sexual assault? Sexual assault is nonconsensual sexual activity, which includes but is not limited to: Rape, molestation, and even inappropriate touching. Many people place sexual assault under the umbrella term of sexual harassment.

Now, why does this definition matter and why does the Clery Act matter for you? Many people maintain a fuzzy definition of what it means to be sexually assaulted and furthermore, many victims of sexual assault are hesitant to step forward. It can be difficult to determine the safety of our campus based on assumptions and the Clery Act helps clarify matters.  UC Berkeley’s Clery Act statistics can be found at safetycounts.berkeley.edu it is broken down into multiple categories so that it can encompass a large swath of the campus and clearly delineate statistics.  Sexual assault is broken into a larger category of Sex offenses. And accounts of reported offenses – verified and unverified.  This can be valuable for individuals who question how common sexual assault is. However, please remember that approximately 60% of sexual assault goes unreported every year.

Many people believe that sexual assault will never happen to them- much in the same way a woman might believe she will never be that pregnant college student, or that they can’t contract an STI. To emphasize the importance of safety here are some statistics on sexual assault.

  • 15% of college women report surviving a rape attempt since their 14th birthday
  • 3% of college men report surviving a rape attempt in their lifetime.

 

What are some resources if you may have been a victim of sexual assault?

  • TANG: Counseling services as well as medical services are available if you suspect or believe you have been sexually assaulted.
  • Highland Hospital: Highland Hospital is designated as a forensic evidence collection site in the advent of sexual assault if you would like to file charges.

Sexual assault is a serious topic and should be considered as such, if you would like more information about sexual assault, it can be found at Tang or the GenEq Center. Image


I recently read an article by Josh Goodman on The Huffington Post that talked about his views on advocating a sex education curriculum that included aspects of LGBT. The article touched upon 5 reasons that including LGBTQ topics in sex education would be beneficial for both the community in specific, as well as the general community. That being said, his first two reasons are that it is beneficial for LGBT youth as well as promotes beneficial and positive outcomes for those who feel outcasted by their friends and family. The third point he makes is that it promotes an “accepting school environment” where heterosexual youth interact with the LGBT community with more acceptance as compared to tolerance, which leads into is fourth reason, being that the general community obtains a clear and true understanding about sexual orientation myths and rumors. His last point reflects upon this as well, as he promotes that an LGBTQ-inclusive sex education course truthfully depicts sexual orientation and gender identity in real life, and not as stories or fearful tales of gossips.

In my opinion, these statements are pretty valid in theory, but in real life I fear for the ignorance and disregard towards personal preferences that most students in the U.S. would regard this curriculum with. Although times are changing, especially in the United States concerning the growing tolerance of the LGBT community, the same is not essentially true for the growing acceptance of such community. I speak as part of this community when I say that I am afraid of being stigmatized for advocating this radical curriculum change towards the entire nation, but would not be afraid of advocating it in more liberal communities, such as my hometown in Union City, CA. To me, I would like more people to understand the LGBT community, but be introduced to it gradually and not have it shoved in their faces.

Source cited: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-a-goodman/lgbtq-inclusive-sex-ed_b_3834914.html

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rasI did my random act of sexiness at Pappy’s Bar on Wednesday, February 19th around 1pm. I was a little nervous to go into Pappy’s because it was kind of packed for a Wednesday afternoon. There was a soccer game that everyone was into. The first persons that I approached, they were 2 young Asian girls I explained to them what I was doing and they laughed and agreed. They also agreed to the picture being taken. The next group was guys and they first agreed until I had said I had to take a picture, and then they were too embarrassed. The rest of the people that I gave the condoms out to were a little embarrassed but I pleaded with them that I needed it for my class so they agreed. It was a fun experience but I wish people were not so embarrassed to talk about things involving sex. Condoms are so minimal when it comes to discussing sex (my opinion), so accepting the condoms isn’t a big deal. Some  of  the people acted like I was asking about their sex lives and their favorite position. Girls were actually more willing to take the condoms rather than the guys, which really surprised me. Overall, good experience.

 


This past weekend, following my coordinator’s suggestions, I distributed 30 condoms to the students who came to celebrate 4/20 at Memorial Glade. Of course, I was not smoking weed at the time I distributed. Angela RAS 420

For the most part, the festive feel of the gathering aided my safe sex supply distribution. A lot of people were glad to take a condom, and many asked for more than one. Some people did look at me like I were crazy or didn’t know what to say to me, but that’s a given, even if everyone is high as heaven and happy.

Overall, I feel like Robin was right–it’s a great idea to hand out safe sex supplies at an event like this because you never really know what’s going to happen after everyone leaves the glade. So, I’d rather have people be safe rather than sorry.

Happy Easter and have a happy high!

Anal-Play Angela.


It is an honor to be a part of a community composed of intelligent and educated women. Women who strive to be enlighten in the field of science, engineering, and mathematics. Women that proudly wear their community logo, WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), across their heart. While only an estimated amount of thirty-five young ladies compose the Unit 4 theme program of WiSE, the UC Berkeley campus secretly acquires these intelligent women all around.

Even though, I do not possess a sit within the walls of WiSE, they are the community that reflects my identity.  I am a women in love with mathematics, a minority on campus, strives for education, and a leader in my community. WiSE is literally part of my community, for I also reside in the resident halls of Unit 4. We are neighbors and as such it’s an honor to name my community, WiSE.

As educated women, we understand the importance of expanding our minds in all field that relate to us. In our pursuit to master a field in science, engineering, or mathematics, our personal life will always follow. We must insure that knowledge about our health is up to date which includes our sexual health. It must accommodate our lifestyle, so the focus lies in having an understanding of sexual health, other sexual debuts, practicing safer sex, and keeping an updated knowledge on STIs/ HIV. Understanding our personal needs will insure that when we are ready to engage in any sexual activity, we recognize that there is endless options. We are an active participate when it comes to educated our minds in sexual health.

I will be presenting a combination of four workshops that address the matters that are most important and will engage my WiSE community. Beginning with an introduction to sexual health, followed by sexual debuts that connect to practicing safer sex, and ending with STIs/HIV this will ensure knowledge. I will also address personal knowledge about our wonderful women body by including a workshop about sexual pleasure. Where exactly will I insert this workshop I myself have yet to determine? While learning about STIs is important, it’s not exactly an uplifting conversation. My series of workshops will probably end with sexual pleasure to enlighten the women about the benefits of sexual knowledge.

From posters, word of mouth, and social media, I plan to publicize my project to my community. I am excited in exploring sexual health with my fellow WiSE community, to bring awareness all while having fun.


Let us go back to 1864 in Great Britain, a period of social reform and evangelical ideals.  During this period of time prostitution in Britain began to gain ground and the government’s reaction was to instate the Contagious Diseases Act.

The Contagious Diseases Act was instated in 1864 as a result of growing venereal disease (Sexually Transmitted Infections -STIs) in Great Britain as a result of unsafe sex practices in the armed forces. Shockingly, Britain’s disapproval manifested itself in an action against female prostitutes as the vector of STIs. The act was brutal in its treatment of women- many of which had little recourse other than prostitution.  It is a negative moment in Britain’s history during a period of high political reformation. It inspired women to seek for higher status in the government through the form of women suffrage.

The deviousness of the Act lies in how it was enacted in 1864.  The goal was to reduce the spread of STIs by reducing the number of prostitutes in the districts of Britain near barracks. Men of the armed forces would often seek relief through sex by purchasing the time of a prostitute and spreading STIs they had received from intercourse in the past- or they received them from the prostitute. The Contagious Disease act allowed for women to be placed in an asylum where they could- and would- be forced into a physical gynecological examination to check for sexually transmitted infections. From there women would be subjected to insertion of speculums into their vagina for an intense examination. If proven to have an STI they were then forced to remain in the asylum for treatment, if treatment existed.  Therefore, rather than treating both men and women for their infections the government ostracize the women who were often poor, illiterate, and unable to provide for their own sexual safety in an attempt to escape poverty.

Today, much more is known about STIs and their symptoms and transmission. A lack of knowledge and the availability of safe sex supplies such as barrier condoms – fabric and animal membrane as well as withdrawal were the few attempts made at prevention of pregnancy and STI transmission – allowed for the Contagious Disease Act to proliferate in Britain. It was dismantled in 1886 after avid discontent and pressure from reformist groups were placed against the government.

In response to a History 151C Lecture:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeeIp5AC_4o&list=PL-XXv-cvA_iDVbdSEzKJ5aNg12CVObHtX#t=37m57s

 


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-04/01/content_319807.htm

This article, “History of Chinese Homosexuality”, online from China Daily has one massive problem: it claims that there is no record of lesbianism in Chinese History. That’s incredibly wrong.  First of all,  from Gay and Lesbian Asia: Culture, Identity, Community by Gerad Sullivan has half of a book dedicated to “lesbianism” in China. However, technically speaking, there were no labels for sexual orientation in traditional china, as they felt no desire to group  sexual desire into a binary like the western world. Instead, sexuality was described as a social tool rather than an orientation; the higher your hierarchical class, the more power you had to be sexually interested in young female concubine or a young male,  there was essentially no difference.

But to cut to the binary term “lesbians,”  from Yan Li’s Understanding Chinese Lesbians’ Subjective Well-being During Sexual Identity, she claims that during the late Zhou Dynasty  to the Qing Dynasty, (221 B.C. to 1911 A.D) that homosexuality flourished within the female sphere and required very little validation or were denounced in anyway until the Cultural Revolution. Women were said to have an unlimited “yin” essence so there was no loss of yin in female homosexuality, unlike male sexuality where they lost yang essence. However, male homosexuality became more widespread after the Zhou Dynasty was over.

In short, not everything you find on the internet is true, and especially when an article tries to erase or deny the history of lesbians in China entirely? Well that’s not cool. Have a great day!  (picture of Li Yu’s play, Women in Love from Beijing in 2010)


 I’m Bondage Brittany and as the quote goes “Not four years, but for life. “ As a member of the Greek Community, it has become incredibly important to me to educate both fraternities and sororities on sexual health.  The result is a drive to reach out to both the PanHellenic and Inter-Fraternity Council groups and helps them fulfill their harm reduction, or risk management requirements.

Berkeley’s Greek community is composed of 33 social fraternities and 14 social sororities and thus the overall community numbers in the thousands. While I acknowledge that I cannot reach every single fraternity or sorority, my main goal in this is to introduce SHEP to the Greek community as a valuable, fun, and reliable method of sex education. Myths and misconceptions tend to run rampant throughout many communities and the Greek community is not an exception.  As a result, it is incredibly valuable for both fraternities and sororities to learn about resources such as SHEP and to make use of them to correct and add to collective knowledge about sex and foster a sex positive environment.

SHEP has approximately six standard workshops ranging from sexual debuts to sexual pleasure. There is no standard route in which I plan to give workshops as each fraternity and sorority has different needs and desires- much like an individual when it comes to sex! It is vital that I can adapt to the needs of my community in order to present each workshop to the best of its ability and to fill and refine Greek understanding of sexual health.  From STIs to sexual assault, it is important that I can tailor to the needs of the Greek system.

Word of mouth is perhaps the most important method of publicizing my workshops to the Greek community. Each individual workshop should be fun and educational in such a manner to encourage the Greek community to open its doors to SHEP and invite it back time and time again. It is furthermore my hope to be able to use chalking, flyers, and social media in order to get information out to the Greek community.

A common epithet for the Greek community is “Letters today, leaders tomorrow” and as such it is important to teach the Greek community to keep it safe and sexy from the dance floor to the bedroom and much more.


Since I work at I house, I thought it would be a great idea to do a random act of sexiness there! I work in the resident student center, people come to her purchase everyday things like stamps, shampoo and things of that nature. So when residents came by the store I offered them magnum condoms and the few lubes I had left. People were very awkward when I tried to hand them condoms and refused to touch them. Others gladly accepted them, I had a european male, come back with his friends and take some. I also gave safer sex supplies to my co worker Anthony! Oh and if you were wondering if it was a okay with my boss that I did this, I asked her beforehand, and she was super excited about it and even took some lube! It was a super sexy day at I House, you should have been there!

-kinky khajee




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