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Community that Connects

Future of Sex Education Project

Future of Sex Education Project

At its core, sexuality education comprises the foundation upon which young people develop knowledge, attitudes and skills that help them as they develop. All young people need and have the right to age-appropriate, honest sexuality education to help them take personal responsibility for their sexual health, both now and in the future. The mission of the FoSE project is to advance the implementation and institutionalization of comprehensive sex education in public schools.


PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Center on Halsted

Center On Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

Organizations that Complete the Puzzle

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.



SIECUS-the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States - was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS educates, advocates, and informs.


HRC - Human Rights Campaign

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.

Media that Matters

Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader

Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader

Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader has a strong sociological focus and a sex-positive perspective. With 38 new readings, Sex Matters covers a wide and diverse range of sexual experiences and identities and tackles controversial issues in a straightforward, nonstigmatizing manner. The editors mix qualitative and quantitative empirical pieces, sexual narratives and personalized accounts, cutting-edge research, and articles from the popular press for a wealth of content and diverse perspectives.

Sex + with Laci Green

Sex + with Laci Green

A frank video series about sexuality that entertains, educates, and connects internationally with Sex Plus You Tube viewers. Laci promotes a comprehensive model of sex education while improving accuracy and inclusivity of sex education.

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity

Allen's proven ability and flare for presenting complex and oftentimes sensitive topics in nonthreatening ways carry over in the latest edition of Difference Matters. Her down-to-earth analysis of six social identity categories reveals how communication establishes and enacts identity and power dynamics. She provides historical overviews to show how perceptions of gender, race, social class, sexuality, ability, and age have varied throughout time and place.

Services that Stand Out

Rad Remedy

Rad Remedy

RAD Remedy is dedicated to connecting trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care.

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Founded in 1967, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is devoted to the promotion of sexual health by the development and advancement of the fields of sexual therapy, counseling, and education. AASECT's mission is the advancement of the highest standards of professional practice for educators, counselors and therapists.



UCAN is a multi-faceted social service organization building strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. The meaningful programming UCAN provides meets the critical needs of Chicago's must at-risk populations.

Resources by Identity or Category

Asexual Asexual Icon

An asexual is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are. Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community; each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction, and arousal somewhat differently. Asexuality is just beginning to be the subject of scientific research. - (according to

Bisexual Bisexual Icon

A bi person has the capacity for romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one gender. For most people, that simply means that you can be attracted to both men and women. If you honestly feel you meet that criteria, then you are bisexual. - (accroding to


BDSM is a variety of erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience. Interest in BDSM can range from one-time experimentation to a lifestyle.

Kinkiness or kinky, is a colloquial term used to describe unconventional sexual practices, concepts or fantasies. The term derives from the idea of a "bend" (cf. a "kink") in one's sexual behaviour, to contrast such behaviour with "straight" or "vanilla" sexual mores and proclivities. The term "kink" has been claimed by some who practice sexual fetishism as a term or synonym for their practices, indicating a range of sexual and sexualistic practices from playful to sexual objectification and certain paraphilias. - (according to Wikipedia)

Disability Disability Icon

Disabled bodies are not sexualized even though sexuality certainly exists; we simply refuse to acknowledge its presence. Our culture tends to think people with disabilities are not able to have "real" sex or simply do not need sex. This has led to a history of seclusion, loss of sexual agency, and a lack of sex education within various communities.

Gay/Lesbian Gay/Lesbian Icon

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual (A male who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other males). Commonly used when referring to males, but can also be used to refer to females. A lesbian is a female homosexual: a female who experiences romantic love or sexual attraction to other females. The term lesbian is also used to express sexual identity or sexual behavior regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction. - (according to Wikipedia)

Intersex Intersex Icon

“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY. The total number of people whose bodies differ from standard male or female is approximately one in one hundred births. - (according to Intersex Society of North America)

Older Adults Older Adults Icon

Our culture perceives older adults as non-sexual beings as if everyone’s sex drive simply stops at some magical age. As a result we limit and discourage their ability to be sexual as they enter assisted living facilities and forget that sex education is still important to prevent STIs and foster safe sexual agency.

Pansexual Pansexual Icon

Pansexuality, or omnisexuality,is sexual attraction, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are insignificant or irrelevant in determining whether they will be sexually attracted to others. Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a subset of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity. Because pansexual people are open to relationships with people who do not identify as strictly men or women, and pansexuality therefore rejects the gender binary, the "notion of two genders and indeed of specific sexual orientations." - (according to Wikipedia)

Polyamory Polyamory Icon

Polyamory is the practice, desire, or acceptance of intimate relationships that are not exclusive with respect to other sexual or intimate relationships, with knowledge and consent of everyone involved. It has been described as "consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy",and may or may not include polysexuality (attraction towards multiple genders or sexes). - (according to Wikipedia)

Queer Queer Icon

Think of queer as an umbrella term. It includes anyone who a) wants to identify as queer and b) who feels somehow outside of the societal norms in regards to gender or sexuality. This, therefore, could include the person who highly values queer theory concepts and would rather not identify with any particular label, the gender fluid bisexual, the gender fluid heterosexual, the questioning LGBT person, and the person who just doesn’t feel like they quite fit in to societal norms and wants to bond with a community over that. It is a fluid label as opposed to a solid label, one that only requires us to acknowledge that we’re different without specifying how or in what context. - (according to

Sex Work Sex Work Icon

Sex workers include men and women and transgendered persons who offer sexual services in exchange for money. The services may include prostitution (sexual intercourse) and other services such as phone sex. Sex workers engage in this for many reasons, but the key distinction here is that they do it voluntarily. They are not coerced or tricked into staying in the business but have chosen this from among the options available to them.

Sex work is often confused with sex trafficking, but they are very different. The trafficking of women and children into sexual slavery is undeniably a gross abuse of human rights. Like all trafficking, it involves coercion or trickery or both. Sex trafficking is an odious forms of trafficking, but it is far from the only one. Men, women and children are also — and more commonly — trafficked routinely for purposes of household and farm labor as well as sweatshop manufacturing. Their lives may be less media-genic than those of sex trafficking victims, but they are no less brutal, dangerous and degraded. - (according to

Swinging Swinging Icon

Swinging is a non-monogamous behavior in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship engage in sexual activities with others as a recreational or social activity. The swinger community sometimes refers to itself as "the lifestyle", or as "the alternative lifestyle". - (according to Wikipedia)

Transgender Transgender Icon

Transgender people experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression and their assigned sex. Transgender is also an umbrella term because, in addition to including trans men and trans women whose binary gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (and who are sometimes specifically termed transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition), it may include genderqueer people (whose identities are not exclusively masculine or feminine, but may, for example, be bigender, pangender or agender). Other definitions include third-gender people as transgender or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender, and infrequently the term is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers. - (according to Wikipedia)

Youth Youth Icon

As children grow into young adults they are fed mixed messages as well as a vast amount of misinformation about sex and sexuality through the media, peers, parents, and educational institutions due to fear of simply having an open conversation about sex and sexuality. Our youth are often treated as nonsexual beings even as they become sexualized. To prevent sexual repression and shame, it is important to acknowledge their developing sexual bodies and sexuality.

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