You know what we also have? We have questions. We have questions about sex and sexuality and all that stuff, especially when we’re younger and especially because “that stuff” often isn’t covered by mainstream sex education. It’s not covered by most but the most liberal and extensive of sex education.
Scarleteen is a comprehensive sexuality education site; we have a messageboard, a text service, articles, polls, blog posts, and expert advice columns. We support over FIVE MILLION young people every year on a really modest budget; under 60K to support all of that.
And when I say “we” I do mean “we” because I work with Scarleteen. I am a Scarleteen volunteer because I know how important sexuality education is, and I know how important it is to be able to ask absolutely any question and receive a factual, nonjudgmental answer from somebody. This is especially important to me, as a trans person, because there’s just not a ton of information out there about sexuality education for folks outside the gender binary.
Sexuality education goes way, way beyond “how not to get pregnant” or “don’t get a sexually transmitted infection.” Sexuality education is about healthy relationships AND healthy bodies. We truly focus on both at Scarleteen. And we do it with an almost-entirely volunteer staff, and any extra education we need comes entirely from the wonderful (and overworked) Heather Corinna. We’re a really small group, all with lives outside Scarleteen, providing a lot of services to a lot of people and we do it because we love and respect healthy sexuality. But we can’t do it for free.
Please consider a generous donation to Scarleteen. If all you can spare is a few dollars that’s great. But if you truly care about sexuality education and you CAN afford to give more please consider doing so. Sexuality education is so important.