SOJOURN Introduces Sex Ed Queeries:
Comprehensive and Inclusive Education for LGBTQ+, Jewish and Allied Teens
Atlanta, GA, 6/9/2020: The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN) has launched its new program, Sex Ed Queeries, a comprehensive sex education program for LGBTQ+, Jewish teens and allies.
Funded by JumpSpark and the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta as well as being proud recipients of the Jewish Women’s Fund Power of Giving Circle, Sex Ed Queeries is one of the few programs to offer trusted healthy sex education to meet the needs of Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer plus (LGBTQ+) teens, as well as being relevant to all teens.
Rooted in best practices in sexual education such as Our Whole Lives, positive self-esteem, Sources of Strength and other vetted sources, the Sex Ed Queeries team worked with a diverse array of experts to develop an affirming, informational and relevant curriculum for Jewish, LGBTQ+ and allied teens.
The program covers a broad range of topics such as human development, relationships, disease prevention and contraception. Sessions include: Coming Out While Staying In; F*** the Isms: Stigma, Biases and Stereotypes; and Conversations on Consent.
SOJOURN Executive Director Rebecca Stapel Wax said, “We know that youth who are given structured opportunities to explore human development, relationships, contraception and disease prevention feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes. These include fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted infections. Rarely are youth of faith able to explore how tenets of their religious tradition may influence their choices.”
Sex Ed Queeries is non-denominational and incorporates Mussar - a Jewish spiritual practice that gives concrete instructions on how to live a meaningful and ethical life. Mussar teaches ethics for cultivating inner virtue.
Using a virtual format, teens of all ages who identify as LGBTQ+ or Jewish or are allies to both identities are eligible to participate. To further support youth, parents, educators and clergy can also learn from these tools.
Sex Ed Queeries Project Manager, McKenzie Wren said, “Our hope is to build better bridges of communication. Many families are uncomfortable talking about sexuality. This difficulty is compounded for LGBTQ+ teens as families are often not equipped with information specific to the needs of their gender or sexually diverse teens. We want to change that.”
SOJOURN is the American South's resource for Jewish & LGBTQ+ programming, education, support and advocacy. Our mission is to advance LGBTQ+ affirmation and empowerment across the South.
For Sex Ed Queeries details, contact us at SEQ@sojourngsd.org