A recent study conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA estimated that roughly 10% of young people identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and nearly 1% identify as trans. These numbers are almost certainly underestimates. If you're a caring adult, you're take these numbers seriously and wondering how you can create a safe, inclusive and healthy environment for the young people in your life who may fall into these categories.
We talk a lot about sexual health, consent, gender, boundaries, self-love and body image in my clinic, and I'm honored that Coach Sommer Mahoney joined us today for a critical conversation about how to upskill so that we can support LGBTQIA+ youth as they navigate childhood, puberty, relationships, love, sex and more.
Coach Mahoney is uniquely equipped to educate us about this topic for a number of reasons. As a History and Global Studies teacher, Head Varsity Soccer Coach, Gay Straight Alliance advisor, dorm parent and Masters in Cultural Studies from Dartmouth (expected August 2022), Sommer has a unique persepective on our culture's approach to gender, sexuality and young people that few of us have. She's also dedicated to teaching other adults how to get it right when it comes to their kids. I am super grateful for the time she spent with us and know you'll love this talk.
Important timestamps so you can get right to the business of learning: