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In this issue: Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month + #SexEdForAll + Bold is Beautiful
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In This Issue:
Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month + #SexEdForAll + Bold is Beautiful

This month, we want to share the stories, perspectives, and voices of the Asian Pacific Islander American communities that show up day in and day out in our movement spaces. Happy Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month!

No matter where you live, you still have the right to safe and legal abortion care. None of the recently-passed abortion bans have yet gone into effect. We will be fighting back against these attacks with everything we've got. If you want to help Planned Parenthood stand strong against these and other attacks on care, please consider making a donation today.
Geena Rocero
Gender has always been considered a fact immutable. But we now know it's actually more fluid, complex, and mysterious. Because of my success, I never have the courage to share my story. Not because I thought what I am is wrong but because of how the world treats those of us who wish to break free"
– Geena Rocero
Geena Rocero is a transgender Filipino American supermodel and founder of Gender Proud, a media production company that focuses on elevating trans visibility. Her great hope for the community is that every trans person is free to self identify, confronted with the fewest possible barriers.
We kicked off May with the launch of Sex Ed For All Month: Accessing Power, Information, and Rights. Sex Ed For All aims to empower all young people in their right to access sex education and care.

The truth is: Less than 40% of high schools and only 14% of middle schools across the U.S. meet the national guidelines for sex education.

Growing up as a Black woman, sex was a taboo subject in my community and you could easily be labeled as "fast" just for asking questions or being curious. It was considered a conversation reserved for adults — even though my parents, and some of my friends, were teenage parents themselves.

I grew up in New Jersey, where mandatory sex education curriculum was implemented in 1983. However, conversations around sex and sexual health were optional in my high school. We talked about anatomy, puberty, dating, and relationships — everything but sex. When it came down to it, our teachers just weren't comfortable talking about sex with us.

Everything I did learn was centered on white American culture — the female anatomy we studied looked nothing like my own, and the skits on relationships and dating weren't reflective of my social culture. I didn't know that as a Black woman, I'm about 40% more likely to die from breast cancer1, about 3 times more likely to develop fibroids2, and 3 to 4 times more at risk of a pregnancy-related death than white women3.

Education is one piece of fighting back against stigma and the systemic issues that affect us disproportionately, but we have to start somewhere — we all have the right to access sex education and care.

This month, key sexual health legislation — The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA) and the Youth Access to Sexual Health Services Act (YASHS) — were re-introduced into Congress. These bills will expand access to sex ed for marginalized communities, like people of color and LGTBQ youth, and help ensure that all young people receive sex education by requiring that all educational material be medically accurate and based in science.

– Jamoya at Planned Parenthood
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1. Black Women And Breast Cancer: Why Our Diagnosis And Care Are Different
2. It's Not Normal: Black Women, Stop Suffering From Fibroids
3. CDC: Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Get the Details:
+ Netflix's 'Sex Education' Missed The Mark By Not Including Black Girls
+ From 'consent football' to 'pin the organ on the body': sex education around the world
+ A Black woman-led Philly non-profit hopes to revolutionize how we teach sex ed to girls
Committee Members of Asian Am Feminist Collective
Asian Am Feminist Collective NYC
Asian American Feminist Collective is an NYC-based group that grounds Asian American feminism in the present political moment. They host events that examine political issues facing their communities through a feminist lens and foster dialogue that explores the intersections of Asian American identity with issues of social justice. Their events are all about cultivating social change and lifting up community voices — guests include speakers like Fariha Róisín and Andy Marra.

Asian Am Feminist Collective produced an engaging series of stories written by their members called "First Times," which focuses on the lives of young people that are not normally or accurately represented in pop culture. Follow them on instagram @aafc.nyc.

Photo Credit: Ladygunn/Jena Cumbo
Adeline's Story
The right to make the most important, consequential, and personal decisions about not just our bodies, but our futures and our families is what our work is all about. And for so many mothers, like Adeline, the ability to make those decisions was possible because of Planned Parenthood. Check out Adeline's story.
"Do cheaper morning-after pills work as well as brand name pills?"
Like most medicines, there are different brands of morning-after pills. They may be different prices, but they all have the same active ingredients and have the same effectiveness.

The FDA requires generic medicines to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage, quality, and effectiveness as name brands — in the U.S., all over-the-counter morning-after pills use 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy.

So why can they cost less if they work the same? Because the companies making generics don't usually pay for advertising, and they don't have to run the expensive clinical trials that the original brand needed to do to get FDA approval for that kind of drug. You can always double-check with the pharmacist if you're concerned about buying the right pill.

– Kendall at Planned Parenthood

Alabama just passed a bill that would ban abortion care under nearly all circumstances — even in cases of rape or incest. This law targets every single pregnant person in Alabama. It is a direct attack on the right to safe and legal abortion nationwide. Learn more and share this with your friends to spread the word.  
Adeline's Story
Bold is Beautiful

Shout out to Benefit Cosmetics for standing up and speaking out about their strong support of Planned Parenthood. This month during their Bold is Beautiful Project, 100% of brow wax proceeds will go to non-profit organizations, including Planned Parenthood, to support the lives and goals of women and girls. Thanks to them, we continue to provide millions of people with health care, information, and education.
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