Oberlin Sexual Information Center

The Sexual Information Center provides Oberlin College students with at-cost safer sex supplies; confidential peer counseling; and recommendations and rides to local sexual health clinics.

Come see us in Wilder 203 during our office hours: every day 4-6pm and Monday through Thursday 8-10pm.
lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.
Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.
Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.
This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

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Only 16 hours left and $1572 to our goal! Int'l Trans Women of Color Network Gathering #AMC2014 #girlslikeus

biyuti:

international-twoc-gathering:

WE ARE SO CLOSE! Only 16 hours left and $1500 to our goal! Please donate and help spread the word!!!!

As a quick note: since we are so close to the goal, pls consider the following:

If we make the goal and only have to pay the 4% service fee (instead of the 9%), this saves enough money that we literally can get one extra person to come out to this.

I believe in all of you. We can do this!

12 hours left to raise $844! Please donate and/or share if you can!

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safequeersex:

a guide directed for FTM transition was already posted, so I pulled up some old links I had bookmarked for dmab/transgender women to aid transition! 

breastforms 
sewing pattern for silicone bead forms
low budget diy breast forms [video] 
creating cleavage with bras [video] 
"illusion" cleavage with makeup [video] 

tucking/gaffe 
tucking and creating gaffe [video] 
tucking forum and thread 

wigs and hair
quality low budget wigs
cute hairstyles on pinterest
more cute short femme hair
hairstyle guide & beauty

makeup 
tutorials for beginners
quality makeup for less money
choosing foundation
ask mod li about makeup

surgery & hrt guides 
surgery booklet 
hrt booklet

housing, crisis lines and help 
trans-friendly shelter guide
self harm & lgbtq support
stay safe! xoxo ♡ mod li


EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that susansplace can potentially have triggering material and users. Please proceed with caution.

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rileykonor:


TW: suicide, abuse

Pictured above is (my best friend and room mate) Tashia’s fourteen year old niece. Her name is Marley. She is one of the sweetest, most compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. And she is in dire need of help.
On March 24th, Marley tried to commit suicide. None of us knew her situation was this bad until now. This was not a cry for help, but a final desperate attempt to get out of an emotionally and physically abusive household. Other family members and I have tried to help her before, but have been shut down every time by Marley’s mother. With the understanding of what is going on and how much Marley is suffering and has suffered, this is the final straw. 
Tashia and I are trying to fight for custody of Marley and move her to a better, loving, stable, and safe environment so she can thrive, be at peace, and actually start enjoying her life. However, this may prove difficult, because Tashia and I are both queer and have a very limited income. We also live across state lines. Please help us through this complicated and stressful situation.

Please take the time to read our story here. 
If you can, please donate. Every single bit helps.
If you cannot donate, please spread the word. 
Thank you,
Tashia and Riley

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask either of us. 
If you have suggestions for related blogs to submit this to and help us further spread the word, please feel free to share. All help is greatly appreciated.

rileykonor:

TW: suicide, abuse

Pictured above is (my best friend and room mate) Tashia’s fourteen year old niece. Her name is Marley. She is one of the sweetest, most compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. And she is in dire need of help.

On March 24th, Marley tried to commit suicide. None of us knew her situation was this bad until now. This was not a cry for help, but a final desperate attempt to get out of an emotionally and physically abusive household. Other family members and I have tried to help her before, but have been shut down every time by Marley’s mother. With the understanding of what is going on and how much Marley is suffering and has suffered, this is the final straw. 

Tashia and I are trying to fight for custody of Marley and move her to a better, loving, stable, and safe environment so she can thrive, be at peace, and actually start enjoying her life. However, this may prove difficult, because Tashia and I are both queer and have a very limited income. We also live across state lines. Please help us through this complicated and stressful situation.

Please take the time to read our story here

If you can, please donate. Every single bit helps.

If you cannot donate, please spread the word. 

Thank you,

Tashia and Riley

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask either of us. 

If you have suggestions for related blogs to submit this to and help us further spread the word, please feel free to share. All help is greatly appreciated.

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Of Condom Charity and Open Houses

hellyeahscarleteen:

As you may have read a few weeks ago, we are in dire straits when it comes to sustaining all that we do here at Scarleteen, and need more support to do so now.  Since we put out that call, we’ve raised around half of what we need to keep doing all we currently do, thanks to a few hundred generous individuals. Thanks so much to everyone who has given us your help so far!

However, halfway there is only halfway there. When I was in my teens, I was offered a 50% scholarship to the college I most wanted to attend: that was one hell of a scholarship, but attending meant I needed 100% of the tuition, not 50%. That 50% all by itself couldn’t, and didn’t, get me there.

Halfway won’t get us to where we need to be, either. We need to be at that 100% by May 1st, or at least see enough new donors giving in ways we are pretty sure will be more than one-time by then to be sure that within the year, we absolutely will get there.

We’re doing our part to get creative about this and find new supporters, and we’ve got two updates regarding fundraising today to share with you. I want to start with the one I’m super-excited about.

Lucky Bloke is a great, woman-owned, socially-committed online retailer offering premium quality condoms (and dams and gloves and lubes, too!) at affordable prices, with reasonably-priced shipping to anywhere in the world. Their site and model also includes reviews of condoms from people using them themselves to help you make choices, and other helps and education for consumers to assure they get condoms that fit well and feel great. To top all that off, they are also ardent supporters of Scarleteen. To say we really like them is a bit of an understatement.

Right now, they’re stepping up their support for us by making it easy for you to help us out. And they’re even doing that in a way where everyone gets goodies, and with products that help support everyone’s sexual health, well-being and enjoyment, and the sexual health and well-being of the whole wide world. It just doesn’t get more feel-good than that!

(drumroll please!)

Through May 1st, simply make your next purchase at LuckyBloke.com and Lucky Bloke will donate 40% of the profits of your sale to Scarleteen if you use code: SCARLETEEN when you check out! But wait, there’s more! You also will save 10% off anything and everything you order.

That’s 10% to you — and the safer sex items and lubes you love — and 40% to Scarleteen.

So, again, that’s code: SCARLETEEN at checkout at LuckyBloke.com for your 10% off your purchase and 40% from anything and everything you buy when you use that code going to benefit Scarleteen directly. How cool is that?


Relatedly, this week we’d like to invite anyone who has never used or looked at any of our direct services before — even if you are outside the age group we typically serve — to check them out. These are the services that are most at risk of being shut down or limited if we can’t get a real, sustainable change when it comes to donations by May 1st.

We’re in a somewhat unique situation as an organization: the people we serve are a totally different group of people than we ask for support to provide those services to them.

Most of our users are of an age or ecomomic status where they are unable to donate, and to be honest, we would prefer not to even ever ask them. We are dedicated, as we have always been, to doing all we can to provide all that we do for users, including with direct services, at no cost to them. We strongly feel young people are simply entitled to good, and free, sexuality and relationships information and support. We also feel that those of us who are no longer young people do owe it to them, even when none of them are our own children, and we also feel that it benefits all of us, including those of us who are not young people, for them to get it. Imagine, if you will a world where at least most, if not all, young people got the sexuality, sexual health and relationships information — sound, accurate and inclusive information intended to inform their own unique choices and lives, not to scare them into someone else’s choices — and support they wanted and needed.  We feel certain the world would be a very different, and better, place: we hope you agree.

It’s probably obvious because of the work we do, but one of the core values here at Scarleteen is an understanding that, as people, it’s on us to provide help and care for others who need it to whom we can provide it, especially when those people — as all people under the age of majority are — lack the same rights, agency or resources we may ourselves have. We do that through our work here: we’re asking you to pitch in with that, as you can, with support for that work.

We know, though, it can be harder to figure out exactly what you might be supporting, or get a real feel for what we offer through those services  and what they offer our users when they are using these services, but you never have. It’s not just a matter of those services being avalable, or knowing that they can use different kinds of technology to access them.  What makes our direct services so great are the way we interact with users with them: there are no canned replies, but real people directly addressing those who use them, and doing so with compassion, respect, frankness and warmth; taking time to be sure we are serving our users unique needs, as they express them to us directly, as best we can. Our users know all about this already, but those who have never used our services often won’t.

So, we’re inviting anyone — of any age — to come on in and check out those direct services for yourselves. You can use them to ask us more about what we do, or you can use them like our users most often do: to ask for help, information or resources you want or need for your own sexual life, health and relationships. We can provide the same kinds of information, help and support to people over 25 as we do to those under 25, and we’re glad to do it so you can see how all of this works!

You can check out any or all of our direct services through the links on this page, here: http://www.scarleteen.com/need_help_now_a_guide_to_scarleteens_direct_services

Our message boards are publicly viewable, even though we do all we can to keep our users identities private, so if you even just want to look around them and get a sense of what we do there, you can do that without postiing a thing! But you’re also absolutely welcome to post yourself, whether you want to ask one of our staff or volunteers (most of whom are young people themselves) for our expertise, or take part in one of the many fantastic moderated conversations amoung our users.

International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering at AMC2014

international-twoc-gathering:

Great new everyone!! We’ve extended our deadline and we now have 17 days to fundraise, yay!! Thanks to Indiegogo for reaching out to us and allowing us to extend our deadline. we are $5,000 away from reaching our goal but with your help that’s incredibly do-able!

Reblogging this forever

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Want More Doulas?

bebinn:

Today, I blogged about doulas who work in all kinds of reproductive experiences. If you want to learn more about doulas and labor support, here are some blogs and people to follow:

Radical Doula

Doulas of North America (DONA)

Childbirth International

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)

Simkin Center

Ancient Song Doula Services (find them on Tumblr!)

Full Spectrum Doulas

The Doula Project

Bay Area Doula Project

Sound Birthing/Music Therapy-Assisted Childbirth

Midtown Doula

Be sure to search for doula services and organizations in your area! There are too many to list here, so some of these are examples of local groups.

@radicaldoula

@BADPtweets (Bay Area Doula Project)

@TheDoulaProject

@prisondoulas

@miriamzperez

I’ve blogged about doulas before, so my #doula tag is full of more information posted before today!

REMINDER NOT TO TAG TRIGGERING THINGS WITH TW: OR TRIGGER WARNING: FIRST

madarakifran:

but why not, you ask???? let me tell you

because tumblr saviour is fickle and tends to break or slow down when having too many things added to its blacklist.

if i have #food blocked, and you tag things with #tw food or #tw: food or #trigger warning: food or #blacklist: food or however, then i have to add all of those to the list for the same thing!! and if i only have 4 things to block that’s already 16 items on my blacklist!! wow

which will cause the posts to take longer to be blocked and cause detriment to the user.

how do we fix this??

by tagging with the blacklisted item first!

tagging things with #food tw and #food blacklist etc will catch all those posts with me only having #food blacklisted and takes just as much time!

it’s a way better and more efficient way of making things easier on folks with triggers or with things that upset or bother them! and it’d be real appreciated if put more into practice.

thank u

(Source: talaem, via vagina-pagina)