Detroit Youth Passages convenes experts to tackle problematic representations of youth sexuality issues in the media. And they invited me!
June 18, 2014
I’m excited to be representing Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in my capacity as their Senior Strategist at a convening of youth, media makers, advocacy workers, writers and researchers all brought together by Detroit Youth Passages, a coalition including the University of Michigan School Public Health, The Ruth Ellis Center, The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, and Alternatives for Girls. It’s a project funded by the Ford Foundation. The goal? To change the way we tell stories about youth sexuality in the media.
I’ve already met some fabulous folks, including Regina Mahone from RH Reality Check and Elizabeth Toledo and Milla Impola of Camino Public Relations. And that was just in the van from the airport.
Tonight and tomorrow will be full of discussions about youth-produced media, messaging research, academic-advocacy collaboration, all intended to support young people in developing as the sexual selves they are.
I will try to tweet and update you, but I’m sure many of the other participants will be much more skilled at balancing listening, participating and tweeting. Follow #youthsexualitymedia to keep up with the action!