Sexual + Being aims to be about sex positivity for everyone — and did we ever nail that goal in September! We talked about why cisgender heterosexual people really just need to get on the correct pronoun train, already. We talked about PrEP deserts. And we talked about endometriosis-friendly sex toys.
It's #WorldSexualHealthDay! We support your access to a happy, healthy, and equitable sex life!
— DC Beings (@dcbeings) September 4, 2019
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We are SO grateful that @QueerEye star @JVN has courageously opened up about his journey while living with HIV. It takes strength and vulnerability to stand on a universal platform and reveal something so personal 👏 . . When folks speak up, we get one step closer to universal knowledge and acceptance of #UequalsU, the CDC-backed form of HIV prevention through treatment. For those that don't know, an individual living with HIV can work through taking medication regularly to achieve a non-viral load. For our public health junkies, to be considered non-viral, there must be less than 40 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood. This scientific breakthrough has allowed mixed status couples to explore family planning and the concept of "safe sex" in a whole new light. #dcbeings #uequalsu
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September 15th marks the start of #HispanicHeritageMonth, a period where we celebrate Latinx communities for their diversity, culture and contributions. . .#HHM is an opportunity to share narratives that aren’t regularly told and expand on what it means to be Latinx. . .We believe in uplifting all #DMV voices, which is why we are thrilled to have partnered with Yngrid Chacon (@ecyan) this month to help illustrate a truly influential #DCBEING : Jackie Reyes-Yanes (@jackiereyesdc ) . .Reyes, commonly referred to as ‘una mujer valiente’ passionate about her work, serves as director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) and is responsible for advocating and making the Latino community an integral part of the District of Columbia. . .Reyes is a tireless activist using her platform to create safe spaces for immigrants and making sure programs created within the district cater to Latinx communities. . .“As an immigrant myself and longtime DC resident, I understand the challenges that the Latino community has faced and still faces” – Reyes Yanes. . .Did we mention Jackie used to be a case manager at The Latin American Youth Center (@laycdc)? Yup, she’s been looking out for DC residents her entire career. Make sure to visit them if you need an #HIV test. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ . “I use my art to explore and develop a modern visual style that encompasses Latinx culture. Growing up in various different countries, I was able to see many gaps where I didn't feel represented or I didn't see my culture represented. Through my art, I aim to fill those gaps, and highlight the beauty and strength that is constantly present in the Latinx community.” -Yngrid Chacon . .Check out her page to see the rest of the #HHS series. . .#somosDC #seresdeDC #DMVlatinos #hivprevention #MOLA #sersexual #latino #latinx
And here are our favorite sex positive moments of the month:
Jonathan Van Ness opens up about HIV, complicated sexual history
We know we covered it on social, but JVN’s coming out as both a person living with HIV and past sexual abuse was just so beautiful that we wanted to highlight it again. Despite telling The New York Times that he’s “had nightmares every night for the past three months” because he’s “scared to be this vulnerable with people,” Van Ness did the brave thing and we fully believe it will be world-changing.
2. Response to Hustlers highlights needs of real sex workers
The movie Hustlers — which stars J Lo and chronicles the real life story of a group of strippers who stole money from Wall Street dudes — was a smash end of summer hit. But real life strippers and sex workers have mixed feelings about the movie. On the one hand, they’re glad to see any kind of positive representation. But on the other hand, it’s frustrating to have fictional strippers celebrated, when real life ones are still so often stigmatized. One step forward, half a step back?