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In this newsletter:

  • OK4RJ! Catalyzing Activism Along the I-35 Corridor by Akira Céspedes Pérez, 2009 CLPP Conference Coordinator
    On January 21st, I had the privilege of joining Dr. Carol Mason and her students for a regional workshop discussing interdisciplinary perspectives on reproductive and sexual health at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Stillwater campus.
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Notes from a CLPP Alum: From Community Activist to Registered Nurse

by Ryn Gluckman, RN, BSN

I am sitting at the triage window at my local Emergency Department, stethoscope around my neck, fighting back a creeping and familiar panic that is threatening to clamp around my throat. It is 5 p.m., six hours into my shift, and as the local doctors’ offices close the waiting room here is starting to fill up and the line to sign in as a patient reaches out the door.

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LGBTQI Young People on the Doorstep of Health Care: Understanding Obstacles and Increasing Access

by Lani Blechman, CLPP Program/Communications Coordinator

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When I Dare to be Powerful: Zawadi Nyong'o Returning Home to Help Build a Movement

by Corinna Yazbek, CLPP Program Coordinator

What is often lost in the current debates about the sex trade - between sex worker rights advocates and sex work abolitionists - is the voices, experiences and desires of current and former sex workers. Working with Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program (BHESP) and the Kenya Sex Worker Alliance (KESWA), CLPP alum Zawadi Nyong’o (Hampshire 00F) helped organize Kenya’s first International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, where 1,000 sex workers marched on the streets of Nairobi for the first time.

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by Akira Céspedes Pérez, 2009 CLPP Conference Coordinator

I had been in Oklahoma for the whole of one week when I mentioned for the first time I work with youth and women regarding their reproductive health. The people sitting at the square table, mainly in their 20s, 30s and 40s, quieted down their conversations, processing, perhaps, my comment. “You mean to say you help people have sex?” asked the woman in front of me, her stern yet wise blue eyes fixated on mine. It was then when I started to fear that my move to the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain might not have been the best decision I have made.


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