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Kelsey 1

I’m 15 years old. God is a HUGE part of my life. I guess you could call me a “Jesus freak,” I’ve known I was attracted to girls FOR SURE for about four years. It tore me up inside, knowing that I was a lesbian and keeping it quiet, but at the same time hearing all of my best friends, who are my church friends, make homophobic slurs hurt more.

Mitch 1

Keeping it short and simple we were told about puberty in grade 6. As my teacher discussed the matter we were all laughing. The main thing that thy skipped was how sex really happened. Sure they went into detail about the scientific way and all that but no one said anything about the fact u can do it at a young age and girls can actually become pregnant.


Im 19 years old and have been living with HIV for about 2 years. I would like to share my story so i can help others. I was 17 and in high school.

Jane 2

Well I'm 14 years of age and so far i have only had 2 sex-ed lessons. I go to an all girls school. And my first sex -ed lesson was when i was in grade 5 and everyone put up a fuss, the parents, and us children, the older grades had told us these frightening stories, and the teachers told us we could leave the lesson at anytimes due to complaints. My second sex-ed lesson was last year in grade 9. And the stuff they covered was basically all the stuff our bodies had been through.


The absolute WORST way to tell your parents that you're gay or bi is through anger. My parents and me were arguing about something (I honestly don't remember what it was), and it was kind of my way of getting at them by telling them. This is what my mom told me: "We're old Wayne. This is a completely new concept for us. You're just going to have to give us time to accept it, is all. We love you very much, and don't ever doubt that."

Vanessa 1

At school I first talked about sex and puberty when I was ten we were all shown a very old videotape of a man and woman walking about naked. It was a pointless video to watch and I don't think it taught me anything nor my classmates. I had an older sister so I learnt most of the puberty stuff from her and my mother also told me what happens etc. I can't recall however her telling me to practice safe sex though e.g. condoms, properly because she was older then most mothers and I was young at the time maybe she thought I didn’t need to no all that just yet.

Kylie James

Well everything started when I was 12....... Me and this guy Jason had been going out for about a week nothing serious we were only 12 but when we turned 13 things changed! Our hormones got the better of us! Our families never would of found out if I hadn't become pregnant! I'm not saying you need to wait.....I'm saying you need to be prepared!

Anon 14

My school didnt provide me with any type of sex ed from K - 10th. My parents had me calling the vaginia a "what's it" until i was 14 and a boy who i was with told me that isnt what its called. I think its pathetic schools don't provide the common sense, at least, that many children are lacking. At 15 years old I got pregnant I now have a ten month old daughter who I love more than anything in this world. If I had one wish it would be for my school to have properly educated me and all my classmates about sex, and contraceptives.

Makale 1

I am 21 and being a lesbian in the state of Utah is difficult. I was raised in a Mormon household. I have all sisters and I graduated with only 50 kids in my class. Lesbians were kind of unheard of in my small town. I think that sometimes the hardest thing is to accept yourself, but once you do, it will make you happier.


Since I first learned to read in grade 1, my mom kept buying me books each year about the female body and the changes that would occur as I grew. While most girls freak the first time they have their period, for me it was more like; "Oh, okay. whatever." I was totally cool with it. Teenagers getting pregnant because of the lack of safe sex education, kids frightened by the changes their body is going through, because not even their teachers or parents have bothered to give them the understanding they need?


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