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Category: Healthy Sexuality

Understanding and being an ally the “T” in LGBTQ+

June is designated as Pride Month across the world. Recently, Stark County held its First Pride Festival at Centennial Plaza. In Part 1 of this blog series, information was provided to define sexual orientation/gender identification and how you can be an ally to an LGBTQ+ adolescent. In the second part of this LGBTQ+ series, C&A … Continued

What are some individuals gay while others are not?

As clinicians, we often hear the acronym LGBTQIA+ in reference to those with a variety of gender identities and sexual orientations. But are you aware of what those letters stand for?  The abbreviation refers to various gender identities and sexual orientations including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Ally. The ‘+’ in the acronym … Continued

Is your adolescent behaving sexually appropriate?

In a perfect world, parents would have started the difficult conversations regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior with their child before reaching double digits. As youth approach the middle school years, hormonal changes combined with technology can lead to not only curiosity but behavior that can lead to a youth being in trouble with the … Continued

What is sexually appropriate behavior for kids ages 5 to 9?

A parent has many decisions to make when caring for their children. Oftentimes, decisions start with having conversations with your child. Many of those talks center around the table sharing each other’s day while eating dinner. Dinnertime conversation can lead to the start of uncomfortable topics. The most uncomfortable conversation for most parents is talking … Continued

Understanding inappropriate sexual behavior in teenagers

As a parent, after a long day at work, the kid’s homework is complete and they are in bed, you sit down to watch television. Grabbing your child’s phone, you do a check of text messages, apps and their internet browser. You are caught off guard when you see a sexually explicit image sent from … Continued