SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! is thrilled to be joining Out on Film 2015as a Community Sponsor of The Year We Thought About Love! Please join us on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30am at the Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema for a FREE showing of this amazing film!
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What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be “out” on stage to reveal their lives and their loves? “The Year We Thought About Love” goes behind the scenes ofone of the oldest queer youth theaters in America, with our camera crew slipping into classrooms, kitchens, subways, and rehearsal rooms with this fearless and endearing troupe. Boston-based True Colors OUT Youth Theater transforms daily struggles into performance for social change. With wit, candor, and attitude, our cast of characters captivates audiences surprised to hear such stories in school settings. Our film introduces a transgender teenager kicked out of her house, a devout Christian challenging his church’s homophobia, and a girl who prefers to wear boys’ clothing even as she models dresses on the runway. When bombs explode outside their building, the troupe becomes even more determined to share their stories of love to help heal their city. This year is the first year they dare to talk about love. Brave, inspiring, and funny, these are the inspiring LGBT youth that are leading us into the future.
By Cortez Wright
Abortion is one of the most controversial, and yet most common, medical procedures for women. An estimated one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, and economically disenfranchised women, particularly women of color, seek abortions in disproportionate numbers. The reasons why women have abortions are varied and complex, but most often have to do with a lack of economic opportunities and family and social support. These factors coupled with the financial inaccessibility of quality healthcare services and comprehensive sex education oftentimes leave women feeling robbed of their agency and the notion of choice seeming rather empty.
By Dr. Krystal Redman
As we work progressively in the fight towards social and economic equality, we must continue to include the argument of sexual and reproductive justice in order to takes steps towards achieving complete contraceptive equity, which includes access to safe and affordable abortion services. Contraceptive equity is the freedom to choose the contraceptive choice that works best for oneself. Furthermore, that all options are available and affordable, including access to adequate information regarding choice and patient-centered medical guidance. Contraceptive equity is only achieved through reproductive justice. In that, reproductive justice looks at the interconnectivity-transformational framework that links health, sexuality, and human rights to the social justice movement. Reproductive justice means having complete bodily autonomy over ones reproductive and sexual health, with supporting policies and legislation in place that protects an individual’s decision over their body. Meaning, all individuals should have the right and ability to access the contraceptive method they chose is best for them.