If you identify as Deaf and are a man who has sex with men, check out this survey!
The survey is confidential and in ASL. Whether you are bi/gay/queer or straight, if you are over 18 years old, live in the US and have sex with other men, this survey is for you. Your HIV status does not matter, all Deaf MSM over 18 years old in the US can participate.
Click here to check out the study website: http://dparkstudy.org/
And click here to participate in the study: http://z.umn.edu/dparkstudy
This is the first needs assessment of Deaf MSM so we will ask you to take the same survey twice, once whenever you choose to participate and the second time seven days later. Please be patient and make sure your experiences are counted! We have until November 30th, 2014to show that Deaf MSM have needs around sexual health education and HIV testing. We need 200 participants. Will you help us?
If you identify as such, please take this super short (5 minutes, if that) survey and help contribute to research on trans masculinities!
Transmasculinity Research Project
My name is matthew heinz, and I’m a professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. To confirm my credentials, please contact Dr. Steve Grundy, Vice-President Academic and Provost, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m transgender and study gender and identity. I’m inviting you to participate in a research project designed to help us understand how transgender and transsexual men understand their masculinity. The findings will be incorporated into publications and presentations on transmasculinity. It will only take you 5 minutes to participate in this very simply online survey, which will ask you 5 questions. The information you provide will be summarized in anonymous format. No identifying information will be collected. The survey data is housed on a Canadian server. The information will be maintained for a one-year period. Of course it’s entirely up to you whether you choose to participate in this survey. If you choose to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time prior to completing the online survey simply by closing your browser. Since this is an anonymous survey, your answers cannot be removed from the data collection once the survey has been completed and submitted. Your completion of this survey will constitute your informed consent. Thank you for your participation!
matthew heinz, phd, Dean, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
Professor, School of Communication and Culture| Royal Roads University
T 250.391.2662 | F 250.391.2587
2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC Canada V9B 5Y2 | royalroads.ca
Lori Duron of Raising My Rainbow has created an online community for so parents of gender non-conforming children can find other families like their own in order to facilitate networking, information sharing, and playgroup formation. Head over to her post Rainbows at Play to learn more!
Another guest post over at Teaching Sex Ed, this time on the educational philosophy of behaviorism as it relates to sexuality and sexuality education.
What is Behaviorism?
Behaviorism is a school of thought and theory of learning that is based on the idea that all behaviors people do are conditioned responses to the environment. Individuals are conditioned to respond to a particular stimulus in a particular way, and learning is merely the result of a response to the stimuli. Ivan Pavlov, as well as John Watson and Edward Lee Thorndike, are the main influential figures who contributed to behaviorism.
Click here to read the rest of the post!
I have a guest post on Utilizing Technology to Teach Sexuality over at Teaching Sex Ed.
iPad apps to support Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
Students of all ages now have access to a variety of technologies, but schools and educational settings have been slow to adapt to changes in technology and incorporate them into classrooms, aside from the ubiquitous PowerPoint. Integrating technology into education is a great way to engage students in learning that is fun and engages students with different learning styles and preferences. Using technology in classrooms also encourages students to take a more active role in learning, instead of always having the educator disseminate knowledge. Depending on the technology used, these activities can also encourage creativity and critical thinking using technology and media that is already familiar to students.
Click here to go read the rest of the post and learn more about you can use laptops, smartphones, and tablets when teaching about sexuality.
Resources for best practices in education regarding Muslims and sexual minorities (specifically LGBTQ individuals)
GayLawNet: Saudi Arabia – Information on legislation, policies, and relevant cases in Saudi Arabia regarding discrimination and LGBTQ issues.
Muslim Gay Girl. Blog written by a gay Muslim girl. Contains articles and comments about being a queer Muslim individual.
Queer Jihad: The truth about how American Muslims feel about LGBT issues. An article from a French blog and movement called “Merhaba” (“welcome” in Arabic and Turkish) that seeks to be inclusive of and educate those who are LGBTQI ethno-cutural minorities. (December 8, 2011)
Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Information about the group that organizes the LGBT Muslim retreat that takes place in Philadelphia, PA.
Muslim leaders struggle to advise gay youth. Tradition fails to offer guidance, and science can’t help either. Muslim leaders are beginning to change their views regarding homosexuality and Islam, realizing that sexual orientation is not something that can be “prayed away” and changed. (August 18, 2012, Edmonton Journal).
Islam and Sexual Minorities. Pinterest page with a variety of other resources.