AB230 testimony: I speak for the unwanted and abused

For those of you who did not attend and/or watch the marathon Nevada State Senate committee hearing on the comprehensive sex education bill (AB230) yesterday… I don’t even know where to begin. A lot of it was pretty much like the April 1 Assembly hearing, but the fierce factor was definitely dialed up a notch…

An open letter to the Anti Sex Ed crowd

Dear Anti Sex Ed Crowd: Greetings and salutations! I bet you’re surprised to hear from me. After all, you’ve spent some time lately calling me a terrible mother (on television no less) because I advocate for a much-needed update to Nevada’s sex education standards — originally passed at the height of the AIDS-panic-1980s — that…

Comprehensive sex ed bill passes out of Assembly!

Now that’s a headline I’ve been dying to write! Moments ago, the Assembly passed AB230, the comprehensive sex ed bill. Of course, we’re not out the woods just yet. There will, no doubt, be battles in the State Senate to come. (The rash of myths about this bill being particularly troubling.) But for now, let…

Myth busting: Exposing the lies behind arguments against sex ed

When I wasn’t being blind-sided by the total lack of empathy on display at the comprehensive sex education hearing on April 1, I was dumbstruck by the purported “arguments” against updating our existing sex education law, passed in 1980, with a more comprehensive look at human sexuality and healthy relationships. I’m sorry, why wouldn’t you…

NV lawmaker gets death threats after telling her abortion story during sex ed hearing

I suppose I should have seen it coming. As I sat listening to Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores’ compelling, raw testimony during an April 1 hearing on a comprehensive sex education bill (AB230), I should have paid closer attention to the gasps of horror that came from the opposing side. I should have recognized it as…

Why abstinence-only is winning: We are undone by our apathy

Talk about AB230, the comprehensive sex education bill, was all over the TV yesterday! Even your humble Siren got in the mix as a guest, with my pal Annette Magnus, of Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, on Ralston Reports. Likewise, Annette made appearances on Fox 5 in the morning as well as The Agenda. Taking it…

Lower Ed: The absurdist theater at the NV Leg sex ed hearing

Although it was April 1, the hearing on the comprehensive sex education bill (AB230), was no joke. Except when it was hilarious — in a decidedly macabre, nihilistic, dark-comedy sort of way. I sat through four-and-a-half hours of discussion and testimony on AB230 — which seeks to amend and update existing sex ed curriculum, passed…