These Precious Things

*trigger warning* I have a friend who, upon writing about the demise of his marriage, posted to facebook, “Writing is easy, you just have to open a vein…” Yes. Yes, take it all. It’s never enough. You greedy fucking bastards. But it’s my fault, too. I have a compulsion to write. I can’t help myself.…

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…

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…

Sex ed bill hearing April 1

Regular readers know that for some time I have been working as an advocate for comprehensive sex education. Going all the way back to my time as a news reporter at Las Vegas CityLife, I have been watching the issue unfold in our community. It is some kind of wicked joke on us that there…