Since 2008, Miller and Bley have held an open call for young people to create comics that address a variety of topics involved with sex education. The work is chosen from a vastly varied group of submissions and attempts to challenge hetero and gender normative practices in sex education. The comics address topics like body image, safer sex, consent, and relationships, from positions that have historically been left out of sex education. These graphically illustrated personal narratives address different themes, such as “Firsts,” “Bodies,” “Health,” “Age,” and “Endings.”
1 in 10 (Phoenix Area)
1n10 is dedicated to inspire and enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to realize their full potential and foster a sense of community. They work to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth ages 14-22, to develop positive self-acceptance through life enhancing programs and character developing experiences. 1n10's VOIT & Horizons programs offer programs which meet every Thursday night from 7-8:30pm for two target age groups. VOIT is geared for youth aged 14-17, while Horizons serves young adults aged 18-22.
Eon Youth Lounge is a program in Tucson of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Pima County Health Department and Wingspan. The Eon "Lounge" drop-in center, located in downtown Tucson, is a safe hangout space for youth 23 and under. The center includes a mini-library, computer stations, video games, and art, and it presents programs of interest to LGBTQQ youth. Please call 620-6245 for directions. Before joining in program activities, youth must complete a 45-minute Eon orientation. New youth orientations are held on Wednesdays at 5:15pm and on Saturdays at 2pm. Drop-in hours are: Sunday /Monday - closed; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday - 3-8pm; Friday - 3-10pm; Saturday - 2-10pm.
SAGA is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for southern Arizona’s community of trans identities: transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, non-binary, two-spirit, butch, femme, gender fluid, intersex, and ALL who are “gender fabulous.” SAGA envisions a society in which transgender, non-binary, and gender-creative people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest and safe at home and in the community. They provide advocacy, community education, and training for businesses, service providers, and community members on how our allies can be supportive and inclusive. They offer information for youth and families, and provide information on safe spaces, trans-friendly doctors, and how to change your legal ID. They have monthly meetings and support groups, including the Trans Parents support group for parents, guardians, and family members of transgender children and adolescents.
The Launch Pad is a non-profit teen center for quad city youth that has events, activities, music, art, dances, and internships. One of the Launch Pad’s groups is the Q Collective, especially for LGBTQ youth and allies. Drop-in hours are Mon-Fri from 3-6:00 pm. The Launch Pad is located at 335 E. Aubrey St., Prescott AZ 86303.
Equality Arizona is the statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. They work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive network of individuals and organizations to secure, protect, and defend the equal civil rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Arizona. They offer information on legal topics of interest to LGBTQ people including marriage, immigration, transgender rights, workplace rights, and adoption/foster care.