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24

Jun

Mark your calenders! We are having our MODEL (and volunteers) CALL for this year’s Fashion Show! 
 Where: Grand Street Settlement 80 Pitt Street, Lower East Side NYC
 When: Wed, JULY 9th 5:00pm-7:30pm
 If you interested in modelling or being a volunteer at this years show this is where you can try out or sign up! We welcome youth of all different expressions and appearances to come show us why you’d like to be part of our incredible show & team. Show us who you are and shine all you beautiful sexy young people in NYC, head on down to the lower east side for this year’s model call. Spread the word! Help to spread awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS, while rocking the runway in the hottest event of the summer!
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Follow us on TWITTER ;)

Mark your calenders! We are having our MODEL (and volunteers) CALL for this year’s Fashion Show!

  • Where: Grand Street Settlement 80 Pitt Street, Lower East Side NYC
  • When: Wed, JULY 9th 5:00pm-7:30pm

If you interested in modelling or being a volunteer at this years show this is where you can try out or sign up! We welcome youth of all different expressions and appearances to come show us why you’d like to be part of our incredible show & team. Show us who you are and shine all you beautiful sexy young people in NYC, head on down to the lower east side for this year’s model call. Spread the word! Help to spread awareness and knowledge of HIV/AIDS, while rocking the runway in the hottest event of the summer!

Our FACEBOOK page!

Follow us on TWITTER ;)

20

Dec

GET INVOLVED WITH GAIA- Girls Advocacy Initiative through the Arts here in NYC with Project KISS!
We need to recruit 10-15 young women 13-24 years of age to participate!
We also welcome  community organizations to partner with us to provide girls and workshop space. We are looking to identify teaching artists and social justice educators who are interested in presenting topics on women’s health and social justice issues, and/or an art-making experience!
Thanks! Contact Kiss through here, Facebook or emai Vanessa Ramalho at var2007@med.cornell.edul if interested! 

GET INVOLVED WITH GAIA- Girls Advocacy Initiative through the Arts here in NYC with Project KISS!

We need to recruit 10-15 young women 13-24 years of age to participate!

We also welcome  community organizations to partner with us to provide girls and workshop space. We are looking to identify teaching artists and social justice educators who are interested in presenting topics on women’s health and social justice issues, and/or an art-making experience!

Thanks! Contact Kiss through here, Facebook or emai Vanessa Ramalho at var2007@med.cornell.edul if interested! 

10

Dec

I love the heteronormativity, and by extension the phallic-normativity of sex ed.

world-of-whit:

icanbirthmyself:

world-of-whit:

“Always use a condom during sex.” 

Ugh. 

well you know we all need a little more humor in the bedroom, maybe they mean for you to blow them up into balloons?

Oh damn. You totally got me with this one: I never even thought of that…

Sex with balloons…  and a pillow fort for good measure! 

You’ll be happy to know that Project K.I.S.S. does NOT teach sex ed like this. At K.I.S.S, we encourage thinking of sex as a broad spectrum of acts that enables two (or more!) people to give and receive mutual pleasure and satisfaction. 

We’re very serious about making our educational workshops and risk-reduction counselling queer-positive. We boil sex acts down to what fluids are being exchanged, and encourage actions (or inactions!) that limit a person’s contact with these fluids. 

Wearing a condom is a great way to limit contact with fluids that transmit HIV and other STIs! But is that the only way? Does that fit with everyone’s identity, lifestyle, or sexuality?! No way!

Workin’ with two or more vaginas and not a penis in sight? Finger cots, dental dams, clean sex toys, and limiting the exchange of vaginal fluid are great ways to reduce your risk for STIs.

Two or more penises? Even just switching up top and bottom is one (small) way to reduce your risk. Anatomically the person being penetrated is always at a greater risk. 

Don’t like how a condom feels on your penis? The female condom is a great alternative - polyurethane, thinner than latex, it can be used for anal or vaginal sex,  no constriction on the shaft, and it can be inserted up to 8 hours before sex.

Honestly, if you want to have penetrative sex and you don’t know your partner(s)’ status (no matter how any involved party identifies), barrier protection is the best way to prevent HIV. Condoms, be they standard “male” condoms or the fc1 or fc2, are 98% effective when used correctly. 

That being said, if you really don’t like condoms and you engage in routine partner testing and keep an open door of communication with your partner(s) … let’s just say condoms are not the be all and end all of safe sex, though they do help a whole lot.



 

14

Nov

chanelbenoist:

i dont understand heterosexual sex I mean do you just stop after someone orgasms like the first person is the winner or something

I love this!

As a queer someone who has had a good amount of heteronormy sex under my belt (ah, the good ol’ days), and as someone who works in sex education, I can say with a good amount of confidence that most people DO view sex as a means to an end - the end being an orgasm, and the means often inattentive and self-serving.

Here at K.I.S.S. we teach that sex is a series of acts meant to give and receive mutual pleasure and satisfaction. Each of these acts can be performed individually, or as building foreplay. It’s up to the individual. Also, each of these acts carry a different set of risks. The heteronormative definition of “sex” as “penis in vagina” is an idea that promotes exposure to fluids as well as an expectation for the penis to perform (without delay or pre-maturity or lackluster interest) and the vagina to receive in order for partner satisfaction to occur. 

Where does this idea come from? It’s certainly not limited to heteronormative sex; many gender roles and sexual expectations are mirrored in non-normative relationships, such as the top/bottom double standard in gay male culture. Does it have its roots in sex as a purely reproductive rather than recreational act? 

There are a lot of questions and misrepresentations here.

Firstly, was sex ever purely reproductive? People have been fooling around for centuries. Extramarital affairs, premarital affairs … the definition of “sex” as “penis in vagina,” the argument that sex is not biologically complete until ejaculation holds no water because I doubt people have ever really adhered to that, especially before birth control and abortion procedures existed or were widely available.

So, if “sex as a means to (potentially) reproductive ends” does not have roots in biology (obviously it does at some primitive/instinctive point but it is not historically supported in practice — people have had sex for lots of reasons for thousands of years — as pleasure as currency), where are its cultural roots? How long has sex been viewed as a game, a race, sport?

Sex has been compared to a hunt in English poetry since the 14th century or even earlier. Women’s sexuality was a spoil of war until … well, it still is. It’s in our language — someone’s a “player,” “chasing tail,” “gettin’ it.” And there’s always an active partner and a passive partner. (giving it up vs getting it)

And what about that baseball metaphor? I mean, what’s the point of even stepping up to the plate if you’re not going to hit a grand slam? I mean, we can’t all be starting pitchers, and there’s nothing wrong with a single — but why be content with getting to first base when you can steal second? 

Sex needs to be relearned, not as a hunt or a game or a sport. Okay, I guess sex can still be a game, but it has to be a high-stakes game that everyone can win. 

Anyone for some dice?

:P

- A very caffeinated Meaghan

(Source: jauregle)

05

Sep

Updates!

Hey y’all, just wanted to share a couple new things that have been going on on our end!

First off, we got refunded! Yay! 

Secondly, our wonderful program director Jacquel Clemons just left us for the greener, more familiar, hot hot hot pastures of the ATL. Jacquel has done an incredible amount of work for our organization and for HIV intervention/education in general. Thanks to her invaluable work we set the standard for adolescent HIV outreach and care in NYC! Best of luck to her in all future endeavors!

Thirdly, soon we’ll be starting year 2 of our unique Young Men’s Initiative program in Long Island City. This time around we hope to involve the young men in inter-gender conversations with a focus on arts and documenting their educational process.

Last, but coiiitenly not least, if you’ve noticed there’s occasionally been a -G popping up in the by-lines of our blogs! Say hello to Giselle, Peer Advocate numero dos, who has been picking up my slack in social media land while I get a ton of data entered and filed. Giselle is awesome, she’s an amazing illustrator/graphic artist as well as a fierce advocate, so look forward to her posts!

Love and good juju,

27

Aug

Pictures from our 4th annual LOVE REVOLUTION show are here! Check out our photo album on Facebook by clicking the link below!
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3686486883048.139623.1301436745&type=3
So many great people with tons of energy and talent united for a great event and an even greater cause! The message to call for attention and change in regard to HIV/AIDS stigma was loud and clear! Stigma kills, but love heals!
Don’t forget to be our friends here on tumblr, TWITTER and FACEBOOK~!
xo
Project K.I.S.S.

Pictures from our 4th annual LOVE REVOLUTION show are here! Check out our photo album on Facebook by clicking the link below!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3686486883048.139623.1301436745&type=3

So many great people with tons of energy and talent united for a great event and an even greater cause! The message to call for attention and change in regard to HIV/AIDS stigma was loud and clear! Stigma kills, but love heals!

Don’t forget to be our friends here on tumblr, TWITTER and FACEBOOK~!

xo

Project K.I.S.S.

02

Aug

Another behind the magic scene of our Love Revolution Fashion event :)!

Our models definitely bring their own style and personality to their walks. Look forward to seeing them on the runway!


★Save The Date!

★August 11 NYC

5:00pm Door open/ Party starts!

7:30pm Fashion show is on!

31

Jul

OUR LOVE REVOLUTION IS COMING OH SO CLOSE :)
We’re excited to be able to do a 4th annual fashion event that revolves around anti-stigma on HIV, empowerment, health, freedom of expression and most importantly LOVE! Love is Revolutionary, believe it!
It’s a great event where our youth have the freedom to express who they are and advocate to educate about HIV awareness, stigma and spreading knowledge.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN SOHO ,NYC THIS YEAR!
Party starts at 6pm when doors open! The Love Revolution fashion show starts at 8:30pm!  Free swag, deserts, drinks and fun!
Interested in  volunteering? Contact Jacquel Clemons at jac2045@med.cornell.edu!
We are welcoming talented and enthusiastic make up artists, hair stylists and dancers (modern, ballet…) to lend their talent & time to our cause!
XO
Project KISS ♥/ G

OUR LOVE REVOLUTION IS COMING OH SO CLOSE :)

We’re excited to be able to do a 4th annual fashion event that revolves around anti-stigma on HIV, empowerment, health, freedom of expression and most importantly LOVE! Love is Revolutionary, believe it!

It’s a great event where our youth have the freedom to express who they are and advocate to educate about HIV awareness, stigma and spreading knowledge.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN SOHO ,NYC THIS YEAR!

Party starts at 6pm when doors open! The Love Revolution fashion show starts at 8:30pm!  Free swag, deserts, drinks and fun!

Interested in  volunteering? Contact Jacquel Clemons at jac2045@med.cornell.edu!

We are welcoming talented and enthusiastic make up artists, hair stylists and dancers (modern, ballet…) to lend their talent & time to our cause!

XO

Project KISS ♥/ G

16

Jul

We’re gearing up for our PREMIER Young Men’s Summit this Saturday!
If you’re in the New York City area you should definitely check it out!
This summit, presented by Project K.I.S.S. in collaboration with the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition,  is the culminating event for Project KISS’ Young Men’s Initiative in Long Island City, Queens, which brings together young men between the ages of 13-24 to engage in dialogue around sex, love, and health through the lens of social justice and advocacy education.  It is the goal of this initiative and summit to empower young men of color in New York City to challenge and questions media and hip hop culture, as well as work to dismantle patriarchy and sexism as a re-imagining of healthy masculinities toward a RADICAL MANHOOD.
Featuring workshops, performances, guest speakers, give-aways, & free HIV testing and counseling!
If you plan to attend please RSVP here

We’re gearing up for our PREMIER Young Men’s Summit this Saturday!

If you’re in the New York City area you should definitely check it out!

This summit, presented by Project K.I.S.S. in collaboration with the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition,  is the culminating event for Project KISS’ Young Men’s Initiative in Long Island City, Queens, which brings together young men between the ages of 13-24 to engage in dialogue around sex, love, and health through the lens of social justice and advocacy education.  It is the goal of this initiative and summit to empower young men of color in New York City to challenge and questions media and hip hop culture, as well as work to dismantle patriarchy and sexism as a re-imagining of healthy masculinities toward a RADICAL MANHOOD.

Featuring workshops, performances, guest speakers, give-aways, & free HIV testing and counseling!

If you plan to attend please RSVP here

23

Apr

Welcome to my Nightmare: The Others

andenes:

Yesterday I went to a sort of get together of other young HIV positive guys in Denver. It was nice seeing other people , but strange too. I don’t think I’ve ever been around so many people who had HIV before. The nice thing about it was that most of them seemed really attractive and normal. I…

Great narrative!!

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