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We Stand With Pulse

 06/17/2016 12:11 pm ET | 
Nearly a week after the horrific act of violence that claimed 49 lives in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, my heart remains broken. 
It is hard to make sense of the extreme homophobia, the audacity of privilege, and the tremendous loss of lives and potential that this act brought to the world stage during LGBT Pride Month, which pays homage to the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. In this Hemisphere it seemed that we were moving forward: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in the U.S., and in Bolivia, the government approved a landmark law recognizing transgender rights. 
But, justice and progress are not always linear. As Justin Torres points out in his excellent piece in the Washington Post, liberation is not a permanent state; “this world constricts,” and so much more must be done until every individual is able to express their sexuality and gender identity freely and without fear. 
In the region where I work, South America was the first continent to have a majority of its inhabitants living in a jurisdiction that afforded same-sex couples the right to marry, most recently, in Colombia. Still, discrimination remains rampant throughout the region: the average Latin American transgender woman will die before she turns 35. In the Caribbean, anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in eleven countries and gay rights activists like Belize’s Caleb Orozco live in isolation and fear. 
After a tragedy like the Orlando shooting, it is hard to believe in love or a better future. It is tempting to feel defeated, but there are always people reaching out with love and help. Vigils were held around the world and more than 100,000 people donated to a Pulse victims fund created by LGBT rights organization Equality Florida in the last four days alone. 
And, my co-workers wrote us from the field to tell us that despite these terrible injustices, these horrific murders, there is hope. 
In Brazil, my colleague attended the launch of a new sexuality education phone app—Partiu Papo Reto— created by young people working with our local partner CEPIA in Rio de Janeiro. As part of a messaging exercise, she showed the more than 60 young people—ages 13 to 20— in attendance to view two HIV prevention campaigns. She asked them what they thought of the first one, which depicted two men spooning in a coffin. Hands shot up. Discriminatory. Hateful. Wrong. 
At the end of the event, the youth did a rap about sexual rights and a presentation on their hopes for the future. What do they want? Human rights for all. Happy, consensual sex lives. And end to homophobia, transphobia, violence and sexual assault. My colleague was moved by their knowledge, their resolve and courageousness as the stained glass wall behind them bathed the youth in rainbow light. 
We lost people who thought they were in a safe space where they could express themselves, away from the usual homophobia and transphobia that continues in society everywhere. This is an unspeakable loss. But, we will not lose hope. We will continue to stand strong and be part of a movement that stands for equality and dignity. We will remain strong and united. Reason, justice, and love is on our side.
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Sanger Art Show
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2016 Sanger Art Show
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Calling all Art Lovers!
Please join us for the opening of the 

Sanger Art Show

for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley 
The work of Margaret, William, and Alex Sanger will be displayed in the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center located in Poughkeepsie.
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
If you'd like to attend this event, you can purchase tickets online.

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Alexander Sanger
Alexander C. Sanger, the grandson of Margaret Sanger, who founded the birth control movement over eighty years ago, is currently Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council.
Mr. Sanger previously served as the President of Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) and its international arm, The Margaret Sanger Center International (MSCI) for ten years from 1991 - 2000.

Mr. Sanger speaks around the country and the world and has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.

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Beyond Choice
The new book by Alexander Sanger published by PublicAffairs

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With reproductive freedom in jeopardy, Alexander Sanger, grandson of renowned family planning advocate Margaret Sanger and a longtime leader in the reproductive rights movement, has taken an urgent, fresh look at the pro-choice position—and even the pro-life position—and finds them necessary, but insufficient. In Beyond Choice he offers the first major re-thinking of these positions in thirty years.

“Well researched and readable, Beyond Choice should be required reading for both pro-choice and pro-life supporters.”
—Governor Christine Todd Whitman


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