Bianca I Laureano is a sexologist, consultant, educator, and activist. Her interests include representations of the sexuality of people of Color in media and popular culture, radical women of Color, and positive youth development. She is an adjunct instructor and a freelance writer. She hosts LatinoSexuality.com and her writings and reviews can be seen at her website BiancaLaureano.com.
New qualitative research study, You & Me, shares findings that Black men who have sex with men use condoms more often than was thought. Many are questioning if they are telilng the truth about their practices. What does this say about us as providers and educators?
What new series has an unplanned pregnancy, abortion discussion, and centers women of Color? Are we ready to use the forms of popular culture that offer us opportunities to explore these topics with our communiites?
A letter inspired by an encounter I recently had with a racially white person in the field who is planning a new project/program that does not include people of Color, with disabilities, who are youth or trans* identified. The letter is one filled with the same arguments I, and many other people of Color, have been making to racially white people in the field for years.
This past weekend Rutgers University had its first annual Sex, Love and Dating Conference. Here are some notes and my experience from one of the workshops I provided on intercultural dating and relationships.
The Department of State's 10th Annual Trafficking In Person's Report ranks countries on progress against human trafficking. How are Caribbean nations responding? How does this report help to create change and build community?
AARPs latest research finds older Latinos are very happy with the quality and quantity of sex in their lives and are more affectionate with their partners. What can we learn from these findings about the way we discuss aging, sexuality, and culture?
It is rare to read about Latino men in the way I have known them. Even stories by Latino men seem to exclude the experiences and relationships I have come to experience and nurture with the Latino men in my life. For this Father’s/Papi's Day I want to share some of the ways I have come to know “machismo,” the idea of what it means to be a man, the idea of masculinity. I’ll warn you now, this is not going to be similar to what you have read in other places because my machismo comes from a space of love, respect, trust, and acceptance.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City has been under scrutiny because the "godfather" of the Parade, Osvaldo Rios, has a history of violence against women. What is the best community response to such violence?
Dancehall music is known for a lot of things, but talking about infertility among Caribbean women is not one of them. Three years ago, female deejay Lady Saw created a song about the topic and her message still resonates with women today.
Statistics indicate that people who experience cervical and testicular cancer have a higher rate of divorce. What is the lived reality of cancer survivors, especially women of Color in the US, who have survived cervical cancer?
An award-winning advertisement about HIV and AIDS prevention from a non-profit in Spain is direct and provocative! What can we learn from the marketing strategies in other countries as educators in the US?
One of the midwives on public television is gone. Instead of rolling my eyes at writers' poor choice of plot development, I'd like to hear from the community what other accessible television and video represents midwives.
All the "celebration" about The 50th Anniversary Of The Pill is a party I can't attend. There are missing pieces that are being ignored in the celebration and these pieces are vital parts of my history.
A new short film by Nuala Cabral focuses on women of Color who experience street harassment. It could be a new teaching tool for classrooms, workshops, and communities. How do you see this film being useful for youth?
In 2005 the FDA approved insertion and use of IUDs among younger women who do not have children. The use of IUDs has since increased. Yet even today the IUD remains inaccessible to many who would otherwise choose it.
Research and literature on Latinas and HIV transmission is based on static notions about "cultural values" ascribed specifically to Latinos, leading us to conclusions that are both outdated and dangerous.
Because of Roe v. Wade, and because of Rosie’s death, I am able to sit here and write this. I am able to accomplish what Rosie had planned for herself and have become a teacher. Because of Rosie, I can dream bigger, travel farther, educate others, and help people experiencing an abortion as their abortion doula.
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