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Rainbows, Sex, and Chocolate: Students talk LGBT sexual health

From misconceptions about lubricant to STD prevention, students learned about sexual health in a fun environment.

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Mackenzie Guiry, Contributing Writer

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Two FAU organizations joined forces on Valentine’s Day to discuss sexual health in the LGBT community in an event called Rainbows, Sex, and Chocolate.

Owls Care Health Promotion and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs organized activities where they put condoms on coke cans and answered personal questions from students in an anonymous Q&A session.

Questions ranged from ‘Do women need to use lube too?’ to ‘When should you be concerned about painful or uncomfortable sex?’

Assistant director of Owls Care Courtney Weaver said it’s a misconception that lube is only for older people.

“Lube is your friend,” Weaver said. “It’s for everyone.”

Weaver explained different ways to practice safe sex such as interior and exterior condoms and dental dams. All of the items were available for students to take after the presentation.

Geanny Joseph Ruiz, LGBTQA program director for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs said protection should also be personalized.

“Same sex best practices need to be included in these conversations,” Ruiz said. “Sexual health awareness prevents the spread of life threatening viruses and STD’s. Protection comes in many forms, it is important to learn about what works for you and your partner.”

Freshman studio art major Mia Younger attended the event.

“I think that if everyone is properly educated, than sex is safer for everyone,” Younger said.

“I think that it’s important for students to know about sexual health and to know the right way to do things,” attendee Sarah Lockett said. “A lot of people are too scared to ask questions directly, but if you’re in a fun environment and if you’re around people who won’t judge you it’s easier”.

Mackenzie Guiry is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].

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