Not Your Average Sex Talk (NYAST)
Not Your Average Sex Talk (NYAST) is a peer-to-peer health advocacy network that uses a social justice framework to discuss sex and intimacy in ways that are often neglected in traditional sex education settings. Understanding that there is no universal, comprehensive sex ed. curriculum, NYAST aims to: disperse specific and medically-accurate sexual health information, facilitate discussions beyond heteronormative sexual intercourse, and address how homo/bi/transphobia, ableism, and racism intertwine with attraction and intimacy. NYAST was founded in 2014 with the goal of creating dialogue and resources that are sex-positive, intersectional, and catered towards marginalized people. NYAST’s peer-to-peer sexual education curriculum has been featured on college campuses and at national conferences around the U.S. NYAST’s community-driven approach to youth sexual education aims to empower a new generation of leaders to take control of their health and the health of their communities.
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Lex Loro is a queer justice activist, comedian, and writer whose work focuses on trauma recovery, peer-to-peer sexual education, rural and southern organizing, and navigating women’s spaces and modern feminism as a non-binary woman. Lex is a recent graduate of American University where she studied Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Journalism.
As an undergraduate student at American University, Lex worked as a peer sexual educator in many capacities, notably as the Resident Assistant of the Social Justice Living Learning Community and as the Executive Director of the queer student organization, Queers and Allies. They co-founded “Not Your Average Sex Talk” four years ago and have presented their unique peer-to-peer sexual education curriculum on college campuses and at national and local conferences and symposiums. Lex spent a year as a Public Policy and Government Affairs Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force and half a year as the Curriculum Development Intern at American University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
As part of their #MakingHistory campaign, the Center for American Progress’ Generation Progress profiled Lex as an up-and-coming LGBTQ youth activist to watch. Additionally, Lex was recognized by her university for her contributions to queer student life with the Eagle Involvement Award and Bruce Hughes Student Achievement Award.
Lex currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.
Emmett Patterson (he, him, his) is a queer & trans health activist. He is graduate of American University and George Washington University, where he focused his Public Health undergraduate and graduate studies on queer and trans sexual health. His work in LGBTQ health is rooted in community health education, specifically for trans & non-binary people and their medical providers. He lives to talk about LGBTQ health access and queer/trans sexual health; in fact, he never shuts up about it. Particularly interested in the intersections of health, disability, and queer identity, Emmett is currently writing a collection of short stories used to train paramedics about LGBTQ patient health needs. When he isn’t pursuing advocacy (or talking about his eternal love for Tom Hanks), you can find usually find him in a kayak on the Potomac, at his piano, or behind the lens of his Nikon FM-10. Emmett believes that a peer-to-peer, community-driven approach to youth sexual education will empower a new generation of leaders to finally create truly inclusive, comprehensive, and universal sex ed programming.