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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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.