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Talks, workshops, at-home activism and campaign contributions: the latest sex & relationships things on the Outspoken radar that you can look into and do right now

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WATCH the new season of Every Body Curious (we’ve long loved their videos on Vulva, Penis, Gender Expression, Kissing, Love Is Love and more in which exuberant, communicative sex educator Nadine Thornhill talks with real live schoolkids). Season 3 presents 6 new episodes featuring her and clued-up gay disabled activist Spencer West visiting tweens and teens with disability to talk Superstar Self Image, Express Yourself, Just Say Gay and more. Expect humour and enjoyment: it’s enlightening to step into their lives… Also get a dose of Nadine’s wit and wisdom in the Sex Positive Education & Kids with Nadine Thornhill podcast episode (Erotic Philosopher, 16/5/22)

SOUND OFF ON BOOK BANS

TELL the Sex Education Alliance your feelings about US library book bans in the How Book Bans Impact Parents And Kids questionnaire. Off-limits titles include the graphic novel Maus, Judy Blume classics and books with sex-ed topics and LGBT+ characters (see 15 of them here). We like the idea of everyone buying these books – to read at home and as gifts!

HEAR ABOUT HEARTSTOPPER

BOOK a virtual seat at The making of Heartstopper (5 July, 7pm; recorded) – a Guardian Live Talk in which Alice Oseman, who penned the LGBT+ graphic novel that the Netflix hit is based on, and actor Joe Locke will talk with gay Guardian writer Owen Jones about the Heartstopper – the book and the series – and about the importance of telling LGBT+ stories. Cost £7

TAKE IN SOME PARENT TIPS

WATCH  A modern sex education book for every body – a great 9-minute interview with acclaimed Sex Is A Funny Word author Cory Silverberg about their new equally bright, colourful book for older kids You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things – and hear tips for parents on talking openly about consent, sex and LGBT+ identities and issues