sexuality http://michiganradio.org en Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-ordinance-would-ban-various-kinds-discrimination-kalamazoo-township <p>Tonight Kalamazoo Township’s board of trustees will consider an ordinance that would protect people from discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, among a number of other factors, including:</p><blockquote><p>“..The actual or perceived race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, height, weight, marital status, familial status, citizenship, physical or mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information of another person."</p></blockquote><p>State law already protects from discrimination based on factors like a person’s sex, age, race or religion. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:24:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13413 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed ordinance would ban various kinds of discrimination in Kalamazoo Township New program for teens with autism at EMU http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-teens-autism-emu <p>Teens with autism will get the chance to learn and discuss important topics in their transition to adulthood during a new program at Eastern Michigan University's<a href="http://www.emich.edu/acc/"> Autism Collaborative Center</a>.</p><p></p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 18:54:16 +0000 Associated Press 11614 at http://michiganradio.org New program for teens with autism at EMU Studies: 'Sexting' normal among teens, adults getting into the act http://michiganradio.org/post/studies-sexting-normal-among-teens-adults-getting-act <p>&quot;Sexting,&quot; the act of sending racy messages or photos using a mobile phone, isn&#39;t a sign of moral turpitude, according to researchers from the University of Michigan&#39;s School of Public Health. They say the act is just a part of normal dating for young people.</p><p>Researchers surveyed respondents for their study, which will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.</p><p>From a <a href="http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/20649-sexting-may-be-just-a-normal-part-of-dating-for-internet-generation">UM press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>University of Michigan researchers looked at the sexting behavior of 3,447 men and women ages 18-24 and found that while sexting is very common, sexting isn&#39;t associated with sexually risky behaviors or with psychological problems.</p><p>The findings contradict the public perception of sexting, which is often portrayed in the media and elsewhere as unsavory, deviant or even criminal behavior, said Jose Bauermeister, an assistant professor at the U-M School of Public Health and co-principal investigator of the study.</p></blockquote><p>Previous research has been done to identify who is &quot;sexting,&quot; but the UM researchers say this &quot;is the first known study to connect sexting with a behavioral outcome.&quot;</p><p>They found nearly half of the respondents said they took part in sexting, and most people who said they received &quot;sexts&quot; also said they sent them. The results, researchers say, suggests sexting likely happens between romantic partners.</p><p>And it&#39;s not just young people, more older adults are participating as well.</p><p>From Sarah Gates of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/adult-sexting_n_1581234.html">Huffington Post</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A recent Harris Interactive poll found that <a href="http://digitallife.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/06/12090540-nearly-1-in-5-smartphone-users-are-sexting?lite" target="_hplink">one in five Americans sext</a> or share racy text messages with others on their smartphones.</p><p>Sponsored by Lookout Mobile Security, the results of the 2,097 adults surveyed focused on a particular rising trend -- <a href="mailto:http://blog.mylookout.com/blog/2012/06/07/protect-your-phone-from%E2%80%A6yourself-adult-sexting-on-the-rise/" target="_hplink">adult sexting</a>. While the convention may be popular among text-savvy teens, sexting has become more prevalent among older generations, as one in 10 baby boomers surveyed admitted to sending or receiving explicit photos.</p></blockquote><p>While sexting might be risqué, it&#39;s also risky (to which Anthony Wiener, Kwame Kilpatrick and several other politicians can attest).</p><p>No doubt, there are, or there will soon be, <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/12/snapchat-not-sexting/">privacy apps</a> for the behavior. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:42:12 +0000 Mark Brush 8421 at http://michiganradio.org Studies: 'Sexting' normal among teens, adults getting into the act Transgender student is king to many high school peers http://michiganradio.org/post/transgender-student-king-many-high-school-peers <p>Oak Reed ran for Homecoming King at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, but school officials tossed out Reed&#39;s ballots because, anatomically, Reed is not a male. That set off a national debate over transgender rights:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiA-jXBBcME</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 19:21:33 +0000 Mark Brush 114 at http://michiganradio.org Transgender student is king to many high school peers