Queer, trans, questioning, and allied youth can now get answers to their questions about sex and sexuality by texting 724-888-SASS (7277).
Created by Leah Cipri and Matthew Shear with support from Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the text line is available so youth ages 13 to 22 can get questions answered accurately and safely about their sexual health. The two students created the texting helpline in response to the 2013 VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey. “We looked at the data and it was overwhelming. It showed gay, lesbian, and bisexual identified youth in Vermont are much more likely to report engaging in riskier behavior,” Cipri says.
“724-888-SASS is safe, confidential, and provides medically accurate information,” adds Shear. “The Internet is full of misinformation, and Google shouldn’t be the first place youth turn to for questions about their sexual health.”
Accessible queer sex education is a youth-set priority, and the SASS textline serves to broaden that access.
“The fact is LGBTQ+ youth are at a disproportionately higher risk for adverse health outcomes,” says Shear. “The mission of the SASS program and the texting hotline is simple: to empower youth by giving them both the agency and the knowledge to make informed choices about their sexual, mental, and emotional health.”
Youth can text SASS 24 hours a day and drop in at Outright Vermont’s main location in Burlington on select Fridays for workshops focused on LGBTQ+ health. Text your questions to 724-888-7277 anytime, and receive a free, confidential, and medically accurate answer back within 24 hours. It’s that simple!
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