Positive, Loving, Empowered Advocates for Sexual Education

Talley Student Union view from elevator

Students walk on campus by the Talley Student Union. Photo by Marc Hall

If you are not familiar with P.L.E.A.S.E. (Positive, Loving, Empowered Advocates for Sexual Education), it is an organization whose mission is to promote through education the acceptance and appreciation of sexual diversity throughout the campus community. With a sex-positive perspective, they acknowledge that there is a wide range of human and sexual differences among individuals, and that sex, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability, other facets of identity and experiences uniquely shape each person’s sexuality. They embrace and celebrate these differences by working toward a campus environment and a larger culture in which all people are free to pursue the healthiest, most fulfilling expressions of sexuality possible for them as individuals, and to do so without the burdens of shame, judgment, embarrassment and/or lack of information. Additionally, they intend to create a safe space for members of the NC State community to intellectually explore topics related to sexuality and to emotionally support one another in our efforts toward fostering healthy sexual philosophies and practices.

P.L.E.A.S.E. seeks to empower all students in their choices to explore their sexuality by providing inclusive programs, events and resources. They offer an assortment of free safer sex supplies, answers to your sexual health related questions and access to community resources. Recently, they collaborated with Student Health to provide the Sex Ed Boot Camp to students, an informative and interactive presentation where speakers engaged students on the topics of STIs, healthy relationships, testing, anatomy and consent and uncovered many common myths. As a result of the success of this event, their future initiative includes collaborating again with Student Health so that they can help with many more programs.

Interested in contributing to the initiative? Come to a meeting! Membership is not required to attend. This organization is open and inclusive to all members of the NC State community who wish to join and educate each other about safer sex practices, options for sexual expression and healthy, beneficial ways of addressing sexuality in each individual’s life. They encourage open and safe communication, ethics, consent, empowerment of sexual minorities and the resolution of various social problems that are associated with sexuality. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Talley 4270.

Questions? Contact PLEASEbesexpositive@ncsu.edu.