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Dozens of Anti-LGBTQ State Bills Already Proposed in 2020, Advocates Warn – NBC News
Experts say at least 25 anti-LGBTQ bills have been proposed this year. Many of the bills focus on transgender youth, including legislation making it a felony to provide trans health care to minors.

Birth Control Is Supposed to Be Free with Insurance. She Got Billed $1,900 – VICE
The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers cover birth control with no out-of-pocket costs, but enforcement is weak. A pending Supreme Court case could make the situation worse.

Following the News Can Be Triggering for Sexual Assault Survivors. Here’s How to Manage It. – The Washington Post
For millions of sexual assault survivors in the U.S., current events can be rough terrain. Experts share tips for navigating media, including how to express feelings, and practice mindfulness and self-compassion.

Dissatisfaction with Abortion Laws Rises on Both Sides of the Debate – CNN
A recent survey reveals 58% of American adults are dissatisfied with current national abortion laws—a 7% increase from last year, with a rise in both those wanting stricter laws and those wanting looser laws.

The HPV Guide for Men – Inverse
Experts say men don’t know enough about HPV, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have questions about it. This is your science-backed guide to HPV, for men.

American Law Does Not Take Rape Seriously – The Atlantic
Rape is rarely investigated or prosecuted, and historical attitudes and laws on the books for decades don’t help, making sexual assault the easiest violent crime to get away with.

My Cancer Treatment Has Made Erections Difficult. This Is How I Still Have Sex – VICE
With treatment, most cancer patients experience a negative impact on their sex lives. Studies suggest only 14% of physicians talk to cancer patients about sex, and only 13% of patients with difficulties get help from their doctors.

SAG-AFTRA Has a New Plan to Make Hollywood Sex Scenes Safer – Vanity Fair
The union unveiled new standards and protocols for intimacy coordinators on production sets involving nudity or simulated sex, including a required background check and knowledge in mental health first aid. 

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