Shemeka Thorpe, MS has taught comprehensive sexuality education for over seven years at several universities and middle colleges throughout the Southeastern United States. Shemeka is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on the positive sexual development of Black women from adolescence to emerging adulthood focusing specifically on peers, pleasure, and communication. Shemeka is very passionate about changing the narrative of sexual health research on Black women from risk reduction to a more comprehensive, sex-positive framework which allows for sexual exploration, sexual identity development, acknowledgment of intersecting identities, pleasure, and desire.
Favorite Quote: ““I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass”- Shonda Rhimes
Favorite Sex Ed Question: “If a man has a boner, crosses the street and then gets hit by a car and is paralyzed does he have that boner for life? ”–Age 12
Gabrielle Evans, MPH, CHES is a sexuality educator from North Carolina. Gabrielle has taught comprehensive sex education to adolescents and young adults for over three years. In Fall 2019, she will begin pursuing her doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Behavior Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. She is committed to expanding sexuality education in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among Native American populations.
Favorite Quote: “There is power in collaboration with integrity. Maybe you’re really fascinated by Native culture, but let’s do that in a way that is doing actual good for Native people. -Bethany Yellowtail
Favorite Sex Ed Question: “What happens to sperm that doesn’t make it inside? Does it die? Can you scoop it inside the woman? Does it move like in the pictures?”–Age 10