Shemeka is a sexuality educator and researcher from North Carolina. She has taught comprehensive sex education to middle schoolers, teens, adults and college students in North Carolina and Florida. While completing her Master’s at Florida State University, she served as a member of the Campus Action Team for the Improvement of Sexual Health. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Community Health Education. Her research focuses on the sexual health and positive sexuality development of Black girls from adolescence to emerging adulthood.
Currently Reading: Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Favorite Quote: “Embrace what makes you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable”- Janelle Monae
Best 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 is a sexuality educator from North Carolina and recently started her career in HIV prevention research. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). During her time as a graduate student, she was an intern for Planned Parenthood where she led advocacy and programming efforts. She has taught comprehensive sexuality education to elementary, middle, and high schoolers, adults, and college students. She is committed to expanding sexuality education in rural areas and reducing the rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies among people of color, especially Native American populations.
Currently Reading: What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by Jaclyn Friedman
Favorite Quote: “Wash it off, lube it up, let’s go!” -Tanya Bass, Southern Sexologist™
Best 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