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Seddique Mateen, the father of Omar Mateen, grabs a photographer’s lens at his home. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's father has denounced homosexuality, while many say Mateen secretly grappled with his own sexuality. Here's what the research says on the relationship between parents' attitudes, being closeted and being homophobic.
An issue for people not interested in sex is created by everyone else’s idea that they should be and that there’s something wrong with them. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: is it normal not to want sex?

Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
The narrative around sexuality education is one of disease, danger and risk. Shutterstock

Why sexuality education in schools needs a major overhaul

The messages that adolescents receive from sexuality education classes are frequently negative. It's time for the curriculum to become more empowering for learners and teachers.
There are very few spaces in which girls can discuss menstruation or ask questions about it. Reuters/Zohra Bensemra

How to break down the stigma and taboo around menstruation

Menstruation is a fact of life – but in many parts of Africa, it's something that young women dread. A South African research group is working to change this.
Sexting is a co-authored, negotiated experience that can empower young people. Shutterstock

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

There has been something of a moral panic around sexting – but research suggests that it can create safe, empowering spaces for young people exploring their sexuality.
Many babies are born with a genetic variant that leads to ambiguous sexual development. .gsr./Flickr

Boy, girl or …? Dilemmas when sex development goes awry

Many babies are born with a genetic variant that can result in the child being neither a typical boy or girl. There has been considerable debate about whether the child should be treated.
About 80% of homophobic and transphobic incidents that young people experience take place in schools. from www.shutterstock.com

Bullying linked to gender and sexuality often goes unchecked in schools

About 80% of students experience some kind of gender-based bullying in their primary and high school years. But research shows that teachers often fail to intervene or are not equipped to deal with it.
The Tribhangi Dance Company performs Circles and Squares at the South African Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg. EPA/John Hogg

African dance festival that’s been one step ahead through the decades

South Africa's foremost contemporary dance festival is celebrating its 28th birthday in 2016. It has remained relevant, vital and – despite the format's esoteric nature – hugely popular.

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