The Sexual Continuum

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Why are these young people proud of their sexual orientation?

See how these young people are proud to be LGBT.

The "I Heart My Sexuality" campaign is being conducted by the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The project aims to highlight the strengths of LGBTQ youth, instill pride in the community, and tell stories of healthy relationships.
We set up a video booth at the 2010 Chicago Pride Festival and asked people to write on a card why they "heart" or love their sexuality. The response was overwhelming, with over 200 cards completed. The cards were just released on the IMPACT website, allowing visitors to view the cards and read the inspiring and sometimes funny messages. The main goal of these cards is to share examples of why people are proud to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. There were also cards completed by heterosexuals sharing why they are proud to be included or connected to the gay community. You can view some of the cards below, or go to the campaign page to view more.

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On September 21st we will be launching the second phase of the campaign, which includes videos that explore relationships, being single, and the important of family and community. Check out the campaign website to view more of the cards and watch the videos (after September 21st).

Help share the positive message of the campaign. Below you can click "Send it to a friend" to email the message. You can also use the buttons below to share it on digg, stumbleupon, reddit, facebook, or twitter.

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Northwestern University and the founding Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.

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