College hosts event providing sexual health education and resources

Rose State College. Official photo.

The term “adult night” often means something other than a college hosted educational event. However, Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla. is hosting “Adult Night” for people in the community to learn about sexual health and resources available to them. The event will be April 20.

But does a night of sexual health education sound like a drag? Look at it this way; it’s more sexual health education than you’ll receive in any public school in much of the South. Seven Southern states, including Oklahoma, have “no promo homo” laws. These laws limit sexual health education, including STD prevention education, and forbid LGBTQ-inclusive sex-ed in public schools.

The law also makes it illegal to teach students about gay people or queer love and that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.

Rose State Faculty Advisor, Sarah Hoss said, “We are excited about this event and are looking forward to a great turnout.” Hoss is a Rose State Professor in the Health Sciences Division. She also serves as Advisor of Spectrum Alliance, Rose State’s GSA group.

“The event is free and open to the public,” added Hoss. “Organizations from all over the Oklahoma City metro will be in attendance to present information.”

Organizations participating in Adult Night include two Rose State student organizations (Spectrum Alliance and the Student Nursing Association), UCO Sexual Health Ambassadors, Planned Parenthood, Variety Care, Thrive, Teen EmPower and Earthside Birth Services.

Adult Night is hosted by the Sexual Identity/Sexual Health (SISH) Student Organization and Rose State College. The event will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Rose State Wellness Center Gym.

Rose State is located minutes east of downtown Oklahoma City via I-40. Exit on Hudiburg Dr. in Midwest City and travel north, passing Adair Blvd. The Rose State Wellness Center is just north of the Student Center.

The Gayly. April 12, 2018. 9:55 a.m. CST.