My Sex-Related Birthday Wish!

Today is my birthday! And I have a wish for those who would like to help celebrate.

In the midst of a political climate in which:

- odd things are being said about contraception (Says Santorum: “It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be” - even Bill O’Reilly challenged him on the idea of states outlawing contraception)

- same-sex couples continue to be treated poorly, with disrespect and as if they have less of a right to love and marriage than everyone else

- politicians make false claims about science related to sexual health

….my birthday wish is that support be shown to organizations who are trying to improve the lives of GLBT youth and women and men who want to access healthcare services (including annual gyn exams, Pap tests, colposcopies, and STI testing), contraception and evidence-based information about sexual health.

If you’re able, please donate to the It Gets Better Project (which funds anti-bullying and GLBT suicide prevention programs) and/or Planned Parenthood. Any amount would help! And whether or not you have funds to support these organizations, I hope you’ll continue to fight the good fight in your communities by supporting sexuality education, access to healthcare and the civil rights of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Thank you.


About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at

  • Anonymous

    Happy Happy Birthday Debby!  Off to make a donation to It Gets Better – thanks for sharing your gifts with the world! Ande