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Let's Talk About is the official blog of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

How do I talk to my partner about using condoms?

Starting an open conversation with your partner can feel intimidating, but once you’ve done it, you’ll quickly see how it can build trust and deepen the mutual connection between you. And that connection may carry over into the bedroom and make sex even more fun.

So, dive in, start that conversation, and let your partner know how you feel. You deserve to feel safe, connected, and respected.

Feb. 18, 2022

Stay Woke: Black History Month is as much about NOW as THEN

Some years, during Black History Month, I am laden with the heavy feeling that it is much too dangerous to look away from today, to look back. I hear: Take a peek, maybe, but please - Black Man, Black Woman, Black Person, Black Child - do not stay here for long.

I cannot stay here because the work of the ancestors is not done, and we must keep watch.

Feb. 8, 2022

Abortion is sacred. And the Supreme Court can’t take that away from us.

Indigenous Women Rising co-founder Rae Guerra-Lorenzo on why they support abortion access: Our reproductive health, including abortion care, is sacred. Our children are sacred because they are the entities into which we pour our time and love because we want to, not because we are forced to.

Dec. 3, 2021

Transgender Awareness Week is a time for reflection, resilience, and action

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to raise visibility about transgender people and address issues faced by members of the community.

If you’re not already taking action, now is the time to start.

Nov. 13, 2021

Get covered, Illinois! ACA Open Enrollment is happening now

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is happening now through January 15. During this period, you can get both yourself and your family covered. We can help you navigate all of the available choices and find the health insurance plan that best fits your needs.

Nov. 1, 2021

Why we must defend abortion access

I am proud to be an abortion provider in Illinois, especially at a time when access is hanging by a thread in some parts of the country. Since Texas enacted its unconstitutional 6-week abortion ban and other states—including some of Illinois’ neighbors—are considering similar measures, we need everyone to fight to defend abortion access.

Oct. 11, 2021

Why are pronouns so important?

The small act of offering your pronouns and respecting others’ is a powerful way to spark inclusivity and normalize the gender spectrum. Keep reading to learn why it’s so important to get it right.

June 30, 2021

Celebrate Pride by supporting the Equality Act

While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, it does not offer protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act hopes to fix that.

June 17, 2021

How virtual education is breaking down barriers, expanding access, and shaping the future of sex ed in Illinois

When the pandemic closed schools in 2020, education—including sex ed—dramatically changed overnight. Like all educators, Planned Parenthood of Illinois quickly shifted our sex ed classes into virtual spaces. A year later, we’ve learned some surprising lessons that could reshape the future of sex ed in Illinois.

June 12, 2021