Dear KBFPC Community,

As I write this, I am at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association’s Fall Meeting surrounded by peers from across the country - each of whom are committed to making reproductive health accessible for all. While I am here, most of our youth program team is also at a conference - the annual Alaska Afterschool Network event. Conferences, big or small, offer opportunities to listen and learn, which I love, but also to collaborate and strategize, which takes learning to the next stage - action.

This newsletter is full of ways for you to actively connect with your personal health, KBFPC, and the broader community. Even while we wait to hear confirmation about who will represent Alaska in Congress and impact the national conversation about reproductive health and many other issues that significantly impact the lives of the clinic clients and teens we serve, there is important work to be done locally. Be an active participant in your health. Express yourself. Stay informed.

Claudia Haines, CEO

Tonight, Tuesday 11/15, the City of Homer Library Advisory Board (LAB) at 5:30pm will hear from community members about a requested book ban that aims to remove more than 40 children’s books from a public institution that, according to the petitioner, are reportedly “promoting transgender ideology, drag queens, homosexuality, and all other books which are intended to indoctrinate children in LGBTQ+ ideologies.”

What do children’s books have to do with KBFPC? The ban attempts to narrowly define how each of us and our families should read, yes, but also live and love. Inclusion and diversity throughout our community reduce stigmas and encourage individuals to get the services and care they need and want, including healthcare. Participate in the discussion and share your opinions with the LAB through public testimony tonight in-person or virtually or via email.