Sexual and reproductive justice for all.

Through advocacy and education, Roc.SRJ strives to bridge the gap between sexual and reproductive justice resources and connect them to the people of Rochester, NY.

Our Goal

Rochester’s Sexual & Reproductive Justice Task Force was established on July 16, 2016, by a group of passionate local health educators and advocates. We understood that our city was in need of amplifying the voices of those of us who have been omitted from the conversations surrounding our own bodies and rights.

Roc.SRJ believes sexual and reproductive justice exists when all people have the autonomy, resources, and rights to make decisions about their bodies, reproduction, and sexual lives, with dignity. We've evolved a lot in seven years, but our mission has remained the same: through advocacy, education, and community, we bridge the gap between SRJ resources and the people who need them in Rochester. Thank you so much for all of your support!

On Monday January 22, 2024 RocSRJ joined Planned Parenthood, Next Generation Men of Transition and Roc NOW for the 51st Anniversary of Roe. For the entire speech, please click here.

"It is important for all who are here to understand that Roc SRJ will continue to say that abortion restrictions are rooted in anti-Blackness. Restricting reproductive autonomy is not new in this country and it is tied to the enslavement of Black and Brown bodies. Abortion restrictions continue to impact Black and Brown bodies at higher rates. We know when abortion is not legal, the burden of accessing safe abortions falls harder on Black and Brown communities and people with disabilities. Overturning Roe was always just the beginning to setting a dangerous precedent in the fight for bodily autonomy. We knew this because they told us this was the plan. Ban abortion, restrict access to birth control, strip away rights of LGBTQ+ people, ban access to life-saving medications. This was always the plan." -RocSRJ

Below, you will find some tangible and easy-to-follow information for changing the spaces we live, work, educate, and play in. Thank you for your advocacy, time, and energy in continuing this fight.

Gender neutral language in the spaces where you live, work, and play

Diversity Style Guide

The Diversity Style Guide is a resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority, and sensitivity.

Inclusive and Gender-Neutral Language | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A compilation of definitions and explanations of language and why it matters.

K-12 Sex Education in schools for LGBTQ+ students

National Sex Education Standards (NSES)

The National Sex Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12 (Second Edition) were developed to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of quality sex education in public schools. 

LGBTQ+ Youth Resources | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health | CDC

The CDC’s collection of resources for professionals, schools, and parents for creating a better world for LGBTQ+ Youth.

Creating Safer Spaces in Schools for LGBTQ Youth | The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Resources for Youth-Serving Professionals | Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign’s collection of resources for professionals, schools, and parents for creating a better world for LGBTQ+ Youth.

Healthy Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students Project 

The Safe and Supportive Schools Project promotes safe and supportive environments to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents.

Just the Facts: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel

Just the Facts provides information and resources for principals, educators, and school personnel who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian, and bisexual students.

For Abortion Advocacy information, please click here.

Connect with us!

It is the hope of Roc.SRJ to help organizations, policy makers, board members, community stake holders, health care providers and those who work under those umbrellas understand that when we center Black , Brown and Indigenous people, we can resuscitate the systems and alleviate issues for everyone else.