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!

Please check out our April Newsletter here, sign up below to stay up to date with upcoming information.

Black Maternal Health Week April 11-17

The Black Maternal Health Week 2024 theme is "Our Bodies STILL Belong to Us: Reproductive Justice NOW!”, The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has chosen to highlight the widespread restrictions on abortion care access coupled with rising cases of criminalization due to pregnancy loss that continue to widen the gaps of adverse maternal and birth outcomes in the U.S.The time is NOW to demand for comprehensive public and private insurance coverage for maternal, sexual, and reproductive health care; improving access to care across geographies and birth settings; issuing guidance to health care providers, institutions, insurance companies, and related entities on providing equitable, high-quality, patient-centered care; and funding research and programs that center and utilize scholarship of Black women and birthing people, as fully described in BMMA's comprehensive Policy Agenda.Click here to access the BMMA's Social Media Toolkit for 2024.

Check out our newsletter link above for more events throughtout the month.

See Rochester organizations rally for mifepristone here!!

Roc SRJ and @rocny_now,  New Pride Agenda, @psl_flx, and PPCWNY joined together at Washington Square Park on Sunday, March 24,2024 to stand in solidarity and rally to protect and expand access to the abortion pill, mifepristone. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (FDA v. AHM) case on Tuesday March 26, their decision, expected this summer, holds profound implications for the future of abortion access, even in states like New York where abortion remains legal. While access to mifepristone will remain unchanged until June, our futures hang in the balance. The attack on mifepristone is part of a coordinated effort by abortion opponents to undermine people’s bodily autonomy and ability to receive the best health care possible. We urge you to join us at this pivotal moment in the ongoing struggle for safe and equitable access to abortion and reproductive health care.

Things to do before the Supreme Court makes their decision

  • Please connect with any of the groups above to get involved
  • Call your elected officials to demand they work to protect abortion
  • Vote for the NYS Equal Rights Amendment in November
  • Attend local rallies, marches and protest
  • Donate to the NY Abortion Access Fund to provide financial resources to those seeking an abortion, including those traveling to NY.

For Abortion Advocacy information, please click here.

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.

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.