The Condom Carnival provided resources for information on sexual health and intimacy to ISU students Feb. 11.
Attendees got to walk around to different booths catered towards things like safe sex, consent, healthy relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
“The Condom Carnival is an event that we hold for students, staff and faculty. We essentially just want to educate students on sexual health and the use of contraceptives. We want to be able to start that conversation to ensure that they’re engaging in safe sex practices,” said ISU graduate student for the Office of Student Health Promotion Nicole Martins.
Kourtney Barrett, the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, spoke on the importance of making consent a vital part of all intimate relationships.
“Since the spring semester began we’ve started a program called Let’s Start the Conversation, which is meant to encourage our students to engage in conversations about what healthy relationships are, and that even in a relationship consent still applies,” Barrett said. “You can make consent fun and sexy and interesting just as long as you and your partner are on the same page. Not the same book, not the same chapter, but on the exact same page.”
When it comes to LGBTQ+ relationships, William Edwards was there to represent the student organization, Spectrum.
“College is definitely the right time to explore this kind of stuff. I know it’s a clichè but now is the point in your life that you’re going to want to do that because you have access to it especially because you have Spectrum here to support you,” said Edwards.
When asked how to deal with questioning your own identity, Edwards said, “I would say that it’s okay, it’s just as simple as that. If you fall anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum there is a safe space for you that is okay and valid.”