Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence is presenting Why Talk About Sex And Disability Anyway? and the CatalystCon Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence. Check out Robert’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I’ve been teaching basic concepts of sexual anatomy, consent and freedom of sexual identity since 1979.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Dr. Maggie Rubenstein, San Francisco Sex Information, my mother, my grandparents. My mother taught sex classes, My Grandmother was a suffragette and Grandad was a drag performer in the 1930’s thru the 1950’s.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
A willing lack of care and organized knowledge about our history as sex educators, no national consistency in educational standards. Media mythologies and bias which are unsupportive of adult sex education in the US.
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
Publication of research done on the human brain.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Why Talk About Sex And Disability Anyway?, to CatalystCon East?
I am 100% disabled, permanently and completely. Yet it is still possible for me to have sex, even if you don’t recognize it as such. Let me tell you how.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, the CatalystCon Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, to CatalystCon East?
As a lecturer for the past 40 years I’m not published much but some bits of my original work are in use by nearly everyone who teaches adult sexuality.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I once turned down Rudolf Nureyve for sex.