How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I seem to be a gadfly, pissing people off because I see ahead to how morality will shift, then I nudge it along. People often don’t want to hear that their social construction of moral beliefs is now archaic, and there are now other, better ways for us to all survive together in peace and equality.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Marching with Cesar Chavez at age 5 was a developmental milestone. I experienced the exhilaration of public demonstration and of a pueblo united. This carried into years of marching against the Vietnam war as a flower child. Gandhi and MLK were also profound influences on me as a child, learning that non-violent civil disobedience is the path to sustainable social transformation.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Certainly the sex addiction industry and their pathologization of normative experience is alarming. Getting better sex education to public school children at all levels is imperative. Ending the American mass mutilation of infant penises is something we must accomplish. Banning the practice of reparative therapy, and stopping its global exportation by American fundamentalists is also really important for world sexual health.
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?
It appears as though there is a proliferation of more accurate sexuality information.
There are fewer circumcisions being performed in America.
Plan B was finally approved for all women over the counter.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB-1172.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Sex Positive Therapy with Sexual Minorities, to CatalystCon West?
As a psychotherapist who is kinky and out, it is my duty to help protect sexual minority people from the ignorance or naivete of our mental health profession. Since the inception of mental health programs almost 200 years ago, people have been shamed and punished for sexualities that don’t match the morality of the times. By speaking at CatalystCon I hope to inform and empower sex-smart folks to plant seeds in their worlds that good psychotherapy can be had for erotic minority people.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
If I shared it then it wouldn’t be unknown. : )