How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I see helping to begin and/or push the conversation around parenting from a safe, consumer based narrative that tends to dominate mainstream media to a more vulnerable, risk taking conversation between parents and parent allies about issues such racism, environmentalism, and specifically related to this event sexuality. That has been a source of excitement and change in my life personally but also in a larger community of parents and allies hoping to create a better strong more equitable world for all of us!
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
I often say that becoming a parent radicalized me; as a 20 year old young man, I was forced to begin the process of considering what kind of family I wanted to be a part of, what kind of relationship with my partner I wanted, how to raise my children in light of all issues that impact their lives: classism, racism, sexism. Becoming a parent forced me to address those issues head on.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
There are sadly so many issues, and I’ll let some of the other amazing presenters address them, but for me raising kids in such a sex negative culture as they enter into their sexual identities in the early teen years. As a parent I am trying to address proactively issues of sexuality while also trying to confront cultural shaming and guilt they are bombarded with around their bodies and desires.
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?
The teaming up of Rad Dad and Airial Clark’s The Sex Positive Parent!
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Talking the Sex-Positive Walk, to CatalystCon West?
One of my goals with creating a zine on parenting was to build community, to share stories, to remind myself that so many others have experienced this stuff before. So I am hoping to meet more radical parents.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I will have a poetry reading the Thursday before the conference with a bunch of amazing LA bases zinesters and writers!