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Ritch C. Savin-Williams is presenting “Mostly Straight”: A New Sexual Orientation Group. Check out Ritch’s bio here.
Ritch C. Savin-Williams

1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
By presenting a positive view of being young and having same-sex attractions, of being proud and happy with your sexuality, of being able to live a “normal” life of your choosing, of having unique talents and perspectives because of your sexuality, I hope to counter the “woe-is-me, suicidal view of gay youth.” I do this through my research, teaching, speaking, and books.

2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
The early researchers of sexual-minority youth who said it could be done.

3. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
Accepting the range of sexual diversity that is increasingly apparent and to find a safe place for those of all gender expressions.

4. 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 various ways one can be nonheterosexual and the visibility given to these possibilities.

5. Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic “Mostly Straight”: A New Sexual Orientation Group to CatalystCon East?
To illustrate that not all straight people are totally straight, that having a bit of gayness is common and acceptable, and perhaps even an advantage. It gives added credence to the reality of the sexual continuum. Between straight and gay is a large range of nonexclusivity.

 

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