Harmony is presenting Military and Veterans 101 for Sexuality Professionals. Check out Harmony’s bio here.
1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
As an openly queer, sex positive military officer, I’m acutely aware that I have a distinct privilege in being open and championing advocacy around sexuality. I hope that, by being visible as an advocate, I can foster a sense of safety and community support for military members to be their authentic selves.
2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?
The catalyst for my work around sexuality in the military was realizing that people were voiceless and invisible in their health care because of institutionalized discrimination.
3. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable changes that have been made in our current society and the field of sexuality?
Within the military, there have been major strides around sexuality in the past decade. These changes–repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, inclusion of women in combat role, Secretary of Defense’s Transgender working group, to name a few–have widespread impacts, and military culture is growing and adapting to the new expectations.
4. Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic importation to you?
Every day, there are military members and veterans who are reaching out for support but don’t know where to turn for help. Outreaching to this population is sorely needed, but there are significant gaps in military and civilian services in providing compassionate, culturally sensitive care around sexuality. I hope that our presentation will foster awareness among sex positive professionals to improve support for military members and veterans.
5. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
I used to work at Walt Disney Imagineering as a story writing intern