How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I see myself as a catalyst for change because I am willing to change myself. The more I learn, the more I evolve. Some people maintain the same perspective despite what new information comes out, because changing would make them appear wrong. I’m ok with being wrong as long as I can be better as I progress. We all are responsible for evolving our experiences and perspective.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
My sex educator peers are a catalyst for me. Too many to name, but everyone is working so damn hard. Like people are dying and being killed because of their sexuality. And people have decided to speak out and do something about it. I’ve lost friends, relationships, opportunities because I love what I do. And when I see other sex educators and sex workers pushing through, I am in awe. It is all the motivation I need to keep going.
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?
I’m excited people are willing to have the conversation. Conversations have been so transformational today. People are listening, they are evolving, they are healing, they are asking questions…the fear and anxiety is losing. Love is the clinical work we need, there are no citations for it, but it is pure medicine.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
Colonization of education. I have to be very mindful what lens my education and information is coming from. I have to be mindful of citations that never include people of color or other sexual minorities. I am responsible for understanding the bias that a lot of sex education has engendered. No predominantly black SAR’s, or books, or authors, or citations of and from POC’s. I will never have that experience. But I am sure to build these opportunities for the next generation.
Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic important to you?
Hmmm, because contraceptive gentrification exist. Sexual redlining in POC communities exist. Black women are dying from a disease that does not have to kill them. This is not acceptable. PReP can change lives, but only if lives are informed.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself?
Hmmm, first I’m afraid and nervous, then I just go and do what I was born to do.