1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference 2016—10 Days Left for Regular Registration

Hello Friends, Colleagues, and Community! I couldn’t be more excited to be involved in organizing and producing the 1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference on April 22, 2016 alongside Dr. Michael Aaron. Please see the stellar line up of speakers below, and note that the best time to buy tickets is now, before regular registration ends and prices go up […]

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Early Registration Opens for the 1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference!

EARLY REGISTRATION IS OPEN! REMOTE STREAMING IS AVAILABLE! Friday, April 22, 2016 8:15am – 5:15pm Midtown Manhattan CEs available* Introducing the 1st Annual AltSex NYC Conference—where clinicians, academics, and alt lifestyle community members will come together for a full day of sex-positive, alternative lifestyle affirmative, cutting edge research-based,  and current practice-informed seminars and discussions presented by a […]

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Resources for Sexuality and Gender Warriors

Disclosure: I have a morning coffee and reading ritual, and this morning I realized I hadn’t yet followed Dr. Meg John Barker’s blog Rewriting the Rules—now corrected!  Dr. Barker’s latest blog post Beyond the Binary is inspiring in its eloquence and clarity around the important influence that “sexuality and gender warriors” have on questioning “static thinking about sexuality.” Give it […]

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I just signed the NCSF petition to make consent a BDSM defense.

Consent seems like it should be an obvious legal imperative, but unfortunately sometimes we have to state the obvious to our beloved but highly problematic and flawed legal system. So when I received an email today from NCSF asking me to sign a petition urging the American Law Institute to make consent a defense for BDSM activities… I urge […]

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Sliding Scale Appointments Now Available!

I have the pleasure of announcing that beginning this summer I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Wise, psychotherapist and AASECT certified sex therapist. I’ll be taking on a limited number of sliding scale appointments at his Union Square office, working with individuals, couples, non-traditional relationships and families, and current or former sex workers dealing with issues across the […]

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Alt Media Review—April 2015 Edition

The following is a collection of recent articles I’ve read and shared in social media that are related to kink, poly, trans, and LGBQ communities, with perhaps a little social justice thrown in for good measure.  While they are not all necessarily exact reflections of my own opinions, they are all, in my estimation, stimulating to say the least.  Click on the […]

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Kinkademia

Today feels like a good day to pay homage to a book that is the best collection of academic research and community-based literature on BDSM that I’ve read: Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism, edited by Dr. Darren Langdridge and Dr. Meg Barker (2008). The following excerpts have acted as a source of motivation […]

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NCSF Guest Blog: Disclosure and Outness as a Therapist with Intersecting Atypical Identifications

I was recently exchanging emails with NCSF (the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom)’s Susan Wright about ManhattanAlternative, and she asked me to elaborate on my motivation for organizing the collaborative.  Our conversation inspired me to write the following, which NCSF subsequently posted as a guest blog:    Excerpt: Prior to starting my practice as a therapist, I was confronted […]

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The Intersection of Gender Roles and BDSM Power Roles

I was so pleased when the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom—an organization which I have long admired for their tireless support of alternative lifestyles—asked me to submit a guest blog for their site, and posted a excerpt on the presentation I gave at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit in 2014 based on my paper “The BDSM Power Exchange: Subversion, Transcendence, Sexual […]

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All of the Shades

I started out thinking that this would definitely not be a blog post about the 50 Shades books or film, but about the myriad of ways to identify outside of binaries—for example, all of the shades of gray between straight and gay, top and bottom, kinky and non-kinky, and all of the intersections thereof and beyond. […]

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