I am a sociologist, sex educator, and activist committed to community-building to promote empathy and acceptance across a spectrum of gender expressions and human experiences. In 2015, I received a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Broadly, my research has explored the socially constructed nature of sex, gender, and sexuality and examines topics related to identity, status, and inequality. I am working on adapting my dissertation, Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Trans and Genderqueer Discrimination, for publication as a book.
While working at Stanford, I designed courses to impact students' lives beyond the classroom. I created Destroying Dichotomies: Exploring Multiple Sex, Gender, and Sexual Identities to broaden students' awareness of the human experience by cultivating scholarly discourse on non-binary experiences of sex, gender and sexual identities and expressions. To teach students about sex-positive feminist sexuality, I designed Sex and Love in Modern Society to explore issues including sex education, the hookup culture, sexual coercion and assault, queer sexuality, interracial relationships, consensual non-monogamy, pleasure, BDSM, pornography, and sex work.
Currently, I offer individual and couples coaching as well as a wide variety of workshops for adults, working with folks all genders to help them feel empowered to explore their sexuality and communicate their desires. I am a champion of overcoming shame through courageous vulnerability and deep intimacy. All workshops are are open to singles and couples and folks of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome. I am queer, kink, vanilla, and poly friendly and take immense care in creating a space in which participants feel comfortable and safe.
I also offer a Trans Allyship Sensitivity Training and provide consultations for schools and workplaces on how to build strong and sustainable LGBTQI allyship programs. I have gained experienced in developing communities of LGBTQI allies as a board member of Friendfactor, a startup nonprofit dedicated to building LGBT-inclusive culture by activating people to become visible, vocal, and active allies. By building a community of allies and empowering them to effect real, tangible change in the immediate world around them, we can build a culture where everyone who believes in equality takes ownership over making it a reality.
** Stay Tuned! In October, I will leave for 10 months of travel, exploring the Caribbean, S. E. Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, and Eastern Europe. I will be teaching, volunteering, and learning throughout my journey. While I am traveling, I will be developing the curriculum for my new business, devoted to offering truly comprehensive and progressive sex education for teenagers. After witnessing how woefully inadequate the sex education most of my undergraduates students received while in high school, I have decided to focus my attention on creating what I believe to be the necessary curriculum to properly prepare our youth to become healthy and empowered sexual beings. Upon my return, I will launch this new program, in addition to continue to offer a range of sexuality workshops for adults.