This text was created in partnership with Rainbow Health.
Relationship within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood is hard, particularly throughout an ongoing world pandemic. As queer and trans individuals pursuing love, connection and orgasms, we’re all the time assessing the emotional dangers and sexual well being dangers of courting, and for the previous two+ years, we’ve needed to navigate COVID dangers, too. Social distancing has modified the character of our intimate lives, and with ever-changing COVID restrictions and blended messages from authorities and well being companies, everybody appears to have a special thought of what it means thus far “safely.” It’s laborious! And our readers have a number of questions like:
How do you ask a possible date about their COVID practices?
Do I’ve to inform a brand new associate I’m trans?
How do you disclose a persistent STI?
Does anyone really use dental dams?
We’ve a panel of specialists who’re right here to assist! On Monday, June thirteenth, at 4pm PST/ 6pm CST/ 7pm EST, Autostraddle can be internet hosting a digital sexual well being workshop that includes people who will reply these questions and extra. And also you get to determine what the questions are upfront!
Send us your queer sex and dating questions here by Friday, June tenth and be sure to register for the event here. The workshop may even have a dwell chat, so you’ll be able to work together with one another and ask follow-up questions in actual time.
For this workshop, Autostraddle is partnering with specialists from Rainbow Health and Family Tree Clinic. For practically 40 years, Rainbow Well being has been advocating for and serving the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, these dwelling with HIV and all people going through limitations to equitable healthcare in Minnesota. Household Tree Clinic supplies all kinds of sexual well being companies and specialised take care of LGBTQ people in Minnesota and is dedicated to enhancing the well being of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, trans and queer people by means of inexpensive, respectful sexual well being care and training.
Right here’s some information in your panelists:
Taylor Chambers (they/them) – Juvenile Justice Intercourse Educator
Household Tree Clinic
Taylor is the Juvenile Justice Intercourse Educator at Household Tree Clinic. They’re enthusiastic about jail abolition and creating equitable communities. Taylor is consistently amazed by the younger individuals they serve. Throughout their free time, Taylor enjoys cooking and baking, including too many books to their to-be-read record, studying the way to bartend and doing arts and crafts.
Chandler Each day (he/him) – Intercourse Educator
Household Tree Clinic
Chandler is a intercourse educator who discovered all the things he is aware of from the highly effective legacies of queer public sexual tradition and the DIY ethos of trans individuals in all places. Earlier than coming to Household Tree Clinic, Chandler has labored as a stage supervisor, a sexual well being gross sales affiliate, a efficiency curator and an artist. He’s at present getting his kicks studying the names of his non-human neighbors dwelling across the Mississippi River. Chandler is working in direction of a future by which all of our sexualities might be fonts of internal useful resource, pleasure and reference to the huge world.
Eli Wright (they/them) – Behavioral Well being Medical Director
Rainbow Well being
Eli is a licensed skilled medical counselor in follow for 30+ years, whose focus is on constructing robust therapeutic relationships. Eli believes that individuals are specialists in their very own lives, and prioritizes a non-pathologizing, collaborative, curiosity-based method. For Eli, remedy is a sacred, inventive area, by which one develops one’s most well-liked story. It may be troublesome, lonely and complicated to navigate a number of the twists and turns that life brings our means — generally it helps to have somebody to hear, to care, and to deliberately maintain area for you as you uncover what you want and what you need on this a part of your journey.
Zarra Marlowe (he/him/she/her) – Group Well being Advocate
Rainbow Well being
Zarra is a Group Well being Advocate at Mainline Syringe Companies Program. Amongst different duties, he works in HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing, training and administration help. Zarra beforehand labored as a lead Intercourse Educator by means of Macalester’s SEXY program.
Ro White (they/them) – Intercourse Author, Pleasure Educator, Intercourse & Relationship Editor
Ro (that’s me!) spent a number of years paying the payments as intercourse toy retailer worker whereas they labored in direction of changing into a mildly profitable actor and a regionally well-known efficiency artist. In 2020, they gave up the large display and the stage to stare at a pc full-time. Ro now teaches pleasure-focused intercourse training workshops for adults of all genders and orientations and writes about intercourse for publications like Males’s Well being, GetMeGiddy and Autostraddle. They’re additionally Autostraddle’s Intercourse & Relationship Editor. Ro was in all probability drawn to this work as a result of one time when Ro was in highschool, they learn everything of The Complete Lesbian Intercourse Ebook within the again nook of an Indiana Borders bookstore. That’s how they discovered about tribbing, they usually nonetheless gained’t shut up about it.
Don’t overlook to ship us your questions by Friday, June tenth, and register for the workshop using our registration form!