Previous Speaking Events
Conjoint Presentation, July 28, 2019, Chicago Illinois
Beyond Representation: A panel of Black mental health professionals discuss the ways in which Afrofuturism can foster creativity and empowerment in Black youth. Afrofuturism offers them the space to imagine a world that centers them, rather than having to be a side story in a world that is, at best, benignly neglectful of their experiences. At worst, downright hostile.
We discussed some of the positive impacts Afrofuturism can have on the collective mental health of Black children.
Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health Annual Conference 2019
Research Presentation, October 4th, 2019
Characteristics of Individuals Who Participate in Autoerotic Asphyxiation Practices: An Exploratory Study
The set of behaviors known as Autoerotic Asphyxiation (AeA) have been studied, by contemporary scientific standards, for the better part of sixty years. Within that time, an inadequate amount of research has been completed on a far too narrow sample of the population, namely those who have died from the practice. AeA as a practice has been understudied to this point despite statistics that would note the potential for an unknown number of individuals to currently be practicing these behaviors. There is a lack of both quantitative and qualitative data about living AeA practitioners. The present study uses Sex Positivity to acknowledge and approach the Kink community from a position of social justice, wellness, and resilience within the community. Sex Positivity, as utilized in the present study, assumes validity and wellness in the varying forms of pleasure-seeking behaviors noted above that include concepts of consent, mutual respect, and communication between partners. Due to the aforementioned general lack of extant data on oxygen restriction enthusiasts, the present study focuses primarily upon identifying similarities and differences between living AeA and Airplay with a Partner (APP) enthusiasts. The study attempted to identify demographics, methods, preparations, and practices of AeA and APP. The study identified several demographic information pieces, which stand in contrast to existing literature.
Touro University in Henderson, NV
March 13, 2020
LGBTQ+ Competent Care Series Part 4 - Sexual Health & Taking a Good Sexual History