Register for the AltSex 2020 Conference in NYC!


5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

Friday, May 1, 2020
9am – 6pm

Midtown Manhattan
The Jerry Orbach Theater
210 W 50th St
CEs available*

We are pleased to announce that early bird tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference—where clinicians, academics, and alt lifestyle community members will come together in New York City for a full day of sex-positive, alternative lifestyle affirmative, cutting edge research-based, and current practice-informed seminars and discussions presented by a stellar collection of researchers, educators, and mental health providers.   
Take a look at session details here:

Check out the #AltSex2020 speaker bios here: 

Visit the Facebook event page in case you want to share it with and invite friends!

Alumni Spotlight: Whitney Howzell

Dr. Whitney Howzell was featured on the Beyond Theory Podcast. Dr. Howzell works as the the Clinical Director of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. Dr. Howzell discusses the blurred world young adults are growing up in, how that environment affects their development, and how she helps them find connection and support on the episode with host, David Condos. Watch the episode below.

OUTing the Past Festival Conference & Gathering 2020

On May 21st and May 22nd of 2020, the annual OUTing the Past Festival Conference will be held at Queen’s University Belfast. The theme for this upcoming conference is “Completing the Past: LGBT+ History and Creative Production”, and will highlight the roles that creative productivity can play in a better understanding the past.
Additionally, this conference seeks to develop a programme that:
  • Explores how creativity can be deployed and developed asa form of emerging historiographical enquiry
  • Describes how creative responses can be used to fill in the LGBT+ absences in the archive
  • Offers accounts of archives and collections a=that have hosted creative interventions to offer a queer reading of the past
  • Outlines methodologies for playwriting, poetry, spoken word, screenplays, short and long form fiction for queer engagement with the historical record of the past
  • Displays examples of how visual and applied art can explore the LGBT+ absences past
  • Provides a platform for screening (or staging) films, performances, documentaries, and other forms of media (e.g. augmented reality or virtual reality or podcasting, historical social media personas, etc).
Folx are welcome to submit abstracts for papers and panels
(provisionally, 25 and 90 minutes respectively) that explore the theme of
LGBT+ history and creativity. Innovative forms of presentation – such as performative lectures, short films, short performances, visual
arts, etc. – are encouraged.
Proposals for skill-based 90 minute workshops are also welcome, and though
preference will be given to those directly addressing the conference theme, abstracts or proposals that relate to historicising any aspect of the LGBT+ past or consider how we share knowledge of LGBT+ histories within and beyond the academy are encouraged as well.

Abstracts for papers, panels, or workshops should be submitted online at by 7th January 2020.

Individual abstracts should be 150-250 words and include a short biography
with contact information for each participant. Additional information is
available via the link, but questions can be sent to the conference Programme
Coordinator at

Decisions on abstracts for papers, panels and workshops will be
communicated by the conference Advisory Panel in early 2020.

Teacher Training Program on Sexuality Education

The Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project is hosting a multi-day, fully funded Teacher Training Program on Sexuality Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in Spring 2020.
Participants will receive a core skills training on Foundations of Sex Ed along with a special focus on intentional Reproductive Identity Formation (RIF). Participants will meet other health educators from NYC schools, and vouchers will be included for additional instructional materials.
To participate in the training you must be employed by, or work with, DOE/NYC public middle or high schools in some capacity.

Council for Relationships Hosts an Open House

If you are near, or can make it to Voorhees, New Jersey, consider attending the Open House that the Council for Relationships will be hosting on November 7th. The event will run from noon to 1:30pm and will give attendees the opportunity to network with the staff therapists, learn more about what the agency does, and take part in a workshop offering one (1) free CE credit! The topic for the workshop is “Mending Brokenness: A Spiritual and Therapeutic Approach for Blended/Step Families”.

To learn more and RSVP, click here!

Workshop Series for White Leaders Working for Racial Equity & Justice

Blue Door Group Founder, Hillary Becker, in collaboration with Healing Our Work’s Julia Terry, are doing a workshop series this November. The series is broken down into three workshops. The workshops are designed for white leaders doing social justice work and the workshops focus on building a capacity for connection, constructive conflict, and healing.

The workshops will meet Friday mornings on November 1st, November 8th, and November 22nd. The workshops focus on better understanding the racial stories and messages white people receive, internalize, and enact. Through critical reflection, with compassion for the self and others, participants can begin to heal themselves so that they can be whole in the fight for racial justice.

Register and learn more about the workshop HERE.

Comprehensive Sex Education Policy Hearing by Rep. Brian Sims

State Representative Brian Sims is hosting a State House Policy Hearing on the topic of Comprehensive Sex Education on Thursday, October 17th. The policy hearing is allowing for discussion on the importance of science- and evidence-based, age-appropriate, and comprehensive sex education in our schools. Teachers, administrators, parents, students, constituents and community leaders are welcome to attend this important policy hearing. For more information feel free to check out the event page on Facebook. The hearing details are below.

When: Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 2-4 P.M.

Where: Thomas Jefferson University

Foerderer Auditorium

2nd Floor – College Building

1015 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  19107

National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Conference

On February 17th through February 22nd of 2020, the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates will be hosting their 28th national conference in Dallas, TX. Among the major topics to be discussed are issues surrounding gender and feminists. If you are interested in contributing to this event, NAAAS & Affiliates encourages you and colleagues to submit an abstract for a paper and/or poster presentation during the 2020 national conference.

For more information, see the flyer linked below!

NAAAS & Affiliates 2020

Men and the #MeToo Movement Conference

On November 14-15, an exciting conference will be held at the Men’s Center for Growth and Change in Philly. The purpose of this conference is to discuss how men and boys can become active allies in the #MeToo Movement.

This two-day conference will be especially beneficial to professionals who work with men and boys. Here you will gain skills to support men and boys in becoming actively engaged in addressing such issues as sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, and gender inequality.

Tickets start at $150, and after October 31st, the price hikes up to $175 between November 1st and November 14th. Student tickets are available at a discounted rate of $80, and there is a 10% discount available for non-profit organizations (NPOs) with 5 or more members attending the conference.

Click here for more information, and to register for tickets!