I love being a volunteer educator with the Center for Positive Sexuality. It's incredibly validating and illuminating speaking to students and professionals about a variety of sex, gender, and relationship identities, dispelling myths, replacing those with facts, research, and real, lived experiences. Our work is necessary.
I donate my time and my money to the Center for Positive Sexuality, because they are committed to educating the public about human sexuality in a way that does not demonize or pathologize people. They center the voices of sex workers, LGBTQ, and people in alternate lifestyles. They seek to empower those living on the sexual fringes, rather than attempting to act as saviors.
I love volunteering with CPS in order to help humanize other queer sex workers like me. When I go into the classroom, I can really see that most of the students have never spoken to someone "like me" and that I am demystifying this taboo subject for them. The work I do at CPS exists to bridge that gap and create a more educated and accepting public.
About four years ago I realized I wanted to become a sex educator to help people feel comfortable talking about sex. I didn’t want to rack up more student loans so I thought I might volunteer and perhaps learn from other sex educators. I googled the term “Sex Positive” and the Center for Positive Sexuality was in the search results. I felt so lucky to find a group in my neighborhood providing sex education on topics usually considered taboo like sex & aging and poly-amorous relationships. After speaking with Director Emily Prior I decided to volunteer with the Center. That was over 3 years ago and I can say that I’ve learned more working with the Center than I would have from any class. We have a diverse group of people who are honest and authentic talking about their sex lives which has taught me to be more open-minded & accepting of ALL people. I see our organization making a huge impact on sex education not only locally, but globally. Each year we continue to attract a wide array of talented professors, researchers and volunteers to our organization. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of the Center for Positive Sexuality & look forward to changing the world with them!
I work with this organization because I get to see how students, faculty, and other professionals have the opportunity to have their preconceived notions about sexuality blown apart and change their perspective into a more sex positive. I love that the center also has a highly academic side and promotes research to help people all across the world change their perspectives through the Journal of Positive Sexuality.
I work with this organization and I get all the data from our surveys. The students and teachers we present for absolutely love us! We have at least 20 panel presentations every year. It may not seem like much, but if you figure at least 30 students per class. That's at least 600 people reached a year.