Calendar of Events
July 7, 7-8pm EST
Faculty: Elizabeth K. Schmidt, PhD, OTR/L
Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have equitable access to sexual health education. This course is designed to help participants gain an understanding of accessibility considerations, evidence-based methods to improve accessibility of sexuality education, and provide examples of how to apply these methods in various settings.
Faculty: LB Moore (they/ze)
In this session, we’ll dive into some of the areas that are often untouched by most Sex Ed conversations: language, navigating dysphoria, impacts of (various forms of) transition, queering safer sex materials, and pleasure! Through information sharing, demos (as needed), personal reflection, and conversation (as group size allows), we’ll create trans and nonbinary brilliance together.
Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that are neither male nor female—identities that are outside the gender binary. Non-binary identities fall under the transgender umbrella, since non-binary people typically identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex, though some non-binary individuals do not consider themselves transgender.
Non-binary people may identify as having two or more genders (being bigender or trigender); having no gender (agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); being third gender or other-gendered (a category that includes those who do not place a name to their gender).
Gender identity is separate from sexual or romantic orientation, and non-binary people have a variety of sexual orientations, just as cisgender people do.
July 14, 7-8pm EST
Faculty: Shemeka Thorpe, PhD
Adolescent sexuality is largely constructed by society, peers, family, and sexual scripts. Black female adolescents are often socialized to expect sexual pain and guilt over sexual pleasure. In this session, we will explore Black female adolescents’ pleasure expectancies, the role of sexual guilt, and how society socializes them to expect more negative outcomes.
July 21, 7-8pm EST
Faculty: Suzanne Richard, PhD
Youth and young adults on the Autism Spectrum are frequently making social faux pas. As they get older they are capable of making sexual social faux which appear more treacherous. However, they do not lack desire to have sexual experiences. We can help them prepare for healthy intimate relationships.
July 28, 7-8pm EST
Faculty: Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, PhD & Nicole Achey, PhD, CRC
Parents are often responsible for educating their children about sexuality, yet many parents may not be prepared to teach these topics. Sexuality education is critical for children with intellectual disabilities, who may be vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual behavior outcomes. Families can learn to educate their child about sexuality.
Faculty: Anthony DiNicola (he/him) and Anne Dufault (she/her)
This webinar examines cultural and historical factors of sexual violence. Looking at historical examples, we will examine challenges that survivors of color may face connected to the U.S.’s history of slavery and racism. We will discuss how to support survivors, bystander intervention, and how white people can be allies. In addition to considering individual actions, we will discuss how to engage legislators to improve sexual assault policies.
Month of May 2022
A month focused on providing young people with the sexual health information and access to resources they need and deserve in order to make healthy decisions for themselves.
May 17, 2022
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
May 22, 2022
Harvey Milk Day is a day to educate your school about an extraordinary leader whose courageous work to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today.
June 1-7, 2022
QTBIPoC Pride Week
QTBIPOC is an important acronym that extends our understanding of the larger LGBTQ+ community. QTBIPOC stands for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color. QTBIPOC are acknowledged to encompass some of the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community existing at the intersection of racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, queerphobia, and transphobia.
June 2-5, 2022
Valuable learning and social networking for anyone with an interest in sexology!
Register for the 2022 AASECT Conference program,
Get ready for 3 days of valuable programming plus pre-conference workshops and opportunities to connect with fellow attendees, speakers, and virtual exhibitors.
June 12, 2022
Pulse Remembrance Day
On June 12, 2016, one of the worst mass shootings in US history claimed 49 lives at a Florida gay bar. The shooting occurred during the club's Latin Night, and many of those killed were Latino and LGBTQ+. The remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting comes as violence against LGBTQ+ people persists.
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.