PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Supporting the Underserved: Shining a Light on Underserved LGBTQ Communities
Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 5: Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B
While there are many letters in LGBTQ, some of those letters don’t feel as equally represented as the initials suggests. The bisexual, transgender, and queer (which also includes intersectional and asexual) communities can feel at best misunderstood, and at worst, excluded. Acceptance is further complicated when sexual orientation and gender identity lies in a gray area or is questioning or fluctuates. How can we better understand the marginalized to become better allies? We can start by listening to their stories and seeing how they too struggle within a heteronormative world that seeks to devalue and dehumanize. We will share our personal experiences being part of two underserved communities, bisexuals and asexuals. In this session, participants gain insight and information that will help them become better advocates and allies for everyone who identifies as LGBTQ.
Miko Alicea is a writer, researcher, educator, and historian. She writes about the history of sexuality on her website Sexual History Tour. She has written articles and spoken on podcasts about sex positivity, inclusivity, and sex education for sites such as YourTango.com, EvolvedWorld.com, Cirillas.com, LifeontheSwingset.com, Tell Me Something Good podcast, LTASEX podcast, and Life On The Swingset podcast. She has presented panels on creative sex positive spaces, inclusivity, sexuality, depression, and motherhood at CatalystCon, Playground Conference, and ClexaCon. As the parent of an asexual teen, she also spends time being an Ace advocate. Being the safe house for most of her teen’s queer friends who can't be out to their families, she addresses the intersection of sex positivity, inclusivity, and mental health.
Angelique Luna is a Certified Kink Aware Professional from the Kink Aware Therapy Certification Institute. She is the host of Living a Sex Positive Life podcast with her husband, John C. Luna, where they discusses all aspects of sexual relationships. She also creates and presents workshops on bisexuality, intimacy and alternative relationships. As the mother of a sex abuse survivor, her passion is working with sexual abuse survivors and their support team.