Transgender and gender nonconforming people have nontraditional relationships with their bodies. Anecdotal evidence suggests percentages of transgender and gender nonconforming people involved in ‘alternate lifestyles’ of BDSM and nonmonogamy are significantly higher than in cisgender populations. Why? And how do we as providers assist our clients engaged in these lifestyles? This lecture examines the intersection between transgender identities and sexuality with a focus on nontraditional expressions of sexuality and relationships as well as how involvement in these lifestyles impacts a person’s exploration of self. This workshop is intended to help providers develop cultural competency and improve their ability to assist clients.
After attending this workshop, participants will:
- Gain cultural competency around alternate lifestyle issues.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between transgender and gender nonconforming identity and sexuality.
- Be better equipped to assist such clients with issues of sexuality.