Individuals who belong to alternative lifestyles may face exclusion for a variety of reasons from spaces meant to be safe. Being a queer of color and relying on a cultural community for support often means risking that foundational support which may not accept alternative lifestyles. Socioeconomic status factors largely into working longer hours to maintain a standard of living and having the ability to pay for events to access kink/poly-friendly spaces; additionally, these burdens make it difficult for a poly-identified person to have more than one relationship. Queers of color also must navigate safe spaces with anxieties around being non- consensually fetishized or desexualized based on identified race or ethnicity. This presentation will focus on clinicians utilizing multidimensional frameworks with queers of color within the kink-poly community.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Explain at least two problems queers of color face in integrating identity within a cultural community along with an alternative lifestyle.
- Identify at least three different ways queers of color may be excluded from more mainstream kink/poly spaces.
- Discuss at least three affirmative approaches in working with queers of color to validate experiences of alienation in multiple areas of life.