Cheers Sexy People!
I am over the moon to share my latest podcast interview with this trifecto of awesome, Michelle Vaughan, Jessica Roush, and Adam Taylor! As authors of the first-ever published empirical study on medical care of polyamorous people, these two nurses and a shrink bring their personal and professional insights to healthcare needs and experiences for our community. I have come to know particularly Michelle and Adam as I attend the Beyond The Love conference for the past four years in Columbus, Ohio. This outstanding conference is an event that I now look forward to each fall, seeing old friends and new bright faces of folks seeking information, advice, as well as community in an area where many have no real role models and examples of healthy versions of open or polyamorous relationships.
Michelle is part of the American Psychological Association Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force (Div44CNM) through University of California, Berkeley. She and her colleagues are responsible for creating this first of its kind abstract that they have been working on for over two years studying how polyamorous folk are impacted by their medical care experiences:
Here is the link to the full article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S174360951831289X?dgcid=author
The Task Force itself promotes awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships. These include but are not limited to: people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical nonmonogamous relationships.
Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.
The goal of the task force is to generate research, create resources, and advocate for the inclusion of consensual non-monogamous relationships in the following four areas:
— Basic and applied research
— Education and training
— Psychological practice
— Public interest
Here is their collective bio:
Michelle Vaughan is a licensed psychologist, professor, researcher, and polyamorist practicing non-hierarchical poly in Central Ohio. She is the Executive Director of PolyColumbus, and serves on the Task Force on Consensual Non-Monogamies within Division 44 of the American Psychological Association.
Jessica Roush is polyamorous and mother of three young boys, and is a registered nurse with experience in adult critical care and pediatrics.
Adam Taylor has been in polyamorous relationships for over a decade. He is a registered nurse with experience in the Emergency Department and Pediatric care. He is a military veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan and a staff member of PolyColumbus.
APA 44 CNM TASK FORCE – RESOURCE LINKS
Thank you Michelle, Jessica, and Adam for being so awesomely generous with your time; for this game changer piece of work that you got published; and for sharing your wisdom and insights with us via the podcast interview! It was enlightening, engaging, and so fun! Follow the work of the Task Force at div44cnm.org and on Facebook and Twitter @div44cnm.
To hear the podcast, go to the Podcast link here and subscribe to the Loving Without Boundaries podcast, and check out Episode 105 with Jessica. Also, please help spread awareness of alternative lifestyles and create more tolerance for consensual non-monogamy in the world at large by Rating and Reviewing the Loving Without Boundaries podcast in iTunes. It only takes a few minutes.
If you would like to be interviewed either in written form or via audio on the podcast, please feel free to contact me and we will set something up. Thank you!
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UPCOMING POLYAMOROUS-FRIENDLY EVENTS
1) Free LWB Facebook Group for Healthy, Sex Positive, Open Relationships — Ready to explore healthy, deeply connected (and virtually jealousy-free) open relationships? It’s all possible – especially when surrounded by a community of people already doing it. Many in newly open relationships experience roller coaster emotions of jealousy, insecurity, and feel alone on their journey. That’s why I created this free Facebook group where people are coming together to share actionable tips for succeeding in multiple loving relationships, explore deeper love, and find mutual understanding and support. There’s an abundance of rock star information posted in the group daily by our amazing members. We create a safe place to engage that’s fun and thrilling! Click here and request to join our free group!
2) National Sex Educator Conference (NSEC), Newark, New Jersey, April 5, 2019 — The Center for Sex Education (CSE) has been hosting an annual Sex Ed Conference since 1985. What started as a one-day conference for New Jersey health educators has grown into the largest conference in the United States that is exclusively devoted to sexuality education. Participants attend from across the nation and many other parts of the world to network and learn best practices in sexuality education, addressing a spectrum of topics, audiences, and ages. NOTE: I will be presenting at the 7:30am Friday Round Table discussions on: “Polyamory In Practice: Understanding Consensual Non-monogamy.”
3) Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit (SFS), Alexandria, Virginia, August 15–18, 2019 —The Sexual Freedom Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, professionals from the legal and medical fields, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders and organizational partners all working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right. This Summit is for EVERYONE interested in learning about the issues in the realm of sexual freedom, advancing their current knowledge and in gaining the tools to actually create the change we need to accomplish. I hope to see you there!
See you on the flip side, lovely community! Keep being brave, compassionately vulnerable, and uniquely and authentically you!
Wishing you peace, love and happiness
(and thrilling, fun sex too!)
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