A Rainbow Is Not Enough: Intersectionality of Race and Kink
Kink and BDSM is impacted by the way our society racializes peoples’ identities, in a variety of ways – how people experience their kink, as well as how people conceptualize their own kink identity, how people experience multiple forms of stigma and discrimination, and how people experience kink spaces. The presentation will review conceptual frameworks, research data, and clinical experience/insight concerning kink and race.
Based on the content of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
• Summarize the latest research on race and kink and identify areas in need of further work
• Describe at least two clinical issues when working with racialized kink-involved clients
About the Presenters
Keziah (Kez) Mayers, MA, LMHC-A. (she/her) specializes in sex therapy and sex education. Kez has extensive experience in: treating sexual dysfunctions, addressing problematic sexual behaviors, sex-related issues, infidelity, Kink-related issues, and navigating polyamorous and kink relationships.
Kez is a Kink-Knowledgeable Professional through the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (NCSF). She is also a researcher and member of the social media outreach team on the International Kink Health Study (IKHS). Additionally, Kez does contract work as a FetLife liaison for TASHRA.
Richard Sprott, received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. As a researcher he has examined in detail the relationship between professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers, and professional identity development in emerging fields of work.
He is currently directing research projects focused on identity development and health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships, with a special emphasis on kink/BDSM sexuality, and polyamory or consensual non-monogamy. He is also co-chair of the Children, Youth and Families Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44). Richard currently teaches courses in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley and Holy Names University.