Our Four Pillars
Navigating complex identities, families and histories become exponentially more difficult when facing systemic oppression, intergenerational trauma and lack of informed providers. We have identified four pillars which inform our work creating space for healing, integration and support for the sexual health of marginalized individuals. You're not alone.
Reach out and explore your options today. We can provide individual, small group, or large group facilitation and consultation. We meet you where you are, and speak from the lens of these four pillars:
Sexuality includes how we experience intimacy, touch, love, compassion, joy, and sorrow. It can be expressed in a myriad of ways, including the choice to only engage in pleasure with yourself, or not at all. Many of our first sexual experiences are not consensual, pleasurable, or of our choosing. But what you do with your sex now can be yours to design. All types of expression, connection, and pleasure are valid and deserve understanding and space to grow and flourish. Your sexual health and well-being is within your power, and we're here to help support you in that.
"I think that a lot of what we experience, particularly as black women, is this idea that our bodies our not our own. To enjoy sex and embrace sex, and to discuss it openly is an act of resistance against what the world expects of us."
- Feminista Jones
Transformation can come from external or internal sources, needing only a spark to create opportunities for exploration of new depths of yourself, your impact on others, and insight into the past. And yet it can feel like a fracturing, a breaking down of perspectives and parts of self without a guarantee around what's on the other side. Having support through the process can mean moving towards transformation with intention, purpose and the tools to land gently in your new form. Let us be in your corner through this.
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
– Audre Lorde
Intersectionality is an analytic framework which attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society. Intersectionality considers that various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, disability, and gender, do not exist separately from each other but are interwoven together. While the theory began as an exploration of the oppression of women of color within society, today the analysis is potentially applied to all social categories (including social identities usually seen as dominant when considered independently). For our work, we use the framework to inform the necessity of seeing all the parts of you, and working with them to create healing.
"If we aren't intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks."
- Kimberle Crenshaw
Community is a term that is thrown around a lot, but people rarely know what it means and or how to uphold that. We want to create a safe space where people feel seen, supported and heard. That is the time of community we want to build. A community that doesn't just listen but takes action to help you and those around you to grow and be stronger. The definition of Community is : a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We want to uphold this and create this.
“When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.”
– Bell Hooks