I have spent a lot of my career promoting sexual awareness, through the media and charity work. For several years I was involved with an annual awards event that honoured the outstanding work being done in this field by a wide range of individuals – from performers and writers to academics and designers. I’m now involved with the campaigning organisation Sense About Sex.
Attitudes are changing rapidly and, thanks to the internet, people who previously had very little public voice now have a much more equal platform to those in power. The expression Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities (GSRD) covers sexual, gender, orientation and lifestyle minorities, which includes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual, non binary, polyamorous/non-monogamous, kinky, and sex workers.
This is actually quite a large group of people, with a very diverse set of needs, and varying levels of legal and social protection. Mainstream psychotherapy trainings are unfortunately still not reflecting this, and, as I say elsewhere, too often I get clients asking me if they are ‘allowed’ to talk about their sexual lives and identities.