Queer and Trans Affirming Mental and Sexual Health Advocacy

By Jen Cort

Jen Cort is an education consultant in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice. In this podcast, Jen opens up a "third space"— a place outside our familiar home and work environments — in order that we might begin to engage in some of the provocative questions that need to be addressed. Listen in as Jen speaks with some of the leading thinkers and doers in the field.

LGBTQ+ advocates and facilitators Bex Mui and Emily Schorr Lesnick talk with Jen about supports for LGBTQ+ youth, from mental health to sex ed to spirituality, and how they are connected. They’ll share insights from their youth workshop, which shares a variety of perspectives on gender, sexual orientation, and relationship structures and supports students in both reflecting on their own identities, and in advocating for the LGBTQ+ affirming sexual health curriculum they need and deserve.

Bex Mui is a biracial, queer, cis femme organizer and consultant committed to the work of LGBTQ affirmation at the intersections of education, spirituality, and sexuality. She is a returning Third Space guest and core founding member of Nourish: An Emerging Ministry Collective, and founder of @HouseOfOurQueer on Instagram. Bex has supported school, district, and national LGBTQ-inclusion and social justice initiatives and has developed equity-themed professional development workshops for students, faculty, administrators, and families. Instagram @ItsBexNow and @HouseOfOurQueer, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rmui17/, Linked in:https://www.linkedin.com/in/bex-mui-12318b60/

Emily Schorr Lesnick (she/her) is a white educator, facilitator, and theater maker who has worked in independent schools for 10 years. She is the co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theatre that explores lgbtq+ youth identity, which has performed at over 30 schools and community spaces. She can be found on Instagram and Twitter @eschorrlesnick. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-schorr-lesnick-she