Gender norms are old news.
TDW talks with Ariel Vegosen, an ordained Hebrew priestess, sexpert, sex educator, and self-proclaimed genderqueer. Hear about her gender-positive program, Gender Illumination, and the surprising ways sexuality fits into our world.
There are more than 25 types of genders currently in existence. With our concrete sense of gender norms, it’s difficult at times to wrap our brains around how we could know more than the binary set we grew up with. Ariel Vegosen- a fireball of positive, glowing energy- is at the forefront of the changes sweeping through the LGBTQIA community.
Ariel identifies as genderqueer, which means ‘a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.’ She’s a sexpert and sex educator, a host of play parties, an ordained Hebrew priestess. She co-collaborates on rituals to mark a young person’s journey into their true selves into gender and gender identity. She performs weddings and funerals. She is a professional Gender Inclusivity Trainer and a role model for those who might not be sure exactly who they are just yet.
Arielis currently launching her website Gender Illumination. Its mission statement is “to create safer spaces for Trans, gender queer, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people through the tools of education and policy change and to facilitate opportunities for people to explore their own personal gender stories and identities.”
To contact Ariel, follow her on Twitteror Instagram. You can also contact her through This Damn World on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.