Ask a Queer Therapist: Coming out in your 40s
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by Jesse Kahn
4d ago
    “I’m in my mid 40s, and I just came out, and I feel like an imposter for coming out so late. What should I do?” — an Imposter Dear Imposter, First, congratulate yourself! You’ve done something really hard and really brave and I hope people in your life have responded with love and acceptance. The great thing about coming out is that there’s no statute of limitations on when we’re allowed to do it and it sounds like rather than being “late” in coming out, it took you some time to feel ready, or maybe even time to really understand your own sexuality. This last part is key, and no ..read more
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Check Out G&STC’s Director Jesse Kahn Talking with Sophie Saint Thomas at Queer Majority About if Feminism Is Starting to Resemble the Religious Right
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by Jesse Kahn
2w ago
    Check out G&STC’s Director Jesse Kahn talking with Sophie Saint Thomas at Queer Majority about if feminism is starting to resemble the religious right. A Generational Shift? “I’ve seen some narratives about how Gen Z, more than any other generation, has had chronic exposure to porn, and that it’s not that they’re sex-negative, it’s that they feel too inundated with sexuality,” Jesse Kahn, director of the Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center in New York, told me. Kahn notes that we should caution against the word “negativity”, and instead use words like “shift” and “evolutio ..read more
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Chest Binding: What It Is and How to Do It Safely
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by Jesse Kahn
2w ago
    What is chest binding? Chest binding (or just “binding”) describes the process of tightly wrapping a chest or using compressor fabrics in order to flatten and minimize the appearance of breasts. Binding is a common practice among trans folks, and is a method of coping with gender related body dysphoria, as well as helping folks to achieve the outward gender presentation that best reflects their internal self.  Binding is a form of gender affirmation; while trans, queer, and gender non-conforming people may feel uncomfortable, uneasy or dysphoric at the sight of their own br ..read more
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Chest Binding: What It Is and How to Do It Safely
The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center
by Jesse Kahn
2w ago
    What is chest binding? Chest binding (or just “binding”) describes the process of tightly wrapping a chest or using compressor fabrics in order to flatten and minimize the appearance of breasts. Binding is a common practice among trans folks, and is a method of coping with gender related body dysphoria, as well as helping folks to achieve the outward gender presentation that best reflects their internal self.  Binding is a form of gender affirmation; while trans, queer, and gender non-conforming people may feel uncomfortable, uneasy or dysphoric at the sight of their own br ..read more
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4 Habits for Stronger Communication
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by Jesse Kahn
1M ago
    Most healthy relationships have one big thing in common: strong communication skills.  Working on communication skills within any type of relationship is also a common goal within therapy–ineffective communication is the root of so many conflicts, so when we learn to communicate better, we learn to be in relationships better.  There are some foundational skills you can work on–on your own and with people you’re in close relationships with–to strengthen your ability to communicate effectively with each other, making space for vulnerability with intention and safety, so ..read more
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Sex, Consent, and Safety: What You Need to Know
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by Jesse Kahn
2M ago
    Sex and consent are complicated. There’s a lot more that goes into it than we’re taught in school, and because sex is such a vulnerable experience between people, having a secure feeling of safety is necessary for everyone involved to have a pleasurable time. But consent is more than just hearing a yes from your partner, and safety is about more than just physical barriers to present STIs.  We’ve gathered rounded up all of our blogs to date focused on sexual safety and consent as a quick reference guide you can turn to:  For cultivating sexual safety:  So, you wan ..read more
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10 Must Read Blogs for Cisgender Allies
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by Jesse Kahn
2M ago
    It’s not an easy time to be trans in America. 2024 is on track to be one of the worst years in American history for anti-trans legislation–which means compassionate and effective allies are more important than ever for queer folks. We’ve written a lot about what it means to be a trans ally here on our blog–view this guide as your allyship starting point. Dive into the areas of allyship you might not have realized need attention, and use the questions they bring up for you to help motivate you into learning and acting more.  If allyship is new to you… When thinking about the ..read more
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5 Ways to Change Your Relationship with Rest
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by Jesse Kahn
3M ago
    Do you rest when you need to?  Making time for rest can be harder than it sounds, and a lot of people really struggle with rest. It often seems like there is something more important to do than to slow down or take a break, and rest often gets put on the back burner, to deal with later.  Think about how many times you’ve sacrificed sleep because you were working on something or had something better to do. We’ve all done it! The problem is that a lack of rest eventually catches up to us and becomes unsustainable.  Why is it so hard to rest? In a world where we’re e ..read more
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6 Questions that Come Up When Dating Someone Trans
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by Jesse Kahn
3M ago
    Feeling attracted to a transgender person is a natural and common part of sexuality no matter your identity. But due to widespread transphobia catching waves across our culture, there are a lot of destructive myths about being trans and some big questions about being in a relationship with someone who is transgender. This cultural transphobia exists within us all–even people attracted to or in relationship with trans people. It’s yet another symptom of white supremacist culture shaping our internal biases, which is why it’s important to consider those biases before entering into ..read more
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G&STC Voluntarily Recognizes DC37 as Union Representatives
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by Jesse Kahn
4M ago
The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center (G&STC), a New York based group of psychotherapists focusing on gender, sexuality, sex, and relationships, announces its voluntary recognition of DC37 as the Union Representative for its therapists, psychotherapists, and counselors. G&STC’s therapists are at the core of our organization, and without them we would not be able to provide LGBTQ+, Kink, and ENM affirming and knowledgeable services to the people of New York. We are pleased to announce our voluntary recognition of the union and are looking forward to working together to strengthen ..read more
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