Sex Ed With DB
 
  Danielle Bezalel aka DB
 

Danielle Bezalel aka DB

Danielle Bezalel is the creator, producer, and host of Sex Ed with DB. The idea of the podcast all started when Danielle went to Israel for a year to teach English in 2014. She has always been passionate about sex education but during her time in Israel, this passion was ignited. She encountered a rabbi who had very different ideas as to what young women should know and learn about sex (read the full story featured here).

After thinking about this experience more deeply, Danielle decided she would create a podcast that normalizes the often taboo topics of sex education. In June of 2017, Sex Ed with DB was born: an intersectional, feminist podcast for folks who want to hear real stories from 5 Bay Area voices as they try to revolutionize the way we talk about sex!

After a successful first season, we're back and in full swing with Season 2, brought to you by O.school!

Visit the Sex Ed with DB GoFundMe page to learn more and donate to the cause.

Danielle graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 (go bears!) with a degree in Film and Media and a minor in Education. When she’s not working on Sex Ed with DB, she’s singing and performing in her band Happnstance, working out or doing Zumba, traveling to a new and exciting place, or hanging with her awesome friends and family.

 
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Season 2 Featured Voices:

  Polly Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Unbound   As the CEO of Unbound, Polly Rodriguez has always been drawn to turning terrible experiences into great ones for customers. With a background in strategy consulting, she started her career at Deloitte specializing in customer experience.  She went on to scale the YCombinator startup Grouper which focused on the worst experience of all: dating in New York City (and subsequently globally). But there was always one shopping experience that she found to be the worst - buying your first vibrator as a woman.  Years later, she’s now the CEO of Unbound, a sexual wellbeing company that is making sex better for women everywhere by providing a sophisticated, reliable, and affordable shopping experience.

Polly Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Unbound

As the CEO of Unbound, Polly Rodriguez has always been drawn to turning terrible experiences into great ones for customers. With a background in strategy consulting, she started her career at Deloitte specializing in customer experience.

She went on to scale the YCombinator startup Grouper which focused on the worst experience of all: dating in New York City (and subsequently globally). But there was always one shopping experience that she found to be the worst - buying your first vibrator as a woman.

Years later, she’s now the CEO of Unbound, a sexual wellbeing company that is making sex better for women everywhere by providing a sophisticated, reliable, and affordable shopping experience.

  Ligia Andrade Zuniga, MA   Ligia Andrade Zuniga is a Director at Sexability and passionate Disability Advocate and Leader. She has been a change maker working in the area of sexuality and disability since 2009 advocating for the transformation of sexual freedom, reproductive rights and services for women of color and other marginalized underrepresented individuals in the area of sexuality and disability rights.

Ligia Andrade Zuniga, MA

Ligia Andrade Zuniga is a Director at Sexability and passionate Disability Advocate and Leader. She has been a change maker working in the area of sexuality and disability since 2009 advocating for the transformation of sexual freedom, reproductive rights and services for women of color and other marginalized underrepresented individuals in the area of sexuality and disability rights.

  Caleb Luna, Ph.D. Student at UC Berkeley   Caleb Luna is a writer, activist, teacher, performer, fat babe and Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, where their work broadly explores the intersections of fatness, desire, white supremacy and colonialism from a queer of color lens.  Their current project focuses on the mutually constitutive relationship between bodies and discourse. You can find more of their writing on Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism and The Body Is Not An Apology."

Caleb Luna, Ph.D. Student at UC Berkeley

Caleb Luna is a writer, activist, teacher, performer, fat babe and Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, where their work broadly explores the intersections of fatness, desire, white supremacy and colonialism from a queer of color lens.

Their current project focuses on the mutually constitutive relationship between bodies and discourse. You can find more of their writing on Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism and The Body Is Not An Apology."

  Nadya Okamoto, Founder/ED of PERIOD   Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 20-years-old and a Harvard sophomore. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16.  She is also the Co-founder and spokesperson of Next Fellows (nextfellows.org). PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States.  In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement (coming Fall 2018).

Nadya Okamoto, Founder/ED of PERIOD

Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 20-years-old and a Harvard sophomore. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16.

She is also the Co-founder and spokesperson of Next Fellows (nextfellows.org). PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States.

In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement (coming Fall 2018).

  Connie Sobczak, Co-Founder of The Body Positive   Connie is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), her book in which she skillfully and lovingly reconnects readers to their bodies, life force, and beauty.  Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies.  In 1996, she and Elizabeth Scott co-founded The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization that teaches people to value their unique identities and become liberated from self-hatred so they can optimize their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives, communities, and beyond.  She has been featured in numerous national media, including USA Today, Media Planet, Rebellious Magazine for Women, the Lady Brain Show, the Bay Area’s local Fox news, and more. In 2015, she and Elizabeth were chosen by La Repubblica, Italy’s leading newspaper, to be on their top 10 list of badass women for their role in founding The Body Positive movement.  Connie’s passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.

Connie Sobczak, Co-Founder of The Body Positive

Connie is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), her book in which she skillfully and lovingly reconnects readers to their bodies, life force, and beauty.

Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies.

In 1996, she and Elizabeth Scott co-founded The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization that teaches people to value their unique identities and become liberated from self-hatred so they can optimize their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives, communities, and beyond.

She has been featured in numerous national media, including USA Today, Media Planet, Rebellious Magazine for Women, the Lady Brain Show, the Bay Area’s local Fox news, and more. In 2015, she and Elizabeth were chosen by La Repubblica, Italy’s leading newspaper, to be on their top 10 list of badass women for their role in founding The Body Positive movement.

Connie’s passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.

  Dr. Rebecca Levy, OBGYN   DB’s amazing mom, Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt, has been a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years, now pretty much specializing in the 40+ crowd which includes PMS, perimenopause, hormones, sexuality later in life and menopausal issues.    She still delivers a baby here and there, and does a LOT of writing, lecturing and traveling. Check her out on Medium and other publications!

Dr. Rebecca Levy, OBGYN

DB’s amazing mom, Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt, has been a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years, now pretty much specializing in the 40+ crowd which includes PMS, perimenopause, hormones, sexuality later in life and menopausal issues.  

She still delivers a baby here and there, and does a LOT of writing, lecturing and traveling. Check her out on Medium and other publications!

  Cindy Gallop, CEO/Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn   Cindy started up ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.  She is the founder of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, co-action software (and Harvard Business School case study) that enables brands and consumers to implement the business model of the future: Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social).    She also founded www.makelovenotporn.com,  launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ - and in 2013 launched social sex video sharing platform https://www.makelovenotporn.tv/ The Social Sex Revolution (the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social) for which she has just raised $2million to scale.  As a global sextech pioneer and champion, she is also raising the world’s first and only sextech fund http://www.alltheskyholdings.com/ .  She speaks at conferences around the world and consults, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ Follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.

Cindy Gallop, CEO/Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn

Cindy started up ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.  She is the founder of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, co-action software (and Harvard Business School case study) that enables brands and consumers to implement the business model of the future: Shared Values + Shared Action = Shared Profit (financial and social).  

She also founded www.makelovenotporn.com,  launched at TED 2009 – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ - and in 2013 launched social sex video sharing platform https://www.makelovenotporn.tv/ The Social Sex Revolution (the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social) for which she has just raised $2million to scale.  As a global sextech pioneer and champion, she is also raising the world’s first and only sextech fund http://www.alltheskyholdings.com/ .

She speaks at conferences around the world and consults, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ Follow her on Twitter @cindygallop.

  Luna Matatas, O.School Pleasure Professional   Luna Matatas is a sex and pleasure educator based in Toronto Canada. She's been teaching and facilitating safe and inclusive spaces to have sexuality conversations for the past 10 years.  She loves navigating what's normal and what's not, championing shamefree pleasure and leading body acceptance conversations. She teaches individuals and groups in person in Canada and the US and online at  www.o.school .

Luna Matatas, O.School Pleasure Professional

Luna Matatas is a sex and pleasure educator based in Toronto Canada. She's been teaching and facilitating safe and inclusive spaces to have sexuality conversations for the past 10 years.

She loves navigating what's normal and what's not, championing shamefree pleasure and leading body acceptance conversations. She teaches individuals and groups in person in Canada and the US and online at www.o.school.

  Haylin Belay, Witch and Sex Educator   Haylin Belay is a sex educator, holistic health professional, and witch living and working in New York City.  With nearly a decade of experience in the field of health promotion and sex positivity, her expertise lies at the intersection of health, identity, and pleasure for people of different ages, sexual orientations, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, relationship styles, and more.

Haylin Belay, Witch and Sex Educator

Haylin Belay is a sex educator, holistic health professional, and witch living and working in New York City.

With nearly a decade of experience in the field of health promotion and sex positivity, her expertise lies at the intersection of health, identity, and pleasure for people of different ages, sexual orientations, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, relationship styles, and more.

  Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD CMSC   Rafe Biggs is the founder of Sexability, an organization committed to transforming sexuality and disability. He is a sexual health educator working with people with disabilities and healthcare professionals who support them.  He earned his Masters and Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University and is a member of American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT).  He is also a certified Master Somatic Coach (CMSC) from the Strozzi Institute.  Rafe is a quadriplegic paralyzed from the chest down from a traumatic spinal cord injury. He has spent last decade helping to make sex accessible for people with disabilities and organizations who serve them.

Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD CMSC

Rafe Biggs is the founder of Sexability, an organization committed to transforming sexuality and disability. He is a sexual health educator working with people with disabilities and healthcare professionals who support them.

He earned his Masters and Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University and is a member of American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT).  He is also a certified Master Somatic Coach (CMSC) from the Strozzi Institute.

Rafe is a quadriplegic paralyzed from the chest down from a traumatic spinal cord injury. He has spent last decade helping to make sex accessible for people with disabilities and organizations who serve them.

  Toni Guy, Former VP of Education at Planned Parenthood, San Mateo   Toni Guy has spoken on issues of sexuality and reproductive health for over 30 years. During her years with Planned Parenthood she rose from Community Educator to Vice President of Education.  She speaks on a variety of topics including: puberty, sexuality education, reproductive health including birth control methods and sexually transmitted infections, abortion and the politics of reproduction.  In 1992 she was recognized as a “Champion for Choice” by NARAL and was chosen to receive the Seventh Annual Next Generation Award by the YWCA of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo in recognition of her work with young women.  She continues to advocate for choice and to speak out about the importance of access to contraception and abortion services in the lives of women.

Toni Guy, Former VP of Education at Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

Toni Guy has spoken on issues of sexuality and reproductive health for over 30 years. During her years with Planned Parenthood she rose from Community Educator to Vice President of Education.

She speaks on a variety of topics including: puberty, sexuality education, reproductive health including birth control methods and sexually transmitted infections, abortion and the politics of reproduction.

In 1992 she was recognized as a “Champion for Choice” by NARAL and was chosen to receive the Seventh Annual Next Generation Award by the YWCA of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo in recognition of her work with young women.

She continues to advocate for choice and to speak out about the importance of access to contraception and abortion services in the lives of women.

  Menashe Bezalel, Owner of PlanetScape   DB’s incredible dad, Menny (Menashe) Bezalel founded Planetscape Inc. in 1997. Planetscape is an E-Commerce company that provides various database and E-Commerce/Internet applications for Business to Business.  Menny was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in the late 1950’s and is one of eight siblings. At age 12 Menny and his family immigrated to Israel to escape religious persecution -- he and his family were Jewish in a predominantly Muslim country.  After graduating from high school, he went to the Israeli army for 3 years. After his services in the army, he went to Tel Aviv University to study Electrical Engineering.    In 1982 he moved to New York and continued his higher education at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY; he has a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Menashe Bezalel, Owner of PlanetScape

DB’s incredible dad, Menny (Menashe) Bezalel founded Planetscape Inc. in 1997. Planetscape is an E-Commerce company that provides various database and E-Commerce/Internet applications for Business to Business.

Menny was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in the late 1950’s and is one of eight siblings. At age 12 Menny and his family immigrated to Israel to escape religious persecution -- he and his family were Jewish in a predominantly Muslim country.

After graduating from high school, he went to the Israeli army for 3 years. After his services in the army, he went to Tel Aviv University to study Electrical Engineering.  

In 1982 he moved to New York and continued his higher education at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY; he has a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

  Kristen Mancinelli, MS, RD   Kristen Mancinelli is director of education and partnerships at Extend Fertility. She educates women about fertility and egg freezing, partners with organizations supporting women’s reproductive health, and advocates for putting an end to the taboo surrounding the subject of female fertility.  Kristen holds a master of science in public health and nutrition from Columbia University and a bachelors in chemistry from NYU.

Kristen Mancinelli, MS, RD

Kristen Mancinelli is director of education and partnerships at Extend Fertility. She educates women about fertility and egg freezing, partners with organizations supporting women’s reproductive health, and advocates for putting an end to the taboo surrounding the subject of female fertility.

Kristen holds a master of science in public health and nutrition from Columbia University and a bachelors in chemistry from NYU.

  Andy Duran, Educational Outreach Manager at Good Vibrations   Andy Duran is a Bay Area native sexual health educator and the Education Director for Good Vibrations. As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth.  When not philosophizing about all things sexual, Educator Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and keeping up his teddy bear figure.

Andy Duran, Educational Outreach Manager at Good Vibrations

Andy Duran is a Bay Area native sexual health educator and the Education Director for Good Vibrations. As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth.

When not philosophizing about all things sexual, Educator Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and keeping up his teddy bear figure.

  Rachel Gelman, DPT, Pelvic Floor Specialist   Dr. Rachel Gelman is a pelvic floor physical therapist who has received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University.  Rachel practices as a clinical specialist at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco where she is also the branch director. She specializes in the physical therapy management of numerous pelvic pain disorders, including sexual dysfunction.  Rachel is passionate about women's and men's health and strives to promote quality education regarding sexual health both in the clinic and in the community.

Rachel Gelman, DPT, Pelvic Floor Specialist

Dr. Rachel Gelman is a pelvic floor physical therapist who has received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University.

Rachel practices as a clinical specialist at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco where she is also the branch director. She specializes in the physical therapy management of numerous pelvic pain disorders, including sexual dysfunction.

Rachel is passionate about women's and men's health and strives to promote quality education regarding sexual health both in the clinic and in the community.

  Mia Little, Adult Performer and Educator   Mia Little is an adult film performer and sex worker leading sex education workshops at universities and online. She is sex worker rights activist and current president of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.  Her YouTube channel focuses on destigmatizing sex, sex work, and self exploration. Mia is also a pleasure professional for O.School, a shame free sex and pleasure education platform that aims to provide inclusive, trauma informed, and easy access courses online.  Her workshops range from consent with medical professionals, ethical sluthood, sexual health management, and more.

Mia Little, Adult Performer and Educator

Mia Little is an adult film performer and sex worker leading sex education workshops at universities and online. She is sex worker rights activist and current president of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.

Her YouTube channel focuses on destigmatizing sex, sex work, and self exploration. Mia is also a pleasure professional for O.School, a shame free sex and pleasure education platform that aims to provide inclusive, trauma informed, and easy access courses online.

Her workshops range from consent with medical professionals, ethical sluthood, sexual health management, and more.

  Ivy Chen, Sexuality Professor at San Francisco State University   Ivy is back for another season! Ivy Chen, MPH is a sexuality health educator, and has been working with Bay Area communities for 21 years.  She teaches students ranging from the 4th grade through college age, as well as parent groups, community based organizations, teachers, and other health professionals. Topics covered in her workshops include puberty, healthy relationships, body image, consent, sexual decision making, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, and increasing communication about sexuality within families.  She is also a lecturer for the health education, sexuality studies and psychology departments at San Francisco State University and has taught two large human sexuality courses for the last 15 years.    Overall, she strives to make learning important information about sensitive topics as accessible, comfortable and fun as possible.

Ivy Chen, Sexuality Professor at San Francisco State University

Ivy is back for another season! Ivy Chen, MPH is a sexuality health educator, and has been working with Bay Area communities for 21 years.

She teaches students ranging from the 4th grade through college age, as well as parent groups, community based organizations, teachers, and other health professionals. Topics covered in her workshops include puberty, healthy relationships, body image, consent, sexual decision making, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, and increasing communication about sexuality within families.

She is also a lecturer for the health education, sexuality studies and psychology departments at San Francisco State University and has taught two large human sexuality courses for the last 15 years.  

Overall, she strives to make learning important information about sensitive topics as accessible, comfortable and fun as possible.

  Andre Shakti, Founder of IAmPoly.net   Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously.  Andre is the reigning "polyamory pundit" at her non-monogamy advice column, "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net.  You can also find her as a pleasure professional on the exceptional #SexyEd platform O.School.

Andre Shakti, Founder of IAmPoly.net

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously.

Andre is the reigning "polyamory pundit" at her non-monogamy advice column, "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net.

You can also find her as a pleasure professional on the exceptional #SexyEd platform O.School.

  Q Wilson, O.School Pleasure Professional   Q is a self-identified queer, gender independent, polyamorous leather boi. It’s well known that flirting is Q’s default mode of communication. He can often be found with a charming smile on his face or looking mischievous with the other bois. On rare occasions this boi might even be found dancing on a table, for the right amount of money…for charity of course!  A social justice activist for more than 20 years, Q consistently strives to bring together the various communities to which he belongs. He continues to seek avenues to actively serve as a bridge for the leather community’s kinky newcomers and it’s more established members, as well as those outside of the community, whenever possible.

Q Wilson, O.School Pleasure Professional

Q is a self-identified queer, gender independent, polyamorous leather boi. It’s well known that flirting is Q’s default mode of communication. He can often be found with a charming smile on his face or looking mischievous with the other bois. On rare occasions this boi might even be found dancing on a table, for the right amount of money…for charity of course!

A social justice activist for more than 20 years, Q consistently strives to bring together the various communities to which he belongs. He continues to seek avenues to actively serve as a bridge for the leather community’s kinky newcomers and it’s more established members, as well as those outside of the community, whenever possible.

  Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, (c), FACOG   Dr. Karen Scott is currently a Professional Fellow and Visiting Instructor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Kenyon College while she completes her thesis as a MPH graduate student in applied epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  She is a clinician scientist and feminist intersectional scholar and activist with board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She centers intersectionality and reproductive justice in the design and delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare, education and training.  She is particularly interested in the ways that  historical, institutional, and structural factors mediate the relationship between provider bias and sexual and reproductive health care access, acceptability, availability and utilization.

Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, (c), FACOG

Dr. Karen Scott is currently a Professional Fellow and Visiting Instructor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Kenyon College while she completes her thesis as a MPH graduate student in applied epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.

She is a clinician scientist and feminist intersectional scholar and activist with board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She centers intersectionality and reproductive justice in the design and delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare, education and training.

She is particularly interested in the ways that  historical, institutional, and structural factors mediate the relationship between provider bias and sexual and reproductive health care access, acceptability, availability and utilization.

  Sarah D'Andrea, M.Ed., Sex Educator   When Sarah was 5 years old she believed that she invented masturbation. Today Sarah holds her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She has taught courses and lead workshops with the American Medical Student Association, the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University, and to middle and high school students and their parents.  Sarah has spoken at multiple events including SexX Philadelphia and Cycles + Sex Los Angeles . While her background landed her a job talking about periods and leading events at The Flex Company, she also enjoys using her degree in human sexuality to start deep conversations at dinner parties and in line for the bathroom.

Sarah D'Andrea, M.Ed., Sex Educator

When Sarah was 5 years old she believed that she invented masturbation. Today Sarah holds her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She has taught courses and lead workshops with the American Medical Student Association, the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University, and to middle and high school students and their parents.

Sarah has spoken at multiple events including SexX Philadelphia and Cycles + Sex Los Angeles . While her background landed her a job talking about periods and leading events at The Flex Company, she also enjoys using her degree in human sexuality to start deep conversations at dinner parties and in line for the bathroom.

  Era Steinfeld, RAPP Facilitator   Era Steinfeld is a queer and trans facilitator and student, passionately studying and practicing ways of talking to young people about healthy sexuality.  At work, they manage and lead discussions about dating violence prevention for a group of energetic high school peer educators.  At SF State, Era fuses their interests in gender and sexuality with studying education in the context of equity and social justice.  When not working or studying, Era can be found listening to music, playing with their cats, collaging, performing in drag (recent addition), and spending time with family and friends.

Era Steinfeld, RAPP Facilitator

Era Steinfeld is a queer and trans facilitator and student, passionately studying and practicing ways of talking to young people about healthy sexuality.

At work, they manage and lead discussions about dating violence prevention for a group of energetic high school peer educators.

At SF State, Era fuses their interests in gender and sexuality with studying education in the context of equity and social justice.

When not working or studying, Era can be found listening to music, playing with their cats, collaging, performing in drag (recent addition), and spending time with family and friends.


 
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Season 1 Featured Voices:

  Ivy Chen, MPH   Ivy Chen, MPH is a sexuality health educator, and has been working with Bay Area communities for 21 years. She teaches students ranging from the 4th grade through college age, as well as parent groups, community based organizations, teachers, and other health professionals. Topics covered in her workshops include puberty, healthy relationships, body image, consent, sexual decision making, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, and increasing communication about sexuality within families. She is also a lecturer for the health education, sexuality studies and psychology departments at San Francisco State University and has taught two large human sexuality courses for the last 15 years.  Overall, she strives to make learning important information about sensitive topics as accessible, comfortable and fun as possible.

Ivy Chen, MPH

Ivy Chen, MPH is a sexuality health educator, and has been working with Bay Area communities for 21 years. She teaches students ranging from the 4th grade through college age, as well as parent groups, community based organizations, teachers, and other health professionals. Topics covered in her workshops include puberty, healthy relationships, body image, consent, sexual decision making, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, and increasing communication about sexuality within families. She is also a lecturer for the health education, sexuality studies and psychology departments at San Francisco State University and has taught two large human sexuality courses for the last 15 years.  Overall, she strives to make learning important information about sensitive topics as accessible, comfortable and fun as possible.

  Ingrid Ochoa   Ingrid Ochoa, MPH, CHES has served in several key roles in the public health field at San Francisco State University. She is currently the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Clinical Faculty at the Department of Health Education. Formerly a Sexual Health Educator with SFSU Health Promotion & Wellness unit and Family Planning counselor at the Student Health Services (SHS) and Program Director for the Sexual Health Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health (PEACH) wellness program. Her passion and concentration is to serve the diverse campus student community by promoting health equity at the individual, community, and structural levels, facilitate retention and increase graduation rates, and to reduce systematic health disparities which value diversity, engage communities and are grounded in cultural humility.

Ingrid Ochoa

Ingrid Ochoa, MPH, CHES has served in several key roles in the public health field at San Francisco State University. She is currently the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Clinical Faculty at the Department of Health Education. Formerly a Sexual Health Educator with SFSU Health Promotion &
Wellness unit and Family Planning counselor at the Student Health Services (SHS) and Program Director for the Sexual Health Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health (PEACH) wellness program. Her passion and concentration is to serve the diverse campus student community by promoting health equity at the individual, community, and structural levels, facilitate retention and increase graduation rates, and to reduce systematic health disparities which value diversity, engage communities and are grounded in cultural humility.

  Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt   Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt is DB’s loving mom and an Ob Gyn physician in the North Bay with a private practice, seeing women from aged 14 to 94.  Her special interests are contraception, fertility management, hormonal management, and healthy living. She is also a writer, contributing advice and information to health magazines and online websites.

Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt

Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt is DB’s loving mom and an Ob Gyn physician in the North Bay with a private practice, seeing women from aged 14 to 94.  Her special interests are contraception, fertility management, hormonal management, and healthy living. She is also a writer, contributing advice and information to health magazines and online websites.

  Pristine Shin   Pristine Shin has been living in the Bay for about 7 years. She first moved up here to attend UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Public Health. Since graduation, Pristine has been working with Study Smarter, a local tutoring and test prep company, and currently serves as a Director of Education and Scholarship Program Coordinator. When not working with tutors or students, Pristine enjoys surfing, cooking up a storm, listening to audiobooks, and hanging with her incredible community and loved ones.

Pristine Shin

Pristine Shin has been living in the Bay for about 7 years. She first moved up here to attend UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Public Health. Since graduation, Pristine has been working with Study Smarter, a local tutoring and test prep company, and currently serves as a Director of Education and Scholarship Program Coordinator. When not working with tutors or students, Pristine enjoys surfing, cooking up a storm, listening to audiobooks, and hanging with her incredible community and loved ones.

  Aaron Steinfeld   Aaron Steinfeld spends their time talking with queer and trans high school students about activism, oppression, sex ed, and healthy dating. Aaron is also a a graduate student studying Education at San Francisco State University, and continues to find ways to learn about sexuality to benefit themself and the people they educate. When not working or learning, Aaron loves spending time with their families and cats, reading fiction, and putting on makeup.

Aaron Steinfeld

Aaron Steinfeld spends their time talking with queer and trans high school students about activism, oppression, sex ed, and healthy dating. Aaron is also a a graduate student studying Education at San Francisco State University, and continues to find ways to learn about sexuality to benefit themself and the people they educate. When not working or learning, Aaron loves spending time with their families and cats, reading fiction, and putting on makeup.

  Imani Wilson and Ella Zalon   Imani Wilson and Ella Zalon are recent graduates from the Oakland School for the Arts as well as RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program) Alumni. They both identify as queer and have taken steps to ensure that sex education become the norm in their personal lives.

Imani Wilson and Ella Zalon

Imani Wilson and Ella Zalon are recent graduates from the Oakland School for the Arts as well as RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program) Alumni. They both identify as queer and have taken steps to ensure that sex education become the norm in their personal lives.


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