13 episodes

Interviews about the role sex, sexuality and all-things-eros has played in people's spiritual identities and practices. This podcast especially centers the stories of queer folks and sex workers.

Left-Handed Journeys Jera Brown

    • Religion & Spirituality

Interviews about the role sex, sexuality and all-things-eros has played in people's spiritual identities and practices. This podcast especially centers the stories of queer folks and sex workers.

    Filmmaker Alex Liu on Sex Education and Shame

    Filmmaker Alex Liu on Sex Education and Shame

    Growing up, Alex Liu didn't know it was okay to be queer. And although he's been out of the closet for decades, a shadow of shame around sex and sexual desires still follows him around.
    He turned his own story and questions into a documentary: A Sexplanation. The documentary takes us "from neuroscience labs to church pews, [featuring] provocative conversations with psychologists, sex researchers—and even a Jesuit priest. With humor and grit, Alex takes audiences on a playful, heartfelt journey from a shame-filled past to a happier, healthier, sexier future." You can now rent or buy the documentary on Apple TV, Amazon, and more.

    Alex’s passion for telling compelling stories that blend education, advocacy, and entertainment led him to found Herra Productions in 2012. Since then, he’s developed two award-winning YouTube channels focused on sex and drug education, totaling over five million views. After studying molecular toxicology at UC Berkeley and Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting at New York University, he produced video, radio, and print content for NOVA scienceNOW, CNN Health, and San Francisco NPR station KQED.

    Learn more at herraproductions.com or follow Alex on Instagram @alexanderxliu.

    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 33 min
    Jimanekia Eborn on the spiritual practice of a bath

    Jimanekia Eborn on the spiritual practice of a bath

    We all get to define what spirituality is for us. Jimanekia Eborn, also known as the Trauma Queen, has done this for herself. One of her spiritual practices is a bath with different oils—something that connects her to her body. And on this episode of the podcast, she encourages listeners to figure out what unique spiritual practices work for them.

    We talk about relationships and trauma, femmes and the unhealthy expectation to trust quickly, and building self-trust.

    More about my guest:
    Jimanekia Eborn is a Queer Media Consultant, Comprehensive Sex Educator, and Sexual Assault & Trauma Expert. With a Master's in Health Psychology, she has worked in mental health for the past 13 years in sex education and sexual trauma support. Jimanekia is the host of Trauma Queen —a podcast for survivors of assault and our allies, and the Founder of Tending the Garden, a non-profit for sexual assault survivors of different marginalized identities. In 2020, Jimanekia co-founded Centaury Co., bringing increased representation to the field of Intimacy Coordination in the film industry.

    Learn more at traumaqueen.love or follow Jimanekia on Instagram @Jimanekia. 
    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 46 min
    Antonieta Paco on sacred sex work

    Antonieta Paco on sacred sex work

    Antonieta Paco, AKA Sonia Sass, views her sex work as priestess work. A part of the sacred lineage that extends back to temple priestesses. 

    In this episode, we talk about how she became a mind/body/soul healer, how she explored her own indigenous roots and those of the communities, all around the country, that she found herself connected to. She also explains her work as a sex worker activist, and why it's such an important topic right now.

    As discussed in the episode, here's Antonieta's list of sex worker advocacy organizations to support:
    St. James Infirmary Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)Amnesty InternationalRed Umbrella FundPLAPERTSEuropean Sex Workers' Rights Alliance
    And more about my guest:

    In 2010, Antonieta attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ. She then graduated and became a certified Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Hypnotherapist, Past-Life Regressionist, and Life Coach.

    Antonieta, also known as Sonia Sass, has been an important ally and activist for sex workers and human rights for 13 years. She has been involved in various forms of SW and is a proud BDSM educator, nude model, and dancer. She focuses on a variety of styles that include Latin, tribal, pole dance, hip-hop, and burlesque. Antonieta is also an activist, dancer, poet, and strong woman of Maya and Meshika roots who embodies the strength of a warrior and the essence of the Goddess here to restore the ecology and the people through her teachings and her magic.

    Learn more at priestessa.com  or follow Antonieta on Instagram  @priestess_ap
    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 51 min
    Burlesque artist Jenn Freeman/Po'Chop on the erotic as a divine yes

    Burlesque artist Jenn Freeman/Po'Chop on the erotic as a divine yes

    Chicago-based burlesque artist Jenn Freeman, also known as Po'Chop about burlesque as a spiritually healing tool, the erotic as the holy spirit, and Jenn/Po'Chop's work creating sacred spaces and art on the Chicago South Side.

     As their artist statement so beautifully explains, "Our work is a reimagining of Lord as (Audre) Lorde where worship is a space where the erotic is regarded as the highest knowledge and ancestors are whispered into walls made of brown bags. Our healing is urgent. Through edifying the legacies of Black women and femmes we heal from the lessons we learned between pews."

    Learn more at itspochop.com or follow Jenn/Po'Chop on Instagram  @itspochop .
    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 41 min
    Mistress Hecuba on trauma work and BDSM

    Mistress Hecuba on trauma work and BDSM

    Mistress Hecuba explores intimacy through cathartic pain and alarming psychodrama. BDSM is a structure that holds the space for the bizarre, the uncomfortable, and any lustful perversions that are either raging to be seen or lying dormant in the depths of the psyche. Some of her favorite forms of play teach her new things and push against the boundaries and limits of her submissives. She seeks an experience with her submissives and craves to see them in all their complexity and raw humanity. 

    In this episode, we talk about how we attempt to create safe spaces to play with shame and trauma in professional BDSM sessions and how the concepts of play, power, trust and control fit into it. Mistress Hecuba talks about sadism as an identity and where spirituality fits into the picture.

    Follow Mistress Hecuba on Twitter @mistresshecuba

    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 46 min
    Wild & Sublime's Karen Yates on rewiring orgasms and erotic energy

    Wild & Sublime's Karen Yates on rewiring orgasms and erotic energy

    For over twenty years, Karen Yates worked in Chicago in the performing arts as a director, actor, writer and producer. Six years ago she left the arts and moved into a deep exploration of sexuality and energy - in Tantra and somatic sex education, and Biofield Tuning, a form of sound healing that addresses to issues in the electromagnetic field of the body. Now she is the host and producer of Wild & Sublime, a live talk show and podcast about sex for all orientations, preferences and relationship styles. She also is an intimacy coach for couples and continues to work in sound healing, where she is now developing her own energy system.

    In this episode, we talk bout the Western Neo-tantric movement, orgasms post-menopause, and Karen's journey through sobriety, discovering the sacredness of the body through the New Age movement and acting, becoming an intimacy coach, and creating sex-positive community through theater and story-telling.

    Follow Karen on Instagram @mybodyismyresidency

    Follow Jera on Twitter: @thejerabrown or Instagram: @thejerabrown
    Email: jera@jerabrown.com

    • 43 min

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