Vino & Vulvas®: Slamming Hot Sex
for All Abilities
“Sexual independence is an extremely potent form of empowerment” ~ The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability by Miriam Kaufman and Corey Silverberg
We break through some myths about ‘sex and disability’ and discuss the wide array of sexually awesome stuff that is available to anyone who is interested - regardless of ability. We talk about kink and BDSM structure and how it can be super empowering for those with various physical or mental abilities and even chronic pain or injury.
This talk has it all. From breaking down barriers to explorative, fun, sexual options and why they are so very important to one’s sense of self. We also talk about resources and companies making products that can be really helpful in bed. VaVaVooom provides some examples of the Liberator series.
Vino & Vulvas founder and host, Sex Counselor & Educator, Pelvic PT
Pelvic PT, Board Certified Women's Health Specialist
Advocate and Educator for Sexual Independence
Mental Health Professional, AASECT Sex Therapist, Owner of Out of the Woods Therapy
The mission of Vino & Vulvas® is to invite community between cross-disciplinary sexual health providers and the public, and to create conversation that encompasses the depth of inclusive human sexuality.
One hour panel discussion
45 minute anonymous Q&A with live audience
Who is this for?
Vino & Vulvas is always open to all genders, ages (18+), orientations, and races. We strive to be as legitimately inclusive as possible. Know that when you come to V&V, we’re trying hard to avoid heteronormative, cis-normative, white supremacist, sex-negative, patriarchal bullshit.
About Vino & Vulvas®
We provide an open space for talking about challenging topics that are often taboo. We meet in a public venue to get out of the shadows and create an open community where all of us (women, men, genderqueer, trans, gay, straight, bisexual, experienced, newbies, kinky, vanilla, young, mature, all races etc.) can laugh and learn more about our sexual selves. We can start to bridge the gap between sexual healing practices, medical sexual health, and sex therapy. It's sure to be an exciting journey. Get comfy and and enjoy some edgy, inclusive, and informative conversation.
Meet the Host!
Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator, Founder of Vino & Vulvas® (she/they)
Heather Edwards, PT, MPT has been a pelvic physical therapist for 17 years and is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became their favorite thing to do. They have presented at APTA and AASECT conferences and teaches for Pelvic Guru Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist and illustrator of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast". To connect with Heather, email [email protected]. H
Melanie Sutton, DPT, WCS, CLT (she/her)
Melanie has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1994 and has been doing pelvic physical therapy since 2008. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and CAPP and board certified as a Women’s Care Specialist. She is passionate about working with pelvic health and oncology rehabilitation and has specialized in this area for the past 10 years . She likes to say, “If things aren’t going well in the bedroom and the bathroom, if affects all areas of your life”. Melanie currently practices pelvic PT with Carepartners. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her, call (828)213-0845 or have your referring physician fax an order to (828)213-0848. Check out carepartners.org for more info. To contact Melanie directly, email her at [email protected].
Kass James (he/him)
Kass James is a sexual health advocate and educator, focusing on de-stigmatizing disability, non-normative sexual practices, and non-normative romantic partnerships. His educational background is in queer culture through the lens of queer theatre and film, music, and religious anthropology. He became interested in disability advocacy in college when coming together with other disabled students to address campus issues. This work continued through advocacy and volunteering for Triad Health Project's educational programs, as well as programs for religious acceptance. He has continued that work within the field of sexual health and disability, and currently works as the director of customer support for a adult toy manufacturer and retailer. He lives in the Greensboro area with a very judgmental cat where he also organizes several body positive, queer positive, and accessible events in the area. He is also the owner of Zoo City Fabrication, a small kink and queer positive fabrication shop in Greensboro. You can contact him at [email protected]
Jamie Brazell, M.Ed, LMFT, CST (she/her)
Jamie has been consciously thinking about gender and sexuality for many years and is thrilled to offer services as a AASECT certified sex therapist and licensed therapist in her downtown Asheville private practice, Out of the Woods Therapy.
Back in 2002 and in Camden, New Jersey, Jamie began her journey in this field as a certified rape crisis counselor and advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Serving in this role informed many of her decisions around professional development - such as earning a BA in Women’s Studies from Temple University and a M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She later completed clinical training at West Gate Family Therapy in conjunction with earning a second Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jamie has done a lot of things that she’s super proud of in her career, including: writing curricula and facilitating workshops in Boulder, Colorado for LGBTQ ally development, participation in development of a pilot program for sexual abuse prevention for Boulder public schools, serving on the sex education advisory committee for Greenville, SC public schools, teaching sex education to at-risk youth in the upstate of SC, meeting with SC legislators regarding sex ed reform, creating and conducting an assembly for middle school children on the topic of bully awareness, and providing therapeutic counseling services to diverse populations of individuals, couples, and families in mental health agencies in SC and NC.
In her current private practice, Jamie provides individual or relationship counseling for adults and teens with a specialization of helping clients overcome various sexual issues or concerns that may be causing shame or impacting relationships. For more information, please visit www.outofthewoodstherapy.com.