**THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MATURE THEMES** In this episode, Yael shares her journey from being a teen peer reproductive rights educator at 15 years old to working as a sexologist helping people through sex coaching and continuing research.
Wine: Adalina Bodegas Verdejo 2018 from Spain
The Verdejo grapes are generally harvested at night and the wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled without aging so the wine is crisp and dry - just how I like it!
Yael R Rosenstock Gonzalez is the founder of Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC, a company dedicated to supporting and creating spaces for individuals to explore and find community in their personal identities. As a queer, polyamorous, white-presenting Nuyorican Jew, Yael has always been interested in understanding the multi-level experiences of individuals. Through her company, she facilitates workshops, develops curriculum, offers Identity Exploration Coaching, and publishes narratives often left out of mainstream publishing. An upcoming publication is a coffee-table book representing the narratives and images from the photo-interview series, the Diverse Bodies Project, of which she is a founding member.
Yael has been engaged in workshop development and facilitation since she joined the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) as a teen peer reproductive rights educator at 15 years old. Since then, she has served as an educator with children ranging from 10 months old to adults in their 70s with different organizations and communities. In her work as first Program Coordinator, then Director of Programming, and finally Associate Director of the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding, Yael developed and led events, workshops, and programs with an intersectionality lens.
Throughout Yael’s career, there has been an emphasis on sex, gender, and diversity. Her undergraduate thesis, "A Not so Silent Voice for Female Sexuality: Empowering Examples from Literature Cross-Culturally" and Master's thesis, "Dismantling Rape Culture through an Exploration of Consent, Desire, and Pleasure," created space for her to explore sexuality, consent, and pleasure through different perspectives and disciplines. In 2018 she published An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tales, and Tips, a queer and trans inclusive book, and has since begun offering Sex Coaching services.
Yael is now pursuing a doctoral degree at IU-Bloomington School of Public Health in Health Behavior to strengthen her research skills and build further connections.