52 minutes | Oct 6th 2020

Ep. 22 Religious Trauma Surrounding Sexuality: with Casey Tanner

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Welcome to Have a Blessed Gay, your weekly spiritual-comedy podcast! Join holy host, Tyler Martin, as he critically discusses social norms, current events, mental health, religion, and spirituality from an outcast's perspective. In this episode, Tyler talks with Casey Tanner! Casey is a queer-identified, intersectional sex and relationship therapist who combines evidence-based support with tenderness and levity to create spaces in which people feel seen and understood. Specializing in gender and sexual diversity, Casey partners with individuals, relationships and institutions to expand possibilities for connection & pleasure.

So many of us, whether we were raised in a religious household or not, have experienced some type of religious sexual trauma, because our society has adopted a ton of religious fear, shame, and guilt surrounding sex. Tyler and Casey discuss types of religious trauma including purity culture, sex education, stereotyping gender roles, perfectionism, using biblical or sacred texts to condemn people, and demanding the forgiveness of abuse. There is a ton to unpack here, so let’s do it together!

This episode also features a new article for The B Word, the new vertical on the Have a Blessed Gay website for outcasts to share their journeys, ideas, questions, and resources, all to do with religion and spirituality. Toward the end of this episode, you’ll hear an excerpt from The Name of God: A Trans Approach by the author, R Marshall. The full article is now available on haveablessedgay.com/thebword. Read it and subscribe to the newsletter to know when new articles drop!

Guest: Casey Tanner

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The Name of God: A Trans Approach by the author, R Marshall

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