5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

Organized and produced by Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST and Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, LCSW, CST, the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference provides a local arena for clinical and educational discourse around alternative sexual practices. The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender identifications and sexual orientations and an intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions. The AltSex NYC Conference is a forum designed to disseminate information in a respectful,… Read More

Boundaries & Self Care for Queer Caregivers

Boundaries & Self Care for Queer Caregivers is a therapeutic group for LGBTQIA+ people who struggle to care for themselves while finding it easy to care for others. This group conceives of “caregivers” as related to a broad range of experiences, including health professionals, social workers, sex workers, activists, organizers, advocates, empaths, healers, parents, and individuals who identify as struggling with people-pleasing or codependent relationship patterns. Together, we will build a community… Read More

Realness: A Therapy Group for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer Men

In a city as vibrant and kinetic as New York and at a time when technology puts interaction at our fingertips, it can be challenging to find a space to cultivate authentic and fulfilling connections. Group therapy is a potent and transformative process that can help you develop a stronger and more honest relationship with yourself and others. Lead by skilled, queer-identified clinicians, we will explore a variety of issues both general… Read More

Summer Personal Training Specials Are Here!

Personal training by Nickey Douglass Here’s what to do: 1) Contact Nickey Douglass via IG @NickeyStayFit or [email protected] 2) Mention ManhattanAlternative.com 3) Pick your summer special! a deal on 12-pack training sessions, incorporating functional training, body sculpting, weight lifting, or a mix of all 3 a special rate for ongoing personal training customized to fit your health and fitness goals Nickey Douglass is a certified personal trainer with over a decade of… Read More

Hormones & Handcuffs

How many trans or gender nonconforming people are involved in BDSM, nonmonogamy, or other forms of alternate lifestyles?  Actual numbers do not exist, but anecdotal evidence suggests percentages are significantly higher than in cisgender (non-transgender) populations.  Why? Those of us in the transgender and gender nonconforming community have nontraditional relationships with our bodies.  A large number experience bitter dysphoria pretransition, having spent decades tormented by a conflict between our inner identities and external selves.  So often this clash centers on genitalia, the most… Read More

Cross-post: Sliding Scale Appointments Now Available!

I have the pleasure of announcing that beginning this summer I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Wise, psychotherapist and AASECT certified sex therapist. I’ll be taking on a limited number of sliding scale appointments at his Union Square office, working with individuals, couples, non-traditional relationships and families, and current or former sex workers on issues across the spectrum of gender identification/expression, sexual orientation/expression, D/s dynamics, relationship status, and intersections thereof. Please contact me directly via email or… Read More

Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Know Your Rights

Guest blog post by Angela Torregoza—a criminal defense and immigration attorney at the Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano, a certified LGBTBE-company by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Contributing as @venusinorbit, she writes about law and art on 12ozProphet, an online magazine featuring articles, pictures, and interviews related to graffiti. In her free time she writes about art and social justice in her blog, Venus Orbits for Justice and on Instagram.  In… Read More

Thinking Globally about Sex and Gender: The Yogyakarta Principles

A couple of years ago I discovered a document called the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, created in 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by the International Commission of Jurists and the International Service for Human Rights, on behalf of a coalition of human rights organizations in reaction to egregious international human rights violations pertaining to individuals marginalized for their sexual… Read More

Call for NYC Kink/Poly/LGBTQ Affirmative Providers

Welcome to the launch of ManhattanAlternative.com! We are a network of therapeutic service providers in New York City who are sex-positive, affirmative, and have expertise related to issues that kink, poly, consensually non-monogamous, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or LGBQ-identified individuals face.  I started working on this collaborative in 2014 in an effort to address the lack of openly affirmative support to the communities I’ve been a part of in NYC for the past 10+ years, and am… Read More