Hump Day Hero: Amy Andre

amyEvery Wednesday, The CSPH highlights a Sexuality Professional you should keep your eye on. Their backgrounds are very diverse in order to bring attention to the wide variety of amazing people working in the field. This week we bring you Amy Andre!

1. What do you do in the field of sexuality?

I’m a bi activist and the co-author of Bisexual Health: An Introduction. I do a lot of public speaking about the book. I’ve lectured to medical students at Stanford University, Microsoft employees, folks at Harvard, and thousands in between.

2. Where are you based out of?

I live in Toronto, Ontario. I’m a US citizen, but I moved to Canada almost two years ago.

3. What is your focus? What do you do?

I run a small non-profit organization here in Toronto, not in the field of sexuality studies. I’m also a new mother; I just had a baby 6 weeks ago! My child is my focus, my love, and my joy…

4. What are your particular goals and passions in the field?

When it comes to bisexual health, the situation is dire. Compared to monosexual people (straight and gay), people who identify as bi have poorer health, including higher rates of alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness. My goal is to raise awareness and encourage prevention!

5. Why did you choose to work in this field?

As a bisexual person, I’ve always been interested in connecting with other members of my community, speaking out against biphobia, and creating a more bi-friendly environment.

6. Where did you go for school/training?

I have a master’s degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University.

7. Do you have any literature out (websites, articles)?

Visit www.amyandre.com for links and details.

8. What would you recommend to future professionals attempting to get into the field?

There are two pillars to building a career in sexual health or sexuality education: education and experience. If you don’t have one, make sure you get the other. You can do things like: get a degree in the field, or work at a Planned Parenthood, or organize a conference on HIV prevention in your community. The possibilities are endless!

9. What is the most challenging aspect for you working in this career?

Sexuality is incredibly stigmatized in our culture, as are (sometimes) people who study sexuality or work in sexual health or sexual education (or even just promote pleasure).

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