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Aida Manduley, MSW

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Aida Manduley is an award-winning Latinx activist, therapist, and sexuality educator known for big earrings and building bridges. Queer as heck and with a passion for tech, they live to shake up the landscapes of sexuality and mental health. From The New York Times to The Rainbow Times, Mx. Manduley has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets for their work around community organizing, sexuality education, and various forms of activism. Most notably, Mx. Manduley launched Rhode Island’s first Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Program housed at a domestic violence agency, in 2011, which included groundbreaking data-collection on LGBTQ domestic violence and building the infrastructure to provide on-site HIV testing.

These days, Mx. Manduley’s focus is to make the world a more equitable and healing place through big-picture prevention and education as well as through grassroots interpersonal intervention. Trauma is their jam, and if something is stigmatized, you best bet they want to talk about it. They currently have a thriving clinical practice out of The Meeting Point, serve on both The Effing Foundation’s Advisory Board and the Executive Committee for the Women of Color Sexual Health Network, and have been with The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health in multiple capacities since 2010. Past projects include crisis-response with victims of sexual assault, consulting with state departments of health, and leadership on a number of national and regional coalitions on HIV & STI prevention, comprehensive sexuality education, and LGBTQ anti-violence. Other areas of geekery include non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and death/dying.

Finally, because the extrovert points keep going, Manduley co-founded a peer support/consultation group for therapists of color in the Boston Area and are a proud member of The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network.

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