Loraine Hutchins: Ph.D.

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Sex - Tantra and Kama Sutra episode 80: AM I NORMAL? EMBRACING SACRED SEXUAL MINORITIES & MAJORITIES with Loraine Hutchins, Phd

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Author/activist Loraine Hutchins, Ph.D. is a sexuality educator who inspires people to integrate the spiritual and the erotic in their everyday lives. She works with a variety of movement, breathwork, guided visualization and informational techniques - in group and individual settings. Her practice is supportive of and open to all people. She specializes in working with women, people over 40, fat people, those living with disabilities, and LGBTI - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. She is polyamory and BDSM-friendly; supportive of all kinds of loving, consensual relationships and family groups.

Since the 1970s Dr. Hutchins has been leading workshops and publishing educational materials on sexuality-related issues. She is a 4th-generation Washingtonian with deep roots in social justice movements locally and nationally. In the 70s she helped develop some of the first community-based programs supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

With Lani Ka'ahumanu she co-edited Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, the book that catalyzed the U.S. bisexual movement. Bi Any Other Name is an anthology that contains 76 different voices of bisexual people from all walks of life. It inspired many other bi books and was named one of the 100 most influential LGBT books of the last century. It is often called "the basic bisexual coming out book" or "the Bi Bible." Bi Any Other Name is still in print over a decade later, an essential and beloved reference text in many college classrooms, homes and libraries.

Loraine co-founded AMBi, the Alliance of Multi-Cultural Bisexuals in Washington, DC, and BiNet USA - the first national network of bisexual individuals and groups in the U.S. She has contributed to many other anthologies on sexuality-related topics (see Selected Publications list). She has keynoted at Pride Days -- on college campuses, in big cities and small towns, and addressed audiences as varied as national sex researchers, queer linguists, bisexual wiccans, and people who practice polyamory - loving more than one, openly and honestly. In the early 1990s she co-starred, along with ten other women, in Betty Dodson's first video, Selfloving: Portrait of a Women's Sexuality Seminar. Loraine is famous for saying on that video, "I'm here for all the big and bigger women, who deserve to love ourselves just the way we are." The film was eventually shown on HBO, but in a censored version.

Her 2001 doctoral dissertation, Erotic Rites: A Cultural Analysis of Contemporary U.S. Sacred Sexuality Traditions and Trends is available through the TOOLS & RECIPES section of this site. Excerpts from it have been published in Loving More the national publication of the polyamory movement and are also available in Selected Writings.

Dr. Hutchins currently serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Twenty-First Century Relationships and the advisory board of the Washington, DC Rainbow History Archives). She also serves as an editorial advisor for the new national journal, Spirituality & Sexuality.