Non-Monogamy as an Intersecting Identity

Presenters: August Stockwell and Worner Leland

When deciding on a relationship model that works for us, it is important to be cognizant of our values, needs, and boundaries. It is also important, however, to be cognizant of our various other identities, and to examine the ways in which our intersections impact how we “do” non-monogamy. This presentation will invite attendees to examine and articulate their values in relation to their non-monogamy, to better communicate relationship structure needs and keep that non-monogamy ethical.

August (Fawna) Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D (they/them) is the Founder and Director of Research and Programs at Upswing Advocates: a nonprofit organization that uses a self-as-expert approach to research and education that strengthens and supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Over the past 10 years, their research has focused on topics including polyamory, communication in relationships, gender, sexual behavior, BDSM, mindfulness, and effective skill-building strategies. They have a vision of using precise measurement and an individualized approach to connect people to affirming, accessible interventions that create meaningful change. August is also the Associate Director of Research in the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is a member of the Board of Directors at Howard Brown Health.

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA (they/them) is the Director of Development and Promotion at Upswing Advocates. Worner is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice Special Interest Group. As a queer, non-binary, neurodivergent, non-monogamous human, they are passionate about education to expand access to affirming care, and about building avenues for community care and affirmation.