Boston Area Sex-Positive Resources!
Boston Area Sexuality Organizations
General Sex-Positivity / Sex Education
Healthy Youth Act Coalition
Organization that advocates to have comprehensive sexuality education in Massachusetts schools.
The Effing Foundation | Boston, MA
Nonprofit that gives grants for sex-positive initiatives
Partners in Sex Education | Newton, MA
Youth sex education, consulting, advocacy, & New England Sex Educator’s Conference
Remember Pleasure | Boston, MA
Somatic sex education and sexological bodywork
Voula the Vulva | Boston, MA
Sex education through body crafts
SHIP (Sexual Health Includes Pleasure) | Providence, RI
Sex education, therapy, and professional development
Kink & BDSM
New England Dungeon Society
Lots more on Fetlife.com
Boston's Queer Agenda | Event listing
Bisexual Resource Center
Fenway Health | LGBTQA friendly health care
Boston GLASS | Services for LGBTQQ+ youth of color and their allies, ages 13-25
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) Boston | Community organization for Latinx and Black LGBTQ individuals
New England Polyamory
Boston Queer Polyamorous Women's Group
Source School of Tantra Yoga
New England Tantric Meetup
Consent & Sexual Assault
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center | Cambridge/Allston, MA
The Network/La Red | Boston, MA
Organizations that offer services to current sex workers and advocate for the decriminalization of sex work in Massachusetts | List compiled by DECRIMPACT, a project of Getting to Zero MA
Free Sexuality Services!
Sexual health support
Planned Parenthood's Sexual Health Hotline
ABCD Health Services
Fenway Health Free on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm at the Boylston St. location
Legal help for people with alternative sexual lifestyles
Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund
Free Support for People Affected by Sexual Assault
Counseling & 24 hour hotline
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Trauma support group for women
Cambridge Women's Center Trauma Discussion Group
Resources Specifically for People of Color
This list was compiled in collaboration with Renée Black.
Satin Kiss is one of the first Black-woman-owned adult novelty businesses and is based in Boston. Owner Taja Ricketts caters her products to people of color using diverse and inclusive shades and options of materials.
Goddess Cecilia is a pleasure-focused sex educator who offers in-home sex toy and pampering product parties in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She also runs vulva craft making workshops and makes appearances with her giant handmade fabric vulva, Voula the Vulva. As a member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network, Cecilia centers social justice issues in her work.
Health & Wellness
Safer is SEXY
Safer is SEXY (Sophisticated Empowered Xtraordinary You) is a social media and community outreach campaign to mobilize the community and engage non-traditional partners to promote targeted substance abuse and HIV prevention messages to Black and Latina women and girls in greater Boston.
You Good, Sis
You Good, Sis is a collective for Black/brown individuals looking for a mental/spiritual/physical check in. They have events in and around Boston.
Kink & BDSM
Boston Kinky People of Color Munch Group
Boston Kinky People of Color is exactly what it sounds like — a group for people of color who are into kink/BDSM. These munches aim to be a safer space for folks who have felt left out or tokenized for being the only person of color at kinky, nonmonogamous, or other alternative community events. Everyone who experiences oppression because of their skin color, ethnicity, cultural background, mother tongue, and/or place of origin is welcome.
Black BDSM resources and personal ads for people of color. Not Boston-specific.
Healthy Relationships & Relationship Abuse
The Network/La Red
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. In addition to direct services, The Network/La Red also does community organizing and education.
The Network/La Red es una organización de justicia social dirigida por sobrevivientes que trabaja para eliminar el abuso de pareja en las comunidades lesbianas, gay, bisexuales, transgénero, SM, poliamorosas y cuir. Fortalecen los comunidades a través de la organización comunitaria, la educación y la provisión de servicios de apoyo.
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
A nonprofit community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence in Greater Boston and Greater Lowell. ATASK is committed to serving survivors of domestic violence representing all ages, ability levels, education levels, races, national origins, cultures, religions, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
(B)MEN is a Boston-based movement bringing Black men together to actively discuss and work through issues surrounding masculinity, identity, sexuality, sexual harassment, sexual assault, youth mentorship, and Black culture in a way that strengthens the community.
The Chocolate Project
The Chocolate Project is a group that strives to promote love, respect, and sisterhood among Black women in the Boston area through bonding events such as: photo shoots, conventions, workshops, and art. The group was created out of a need for Black women to be represented in healing spaces, and given the opportunity to speak freely about the unique experience of being a Black woman.
Queer and Trans POC Exchange: Boston
A Facebook group for queer and trans people of color to share job opportunities, housing opportunities, items for sale or free, services for cash or barter, and other useful resources for other QTPOC in the Boston area. It serves as an inclusive and safer alternative for POC to Queer Exchange Boston.
QTPOC Community Events - Boston
A Facebook group intended to spread the word about Boston area events that would be of interest to queer and trans people of color. Events span from daytime festivities to nightlife affairs, and big parties to small intimate gatherings.
Boston: Queer and Trans POC Housing Exchange
A Facebook group where folks can find housing, or post spaces for rent. For queer and trans POC only.
'if you can Feel it, you can Speak it' Open Mic Movement
The only monthly open mic dedicated to the LGBTQI community of color and its allies. It’s a non-discriminating, non-pretentious, non-elitist platform for one and all to express themselves! Open Mics are held every second Thursday at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. Plus, they’re followed by a dance party!
Men of Melanin Magic
Men of Melanin Magic creates exciting events for queer and trans people of color (with a slight focus on queer and trans men of color) in the Boston area. Join their social gatherings for fun, fellowship, and melanin-enriched company.
DespeloteX is an LGBTQIA+ Afro-Latin dance social held in Boston three times a year. They aim to nurture inclusive, supportive social spaces for the queer community and connect LGBTQIA+ folks through Afro-Latin dance & culture.
The L.O.C.S. Collective
The Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective creates a space for lesbians of color in the city of Boston and surrounding areas to come together to celebrate the vibrant culture of lesbians of color, solidify the community, and strengthen the presence of lesbians of color within the LGBTQ community.
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
A nonprofit in Boston dedicated to the unique and complex needs of the Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBTQ community. They work to inspire and empower Latin@, Hispanic and Black LGBTQ individuals to improve their livelihood through activism, education, community outreach, and counseling.
Boston GLASS provides a continuum of services to LGBTQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston and Greater Framingham areas. As a leader in LGBTQ+ youth services, they also provide education and consultation to other providers and community organizations. They use "LGBTQ+" to mean lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, Two-Spirit, intersex, asexual, pansexual, people living with HIV, and other sexual and gender minorities. They work with ages 13-29.
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
NQTTCN is a healing justice organization that works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color. They provide a space for queer and trans people of color committed to improving mental health for their communities. Their goal is to increase access to healing resources rooted in social justice and liberation. The Boston-area therapists in their network include Jessica Ray-Mendoza (Jamaica Plain), 小南茜 Akané Kominami (Jamaica Plain), Aida Manduley (Jamaica Plain), and CarmenLeah Ascencio (Jamaica Plain) (as of 9/3/19).
Here's a short list of recommended therapists in the Boston area. We don't know all the great local therapists, so feel free to let us know of others who should be on this list.
In addition to the therapists listed below, we also highly recommend checking out:
Feeling intimidated by the therapist search? This guide from Boston Area Friendly Therapy Resources can help!
Kink, poly, LGBTQA-friendly therapist & educator in Jamaica Plain, MA. Offers sliding scale pricing. Servicios disponibles en español.
Kink, poly, LGBTQA-friendly couples therapist & educator in Newton, MA.
Individual and couples therapist specializing in sexual issues, gender, trauma, and discrimination. Located in Boston.
The Meeting Point
A social justice based counseling and healing center that is LGBTQA-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Located in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Individual and relationships therapist specializing in queer issues, non-monogamy, gender identity, masculinity, and sexual trauma. Located in Pawtucket, RI.
Kimberly L. Jackson
Sex and relationship therapist based at SHIP (Sexual Health Includes Pleasure) in Providence, RI.
Couples and family therapist specializing in parenting, sexuality, and trauma. Located in Pawtucket, RI.