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Many same sex couples make the assumption that their partner will know how to please them sexually, because they have the same genitalia. Tis is rarely the case! Every person’s body is different, as are their sexual likes and dislikes. Te expectation that the person will naturally know what to do sexually tends to decrease communication between partners in the bedroom. Over time, this can lead to increased sexual dissatisfaction, breeding resentment, if not addressed. Couples who are having these issues should seek out the support of an LGBT-friendly sex therapist, to help them navigate and resolve these concerns.


Self-help Resources


If you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, or Questioning, there are plenty of self-help resources out there to help you navigate intimate relationships. Here are a few of my favorite:


101 Ways to Come Out of the Closet, by Denise Brienne Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships, by Clunis & Green Keeping Mr. Right: Te Gay Man’s Guide to Lasting Relationships, by Kenneth George Transitions: A Guide to Transitioning for Transsexuals and Teir Families, by Mara Drummond **If you have a book or a resource that you found particularly useful for you, please contact me, and I will add it to the “Resource” section on my website.**


“Te only abnormality is the incapacity to love.” —Anaïs Nin


October is LGBT History Month! LGBT Local Events


Delaware may be “small,” but we have plenty going on around here for the LGBT community! Here are the highlights of some of the LGBT events happening this month in our area:


October 7- OUTFEST in Philadelphia from 12p- 6p; Lots of activities for all ages…and SO much fun!


October 20- Delaware Pride Bowling starts at 7p at the Bowlerama in New Castle.


October 24- Delaware Pride General Community Meeting, 7p at the Brandywine Town Center.


October 28- Bingo-A-Go-Go, doors open at 6p at Elsmere Presbyterian Church,


this month’s theme: “Spooktacular.”


Every Sunday- HAVEN, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & allies group for students and faculty of the University of Delaware, as well as for anyone else who wants to atend. Meetings are weekly at 6pm.


PFLAG of Wilmington & Northern Delaware-


Sexual Health and Healing with Dianna Palimere, PhD, LCSW


Dr. Dianna Palimere is a Psychosexual Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field of mental health for the past 11 years, dedicating the past six years to specializing in clinical sexuality.


Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meet the second Tursday of every month at 7pm, see: www.pflagwilmde.org.


For additional details about the aforementioned events, as well as future events in our area, visit: www.delawarepride.org and click on “Calendar.”


She holds a Bachelors degree


in Psychology, a Masters degree in Social Work, a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Education, and a PhD in Clinical Human Sexuality. Utilizing a holistic approach to therapy, she incorporates a variety of clinical interventions in her work with individuals, couples, and families. She is devoted to helping people achieve sexual health and healing through her work as a psychotherapist in her private practice in Pike Creek, DE; as well as in her work with local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about her or to schedule an appointment, visit her website: www.SexTherapyInDelaware.com.


For events in the Philadelphia area, visit www. phillygaycalendar.com and/or www.waygay.org


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