Gloria Glickstein Brame
August 20, 1955
|Occupation||Sex therapist, writer|
Gloria Brame (born August 20, 1955) is an American sexologist, writerand sex therapist based in Athens, Georgia. She is a member of the American College of Sexologists, and clinical sexologist. Her sex therapy practice specializes in consensual BDSM, sexual fetishism and sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Brame is also an author, educator, and advocate for safe, sane, and consensual relating, especially among the BDSM, fetish, and LGBTQ communities.
Dr. Brame earned her PhD degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2000and an M.A. in English literature from Columbia University in 1978.
Dr. Brame wrote several books including:
Different Loving, published in 1993, was an evidence based re-evaluation of SM/fetish/kink as an expression of normal minds and lives, challenging the bias against safe, sane, and consensual behavior as somehow pathological or problematic.[ according to whom? ]
Come Hither was selected as the "official guide to kinky sex" by the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Other titles by Brame include: Sex for Grown-Ups, Where the Boys Are, The Truth About Sex (Vols. I and II), and Different Loving Too.
Brame testified against then-US Attorney General in Nitke vs Ashcroft, a major case challenging the Communications Decency Act before the Southern District of New York.
In 2012 Brame joined the board of directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Allianceand co-hosted a web radio talk show on Spreaker.
Brame has been cited as a fetish sex expert in a number of media articles,and has been a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Working Woman, and other mainstream magazines. Her biography of the Marquis de Sade appears in the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015).
Brame is on the Board of Governors for the Leather Hall of Fame.
Dr. Brame's runs the Ask Me Anything site, a professional BDSM/Fetish blog on Reddit.com. She also hosted the Gloria Brame Show (podcast) on BlogTalkRadio and Spreaker, with focus on sexual freedoms and BDSM/LGBTQ rights.
Dr. Brame has given numerous live-radio and television interviews with BBC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, FOX, PBS and foreign media. She has been cited in numerous magazines and newspapers,including a 2004 profile in The Washington Post.
2002 – 2015, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
1987 – 1991, adjunct professor of English, NYU, guest lecturer in creative writing, York College (CUNY), associate professor of poetry and creative writing, Hofstra.
One of the "10 Best Sex and Dating Experts," by DatingAdvice.com
National Leather Association International Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award (2010) for "Transformation and Transcendence in BDSM"
American College of Sexologists
Bisexuality-Aware Professionals Directory Directory of Therapists Experienced in the Treatment Of Transgender Persons.
Lesbian Business CommunityMediAngels Global E-Hospital Open Relationship Resources Psychology Today Therapist Directory
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