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Sunday, July 9 • 9:45am - 11:15am
Feeling Queer About Being Queer

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When we normally discuss sexuality and OCD, the conversation centers around the obsession of becoming gay. While this is a valid obsession, there is more to sexuality, gender identity, and OCD than this one narrative. In this panel, five young adults share their experiences with sexuality and gender identity, and how their OCD complicates these things. Living with the doubt and uncertainty that OCD brings can make it difficult to navigate your sexuality and gender identity, but with love and support, you can live your life as you want to.


Katie Hickey

Katie Hickey recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she studied political science. She was diagnosed with OCD in 2004 at age ten, and has since been an advocate for people with mental illnesses. Katie has presented at the Federation for Children... Read More →

Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to... Read More →

Eli Kurs-Lasky

Eli Kurs-Lasky graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Sociology and English Writing (Poetry) with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Eli suffers from OCD, which he spoke about at an international disability conference a few years back... Read More →
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Kevin Miller

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Kevin Miller is a college student from southeastern Massachusetts. Diagnosed with OCD when he was 15 years old, he has had almost every form of OCD possible. For the past three years, he has been dealing with doubting thoughts surrounding his decision to come out as a gay man. He... Read More →
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Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson is a fierce advocate for the OCD and LGBTQ community. She was diagnosed with OCD at eight years old, and started Exposure therapy at age 15. She served as secretary in her high school’s GSA for three years, where her accomplishments included speaking at... Read More →

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Yerba Buena - Salons 10-12