Supporting Queer Youth – Pridepalooza IG Live with Erica Smith

Photos of Shohreh and Erica are set against a rainbow ombre background with text that describes their Pridepalooza IG Live Event

My last guest for my Pridepalooza IG Live Series this year was Erica Smith (she/her), a nationally recognized, award-winning sex educator based in Philly. The 20+ span of her career has included HIV prevention and care, abortion care, sex ed and advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth in juvenile detention, support services for trans youth and their families, and more. Her current work focuses on providing sex education for those recovering from the harms of purity culture.

In this conversation that took place on June 29, 2022, we chatted about queer identity development and how to respond affirmatively and provide support as a parent, caregiver, or anyone who works or spends time with kids in any capacity.



Pridepalooza is hosted each June by Shohreh Davoodi (she/her). Shohreh is a self-trust coach for queer folks (and accomplices), a writer, and the host of the Conjuring Up Courage podcast. Through her content and coaching, she helps people move through self-doubt and shame so they can live their lives with intention and step into their motherf*cking magic. When Shohreh's not in front of her computer, you can find her on her trapeze, shooting her compound bow, traipsing around in nature, playing music, doing crafty shit, and loving on her girlfriend and two pups. You can keep up with Shohreh on her websiteInstagramTikTokPinterest, and Facebook.


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