My name is Chels and my pronouns are they / them and xe / xem. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I am an Afro-Latinx, Autistic, pansexual, polyamorous, and non-binary writer, sexuality educator and intimacy coordinator focused on curating justice-centered, emboldening spaces guided the intersectional, disability justice and transformative justice frameworks, developed by the black women and the black trans scholars who have come before me. I reside in Los Angeles, CA on the native land of the Kizh, the Tongva and the Chumash.
I practice trauma-informed, inclusive sex, kink and identity education, mental health advocacy, intimacy direction for theater and intimacy coordination for film and television, with emphasis on scenes of BDSM and Kink, LGBTQ+ populations, Non-monogamy and scenes of non-consent.
Education and Training
degrees & certifications
MFA in Film & TV Production – 2024
Current – Attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Concentration: Directing for Fiction.
Holistic Sex Education
Current – certification in Holistic Sexuality Education from the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE).
Ante Up Certificate
Current – certification in the history, implementation, and troubleshooting of various justice frameworks as they relate to the sexuality field from Ante Up Professional Development.
Adult First Aid / CPR / AED
Certified by the American Red Cross. Valid until 06/2023.
Certified by American Red Cross. Valid until 06/2022.
BA in Media Arts Production
Bachelor’s of Arts from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Concentration: Writing and Producing for Television with a minor in Human Sexuality.
Mental Health First Aid
Certified by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), a national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use.
Psychological First Aid
Certified by Johns Hopkins University in Psychological First Aid (PFA), a program designed to provide mental health aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: reflective listening, assessment of needs, prioritization, intervention, and disposition.
Covid – 19 Compliance Officer
Certified by Health Education Services for Music Video, Commercial, Television and Film Production Sets.
additional training & SELF STUDY
Sexual Harassment Prevention
Training completed by the State of Illinois in sexual harassment and abuse prevention.
Transformative Justice & Community Safety
Self study completed guided by Spring Up!, the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective.
AASECT Early Career Professional Member
Under supervision and pursuing certification by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
Training completed in Bystander Intervention, Conflict De-escalation, Workplace Harassment Intervention and Implicit Bias by Hollaback!, a nonprofit working globally to end harassment — in all its forms.
Winch Operator and Rigger
Automatic and manual rigging for circus arts and kink.
In the Media
“My Take: How Erotophobia on Screen was a Catalyst for Me to Make Change”
– The Light Leaks, thelightleaks.com