From Catholic to Cocksucker: Letting Go of Shame

Like with many American youth in the 90s, Alex’s Catholic upbringing taught him that same-sex relationships were shameful. His school showed him all-too-graphic images of people with untreated HIV/AIDS to keep him from having sex. Because he knew he was gay, Alex suppressed his sexuality. Convinced that sex would destroy him, Alex went down a path of shame and isolation that eventually turned to suicide.
But for the past six years, Alex has worked on a sex education documentary, A Sexplanation. In it, he takes audiences on a playful, heartfelt journey from his shame-filled past to a happier, healthier future. Hear what he’s learned by turning the camera on himself, and how he’s turned his personal pursuit of shame-free pleasure into a call for comprehensive sex education for everyone.

When/ Where

Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

Time: 7 – 9p.m. Singapore time

Venue:  Zoom link will be provided

About Alex Liu

Director Alex Liu’s work explores taboo topics like sex and drugs in order to broaden our understanding of science, morality, and how to negotiate a meaningful life. He’s developed two YouTube channels focused on sex and drug education, totaling over five million views. After studying molecular toxicology at UC Berkeley and Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting at New York University, he produced video, radio, and print content for NOVA ScienceNOW, CNN Health, and San Francisco NPR station KQED.