Bering Support Network

Gay Shame Workshop

Ivan Carlos Zheral’dovich

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Ivan Carlos Zheral’dovich has been facilitating workshops for BSN since 2012. By trade he is a business/systems analyst; by passion, he is involved in recovery programs due to his own personal journey from shame to grace. He and his husband, Fabio, have been attending Bering since May 2010.

Gay shame is the collective life experience around the oppression, humiliation, abuse, discrimination and invalidation of our sexual identity and orientation. It’s a response to gay stigmatization. It stems from our earliest experiences where we are were ridiculed, embarrassed, threatened, discouraged, criminalized, condemned, and often abused for our sexual identity, orientation, and/or practices. For many of us, this may have begun before we understood what gay meant; and, sex was something dirty.

Later in life, our gay shame overwhelms us; we try everything in our power to avoid it. Even when those around us accept us, we are so conditioned in believing we are seriously flawed, unworthy, and unlovable, that we rage at their acceptance.

In the Gay Shame Workshop, we will explore the roots of gay shame, how we were overwhelmed and compensated for it, and lastly, what we can do to cultivate authenticity and self-acceptance – put shame in its place.

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BSN (Bering Support Network) serves the HIV and GLBT communities and their friends and families, by providing spiritual support, pastoral counseling, and peer support groups in a confidential and nurturing space.

Phone: 713-526-1017 x 206

Hawthorne Street and Mulberry Street
Houston, Texas 77006

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