Excerpt from The Huffington Post: (click for entire article)
Pop culture has created a view, both in the kink world and the vanilla (non-kinky) world, of partners who are perfect in every way, both mentally and physically. There are stereotypes, everyone has their own views, and then reality sets in. It doesn't matter if you're vanilla or kinky; everyone has their own uniqueness and quirks. Disabilities, both neurologically and physically, do not discriminate against one's sexual orientation or preferences.
This past November at the Transcending Boundaries Conference, held in New England annually, I had the pleasure of attending a presentation called "Growing Up Queer" by Wintersong Tashlin. With his mother, Tashlin, a presenter, shaman, magician, sex-positive educator, activist, and blogger, entertained, inspired, and informed the group of the ups and downs of growing up in an atmosphere of acceptance. I have been in the company of kinksters and GLBT friends near my own age who have a few fears: that they will run into their parents at a conference, or that their parents will find out about their private lives or vice versa. Opportunities to hear both sides of the story, what a parent goes through and what the adult child went through, are rare.