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Gay Male Sexuality: Challenging Heterocentric Norms to Promote Client’s Health and Identity Development

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Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Jun 29, 2022
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Modern gay men are evolving sexually. There is pressure to be part of the “hook up” culture and self-identify as tops, bottoms and versatile. However, there is growing pushback of gay men who also identify as a new term called a side—a gay man who does not enjoy nor engage in anal intercourse.

Gay men remain outspoken about their erotic desires before the romance even begins to ensure being erotically matched. They are often mislabeled as “sex addicts” and sexually compulsives. Monogamy is also a discussion regarding whether or not it is right for them. Therapists often assume they know more than they do about how gay men engage in erotic and sexual play and unfortunately impose heterocentric norms as a couple. This recording will normalize the unique ways gay men talk and play sexually.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Center for Relationship and Sexual Health

Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW, is a board-certified sexologist and the founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 38 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Joe Kort maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. He receives royalties as a published author, and he receives a speaking honorarium and book and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Joe Kort is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy, and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.


  1. Differentiate the meaning of being a top, bottom, versatile and side.
  2. Analyze the norms which exist within gay male sexuality.
  3. Create a treatment plan for prevention and intervention for STI’s, STD’s and HIV.
  4. Assess quality of relationship based on consensual monogamy and non-monogamy.


  • Tops, Bottoms, Versatile and Sides
  • How to ask the right sexual questions
  • Norms which exist within gay male sexuality
  • Nuances of various kinks and fetishes in amongst gay men
  • Treatment planning for prevention and intervention of STI’s, STD’s and HIV
  • How gay men deal with STI’s, STD’s, and HIV and how PrEP and PEP are used for prevention
  • Limitations of Research and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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