Author:Paul Gilmartin

Tracy E

Paul’s support group friend shares about being raised in a Catholic Italian-American family where attention was hard to get, how her mother’s death helped her to grow and her love addiction to men and sugar.

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Tee-Tee (Racism Down Under)

The 29 year-old Vietnamese-Australian shares about being raised by his refugee, mentally-disabled (OCD & PTSD) single mother, experiencing racism, living in inner city poverty (Melbourne) and trying to be “Vietnamese enough” for the Vietnamese community.


Ex-CHP Officer Kevin Briggs

For many years the ex-highway patrolman’s beat was the Golden Gate Bridge. He shares about the encounters he had with people who wanted to jump and how he learned to get some of them to open up and change their minds. He also shares about his PTSD, surviving cancer and struggling to be a better parent. Kevin now travels the world speaking as a suicide prevention advocate.

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Sandra (Sex Nerd) Daugherty

The podcaster (Sex Nerd Sandra) shares some of her struggles (low self-esteem, depression, perfectionism) and shares about sex topics like: swinging, orgies, role play, polyamory and giving good blow jobs.

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The books referenced were The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin

and Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas



Patti H

The 32 year-old postal employee shares about growing up with an alcoholic mom and stoner dad, her struggles with perfectionism, anxiety, co-dependency and fear of the unknown, and how altruism has helped her find peace and gratitude.

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Guy Branum

The 40 year-old writer/comedian (Chelsea Lately) and podcaster (Pop Rocket) talks about growing up gay in a small town, losing his father a few weeks ago and trying to deal with a mother who can’t accept him for who he is.

Follow Guy on Twitter @GuyBranum  Buy his album Effable  Listen to his podcast Pop Rocket.

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Laura Kightlinger

The writer/performer (The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Lucky Louie, Will & Grace) opens up about being the product of a secret affair in a small town and being raised by a single mom with no boundaries.

Visit or follow her on twitter @KingKightlinger

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