Roan Sarah Coughtry, MSW,* is a healer, educator and writer based out of Atlanta, GA. With roots originating from the rural farmlands of New York, they’ve lived in many different corners of the country and world, fostering a background in psychology, creative arts, social justice organizing, alternative healing and radical sex positivity along the way. They’ve worked with grassroots organizations nationally and internationally to advocate for gender, racial, sexual and economic justice, and they continue to raise awareness around issues of privilege and oppression through trainings, presentations and workshops.
After receiving their Bachelors in Psychology and Fine Arts Photography from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, they served as the Coordinator of Outpatient Programs at Walden Behavioral Care from 2006 to 2009. In 2011 they received their Masters in Social Work from Smith College, and a year later they co-founded the Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region, an Albany, NY-based organization aimed at supporting the empowerment and resilience of local trans and genderqueer communities. Since 2011 they have worked as a community organizer, sex educator, trainer, personal coach, and freelance writer/editor, focusing on personal, relational and collective transformation and healing. They're a regular consultant for the United Nations, where they provide expertise on issues faced by LGBTQ populations.
Roan facilitates trainings and workshops around the country on gender, sexuality, race, disability, mental health, spirituality and violence prevention. They're a regular contributor and educator at O.School, a shame-free online platform for sex and pleasure education. In 2013 they co-founded the Sexual Liberation Collective, a group of sex educators, sex workers, and sexual healers committed to providing education to communities and bringing conversations about sexual liberation into broader social justice movements. They're a lead organizer and producer of Sex Down South, a sexuality conference in Atlanta spearheaded by and centering folks of color and queer folks. They serve on the advisory board of Project AFFIRM, an organization researching transgender resilience, and they're a contributor to the annual Southern Fried Queer Pride festival in Atlanta.
In addition to their background in social work, Roan has practiced integrative energy healing for over 20 years. Certified in Reiki Level 3 (master level), they weave their experience and knowledge of somatics, mind-body healing, and personal ancestral practices into their approach to healing medicine. Roan is passionate about kindling the connection between creativity, spirituality, embodied practice and liberation, and they're most inspired when they're out in the community building bridges and facilitating conversations.
Past conferences and speaking engagements:
- Sex Down South Conference, Lead Producer and Conference Organizer, Atlanta, GA (2015-present)
- Facing Race Conference, Host Committee member, Atlanta, GA (11/16)
- Creating Change Conference, returning workshop and caucus facilitator, (2014-2017)
- Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, returning workshop facilitator, Philadelphia, PA (2016-2017)
- Georgia State University, returning invited speaker, Atlanta, GA (4/16 and 4/17)
- International Ms. Leather, workshop facilitator, San Jose, CA (4/17)
- THEA Peach State Conference, invited speaker, Atlanta, GA (11/16)
- Planned Parenthood Southeast, trainer, Atlanta, GA (9/16)
- Southern Fried Queer Pride, co-organizer and workshop facilitator, Atlanta, GA (6/16)
- Atlanta Poly Weekend, workshop facilitator, Atlanta, GA (6/16)
- Georgia State University, invited speaker, Atlanta, GA (4/16)
- CatalystCon, invited speaker, Chicago, IL (4/16)
- GSA Youth Summit, invited speaker, Atlanta, GA (2/16)
- Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, workshop facilitator, Alexandria, VA (8/14)
- Northwestern University’s Queertopia! 7.0: Queering Pride: LGBT Identities and Affects on the Global State, panel presenter, Chicago, IL (5/14)
- Unity Through Diversity, workshop facilitator, Albany, NY (2/14)
- Justice Works Conference, panel presenter and invited speaker, Albany, NY (6/13)
- Capital Region LGBTQ PRIDE, panel presenter, Albany, NY (6/13)
- Union College, invited speaker, Schenectady, NY (5/13)
- Empire Conference, presenter, Albany, NY (4/13)
- Interviewed on WGXC Hudson and WRPI Troy Radio Stations representing Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region, Albany, NY (3/13)
*Roan uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/theirs.