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Identity Formation, Pride and the Law with Dr. Ariana Moran and Maxx Fenning (Interview)

June 29, 2022 Effy Blue and Jacqueline Misla, Dr. Ariana Moran, Maxx Fenning Episode 121
Curious Fox
Identity Formation, Pride and the Law with Dr. Ariana Moran and Maxx Fenning (Interview)
Show Notes

As Pride month comes to an end, we were curious: What keeps us from feeling proud of our gender or orientation? How does the politicalization of our gender and orientation impact the way we feel about ourselves? How can we create spaces - within ourselves and within our homes and communities - where our identity as LGBTQ folk can be nurtured? 

In this episode, Effy and Jacqueline speak with Dr. Ariana Moran and Maxx Fenning about identity formation, internal and external producers of shame and fear about our identity, and what we can do to help ourselves and others embrace the full expression of who we are. 

Dr. Ariana Moran is a clinical psychologist and the founder and owner of Elemental Psychology PLLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work in the therapy room is focused on helping her clients align with the truest versions of themselves by healing the relationship to self and focusing on the intersections and integration of one’s multiple identities. She practices from a holistic, fundamentally nonjudgmental, feminist, and nonhierarchical framework that encourages her clients to feel empowered in their own agency. Ariana has additional specialization areas in trauma, climate anxiety/ ecotherapy, life transitions, mood disorders, and relationships.

To find more about Dr. Ariana Moran, visit

Maxx Fenning is the founder and President of PRISM FL Inc, an LGBT nonprofit based in South Florida. Through PRISM FL, Maxx works to expand access to LGBT-inclusive education and sexual health resources for youth in the community. He is a queer educator on social media who regularly posts content and hosts live classes on LGBT history, gender and sexuality, and sexual health.

To find out more about Maxx Fenning and Prism, go to @maxxfenning and @prismfl on TikTok and Instagram, and visit

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