We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Tillman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, how does your business help the community?
My name is Erin Tillman. I am a Certified Sex Educator, Certified Intimacy Coordinator for TV & Film, an Inclusive Dating Empowerment Coach, and the new Executive Director for nonprofit Sex-Positive Los Angeles. I am dedicated to empowering people to have fulfilling lives through consensual self-improvement, personal development, and boundary-setting techniques.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well I’ve actually done this before! I’ve lived in LA for 17 years and I’m an extrovert, so I’m always trying out new places through the city. Sadly a lot of things have closed because of the pandemic, so I will need to update my list of go-to places. Historically, I had a list of bars, clubs, restaurants, brunch spots, sports, karaoke, hikes, etc. There’s something for everyone in LA, so really it’s all based on who I’d be showing around. Karaoke: Boardwalk 11 & Brass Monkey. Sports Venues: Staples Center & SoFi Stadium (the new football stadium) Theme parks: Disneyland or Magic Mountain. And again, so much will have changed once things open up again. I can’t wait to rebuild my list and check out old and new faves!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, I continue to be inspired by my colleagues and friends in the fields of Sex Education and Consent Education for their determination and dedication to having the hard conversations that need to be had. On those days when you aren’t sure if you’re making an impact, I see them facilitating conversations, challenging outdated ideas, and designing new frameworks for a healthier society.
Last photo is by Photographer Joel Flora