Speaker Bio

Rae McDaniel

Rae McDaniel, LCPC, CST

Gender Freedom: Play, Pleasure and Possibility beyond Trans 101
Rae McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, CST (they/them) is a Licensed Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, soon-to-be published author, and a Transgender Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, coach, educator and entrepreneur. Their specialty is helping transgender and non-binary people navigate transition, sex, gender, sexual identity and relationships with resiliency, curiosity and pleasure. Rae believes that gender freedom is an essential part of collective liberation and transformation and is here to paint a vision for how gender exploration and transition can be celebrated both individually and systemically by transgender and cisgender folks alike. Rae is the founder and CEO of Practical Audacity: Gender & Sex Therapy in Chicago, a group private therapy practice focused on the queer community. They also offer a group coaching program, GenderFck, for clients outside the state of Illinois, a one-of-a-kind, research-based online coaching community of transgender/non-binary/questioning folks who are on a mission to transition with less suffering, more ease, and (dare we even say it!) pleasure. Rae is the creator of the Gender Freedom Model (to be published in an academic journal this fall), a model for key mindsets and practical skills to support trans/non-binary folks throughout gender transition. Their credentials – both academic and professional, have led to a variety of speaking engagements and opportunities to facilitate and lead workshops on transgender equality and inclusion in corporate settings, for medical and mental health professionals, and within community groups. Rae holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. Rae graduated from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education and is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

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