Gloria Brame
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Brame in 2014
Gloria Glickstein Brame

(1955-08-20) August 20, 1955 (age 67)
OccupationSex therapist, writer
Known forSexologist

Gloria Brame (born August 20, 1955) is an American sexologist, writer[1] and sex therapist[2] based in Athens, Georgia. She is a member of the American College of Sexologists,[3] and clinical sexologist. Her sex therapy practice specializes in consensual BDSM,[4] sexual fetishism and sexual dysfunction.[5]

Dr. Brame is also an author, educator, and advocate for safe, sane, and consensual relating, especially among the BDSM, fetish, and LGBTQ communities.[6]


Brame earned her PhD degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2000[7] and an M.A. in English literature from Columbia University in 1978.[8]


Brame wrote several books, including:

Different Loving, published in 1993, was an evidence based re-evaluation of SM/fetish/kink as an expression of normal minds and lives, challenging the bias against safe, sane, and consensual behavior as somehow pathological or problematic.[according to whom?]

Come Hither was selected as the "official guide to kinky sex" by the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.[9]

Other titles by Brame include: Sex for Grown-Ups, Where the Boys Are, The Truth About Sex (Vols. I and II), and Different Loving Too.[10]

Brame testified against then-US Attorney General in Nitke vs Ashcroft, a major case challenging the Communications Decency Act before the Southern District of New York.[11][12]

In 2012 Brame joined the board of directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance[13] and co-hosted a web radio talk show on Spreaker.[14]

Brame has been cited as a fetish sex expert in a number of media articles,[15][16][17][18][19] and has been a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Working Woman, and other mainstream magazines. Her biography of the Marquis de Sade appears in International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015).[20]

Brame is on the board of governors for the Leather Hall of Fame.[21]

Internet presence

Brame has interacted with professional BDSM/Fetish blogs on She also hosted the Gloria Brame Show (podcast) on BlogTalkRadio and Spreaker, with focus on sexual freedoms and BDSM/LGBTQ rights.[22]


Brame has given numerous live-radio and television interviews with BBC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, FOX, PBS and foreign media. She has been cited in numerous magazines and newspapers,[23] including a 2004 profile in The Washington Post.


2002 – 2015, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.[9]

1987 – 1991, adjunct professor of English, NYU, guest lecturer in creative writing, York College (CUNY), associate professor of poetry and creative writing, Hofstra.

Awards and associations

One of the "10 Best Sex and Dating Experts," by[24]

National Leather Association International Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award (2010) for "Transformation and Transcendence in BDSM"[25][26][27]

American College of Sexologists

Bisexuality-Aware Professionals Directory Directory of Therapists Experienced in the Treatment Of Transgender Persons.[28]

Lesbian Business Community[29] MediAngels Global E-Hospital Open Relationship Resources Psychology Today Therapist Directory




Year Title Role
2002 BDSM: Alternative Loving Herself[30]
2012 What Men Really Want Interviewee Dr. Gloria Brame[31]
2014 Dr. Ted McIvenna Film Project Interviewer


  1. ^ "The Gloria Brame Show". Archived from the original on April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sex Writers Race Bannon and Gloria Brame Share Their Passions". The Advocate. August 9, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Membership Listing". American College of Sexologists. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Stuart Nichols, Jerome (April 26, 2012). "Interview with Dr. Gloria Brame". Eastern Echo. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  5. ^ "Sex Therapy On Call". The Washington Post. June 15, 2004.
  6. ^ Goldman, Norm (August 26, 2011). "A Conversation With Clinical Sexologist and Author Gloria G. Brame, PhD". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Institute of Human Sexuality Dissertation Listing". Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "About". Gloria Brame. January 4, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Gloria Brame: References and Further Reading, and a List of Books by Author Gloria Brame". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Gloria G. Brame".
  11. ^ "CDA Expert Testimony in the Barbara Nitke Case". National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  12. ^ "Nitke vs Ashcroft". Electronic Frontier Foundation. July 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  13. ^ "Woodhull Board of Directors". Woodhull. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Gloria Brame Show". Archived from the original on April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  15. ^ "Toe-squeezing incident nails S. Jersey man". Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  16. ^ "Bigger The Better! Welcome to the Fab And Fat Fetish World Of 'Gaining'". October 14, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  17. ^ "For Horny Hypebeasts, Popping an Air Max Bubble Is the Ultimate Climax". May 8, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "Fetish expert says Philly's Swiss Cheese Pervert could be dangerous". Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "Dolphin Sex: Another Person Claims to Have Had Sex with Flipper's Friend". Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  20. ^ Brame, Gloria G. (2015). "Marquis de Sade, Donatien Alphonse François (1740–1814)". The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. American Cancer Society: 721–817. doi:10.1002/9781118896877.wbiehs280. ISBN 9781118896877.
  21. ^ 🖉"> Board Of Governors - Leather Hall of Fame".[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "The Gloria Brame Show". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  23. ^ "Past Advisory Committee Members – NLA-I Domestic Violence Project". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  24. ^ "Trailer with historic photos, comments SEX FOR GROWN-UPS". Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved October 19, 2019 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ 🖉"List of winners - Living In Leather".
  26. ^ "The NLA Writing Awards (for best BDSM writing) now open for nominations". cecilia tan. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  27. ^ "List of winners". NLA International. January 28, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "Listings of Bisexuality-Aware Professionals". Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  29. ^ "Gloria Brame on Lesbian Business Community". Lesbian Business Community. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  30. ^ "BDSM: Alternative Loving". IMDb. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  31. ^ "What Men Really Want". IMDb. Retrieved April 12, 2013.