Feb 272013

Sexuality Conference to Host 2 Fundraisers for Sex Education & Information Site!

CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis announces two fundraising efforts to benefit sex education and information site Scarleteen.com during next month’s CatalystCon East conference in DC-adjacent Arlington, Virginia.

“As a mother myself, I know about the lack of valid sexual information available to children and teenagers,” says Dee Dennis. “Scarleteen fits perfectly with the CatalystCon message of ‘knowledge is power.’ I am thrilled to give CatalystCon attendees the opportunity to fund their important work.”

Dennis has donated two tickets to a future CatalystCon Conference to be raffled off at CatalystCon East. Tickets are $5 (or five for $20) and will be available at the registration table throughout the entire weekend of CatalystCon East. The drawing will take place during the conference’s closing remarks, although attendees need not be present to win.

The second fundraiser is a special “masquerade” art project, sponsored by Artpulp.net. For a $5 donation, each participant will be given a mask and access to art supplies to create a mask that represents an identity. This identity could represent the mask they feel necessary to wear on a daily basis, the identity they feel the need to hide, or the identity of the creative and sexual force they have within. Every mask will be an effort to open the lines of communication about sexuality and freedom. All the finished masks created will be photographed at the conference and be viewable in an exclusive gallery at Artpulp.net/masks. Each $5 mask donation will include a “coupon” to purchase one raffle ticket at the discounted price of $1.

Information about both fundraisers may be found at CatalystCon.com/fundraiser.

“We’re so grateful to Dee Dennis and the attendees of CatalystCon for their generous help in sustaining our organization,” said Heather Corinna, Executive Director of Scarleteen. “As one of the pioneering sources of sex education for young people that’s not just about risks, but also about pleasure and the larger scope of sexuality, we’re delighted to be aligned with CatalystCon and the sex-positive community in our shared aim of understanding, framing, and celebrating sexuality in a positive, affirming way.”

The CatalystCon conference was created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. Throughout the course of CatalystCon East, more than 70 speakers from around the world will present 40 sessions on a wide array of topics, including: Los Angeles’ controversial Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in adult video production; sex-positive parenting; toxic toys; a humanistic perspective on male circumcision; the impact of religion and media on sexuality and body image; sexuality from a trans perspective; how to help educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include ANEROS, Sportsheets International, The Pleasure Chest, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, The FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten. For more information on the official sponsors, visit CatalystCon.com/Sponsors-East.

CatalystCon East will take place March 15-17 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is currently open at CatalystCon.com/Register. Full weekend tickets are sold out, but a limited amount of Saturday / Sunday tickets are still available.

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