Cathy Vartuli is presenting Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality. Check out Cathy's bio here. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change? I educate and inspire people who are open to seeing the world a new way. Through TheIntimacyDojo.com and ThrivingNow.com we offer new perspectives and practical approaches to build confidence and allow more self-expression and power. Who or what was a catalyst for you? There are many sparks in everyone's lives. For me, I've had several people who believed in me and helped me find a new way of being. So many people who paved the trail we're all following.Reid Mihalko has helped me change my trajectory through life in profound ways, which is a big reason I'm his affiliate manager. I love to share the voices that inspire me and help the world find what they've been searching for. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now? A lot of people (I was one of them for decades) don't know what they don't know. They think the myths, stories and incomplete and sometimes false information they learned as children is all there is. They struggle with an incomplete puzzle and don't realize that life would be so much easier and delicious if they found the rest of the pieces...or started playing a new game. What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year? I love that more mainstream information about poly is getting out there, like Showtimes Polyamory: Married and Dating. And gay marriage being more accepted and supported. Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat?: Body Image and Sexuality, to CatalystCon East? Does This Panel Make Me Look Fat? Body Image and Sexuality is close to my heart because I was single for 14 years, thinking that I had to be slender to date. I spent so many years lonely and stuck because I bought the media's view that I was disgusting and undatable. Discovering that I let a lie control me and isolate me for so long was humbling and eye opening. I want to do whatever I can to help others find the freedom and truth- that they are absolutely acceptable and can have a beautiful life, where ever they are in their life- so they can get out there and live. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself. I can't sing at all. My cat once slapped me when I sang to him. But I still sing in the shower sometimes. 🙂 Learn more about all our amazing speakers here. Register for CatalystCon East here.