What is CatalystCon?
CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. The conference mission is to reach out and stimulate attendees to create important conversations within communities and change discourse and acceptance of sexuality within society. These conversations are intended to stimulate the activist within us all and spark transformation and growth for all adults and children in one of the humanity’s most important aspects; sexuality.
Founder/Creator Dee Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, sex therapists, writers, activists, sex researchers, those in the adult industry, and anyone with a passion for creating change. Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change. This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon.
The Evolution of CatalystCon
CatalystCon was created in January 2012 by Dee Dennis while co-organizing the MOMENTUM: Making Waves in Feminism conference. MOMENTUM conference was more targeted towards a feminist audience, including having the word in the tagline, which Dee felt may limit those considering attendance. CatalystCon was created as ‘the melting pot of sexuality’ because she wanted a conference that would feel most welcoming to all.
CatalystCon was also created in response to the great demand of having a west coast version of MOMENTUM. The need to bring a sex positive conference message to both sides of the country was peaking. At the time of CatalystCon’s inception, there was no intention of doing an east/west version. It was only after the joint decision was made in the spring of 2012 to cease hosting MOMENTUM that Dee decided to bring CatalystCon to the east coast. She has gone on to expand CatalystCon by adding The CatalystCon Studio and the newly announced CatalystCon Film Series to continue inspiring exceptional conversations about sexuality.