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CatalystCon West Book Signings Schedule

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Sep 062014

Stories Books & Cafe is returning as the official CatalystCon West bookseller and will be located in the Concourse Ball Exhibitor Hall. They will also be hosting book signings throughout the weekend.

Book Signing Schedule:

Saturday, September 13th:

10:45am – Cunning Minx

4:15pm – Joan Price

Sunday, September 14th:

10:45 – Dr. Carol Queen

12:15 – L. Renair Amin Covington & Allison Moon

1:45pm – Dr. Ava Cadell, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Rebekah Weatherspoon & Shawna Kenney

*Schedule is subject to change

Urban Erotika is holding a casting call for CatalystCon West Performers

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Jul 162014

We are looking for 1-2 dynamic, eclectic performers to join us for our evening performance at CatalystCon West on Saturday, September 13, 2014

What is Urban Erotika? – Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika is a monthly performance series celebrating erotic love through poetry, spoken word, music, dance, and theatre – as expressed by New York City’s diverse cultures.  Each performance is composed with four Suites of Eros and starts with the most soft and sensual, ending with the most wild and explicit. The Infatuation Suite, Seduction Suite, Sweet Bliss, and the Raw Suite are the full spectrum of romantic and sexual love at UrbanErotika.

What kind of performer are we looking for? UrbanErotika has hosted all types of performance artists such as Puerto Rican tap dancers, Korean folk singers, West African dancers, Jewish musicians, South African singers, European poets, as well as the tri-state area’s best-known African American poets, dancers, singers, and musicians. We are seeking 1-2 CatalystCon attendees who can blend their unique art with ours.  We are exceptionally excited to combine the open and honest communications that CatalystCon performers/panelist and communities continue to embrace and the beauty of open-minded eclectic art that UrbanErotika champions.

The Specifics – Who are you? What do you do?! Are you interested in adding to our collective?  We are looking for dancers, singers, musicians, or any other unique creative to be a part of the show. Please be aware the selected artists will have between 5-10 minutes of performance time.

If interested please send a link or attachment (between 5-10 minutes) of what you do best along with all requirements, such as time, space, etc.., and any additional information to : We will respond to all inquiries. We look forward to rocking the stage with you.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, August 11, 2014.

Announcing a Special Fundraiser March 13 to Benefit The Center for Sex & Culture

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Feb 272014


Washington DC-area Sex Conference Promises “Exceptional Conversations,” Hosts CSC Benefit Evening



Two extraordinary organizations that promote sex education and lively, sophisticated discussions about sex and culture will join forces next month to entertain, inform, and raise funds. CatalystCon, North America’s most unique sexuality conference, welcomes San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture to the East Coast and hosts a benefit evening of performance and more on behalf of the West Coast nonprofit. This event is open to the public (18+), not only attendees of the conference.

The CSC benefit, “Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling,” launches the conference on March 13th. Featuring performances from renowned sex educator Ducky DooLittle and CSC founder Dr. Carol Queen and hosted by CSC co-founder Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, the event also offers an opportunity for attendees to peruse or purchase Safe Sex Bang, CSC’s first publication–a full-color catalog of the Center’s recent show of HIV/AIDS safer sex posters from the ’80s and beyond. More detail about SSB below.

Carol Queen will present an excerpt of her solo performance, “Peep Show,” about her time working as a “real live nude girl” at San Francisco’s notorious Lusty Lady theater. In it, she brings her audience backstage and into the “talk booth” of the historic peep show, which closed last year after several years as a union house and later as a worker-owned cooperative. Meet her co-workers and customers in this special, surprising, intimate and funny tour. Carol is the author of Exhibitionism for the ShyReal Live Nude Girl, and The Leather Daddy and the Femme; she has edited many other books about sex and eroticism.

Ducky Doolittle will perform her own peep show tales; while Carol held down the fort in San Francisco, at the tender age of 19 Ducky was having adventures at Show Follies on the other side of the continent. Her insights about the thousands of men she saw there–and the way the other peep show girls helped her learn the ropes and grow up–will amaze the civilians and make other former sex workers nod in recognition. Ducky is the author of Sex With The Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered and is currently the Education Coordinator for the New York Academy of Sex Education. She is also the Education Coordinator for adult retailer Tantus Inc.


What: Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling at CatalystCon — a benefit for CSC

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8pm

Where: CrystalCity Hilton – Commonwealth Ballroom

How much: Suggested $10-50 donation; no one turned away for lack of funds


Founded by sexologists Carol Queen and Robert Morgan Lawrence in 2000, the Best of the Bay- winning nonprofit Center for Sex & Culture houses a library, gallery, and archive, and hosts sex education and cultural events. Its mission is to provide judgment-free education and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.  CSC is on Facebook and tweets at @CentrSexCulture; director Carol Queen tweets at @CarolQueen.


The exhibition catalog for SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters marks the Center for Sex & Culture’s first publishing venture. Bense collected and produced safe/r sex posters aimed at members of the queer community since the mid-1980s. On December 1, 2011 –to mark the occasion of annual World AIDS Day– Bense donated to CSC his collection of 150+ unique posters. Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe/r sex activism.

SAFE SEX BANG showcases images spanning from 1982 into the 2000s, from San Francisco to New York City and internationally from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. Highlights of the exhibition and catalog include the “Play Fair!” brochure produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1982, considered “the first queer positive, safer-sex pamphlet;” six bus shelter posters produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and STOP AIDS Project that demand attention through their large-scale format; four powerful posters from the Brothers Network, a San Francisco based organization aimed at empowering and educating gay and transgender members of the African-American community; and five seductively colorful posters designed by the Australian artist David McDiarmid, examples of which are included in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. The double entendre of the SAFE SEX BANG exhibition title speaks to the means through which many of the posters impart their message of prevention: as sex-positive images of queer sexuality that have both an advertising immediacy and an informative sense of impact.

The catalog is 9 X 12 inches of full color pages with 50 illustrations, including text contributions from Dr. Carol Queen, Alex Fialho, Buzz Bense and Dorian Katz. Cost is $20.

CatalystCon West Accepting Submissions For Saturday Evening Entertainment

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May 062013

The Saturday evening entertainment at CatalystCon has been a favorite of past attendees and speakers alike! Many have asked how they can become a part of that exciting lineup… so we are thrilled to announce that we will be accepting entertainment submissions for CatalystCon West.

Those interested in sharing their talents with CatalystCon, should submit an Entertainment Proposal with the following information:

  • Name
  • Company name (if applicable)
  • Email
  • URL (if applicable)
  • Twitter/Facebook URLs (if applicable)
  • Photo(s) (300-500px wide)
  • Description of entertainment (150 word max)
  • Length (should be between 90 minutes and 2 hours)
  • Special requirements

Proposals should be sent in plain text in the body of your email (no pdfs or word docs) and should be sent to by June 10th.

Note: We do not offer compensation or cover travel. If chosen you will receive a complimentary full weekend ticket to the conference. 

CatalystCon Announces Fundraiser for Scarleteen

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Aug 272012

 Long Beach, CA CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis has chosen Scarleteen as the recipient of a fundraiser to be held during the conference weekend.  Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do.  As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do. CatalystCon will be held at the Long Beach Hilton Executive & Meeting Center in Long Beach, CA, September 14-16, 2012.   Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.   Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others means showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.”   CatalystCon attendees will not only be able to possibly win two nights at the Hilton Long Beach and two registrations to CatalystCon 2013 but will also be financially supporting Scarleteen.  Dennis on behalf of CatalystCon will match funds raised up to $500.   Dennis is excited at the opportunity to introduce Scarleteen to CatalystCon attendees and encourage them to contribute to its mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”   For more information, please contact and Go to to register today.

Pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer

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Aug 242012

CatalystCon extended the use of one of our suites for a private pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer for current and former sex workers hosted by our sex worker liaison Sabrina Morgan.

*From the Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer invite,

All current and former sex workers attending CatalystCon are invited to attend a special sex worker-only meet and greet before the conference begins.

Conference organizer Dee Dennis will introduce herself and her vision for CatalystCon as a safe space for sex workers to not only attend but also to identify as sex workers.

Come and connect with other sex workers attending Catalyst over hors d’oeuvres before joining the larger conference community!

RSVP for this event via Eventbrite.  Location will be emailed after your RSVP is approved.

Note: This event is open to current and former sex workers only. Allies are dearly beloved but should respect the private nature of this event. We’ll see you at the opening mixer!

Location will be emailed to attendees 24 hours before the meet and greet.

jessica drake Joins Sex-Ed Panel at CatalystCon

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Aug 202012

 Producer of Acclaimed ‘jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex’  DVD Series Discusses

‘Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, Into the Streets!’


Los Angeles / Long Beach, Calif. – (August 20, 2012) – Emerging sexual wellness authority and adult entertainment superstar jessica drake will participate in a panel titled “Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, into the Streets!” at the CatalystCon sexuality conference in September. In addition to Ms. drake, panel participants include such noted sex educators as Carol Queen and Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence.

The CatalystCon Sexuality, Acceptance & Activism Conference is coming to the Long Beach Hilton in Long Beach, California September 14-16. With 40 seminars and 50 speakers, this conference is a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change.

For her part, Ms. drake is eager to participate in the conference, noting, “So many people get their sex information — or should I say misinformation — from mainstream media and online entertainment. I believe a discussion of how to best disseminate sex knowledge will be helpful to people who want to teach healthy, positive sexuality.”

Regarding Ms. drake’s participation in the conference, organizer Dee Dennis enthuses, “I’m thrilled to be able to have jessica drake as a speaker at CatalystCon and especially as a part of the sex educators panel for Out of the Classroom. Many of us fight for sex education in our schools, but I also think sex education for adults is just as important. There are many different ways to do that, as shown by the panel jessica is on. She has an established fan base that makes it possible to reach people others may not. One of the major messages of CatalystCon is ‘knowledge is power’ and I feel that jessica is fulfilling that message with her series of sex-ed videos.”

Uniting a lifetime of study with a decade’s worth of experiential research, “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” is receiving excellent reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and The production “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” won the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release and “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal’ received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year.

Continuing her commitment to sexual education, Ms. drake writes a monthly column for titled “Ask jessica drake Anything.” Each month jessica answers ten questions on love, sex, and romance. The authors of the questions receive complete sets of the “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” educational DVD series. To submit questions, visit

To download a promotional image of jessica drake, visit

CatalystCon will take place September 14-16 at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California. Registration is required. For more information, visit The “Sex Education: Out of the Classroom, into the Streets!” panel with jessica drake participating is scheduled for 10:30 am on Saturday, September 15.

Media interested in attending CatalystCon may Media interested in covering jessica drake’s panel may email

About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:

Join three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake as she brings her erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. These stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. Each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” finds this captivating writer, producer, director, and host addressing a different aspect of human sexuality as she touches on topics ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each one with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience and good humor leading Gawker Media’s Fleshbot to laud her for bringing a “sexy, articulate and professional” new voice to the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while Anal was named the 2012 Specialty Release of the Year by XBIZ. For more information, or

CatalystCon Sparks Positive Discussions about Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance

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Apr 272012


Dee Dennis co-founder of the revolutionary Momentum Conference held each spring in Washington DC is now bringing her talents and determination to spark open communication about sexuality, activism and acceptance to the west coast.

CatalystCon will be making its debut at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, California September 14-16. “This conference is meant to energize, enlighten and exhilarate a positive discussion about sexuality, the current state of women’s rights, and to encourage people to take action in their local communities” says Dee Dennis founder of CatalystCon “Now more than ever we need to continue to educate ourselves and share that knowledge to help ignite change.”

CatalystCon is focused on reaching out and stimulating the activist within everyone to help transform the way our friends, neighbors, and politicians approach and discuss one of the single most important aspects of humanity. CatalystCon welcomes everyone to partake in the discussion and help to influence change in how our communities approach sexuality. “The fundamental principal of CatalystCon is that knowledge is power and sharing that knowledge is the first spark to igniting the change in conversations” says Dee Dennis “CatalystCon will bring that spark and energy to the west coast.”

CatalystCon will be accepting application for speakers until June 1st from anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations in the realms of sexuality, activism and acceptance. Individuals, therapists, educators, media specialists, bloggers, activists, women’s rights advocates, health professionals, and others are encouraged to submit an application. To find out more about becoming a speaker at CatalystCon please visit Call for Speakers page.

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