Apr 092015
 

Founder Dee Dennis Announces CatalystCon West, September 11-13, 2015

Over 350 attendees gathered in Arlington, VA March 27-29 for the CatalystCon East sexuality conference. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, the event featured 40 sessions and workshops on topics such as body image, sex and aging, racial justice in sexuality education, and sex positive parenting, as well as live podcast recordings in the CatalystCon Studio. Described by founder and organizer Dee Dennis as a “melting pot of sexuality,” CatalystCon unites sex educators, sex workers, public health professionals, writers, activists, and others with a passion for creating change.

During the CatalystCon East Opening Reception, Francisco Ramirez was presented with the Catalyst Award by Dee Dennis. “Receiving the Catalyst Award was unexpected, touching and above all, encouraging,” said Ramirez. “Many of us working in sexuality function independently, rarely receiving formal praise of any kind, and many of us are attacked for doing the work we do. To be celebrated in a room among my peers and mentors was a uniquely humbling experience.”

CatalystCon returns to the west coast September 11-13, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. Rachel Kramer Bussel will be returning with her pre-conference erotica and sex writing workshops, and CatalystCon West will also feature the return of Tristan Taormino’s sex educator boot camp.

CatalystCon West is accepting speaker submissions until June 7, 2015. The conference welcomes anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations about sexuality, activism and acceptance. To apply to speak at CatalystCon West, visit catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers.

“Interacting with participants at CatalystCon was a great reminder that we are stronger than the challenges we’ve experienced and the backlashes we’ve endured in our work,” said Ramirez. “More than ever, I feel encouraged to continue to be vulnerable and to take risks with my work. Attending CatalystCon reaffirmed my conviction to speak up around injustice—and more importantly—to continue listening to those around me.”
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CatalystCon East Book Signings

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Mar 202015
 

Red Emma’s is returning as the official CatalystCon East bookseller! They’ll be selling a selection of books on sexuality, including several titles by some of our speakers, and hosting book signings all weekend. The signings will take place in the Washington Room Exhibitor Hall.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:45am

Cooper Beckett

Rachel Kramer Bussel

Sheri Winston

 

12:15pm

Dr. Ava Cadell

Melinda Chateauvert

 

1:45pm

Barbara Carrellas

Best Sex Writing of the Year Contributors

 

4:15pm

Joan Price

 

5:45pm

New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law Contributors

Carol Queen, Ph.D., Kevin Heffernan, Ph.D., Kimberly A. Harchuck, Esq., L.LM. and Lynn Comella, Ph.D.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

10:45am

Dr. Melanie Davis

Dec 082014
 

Adam & Eve Founder Phil Harvey Heads List of Keynote Speakers for D.C. Area Sexuality Conference, March 27-29

Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces the lineup of Opening and Closing Keynote speakers for CatalystCon East, which will take place in Arlington, VA, March 27-29, 2015. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, CatalystCon features more than 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality and related issues.

CatalystCon East officially begins on Friday, March 27 with an Opening Reception, followed by the Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. The panel will include Kristin Beck, Melanie Davis, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Francisco Ramirez, and will be moderated by Lynn Comella. The panelists will address the ongoing debates over sexuality at the local, national and global levels and discuss how they’ve created their own sparks and been catalysts for change.

“There are few things in life that get me more excited than CatalystCon,” said Ramirez. “Catalyst has taught me how to be more open-minded and alive to the spectrum of experiences and realities of others, and I always leave the conference feeling reinvigorated & inspired to keep on keeping on.”

The Closing Keynote Plenary Address will take place on Sunday, March 29 and will feature Adam & Eve founder Phil Harvey. Harvey will be interviewed by Twanna Hines about his long career as an entrepreneur, First Amendment rights advocate, and philanthropist whose non-profit promotes contraception and HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

“Our closing keynote always has a focus on history and the lessons and inspiration that we can take from people who have been trailblazers in our community,” said Dee Dennis. “I’m thrilled to have Phil Harvey share the story of his work and activism with CatalystCon East attendees.”

More information on both of the Keynote Addresses may be found at catalystcon.com/sessions/keynotes.

CatalystCon East will be held March 27-29 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Registration is currently open at catalystcon.com/register. Early Bird pricing ends on December 10.

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Nov 182014
 

More than 70 Speakers Sign On for CatalystCon East Sexuality Conference This March

Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces a wide-ranging list of more than 70 speakers participating in CatalystCon East in Arlington, VA, March 27-29, 2015. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, CatalystCon will return to the east coast with over 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality and related issues.

CatalystCon East’s schedule will include sessions on sex work, nonmonogamy, adaptive sex and kink, asexuality, and body image, and panel discussions on sex toy materials, sex positive parenting, new views on pornography, pleasure and danger on campus, and public health. A complete list of sessions may be found at catalystcon.com/sessions.

Speakers include sex educators Joan Price and jessica drake; academics Lynn Comella, Ph.D. and Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D.; activists Yoseñio V. Lewis and Melinda Chateauvert; sex therapist Dr. Chris Donaghue, and author and Tantra expert Barbara Carrellas, plus sex writers, sex workers, and other experts in the field of sexuality. A complete list of speakers may be found at catalystcon.com/speakers.

“I love being part of CatalystCon because everyone is so energized about their mission, engaged in the content and ready to learn, share and create,” said Rachel Kramer Bussel, author of Sex & Cupcakes and Philadelphia City Paper sex columnist. “It’s a unique, special environment where we get to connect across sexual subcultures. CatalystCon is one of my favorite places to teach erotica and sex writing because of the high level of insight attendees have into various aspects of sexuality, often ones we don’t hear enough of in the mainstream world.” In addition to her pre-conference writing workshops, Bussel will be moderating a panel discussion on Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage.

CatalystCon East will also feature the debut of two pre-conference workshops with Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo of the Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment. On Friday, March 27, Dr. Dischavio will be teaching The Deep Yes: The Lost Art of True Receiving, worth 3 CE credits, as well as Getting Your Credentials: Options for Professional Jobs in the Sexuality Field. Getting Your Credentials will be a free workshop open to all CatalystCon East attendees.

CatalystCon East will be held March 27-29 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Registration is currently open at catalystcon.com/register. Early Bird pricing ends on December 10.

 

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Sep 292014
 

Founder Dee Dennis Announces CatalystCon East, March 27-29, 2015

Over 350 attendees gathered in Los Angeles September 11-14 for the CatalystCon West sexuality conference. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, the event featured 40 sessions and workshops on topics such as erotica, sex toy history and materials, sex work, and sex positive parenting, as well as live podcast recordings in the CatalystCon Studio. Described by founder and organizer Dee Dennis as a “melting pot of sexuality,” CatalystCon unites sex educators, sex workers, health advocates, writers, activists, and others with a passion for creating change.

“I’m excited about the success of this conference and the continued growth and evolution of CatalystCon,” said Dennis. “From the debut of the CatalystCon Film Series on Thursday night and the presence of a true catalyst like Kristin Beck and her film Lady Valor through to the emotional and inspiring reunion of Club 90 at the Closing Keynote, I believe that this weekend sparked exactly the kinds of conversations that I hoped for when I created CatalystCon.”

During the CatalystCon West Opening Reception, Joan Price was presented with the Catalyst Award by Dee Dennis. “I could not believe it when Dee announced me as the winner of the 2014 Catalyst Award ‘for inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality'”, said Price. “This extraordinary honor felt like the most valuable validation of my work to normalize, celebrate, and enrich older-age sexuality. I looked out over the audience of 300 people – many of whom are true pioneers and my role models – and I couldn’t believe that they were all standing and applauding me. Nine years ago, when I started talking out loud about senior sex, I felt like a lone voice. Now I’ve received the Catalyst award. I am honored and exhilarated.”

CatalystCon returns to the east coast March 27-29, 2015 at the Hilton Crystal City. CatalystCon East is accepting speaker submissions until November 4, 2014. The conference welcomes anyone who has something to share and the desire to spark conversations about sexuality, activism and acceptance. To apply to speak at CatalystCon East, visit catalystcon.com/call-for-speakers.

“Dee Dennis and the CatalystCon crew once again succeeded in bringing together a diverse group of sex-positive educators, activists, and academics from around the country for this one-of-a-kind conference,” said UNLV professor Lynn Comella, who spoke on the Opening Keynote Plenary as well as on panels on social media and feminist ethics and the past, present, and future of sex toys. “Highlights for me included a session on the experiences of black women in the sex industry and the closing keynote, the women of Club 90. But the best part of the weekend was seeing so many people genuinely excited to talk about sexual politics and culture, conversations that spilled into the hallways, continued over lunch, and kept people up late into the night. To me, that’s the mark of a great conference.”

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