Friday Night Opening


CatalystCon East will officially kick off on Friday evening! We will begin with the Opening Reception at 6:30pm Friday, where attendees will have a chance to meet and get to know each other while enjoying a bite to eat.  Then we’ll get serious with our Opening Remarks and Opening Keynote Plenary Address, which we hope will energize our attendees and start this amazing weekend off on a great note.

Are you shy? Brand new to CatalystCon? Traveling alone? Check out our Shy/Newbie Meet Up at 4:30pm. Meet other attendees and get a feel for what to expect during the weekend.

 6:30 – 8:15 CatalystCon Opening Reception

Buffet Dinner
Cash bar available

8:15 – 10:30

Opening Remarks

followed by

 CatalystCon Opening Keynote Plenary Address:

Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance

panelists Francisco Rameriz, Kristin Beck, Melanie Davis, Rachel Kramer Bussell
moderated by Lynn Comella 


Battles over sex education, reproductive rights, gay marriage, obscenity, pornography and other forms of adult entertainment and expression play a central role in our society. Sex continues to be a political and cultural issue that can both unite and divide individuals. The Opening Keynote panel at CatalystCon will tackle these issues head on as the speakers 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.

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