Speakers

 

CatalystCon West 2015 Speakers

Aida Manduley
Alex (formerly Sabrina) Morgan
Amy Jo Goddard
Amy Marsh, Ed.D., DHS, CH, CI, ACS
Anain Bjorkquist
Andrea Renae
Annamarie Stockwell
Anna Randall, DHS, MSW, MPH
Ashley Manta
Bethany Stevens, J.D., M.A
Buster Ross MA, CSC, CADC II, LPC
Caroline Ryan
Carol Queen
Cathy Vartuli
Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST
Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed
Conner Habib
Cunning Minx
Damon Holzum
Dixie De La Tour
Domina Elle
Eve Pell
Eve Rickert
Gaby Dunn
Gary Jacobson
Gram Ponante
Heather Parker
Hudsy Hawn
Jackie (Jack) Rednour-Bruckman
Jean Franzblau
Jenny Block
jessica drake
Jerald L. Mosley
Jessica Johnson, Ph.D.
Joani Blank, MA, MPH
John N.R. Wayne
Joshua Gonzalez, MD
Kate Loree, LMFT
Katie Mack
Dr. Kelsey Obsession
Kevin Heffernan, Ph.D
Kimberly A. Harchuck, Esq., L.LM.
Koe Creation
Kristen DiAngelo
Lillith Grey
Liz Powell, Psy.D.
Lola
Lynn Brown Rosenberg
Lynn Comella, Ph.D.
Marcia Baczynski
Maxine Doogan
Michael A. Giordano
Michael K. Bell
Michael Macfarlane (Darling)
Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D
Monique Darling
Mr. Pent
Nicole Prause, Ph.D.
Olga Perez-Stable Cox
Patti Britton, PhD
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Rebecca Hiles
Reid Mihalko
Richard Sprott PhD
Robert Dunlap, PhD
Robin Wilson-Beattie
Ryan Bowles Eagle, Ph.D
Sally Sparrow
Samantha Manewitz, LICSW
Shar Rednour
Shira Tarrant, Ph.D
Skip Chasey
Stella Harris
Steve Aleck
Steve Gustafson
Tamara Pincus, MSW, LICSW
Tristan Taormino
Vanessa Soma
William Winters
Winston Wilde
Yoseñio V. Lewis
Zyra Lee Vanity

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Adia Manduley

Aida is an award-winning bilingual powerhouse trained as a social worker, sexuality educator, and nonprofit management professional. Hailing from Puerto Rico and with firm roots in LGBTQ activism, she regularly blogs about social justice issues and has presented across North America on a variety of sexuality topics and their intersections with issues such as digital literacy and anti-racism. Aida’s currently pursuing her Master’s of Social Work at Boston University—with a focus on aging populations—and holds a B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Her primary affiliations are with the Women of Color Sexual Health Network, where she serves on the executive committee, and The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health, where she has worked since 2010 and now acts as a consultant. Past projects include sexual health and LGBTQ work at a domestic violence agency, crisis-response with victims of assault, and leadership on a number of national and regional coalitions on HIV prevention, sexuality education, and LGBTQ anti-violence.

Aida is presenting Advancing Racial Justice in Sexuality Education.

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Alex Morgan

Alex (formerly Sabrina) Morgan is a sexuality educator and facilitator as well as a sex and relationship coach. Working directly with others’ sexuality since 2004 has given Alex a deft sensitivity to the needs of those exploring new facets of their relationship to their bodies and an understanding of the power of connection in both our public and private lives. A firm believer in continuing education for all adults exploring sex, gender, and relationships, Alex presents internationally on relationships, kink, sexuality, gender, and related policy issues at venues ranging from private workshops to public organizations, Stanford to SXSW. He offers college lectures, group workshops, and in-service trainings, and has shot sex ed videos for both Kink Academy and Passionate U. Alex is available for both individual and couples coaching, and is currently developing the upcoming Guide to Inclusive Sex Education.

Alex is presenting Yes, All Genders: How to Normalize and Include Trans Bodies and Pleasure in Adult Sex Ed, To educate, not titillate: live demonstrations in adult sex ed workshops, and Opening Keynote Plenary Address. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Amy Jo Goddard

A sexual empowerment educator, speaker and author, Amy Jo Goddard earned her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has over two decades of experience in the sexuality field. Amy Jo travels to colleges, communities, and conferences teaching classes and offering keynotes about sexuality and sexual empowerment, including her TEDx talk in 2013, “Own Your Sexual Power”. She teaches her unique 9-month Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, her virtual program Woman on Fire and maintains a private practice where she coaches clients virtually and in Napa Valley and New York City. She founded SPECTRA a program where she provides mentorship programs for budding professional sexuality entrepreneurs about how to create sustainable businesses. Her second book, Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence, will be released by Penguin Random House in September, 2015 & the second edition of her first book Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men is also set for a 2015 release. You can find her online, writing about practical, real-world sexuality and evolved relationships at Amyjogoddard.com.

Amy Jo Goddard is presenting The Shame Virus: Honest Talk About Protecting Yourself and Your Clients, Students and Peers. Find her on Twitter, Twitter.

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Amy Marsh

Amy Marsh is a board certified clinical sexologist, an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor, a certified hypnotist and hypnosis instructor. She holds Doctor of Education in Human Sexuality (EdD) and Doctor of Human Sexuality (DHS) degrees from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Dr. Marsh is the founder of the Intimate Hypnosis Training Center. She serves as an online instructor at Sex Coach U and Creative Sexuality Education Corporation. As an associate professor of sexology at IASHS, Dr. Marsh designed and taught the 150-hour “Intimate Hypnosis” course. She currently teaches “Hot & Hypnotic” workshops on erotic hypnosis.

Dr. Marsh is a contributor to the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis (2014) and Rachel Pepper’s anthology, Transitions of the Heart (2012). She is published online in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, the WriteSex blog, and on WordPress. She wrote the weekly “Love’s Outer Limits” column for Carnal Nation. She has presented at several conferences. National television appearances include Good Morning America, The Tyra Banks Show, and two episodes of National Geographic Taboo.

Dr. Marsh has a private sexology and hypnotism practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently working on a how-to book about erotic hypnosis.

Dr. Amy Marsh is presenting Hot & Hypnotic – Five Ways Erotic Hypnosis Can Rock Your Sex Life. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Anain Bjorkquist

Anaín Bjorkquist is a speaker, certified sex educator, sex + wellness coach and published erotica writer. Her life’s purpose is to serve women as a companion and guide on the journey from yearning to thriving. Anaín’s mission is to help women ditch perfection for pleasure. Her writing, weekly podcast Sex Love Joy and live workshops teach women how to consciously let go, trust their intuition and embody turn on. Anaín is dedicated to bringing fierce women together because the best learning and personal growth happens within intimate groups of women sharing their experiences. She’s ready to teach you the art of Orgasmic Self Love over at anainbjorkquist.com

Anain is presenting Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage and Advancing Racial Justice in Sexuality Education. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Andrea Renae

Andrea Renae is a bi-coastal educator and coach who has been teaching about sexual health and wellness through the lens of kink, non-monogamy, and queer sexuality since 2007. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education through Widener University with research focused on the intersection of alternative sexuality and the healthcare system. Community building is incredibly important to Andrea, so she serves as the Sex Geekdom Los Angeles Emissary, Co-Facilitator for the Philadelphia Reproductive Health Happy Hour, and Social Media Coordinator for the Sexuality in Communities Oral History Project (SCOHP). Andrea’s work has been featured in The Philadelphia City Paper, The Condom Monologues, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Blog, and Xbiz.com. She blogs regularly at www.sexedventures.com.

Andrea Renae is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles. Find Andrea on Facebook and Twitter.

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Annamarie Stockwell

Annamarie is a passionate sex educator with a knowledge fetish. Sexuality has been a life-long interest, with a focus on embracing our entire sexual selves, growing as erotic beings, and creating community. She has been presenting and teaching workshops on sexuality, polyamory, and BDSM in the Portland area and around the west coast since 2006. You can learn more at her websites: www.fierce-grace.com & www.PDXKinkEvents.com.

Annamarie is presenting To educate, not titillate: live demonstrations in adult sex ed workshops. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Anna Richards

Anna Randall, MSW, MPH, DHS is one of the trio of founders of TASHRA. Anna is a clinical sexologist and sex therapist in practice in San Francisco. For over 25 years she has built, administered and enhanced the services of community based programs that support sexual health initiatives for underserved and marginalized communities. She regularly works with sexual minorities, creating and managing programs to educate, advocate and empower.

Anna is presenting Black and Blues: when Bruises become Bruised Feelings and Is Kink a Sexual Orientation? A Panel Discussion. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta is a feminist sexuality educator and writer. She published her first e-book, “A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex,” in March 2014 and her non-fiction essay, “Growing Through the Yuck of Having Herpes” was featured in the Best Sex Writing of 2015 anthology. She speaks candidly about living with herpes and has done extensive work to promote acceptance and break the stigma surrounding STIs. She is the co-host of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast. Her latest project is CannaSexual, which seeks to analyze the relationship between sex and cannabis and documenting its benefits.

Ashley Manta is presenting The Importance of Trauma Informed Sex Education, Writing, and Therapy for Survivors and Professionals and Naming, Shaming, and Victim-Blaming: Practical Safety with a Sex-Positive Spin. Find Ashley on Twitter, Facebook and Carnalcopia.

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unnamed-28Bethany Stevens, J.D., M.A is a sexologist and disability consultant. Her love for lecturing and facilitating workshops has led to invited talks internationally, particularly concerning issues related to sexual health of people with disabilities. Her work can be read on her blog cripconfessions.com along with several peer-reviewed venues, including the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine, Disability Studies Quarterly, UNICEF’s Annual Report, and the Center of Women Policy Studies. Stevens is a member of the inaugural class of Center of Excellence for Sexual Scholars program at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), working under the 16th Surgeon General of the United States Dr. David Satcher. From 2009-2013, she was a policy analyst and faculty member in the School of Public Health (SPH) at Georgia State University. She continues to promote disability justice through disability advocacy and independent scholarship. Follow and dialogue with her on Twitter.

Bethany Stevens is presenting Toys For a SexAbled Life: Fun, unique and adaptable ways to give and receive satisfying pleasure with erotic toys.

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Buster Ross

National Director of LGBTQ-Integrative Treatment Programming at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Buster is based in Springbrook, Oregon. An AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, and Licensed Professional Counselor, they work at the intersections of substance use disorders, sexuality, and mental health. LGBTQ-Integrative treatment programming is based on the philosophy that providing sexual health training to staff, and sexual health education to clients in drug and alcohol treatment, creates a supportive and healing environment for LGBTQ people and non-LGBTQ people. Buster teaches at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and trains helping professionals throughout the United States.

Buster is presenting Is your therapist (therapy) really sex positive.

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Caroline Ryan

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Caroline Ryan has always had an interest in understanding the many forms that sexuality can take, and how this has historically resulted in a need by society to categorise sex into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sexual activities, with shame and stigma heaped upon those who rebel against the idealisation of married, heterosexual reproductive sex. Identifying as a sex-positive feminist, she is fascinated with exploring the relationship between power, sex and knowledge, and how these concepts apply to the battle for control of over female sexuality that has raged since the teachings of the Catholic Church became established in the first century.
Caroline has completed a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies at Dublin City University and is currently undertaking a PhD in feminism and pornography, focusing on women working in the American porn industry. She is interested in how the subjective realities of female porn stars match up with the objective realities of their lives as discussed by both anti- and pro-porn feminists.

Caroline is presenting Pornography, Agency, and the Hypothetical Woman. Find Caroline on Twitter.

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Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a “cultural sexologist” because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple’s sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.).
Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and curating GV’s Antique Vibrator Museum.

She is also the founding director of The Center for Sex & Culture, a small non-profit sex ed and arts center, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes.

Carol is presenting Aging Kinky: What 203 years of combined kinkdom looks like, Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities (and Elsewhere), Writing Sex & Pleasure: Tackling a Comprehensive Sexuality Tome and Talking about Porn: Issues, Controversies, and Frameworks. Find Carol on Twitter.

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Cathy Vartuli

Cathy Vartuli is a sex-positive Emotional Freedom Coach who helps people transform their traumas into their greatest strengths using love, laughter and inner guidance. She uses a practical yet intuitive approach to help people connect with their own power and guidance. Cathy has a Masters in Physics from SUNY Binghamton and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and works in major semiconductor companies doing R&D.

She loves engineering but was always curious why some people suffered and struggled, and others flowed from sweet spot to better place. Since 2006, Cathy has worked with thousands of clients, and loves helping people reclaim their confidence, self-expression and inner power. She is a certified AAMET Advanced EFT Practitioner, and offers a wide range of programs and services – from audio products and programs, to group and individual coaching. Cathy specializes in coaching clients who want to transform their blocks so they can finally move into the life they’ve always wanted.

From her PSA with Buck Angel to Bawdy Storytelling, Cathy fights to normalize sex-positivity and self-expression.

Cathy is presenting Knowing Your Sex Ed Business Style So You Can Move The Needle. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Chris Donaghue

Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Licensed Clinical Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Doctoral Level trained in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Donaghue specializes in individual and couples sex and marital therapy and with sexually-related compulsive behaviors such as sexual compulsivity/sex addiction, sexual dysfunctions, and marital and couples issues. Dr. Donaghue runs sex/love addiction and healthy sexuality therapy groups. Dr. Donaghue is a nationally recognized sex & relationship expert featured in Newsweek, CNN, OWN, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Drew, and National Geographic. His book “Sex Outside The Lines” is out April 2015.

Dr. Chris Donaghue is presenting The Limits of Sex Positive, Is your therapist (therapy) really sex positive, and Opening Keynote Plenary Address. Find Dr. Donaghue on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cindy Lee Alves

Cindy Lee Alves, M.Ed is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies, where she also earned her Master’s in Education. Her research interests include sexual orientation, gender, pleasure, and intersectionality. Currently, Cindy teaches human sexuality courses at various colleges in NY and NJ, as well as guest lectures and provides workshops for adults and young people.

Cindy is presenting Advancing Racial Justice in Sexuality Education.

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Conner Habib

Conner Habib is an author, porn star, lecturer, and the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.

 

Conner is presenting The Limits of Sex Positive. Find Conner on Twitter and his blog.

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Cunning Minx

Cunning Minx is the sultry-voiced producer and host of the wildly popular Polyamory Weekly podcast, in continuous production for over 10 years. Often referred to as “the Terry Gross of polyamory,” Minx shares tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view through the podcast, her book, Eight Things I Wish I’d Known About Polyamory, speaking engagements and her new online poly courses. A kinky boobiesexual, Minx founded the show as a resource for the poly and poly-curious to form a community, share experiences and help guide each other on their journeys of poly and kinky exploration.

Cunning Minx is presenting Recognizing and Responding to Abuse in Non-traditional Relationships. Find her on Twitter.

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Damon Holzum

Damon Holzum, MSW is a Los Angeles-based therapist, educator, speaker, and author known for his sex-positive approach encompassing an honest, open, compassionate, and passionate perspectives on sex, relationships, and sexuality. Since 2006, Damon has been speaking, educating, and counseling about sex and sexuality through workshops and interactive classes specialized in the de-stigmatization of all things sexual. Damon has a BA in psychology and a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis on clinical therapy encompassing CBT, experiential and narrative therapy modalities. As a California State-certified HIV counselor and educator, Damon has been on the cutting edge of the latest theories and cultural trends concerning HIV treatments and protocols including PrEP, PEP and TasP. Creating safe, open, honest, and welcoming environments to learn about everything from sex and sexuality, to relationships and communication is paramount in Damon’s work. With writings featured in Instigator Magazine, featured in Frontiers Magazine, as well as being regularly cited by his peers, Damon is well known as a regular speaker at the Pleasure Chest, Los Angeles, The Stockroom, and at The Village at the LA-LGBT Center where his “Sex for Gay Men,” “Hardcore & Alternative Sexual Practices,” “Threesomes and Moresomes,” and “HIV Basics” classes are taught and embraced.

Damon is presenting The Importance of Trauma Informed Sex Education, Writing, and Therapy for Survivors and Professionals. Find Damon at Twitter

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Dixie De La Tour

Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour founded Bawdy Storytelling, the Original Sex + Storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars, almost 9 years ago in San Francisco as a way to encourage real connection in sex-positive communities. Bawdy is now a multi-city live storytelling event—and going National soon!—that welcomes true stories from any and all communities (LGBT, kink, polyamory, and more) because listening to just one person’s story can start you down the road to empathy and acceptance for our differences, all while acknowledging our similarities. Dixie has hosted and curated at Sexuality Conferences, Literary & Storytelling Festivals, the Bondage Awards, at Sex-positive, Kink-positive conferences all over the country, and she coaches storytelling workshops in several cities (as well as every curated storyteller who steps onstage at Bawdy). She has been lauded as “a masterful emcee, and her show is everything that works for storytelling—she creates a warm, safe space in which stories can bloom with dark hilarity, salacious textures, and moments of deep connection” by Mike Daisey.

Dixie is presenting Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage. Find her on Twitter, Twitter and Facebook.

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Domina Elle

Domina Elle is an enthusiastic sex-positive Dominatrix and sex worker rights activist. Elle is passionate about the decriminalization of consensual sex work and the expanding of sexual privacy rights in behalf of all adults. She enjoys facilitating BDSM play, and works out of what she describes as her FUNgeon in Colorado. She is active in advocating for the rights of erotic service providers as a board member of ESPLERP and hopes to help establish a legal case in Colorado challenging the constitutionality of prostitution law.

Domina Elle is presenting Litigate to Emancipate: ESPLERP’s Constitutional Challenge to California’s Prostitution Law. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Eve Pell

An award-winning print reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting from 1988 to 1994, Eve Pell also served as reporter for three PBS documentaries. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Ms., The Nation, Runners World, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. Her books include The Big Chill about the Reagan administration; Maximum Security: Letters from Prison; We Used to Own the Bronx: Memoirs of a Former Debutante, and Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance. Katie Couric interviewed Eve about her New York Times essay; that video is available.

Along the way, she has been a teacher and private investigator. Taking up running in her 40s, she became a world-class competitor in the senior ranks; at 70, she won her age group in the 1500 meters at the World Masters Games in Italy. Pell Grants are named for her cousin, the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

Eve is presenting SEX AND LOVE AFTER 50 — Rewriting the Rules. Find her on Facebook.

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Eve Rickert

Eve Rickert is a professional writer, editor and mastermind, and the co-author of the the new book More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory. Until taking time off from life to write the book and go on a book tour, she co-organized a group for poly women in Vancouver, Canada, and she blogs at the More Than Two website. She owns a science communications firm in Vancouver, Canada, called Talk Science to Me, and she is the co-founder of the publishing company Thorntree Press and the smart sex toy R&D company Tacit Pleasures.

Eve Rickert is presenting Recognizing and Responding to Abuse in Non-traditional Relationships. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Gaby Dunn

Gaby Dunn is a writer, comedian, and YouTuber living in Los Angeles. She’s often the token poly bi feminist slut.

 

Gaby is presenting Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Gary Jacobson

Gary Jacobson has been living a lifestyle that we once called “Responsible Non-Monogamy” since 1982. I have had multiple open and intimate partnerships for most of my adult life. When my Daughter was born in 1990 we determined to raise her with the understanding that she was free to love in any way she chose. As her parents we were careful to bring honorable and caring people into our lives that would love and respect our entire family, and as a result our daughter has had a number of loving adult role models, an extended family of “Parents”, in her life. When she just couldn’t *stand* ol’ Mom-n-Dad anymore, there were always adults that loved her and were there for her. As the years have passed so our relationships have changed, but I am still in regular contact with Koe’s mom as well as many of those that had close influence in our family over the years. Living as a Poly-family has brought to our modern Urban lives something of the lives of the Village, with it’s weaving of lives and the social, personal and familial resilience and stability that brings. I have been an activist in the Polyamory community since Koe encouraged me to come with her to a Marriage Equality march in 2004. Koe and I appeared as guests representing Polyamorous lifestyles on the Montel Williams Show (2005) and Tyra Banks Show (2006), and I was a co-panelist with my long term, long distance Poly partner Dawn Davidson, speaking on Long Distance Poly at the 2011 Loving More Conference.

Gary is presenting Generations of Poly.

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Gram Ponante

Gram Ponante knew next to nothing about fisting and gangbangs when he became editor of the adult industry’s biggest news site, AVN.com, in 2002, but he knew how to spell, and that’s something you can’t teach. Since then, as America’s Beloved Porn Journalist and editor of Porn Valley Observed, he has shed light on an unjustly-dismissed industry, helping to strike a balance between a community that takes itself too seriously and an outside world that doesn’t take it seriously enough.

Gram Ponante is presenting Covering Porn: The Life of An American Porn Journalist. Find Gram on Twitter.

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Heather Parker

Heather Parker is a pro-choice human rights advocate/attorney, focused on issues related to violence against women, sex worker rights, health care, reproductive justice, and poverty. She started her blog in 2012 to chronicle her thoughts on these issues, though you’re more likely now to find her on Twitter. She has helped to draft legislation to change stalking laws in the state of Virginia to reflect the realities that survivors of cyberstalking and cyberharassment face, and has testified before the state’s congressional committees on her case and the need for legislative change. She currently works for a state-based ACA exchange, and is a board member for HIPS DC. She enjoys horror films; reading; and wine and cheese tastings.

Heather is presenting Online Harassment: It Happened To Us, How We Dealt With It, and How You Can, Too. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Hudsy Hawn

Hudsy Hawn is an internationally well-known Domme & BDSM Educator who recently appeared in the Buzzfeed video, “The Try Guys TRY BDSM.” She has also been featured on Playboy Radio, The Jason Ellis Show, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews, the E! Entertainment TV Specials “The Real 50 Shades of Grey” and “Secret Societies of Hollywood,” A & E’s “Storage Wars” and “Poison Passions: The Vicki Morgan Story.” Hudsy Hawn is also an AVN Winner for Her Vocal and Screen Performance of Best Song “Shedonistic Society,” from the award winning fetish film, “Rubber Bordello.” Miss Hawn is the ON-Camera personality and Head Mistress in charge of education and special event booking at Stockroom University, located at The Stockroom Headquarters in Silverlake, California. Miss Hawn can be seen on red carpets and adult conventions everywhere asking her famous question, “What’s your favorite kink?” ™ Miss Hawn speaks all over the world as well as occasionally co-hosting fetish/BDSM scenes at Boardners/Bar Sinister in Hollywood. She also coaches couples and takes private sessions at The Dominion Dungeon in Los Angeles.

Hudsy is presenting Social Media Best Practices for Sex Positive Educators. Find Hudsy at Twitter and Facebook

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Jackie StranoJackie (Jack) Rednour-Bruckman (Jackie Strano) is the Executive Vice President of Good Vibrations the feminist sex positive retailer founded in 1977 and the Executive Producer of Good Vibrations’ digital content channel. An award winning adult filmmaker and feminist pornographer, she has created best-selling, critically acclaimed and culturally influential titles with her partner Shar Rednour including Hard Love & How to Fuck In High Heels and the pop culture phenom, Bend Over Boyfriend. Featured on HBO, Channel 4 UK, documentaries including <em (USA), San Francisco: Sex and the City (USA), The Truth About Lesbian Sex (UK), Pornocopia: Down in the Valley (USA), and several publications including Playboy, Playgirl, Cosmopolitan, Salon.com, and Village Voice. Rednour-Bruckman has lectured at universities and international film festivals. Besides being a 23 year sex industry veteran, she has also directed operations for Amazon and Ask.com. As performer, Jackie Strano she has also toured the country as a musician and writer with original music featured in mainstream and alternative movies and has played on stages from CBGB’s to the Fillmore as well as made her dyke porn star debut at age 35 yo in 2000. Jackie and Shar’s production company, S.I.R. Productions (Sex, Indulgence, & RocknRoll) was the first and only queer owned and indie women owned feature to win an AVN award in 2001. They helped usher in the queer porn revolution, at the time the industry called it ‘nueva porn’ (AVN Magazine, Adam’s Film World). Jackie & Shar live in the Bay Area with their 3 children, motherinlaw, dogs, cat, and chickens.

Jackie is presenting New Views on Pornography: A Roundtable Discussion. Find Jackie on Twitter.

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Jean Franzblau

After years of tolerating a lackluster sex life, Jean Franzblau shook off her cultural baggage and gave herself permission to follow a path of sexual curiosity and adventure. With her background as a writer and performing artist, Franzblau created the solo show “Coming Out Kinky – A Grown Up Comedy” which she performs in cities across the country to spark authentic conversations about sexuality.

Jean graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA and has 18 years experience with the 12-step model of recovery. She has guided individuals and groups through life changing transformative programs, workshops and one-on-one mentoring. Jean has also worked internationally with companies as a seminar leader and with corporate executives – as a coach – to inspire people to reach their highest potential. Jean provides workshops and coaching on kink, women’s empowerment and sexual esteem.

Jean Franzblau is presenting Sexual Esteem: Five Ways To Claim It, Build It and Celebrate It. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or on her YouTube Channel.

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Jenny Block

Jenny Block, is a frequent contributor to a number of high-profile publications from Huffington Post to Playboy, and is the author of “O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm” and “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (2008 Lambda Literary Award). She appears regularly on HuffPo Live, and the HuffPo Sex and Love Podcast. She holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years.
Her work appears in and on huffingtonpost.com, Playboy.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, ellegirl.com, and many more.
She is often called on as an expert on sex and women’s sexuality for yourtango.com, bustle.com, Woman’s Day Magazine, sheknows.com, and many others.
Jenny has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs, including Nightline, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Good Morning Texas, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, foxnews.com (online video), Playboy Radio, The Alan Colmes Show, The Young Turks, and BBC Radio.
“Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” was written up and/or reviewed both nationally and internationally.

Jenny is presenting O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm, and Opening Keynote Plenary Address. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jerald Mosley

Jerald Mosley is a California attorney with 31 years’ experience as a litigator. For the last 18 years, I litigated employment and civil rights issues, first as a deputy then as a supervisor, for the Office of the California Attorney General. I retired in August last year and since then have devoted my time to research and writing on the constitutional right of privacy, especially as it pertains to sex work. Before law school at UCLA, I studied philosophy at UC Davis where I graduated with a PhD. I published a few articles in philosophy journals, and then moved on to law school. I’ve lived all my professional life in California, but I spent eight years of my youth in Mexico and Colombia where my parents ran American elementary and high schools. I have enjoyed the life-long benefit of that early multi-cultural and multi-linguistic influence in my life. Today, my interests are in the legal recognition of a different form of diversity–diversity in sexual life style and work.

Jerald is presenting Litigate to Emancipate: ESPLERP’s Constitutional Challenge to California’s Prostitution Law

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jessica drake

Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication.

jessica is presenting Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities (and Elsewhere). Find her on Twitter.

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Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson received her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington and is currently a Lecturer in the Departments of Anthropology; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; and Comparative Religion. Her article, “The Citizen-Soldier: Masculinity, War, and Sacrifice at an Emerging Church in Seattle, Washington,” won the Political and Legal Anthropology Association Student Paper Award in 2009 and was published in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Vol. 33, No. 2). Jessica’s book manuscript based on eight years of ethnographic research on the politics of gender and sexuality at Mars Hill Church is entitled, Biblical Porn: The Affective Labor of Popularizing Evangelical Culture.

Jessica is presenting Talking about Porn: Issues, Controversies, and Frameworks.

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Joani Blank

Joani Blank, MA, MPH, has worked in the field of sexuality for more than 40 years as an educator, writer, counselor, and entrepreneur. She founded Down There Press in 1975, and opened Good Vibrations, San Francisco’s legendary vibrator shop, in 1977. She’s written or edited nine books, including A Kid’s First Book About Sex, Good Vibrations: The Complete Guide to Vibrators, Femalia, and Still Doing It: Men and Women Over Sixty Write About Their Sexuality. She trained and worked at the Sex Counseling Unit at the University of California San Francisco in the early 1970s, and was also part of the first volunteer training group at San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI). She served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and has facilitated dozens of workshops on sexuality.

Joani is presenting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Joani Blank.

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John N.R. Wayne is a (pseudonymous) business ethics consultant and academic with an interest in the ethics of non-traditional sexualities. With an undergraduate degree in philosophy, master’s degree in religion from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.Sc. in ethics, John is currently is ABD in pursuit of his doctorate in business ethics. He has presented extensively (under his real name) at business ethics conferences throughout the US and internationally. He and wife have been members of the sex positive and ethically non-monogamous communities in Southern California for several years.

John is presenting Putting the ‘Ethics’ into ‘Ethical Non-Monogamy

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Dr. Joshua Gonzalez is fellowship-trained in Sexual Medicine and specializes in the management of male and female sexual dysfunctions.  These include issues surrounding sexual arousal, orgasm, libido/desire, sexual pain, penile curvature, and erectile function.  Dr. Gonzalez also treats a variety of common urological conditions including genitourinary cancers, benign prostatic disease, voiding dysfunction, and male infertility.  Throughout his career, Dr. Gonzalez has focused on advocating for sexual health and providing better healthcare to the LGBT community.

Joshua is presenting Sexual Medicine: A State-of-the-Art Update on the Medical Management of Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction. Find him on Twitter.

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Kate Loree

Kate Loree, LMFT, ATR, MBA is a sex positive licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in kink, poly, swing/lifestyle, and sex worker communities. She has been practicing for over twelve years and is a speaker and educator. She has been featured in polyamory and BDSM Buzzfeed educational videos, has frequently been a guest on Playboy Radio and The Sex Nerd Sandra Podcast, and has written for Good Vibrations and Hollywood Magazine. Privately, she has been connected to polyamorous, swing and kink communities since 2003 and understands the hurdles, massive emotional growth, and amazing joy these worlds can provide. Her private practice resides in Encino, CA. For more information, please visit her on the web at KateLoree.com.

Kate is presenting Social Media Best Practices for Sex Positive Educators. Find Kate on Twitter and Facebook.

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Katie Mack

Katie Mack is a writer, sex toy reviewer, and compulsive thinker with a background in psychology, addictions, and group therapy. On her own journey of emotional growth and self-love, she is passionate about connecting with others along the way. Katie chronicles her thoughts and experiences on her blog, Undercover Outsider, and is the co-host of sex and relationship podcast Carnalcopia. Tune in to hear more about her views on sex, dating, donuts, and more!

Katie Mack is presenting Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities (and Elsewhere). Find Katie on Twitter, and Facebook.

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Dr. Kelsey just wanted to understand her sexuality, a desire that led to an unexpected adventure resulting in a Ph.D and a 6-year career in fetish porn. As a graduate student studying sexuality, she realized one can only read so much about sex – real learning takes place in doing! Through her website, KelseyObsession.net, Kelsey combines her dirty mind with members’ fantasies to fetishize most every part of the female body and its functions – from sweaty stinky feet to flatulent fannies to pink slobbery mouths. On her blog KelseyEducation.com, Kelsey shares everything she’s learned about having really good sex and a happy relationship, whether the sex you want is totally “normal” or kinky and weird. In 2014, Kelsey received her Ph.D in Sociology with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kelsey is presenting What Do Men Really Want? A “Sex Object” Speaks. You can find Dr. Kelsey on Twitter, and at YouTube. She also loves fat cats, dark chocolate and cheese.

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Kevin Heffernan

Kevin Heffernan, PhD teaches media culture and history in the Division of Film and Media Arts at Southern Methodist University. Divine Trash, a documentary on the early career of John Waters on which Heffer­nan served as associate producer and co-screenwriter, won the Film­makers’ Trophy in Documentary at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. He is the author of Ghouls, Gimmicks and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1952–1968 from Duke University Press and co-author, with Frances Milstead and Steve Yeager, of My Son Divine from Alyson Publications. He is writing a book-length history of American moving-image pornography from 1994 to the present tentatively titled Channels of Pleasure and another book tentatively titled From Beavis and Butt Head to Tea Party Nation: Dumb White Guy Politics and Culture in America.

Kevin is presenting New Views on Pornography: A Roundtable Discussion.

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Kimberly Harchuck

Kimberly A. Harchuck, Esq., L.LM is a Senior Associate Attorney with Walters Law Group in Metro-Orlando, Florida. She focuses her First Amendment practice on Internet law and intellectual property matters, such as website terms of use, trademark and copyright protection, development contracts, e-commerce regulatory compliance, web-based advertising and affiliate programs, licensing agreements, data security, and online privacy liability. Ms. Harchuck regularly counsels clients involved in the adult entertainment industry. She is a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, acts as Legal Counsel for Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, and volunteers as an advisor to Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando. Ms. Harchuck has authored several publications and lectured on various topics addressing website operations, free speech issues and cyber law policy, and is a regular co-blogger for the adult industry’s XBIZ.com.

Kimberly is presenting Talking about Porn: Issues, Controversies, and Frameworks. Find Kimberly on Twitter.

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Lola

Koe Creation is a healthy, second generation ‘Polykid’. Koe can currently be found participating as an active part of sex positive professionalism in the San Francisco Bay area. Balancing their clients, business, partners, poly family, wanderlust and growing list of hobbies. Koe is available for public speaking, media and personal consult.

Koe is presenting Generations of Poly. Find Koe on Twitter and Facebook.

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Kristen DiAngelo is a community organizer, courtesan, political activist, a harlot and a whore. Residing in Northern California, Kristen has worked in the sex trade since the mid 70’s and as a result of the sex industry has flourished. Currently, Kristen works as a political activist, co-founder of SWOP Sacramento, and as an expert witness. Ms. DiAngelo is the Executive Producer, Producer, and writer for the award-winning documentary American Courtesans. American Courtesans, has screened in 7 countries and is currently carried in numerous libraries across the US and Canada. Winner of two “Best Documentary” Awards, one “Audience Choice” Award, one “Award of Excellence” and Recipient of a Human Rights and Civil Rights Award out of Jakarta, Indonesia, Kristen has spoken around the world about the plights of sex workers under prohibition in the United States. Kristen’s sex trade experience spans the streets, the massage parlors, the brothels of Nevada, owning a service and working the internet. Pimped repeatedly- but now independent for more years than not- she’s drawn strength from adversity, transforming from a victim of poverty and exploitation to a warrior for the rights of those who are marginalized and those who chose to work in the sex trade.

Kristen is presenting American Courtesans. Find Kristen on Twitter.

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Lillith Grey

As an educator, activist, and artist, most of Lillith Grey’s time is divided between teaching, studying, and sewing sequins. She is a burlesque dancer, event producer, artist, and pianist, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in psychology. Lillith is the Headmistress of the Academy of Queerlesque, and she is the founder and producer of Panty Raid and the Tuesday Tease, (Queer variety shows), and Dirty Panties, a Queer erotica reading series. In addition to her performance and production work, Lillith presents educational workshops on a variety of topics at events and conferences across the country, including sexuality, personality, sign language, relationships, and multicultural & diversity issues. She has taught at the university level, including courses in women’s studies, psychology, social work, and American Sign Language, and is currently completing her doctoral internship in Miami. She held the title of Gulf Coast Leather Woman 2008 and was honored as Woman of the Year in 2010 by the National Leather Association – International, and continues to be involved in various service and community projects. Currently, she is the Director of Ceremonies for South Plains Leatherfest and the International Master/slave contest, and is “Mama’s Talented Fingers.”

Lillith is presenting The Revolution Will Not Be Comfortable: Radical Self-Care for Social Justice Warriors. Find Lillith on Twitter and Facebook.

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Liz Powell

Liz Powell, Psy.D., is a psychologist with a passion for working with LGBTQ, Kink/BDSM, and Poly/Open-Relationship communities. Dr. Powell works with these communities through her private practice, Sex-Positive Psych, and can currently see clients in Georgia and Arizona. Liz also blogs about issues in these communities through her website, sexpositivepsych.com and presents regular talks about sex and relationship issues in the Savannah, GA area. Liz brings a sense of humor mixed with professional knowledge to otherwise serious topics and helps people think in new ways about their choices.

Liz is presenting Naming, Shaming, And Victim-Blaming: Practical Safety with a Sex-Positive Spin. Find Liz on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lola

Lola is a naughty storyteller, sex encourager, sex toy peddler, and the creator and host of the live sex-positive Q&A go-go show and podcast Sex Ed A Go-Go. During the last five years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and polyamorous lifestyles with the masses. Lola has presented at Catalyst Con East and during sex week at Baruch College. She is also co-emissary of Sex Geekdom NY. When she’s not out and about being fabulous and spreading the sex positive gospel you can find her behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn where she runs the workshop program.

Lola is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles. Find Lola on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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Lynn Rosenberg

The author of My Sexual Awakening at 70, Lynn Brown Rosenberg writes poetry, songs, books, and screenplays; two of which have been optioned for feature films. Salon.com recently published an excerpt from Lynn’s memoir, HuffPost LIVE interviewed her, and The Sunday Times of London has commissioned an essay. She spoke about sexual awakening to enthusiastic audience at the Sexual Health Expo, both in Los Angeles and Scottsdale. For writing her short film, Solo, Lynn was recognized with a Golden Eagle Award.

Lynn is presenting SEX AND LOVE AFTER 50 — Rewriting the Rules. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lynn Comella

Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she teaches courses on gender, sexuality, media, and popular culture. Her current research examines the adult entertainment industry, with a focus on the history of the women’s market for sex toys and pornography. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, The Feminist Porn Book, Sex for Sale, New Sociologies of Sex Work, and Feminist Media Studies, among other venues. She serves on the editorial board for the journal Porn Studies, and writes a regular column on sexuality and culture for Vegas Seven magazine. She is co-editor (with Shira Tarrant) of the book New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.

Lynn is presenting New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Find Lynn on Twitter.

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Marcia Baczynski

Marcia Baczynski is a sex educator and communication coach who works to provide people with practical tools to create extraordinary relationships. Her primary mission is to help people overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path.

Marcia works with a select group of clients each year, teaches workshops, and leads courses throughout North America. She is the co-founder of Cuddle Party (a workshop/social event about communication, touch and affection), the creator of the Good Girl Recovery Program (a program to help women to break out of the roles that keep them small and unsatisfied and find their true voice) and creator of the Open Road Map (a course for couples exploring consensual, ethical non-monogamy). Her flagship program The Big Feast is a 9-month course in practicing crystal clear communication, exquisite boundaries, deep desire and authentic sexuality.

In over 12 years in the sexuality field, Marcia has presented at Netroots Nation, CatalystCon, Dark Odyssey, and PolyLiving (among others) and has been featured in People magazine, The Montel Williams Show, and over 100 other media appearances. You can find her online at www.AskingForWhatYouWant.com.

Marcia Baczynski is presenting The Shame Virus: Honest Talk About Protecting Yourself and Your Clients, Students and Peers. Find her on Twitter.

 

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Maxine Doogan

Maxine Doogan has worked in the sex industry for a number of years, and is the founder and director of the non-profit Erotic Service Providers’ Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP). She played a critical role advocating for the passage of ballot propositions which would have decriminalized prostitution in the Bay Area, and also developed a union for sex workers (ESPU). Doogan was the named opponent to California Proposition 35, which problematically expanded the state’s definition of human trafficking.

Maxine is presenting Litigate to Emancipate: ESPLERP’s Constitutional Challenge to California’s Prostitution Law. Find Maxine on Twitter and Facebook.

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Michael Giordano

Based in Washington, DC, Mike Giordano, LICSW has been a social worker since 1999 and a psychotherapist in private practice since 2007. Identifying as a kink and poly aware therapist, his specialties include gender identity, sex therapy, relationships, trauma, and LGB folk. Mike enjoys mixing his clinical work with his activist-bent, focusing on helping the mental health profession be more open to and informed of the wide range of expressions in sexuality and gender identity. When not working, Mike enjoys yoga, parenting his child, and learning new things. He can also be found at a leather event every now and then.

Michael Giordano is presenting Why Can’t I Go to a Sex Party?: Ethical Dilemmas for Professionals. Find Michael on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Michael K. Bell

Hosts of Playboy Radio’s SWING with Holli & Michael, the couple shares their experiences and gives advice to millions of listeners every week. They are the go-to experts for couples, single men and single women looking to experience a happier healthier sexier modern day relationship. During his award winning seminars, Michael Bell discusses alternative sexual lifestyles, what it means to be Sex Positive as well as what it’s like to be voyeurs, exhibitionists, soft swap or full swap. Michael conducts seminars on multiple topics around the world and people from all walks of life come to listen out of curiousity, interest and because some have decided to “dip their toes into the Swinging pool”. As Michael shares on his award winning Playboy Radio show, alternative sexual lifestyles are available to anyone however not right for everyone.

Michael is presenting Swinging 101 and Beyond. Find Michael on Twitter and Facebook.

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Michael Macfarlane

Michael Macfarlane (Darling) Having attended Cuddle Parties and Tantra Events since I turned 17, and have helped my mom, Monique Darling, behind the scenes of her workshops, and going through a family transition from very religious, Mormon, to much more liberal, Tantra, Sex Positive, and Open Relationships, I have a unique perspective from both sides of the equation. The mainstream and what I thought was My mom’s weird world, that is slowly beginning to be my world as well.

Michael is presenting Generations of Poly.

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Mireille Miller-Young

Mireille Miller-Young is an Associate Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. She researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in US history, popular culture, and the sex industries. Her recently released book, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography, examines the rich history behind African American women’s participation in pornography. Dr. Miller-Young has published in numerous anthologies, academic journals, and newspapers, including Feminist Theory, The New York Times, Colorlines, Ms., and $pread, a sex worker-produced magazine, and has been a featured guest on NPR, HuffPost Live, Sex Out Loud Radio, and Canada’s SexTV. With Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, and Tristan Taormino, she is an editor of The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology (2014).

Mireille is presenting New Views on Pornography: A Roundtable Discussion and Opening Keynote Plenary Address.

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Monique Darling

Monique Darling, workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 800 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com.

Monique is presenting Generations of Poly and Yes, All Genders: How to Normalize and Include Trans Bodies and Pleasure in Adult Sex Ed. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.

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Mr. Pent

Mr. Pent has a thirst for knowledge and enjoys sharing it with anyone interested. He is on a mission to bring together the various non-monogamous, kinky, and queer communities to overthrow the sexual status quo. A penetration tester by day AND night, this kinkster can usually be found hanging out with a partner in a dungeon, moderating personals on Reddit, or enjoying city life. An organizer of Sex Geekdom Chicago, gamer, and total sci-fi nerd, he is no stranger to falling into geeky conversations ad nauseum. This outgoing introvert is trying to help sexy geeks everywhere speak more freely.

Mr. Pent is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles. Find Mr. Pent on Twitter.

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Nicole Prause

Nicole Prause obtained her PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington with joint supervision from The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in 2007. Her concentrations were in neuroscience and statistics. She completed her APA/APPIC clinical internship at the Boston Consortium. Her clinical rotations were in neuropsychological assessment and behavioral medicine; her research fellowship was at Harvard University in couple’s alcoholism treatment with Timothy O’Farrell. She was promoted to Associate Scientist at UCLA in 2014. Prause currently holds positions as the founder of Liberos LLC, a company in the UCLA startup program, and Data Scientist in Los Angeles. Her research established for the first time a connection between brain responses to sexual images and real-life sexual behaviors, the ability of brain stimulation to alter sex drive, and debunked myths surrounding “sex addiction”.

Nicole is presenting Talking about Porn: Issues, Controversies, and Frameworks. Find Nicole on Twitter.

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Olga Perez Stable-Cox

Olga has been involved in community education, service, and leadership since she entered the BDSM community. She was actively involved in LARAWW leadership for many years. She was co-chair of Leather Leadership Conference VI and a Threshold officer. She has enjoyed presenting for many groups and at numerous events around the country: Black Rose, Kinkfest, Dark Odyssey, Leatherfest X, LLC, Wicked Womyn, Pacific Friction, South Plains Leather, Thunder in the Mountains, Beyond Leather, IMsL, Southwest Leather, Twisted in Tulsa, OCLA’s Sampler, Dom Con, and DESIRE.Olga currently co-coordinates the 3rd annual BDSM workshop series for the Long Beach Gay/Lesbian Center, and received the 2014 Southwest Leather Conference Leather Woman Heart Award. In her professional life Olga is a sexologist and psychotherapist. She has taught thousands of students and has worked with many vanilla and kinky clients in the past 40 years.

Olga is presenting Aging Kinky: What 203 years of combined kinkdom looks like.

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Dr. Patti Britton

Dr. Patti Britton is a nationally board-certified clinical sexologist, pioneering sex coach and author. Dr. Patti conducts live professional trainings, appears at consumer events, participates in national magazine/news interviews, speaks on major radio shows, and appears on-camera for television, documentaries, Webcasts and 40+ instructional DVD programs for couples’ sensual enhancement. She is an expert at Your Tango, and a popular guest at sexuality summits. Dr. Patti is the very top leadership in the field of sexology: Dr. Britton possesses a Ph.D. and Masters in Public Health in Human Sexuality. She has stellar credentials including Past-President of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT); Clinical Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists; Diplomate, American Board of Sexology; AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator/Consultant; Member of the American College of Sexologists; Member of the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality; Interim Academic Dean for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; and is Adjunct Faculty where she chairs doctoral dissertations at prestigious grad schools. She has a private practice in Los Angeles and globally via Skype and phone. Dr. Patti believes that women and men have a divine birthright to experience their sexual power, eroticism and ultimate pleasure.

Dr. Britton is presenting Success 101: The Three Top Strategies for Success as a Sex Expert and What You Need to Know. Find Dr. Britton on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rachel Kramer Bussel

Rachel Kramer Bussel is the author of the personal essay collection Sex & Cupcakes and writes the Let’s Get It On sex column for Philadelphia City Paper. She has edited over fifty books of erotica, including Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica; The Big Book of Orgasms; The Big Book of Submission; Hungry for More; Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples; Flying High; Lust in Latex; Baby Got Back: Anal Erotica; Gotta Have It; Orgasmic; Cheeky Spanking Stories; Bottoms Up; Spanked; Fast Girls; Do Not Disturb; Tasting Him; Tasting Her; Please, Sir; Please, Ma’am; He’s on Top; She’s on Top; Crossdressing, and is Best Bondage Erotica series editor. Her anthologies have won eight IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards, and Surrender won the National Leather Association Samois Anthology Award. Her work has been published in over one hundred anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. Rachel writes widely about sex, dating, books and pop culture. Her work has been published in Bust, The Daily Beast, Elle.com, TheFrisky.com, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Penthouse, Salon, Slate, Time.com and The Village Voice. She does readings, teaches erotic writing workshops across the country and blogs at lustylady.blogspot.com.

Rachel is presenting Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage, and Writing Workshops with Rachel Kramer Bussel. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rebecca Hiles

Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy (www.friskyfairy.com). She is a writer who addresses issues of polyamory, cancer, sex education, and sex toys. She is a regular contributor to Sexpert.com, and has contributed to xoJane.com discussing her life as a polyamorous cancer patient, among other things. She is a member of the Poly Leadership Network, and is certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. She is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University. She has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE 2014 Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and will be speaking at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and InfinityCon. ​

Rebecca is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles and Naming, Shaming, And Victim-Blaming: Practical Safety with a Sex-Positive Spin. Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.

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America’s favorite sex geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com and Relationship10x.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor and knowledge.

Reid is also creator and founder of Sex Geek Summer Camp and Sex Geek School for Gifted Sex Geeks which help sex educators reach more people and make a better living as sexperts.

Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 50,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah’s Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil’s The Doctors on CBS, Bravo’s Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.

Reid is presenting Knowing Your Sex Ed Business Style So You Can Move The Needle. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Richard Sprott, PhD is one of the trio of founders of TASHRA. Richard is a PhD developmental psychologist and professor whose research focuses on the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between counselors/therapists/healthcare professionals and members of stigmatized communities. He teaches for the UC system as well as various Bay Area universities. Is the one of the founders of the Leatherman’s Discussion Group LDG in San Francisco as well as Richard is also a founding member of CARAS – the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.

Dr Sprott is presenting Black and Blues: when Bruises become Bruised Feelings and Is Kink a Sexual Orientation? A Panel Discussion. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dr. Robert Dunlap

SEX COACH U Co-Founder// Dr. Dunlap is a seasoned media expert, with appearances in over 400 commercials, and in print, film and television. His directorial career spans over 45 films including an Emmy Citation and Directors’ Fortnight Award at Cannes for his groundbreaking film “Anton”. He is the award-winning documentary filmmaker of “Beyond Vanilla” and “Xaviera Hollander: The Happy Hooker, Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary.” Dr. Robert brings years of media expertise, training acumen and a keen knowledge of sexology as a sexuality educator. He is also a clinical sexologist, with specialization in BDSM/kink and fetish populations along with expertise in aphrodisiacs. Dr. Dunlap has earned the credential as an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator. As the Co-Founder, Administrator and Media Director for Sex Coach University, he administers all programs and oversees all media development, the media library and assists in the professional training of students and outside professionals.

Dr. Dunlap is presenting Success 101: The Three Top Strategies for Success as a Sex Expert and What You Need to Know.

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Robin Wilson-Beattie

Robin Wilson-Beattie, proprietor of sexAbled, is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN). After acquiring a physical disability, Wilson-Beattie began speaking in 2008 on sexuality and disability topics and issues. Robin has done presentations and speeches at conferences, medical schools, and disability organizations. She is an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Robin is presenting Toys For a SexAbled Life: Fun, unique and adaptable ways to give and receive satisfying pleasure with erotic toys. Find Robin on Twitter and Facebook

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Ryan Bowles Eagle

Ryan Bowles Eagle is Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Communications Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She specializes in documentary, film festivals, global media activism, and feminist theories. She is former Managing Editor for Camera Obscura–a journal of feminism, culture, and media studies. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript entitled Screening Human Rights: A Media Ethnography of the Human Rights Film Network.

Ryan is presenting New Views on Pornography: A Roundtable Discussion. Find Ryan on Twitter.

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Sally Sparrow is a part-time writer living in Maryland. She started writing her blog, Sex in Baltimore, in 2010 as a way to journal her relationships and dating life. She has continued to write the blog to have a more sex-positive slant, as well as continue to share her personal experiences. Since then, her blog has received numerous honors, including Great Dating Blogs: Best adult Blog for two years, as well as winning 4 annual awards from The Baltimore Sun. She enjoys reading, music, attending concerts, and swimming.

Sally is presenting Online Harassment: It Happened To Us, How We Dealt With It, and How You Can, Too. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Samantha Manewitz, LICSW, is an educator, sex nerd, and therapist, currently in Somerville. In her capacity as a helping professional, she has seen a broad spectrum of clients: domestic violence victims, self injuring teens, traumatized children, sexual assault survivors, and clients of just about every sexuality and gender orientation. As an educator, Samantha has given presentations to college students and kink communities about healthy sexuality within the context of bondage, domination/ submission, and masochism. You can learn more on her blog, www.beyondsafewords.com, which she updates almost every Monday.

Samantha is presenting Breaking Silence, Building Connection; Addressing Abuse And Intimate Partner Violence in Kink Communities . Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Shar Rednour

Shar Rednour has been a feminist pornographer since 1990. She worked with the original On Our Backs Magazine/Fatale Media both as an editor/writer and in video production. In 1998 Shar Rednour co-founded S.I.R. Video Productions with her wife Jackie Strano. They created the revolutionary Bend Over Boyfriend video series starring Dr. Carol Queen. “Hard Love & How to Fuck in High Heels” was the first queer-made movie to win the“lesbian” award at AVN. Shar’s wrote the fabulous, femme “bible” The Femme’s Guide to the Universe, a queer Sex and the Single Girl and Shar was one of the first to claim and write about femme as a gender.

S.I.R. Productions created Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma with Staci Haines. Shar and Jackie have been in HBO’s Real Sex, and Pornucopia, Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography, and featured in award-winner Ken Swartz’s historical documentary San Francisco: Sex and The City among others. Shar is known for her uplifting empowerment of femmes from all sashays-of-life as well as practical advice like topping from the bottom, making gravy or getting out blood stains. Jackie and Shar have been together for 20 years and have 3 children.

Shar is presenting New Views on Pornography: A Roundtable Discussion and Writing Sex & Pleasure: Tackling a Comprehensive Sexuality Tome. Find Shar on Twitter and Facebook.

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Shira Tarrant

Shira Tarrant, PhD is an unconventional feminist redefining gender justice. She received her doctorate in political science from UCLA and is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her books include Men and Feminism (SUNY Press); Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press); and Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power (Routledge). Shira Tarrant is co-editor (with Lynn Comella) of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Her most recent book is Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century.

 Shira Tarrant’s commentary on gender, sexual politics, and pop culture have been featured on global media including the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, NBC, Forbes, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, and on radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston. Shira Tarrant has published with AlterNet, In These Times, Jezebel, Ms., Bitch magazine, Huffington Post, and other publications. When not at work, you can find Shira hiking the Los Angeles trails.

Shira is presenting Talking about Porn: Issues, Controversies, and Frameworks. Find Shira on Twitter or at Shiratarrant.com.

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Master Skip Chase

Skip Chasey has given more than a dozen keynote addresses and presented 200+ programs on the spiritual dynamics of BDSM at noteworthy leather events throughout North America. He has been profiled in Nerve.com magazine, Power Exchange magazine, the award-winning documentary film Pup, and Ask the Man Who Owns him, a book on gay male Master/slave relationships that received the National Leather Association’s 2010 non-fiction literary award. Master Skip is a co-founder of People of Leather Among You (2002-2006), a social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of spirituality and leather/fetish sexuality, and has served as a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience (2001-2007), a periodic weekend retreat offering opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities, as well as a co-producer of Southwest Leather Conference (2004-2010), “The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit.” Honors include the Leadership Award and the Lee Montague Memorial Community Service Award from Avatar Club Los Angeles, the Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Award, both the Master Heart Award and the Master Jack McGeorge Excellence in Education Award from the Master/slave Conference, and most recently the Leatherman’s Heart Award from SWLC.

Skip is presenting Aging Kinky: What 203 years of combined kinkdom looks like.

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Stella Harris

Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. As a certified Intimacy Educator, she uses a variety of tools to guide and empower her clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations including the Portland Leather Alliance, the Portland Academy of Sex Ed, Sex Positive Portland, and more, and has spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, and Pacific University. Stella is widely published in print and online, from erotic fiction to educational and lifestyle pieces on sex and kink. Stella hopes to build a world where everyone has the tools and confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame. Learn more at www.stellaharris.net.

Stella is presenting To educate, not titillate: live demonstrations in adult sex ed workshops. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Steven Aleck

Steve Aleck is a social media producer whose credits include his work for Buzzfeed and BetterThanFamous. His sex-positive videos at Buzzfeed include “Ask A Dominatrix with Hudsy Hawn,” “Pornstar Problems with James Deen,” and “Transgender Language” which starred Kate Bornstein, Kat Blaque, Ian Harvey, and Buck Angel. As a producer at Buzzfeed his video work garnered over 30 million individual views. In addition Steven has acted in 45 video shorts including “Ask A Polyamorist” and the viral hit “If Disney Princes Were Real.” Since leaving Buzzfeed he’s joined BetterThanFamous as a new media specialist for national brands. As an unapologetic practitioner of both non-monogamy and kink, Steven has found himself at the forefront of the digital sex-positive movement.

Steven is presenting Social Media Best Practices for Sex Positive Educators. Find Steven on Twitter.

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Steve Gustafson

Steve Gustafson has been a contributor and weekly columnist at entertainment/pop culture site 411mania.com for over 6 years and writer for the DC Examiner for 5 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in pop entertainment from MTV’s ‘Ridiculousness’ host Rob Dyrdek to Comedy Central’s ‘Workaholics’ star Adam Devine. Steve ‘s interviews include dialogues with stars in the adult film industry, such as Jesse Jane, Chanel Preston, Riley Steele, Bree Olson, Chyna, and many others. Steve has also interviewed numerous Playboy Playmates over the years, including Anna Sophia Berglund, Amanda Cerny, Divini Rae, and Leola Bell. His columns covering the sexier side of Hollywood life are among the highest read on the site and along with covering the latest pop culture news and celebrity gossip, Steve has been an advocate for fair and balanced coverage of sex related subjects in the media.

Steve is presenting American Courtesans. Find Steve on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tamara Pincus

Tamara Pincus, MSW, LICSW is a kink, poly and lifestyle friendly psychotherapist and sex therapist in DC. She has been practicing social work for over 10 years and has been in private practice since 2011. She has worked on publications such as “What Professionals Need to Know about BDSM”, and “What is Polyamory and Why do Social Workers Need to Know About it?”. She is currently working on a book about coming out as polyamorous. She also runs a poly discussion group at the DC Center and is an active member of both the kink and poly communities. Tamara is a mother of two and has been actively involved in a poly household.

Tamara is presenting Why Can’t I Go to a Sex Party?: Ethical Dilemmas for Professionals and Recognizing and Responding to Abuse in Non-traditional Relationships. Find Tamara on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tristan TaorminoTristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator, radio host, and feminist pornogra­pher. She is the author of seven books including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Per­version. She runs the adult film production company Smart Ass Pro­ductions. She has directed and produced twenty-four adult films, including the groundbreaking series based on real female kink fan­tasies, Rough Sex and the Expert Guide sex education series, which she created for Vivid Entertainment. The winner of multiple Adult Video News (AVN) and Feminist Porn Awards, she was the first female director to win an AVN award for Best Gonzo Movie for the first film in her reality series Chemistry. She received the Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2010. She is the host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on The VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. She was a columnist for The Village Voice for nearly ten years and writes a column for Hustler’s Taboo. She was the found­ing editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning series Best Lesbian Erotica and is editor of twenty-five anthologies. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of On Our Backs. She has appeared on CNN, HBO’s Real Sex, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, Ricki Lake, MTV, Oxygen, MSNBC, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, and on over fifty radio shows. She lectures at top colleges and universities and teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world.

Tristan is moderating the Opening Keynote Plenary. Find Tristan on Twitter and Facebook.

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Vanessa Soma

Vanessa Soma is a social justice advocate and public interest attorney working in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Attorney Soma’s work centers around advocating for and representing clients who are facing misogyny, cissexism, heterosexism, and other forms of stigma due to their gender, sexuality, and/or their work in erotic trades. Attorney Soma has volunteered with the Sex Workers Project in New York City, supported the Sex Workers Outreach Projects of Los Angeles and New York City, and is a board member of ESPLERP.

Vanessa is moderating Litigate to Emancipate: ESPLERP’s Constitutional Challenge to California’s Prostitution Law. Find her on Twitter.

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William Winters

William has co-moderated an online community of thousands people who are eager to talk about and participate in open relationships, and for more than three years he organized the Bay Area’s largest ongoing social gathering and facilitated discussion group for those interested in open relationships—an event that regularly attracted hundreds of participants each month. More recently, William has served as a voice in the media for polyamory. In 2015 William was prominently featured in San Francisco Magazine’s profile on polyamory, and was a panelist on KQED-FM’s nationally syndicated morning call-in show Forum. A digital campaign strategist by profession, William currently lives in Oakland, CA.

William is presenting Recognizing and Responding to Abuse in Non-traditional Relationships. You can find William at Twitter

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Winston Wilde

Winston Wilde is a long-time activist, queer perv, sexologist, psychotherapist, and seeker. Professionally he is an MFT, and AASECT certified sex educator, sex therapist, and sex therapy supervisor. Personally he is a native Californian who won the love lottery, and is a complex mess of conundrums. Sexually he is a little of this and a little of that. He likes to travel to remote corners of the world for mind-blowing, perspective enhancing experiences. Spiritually he is always evolving, in the past decade with a strong emphasis on sitting and chanting.

Winston is presenting Aging Kinky: What 203 years of combined kinkdom looks like. You can find Winston at Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness

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Yoseñio V. Lewis

Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator and spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the Creating Change Conference. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, as well as Stanford University. He served on the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference (Open, Polyamorous, Ethically Non-Monogamous), as well as a panelist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference. Yoseñio was featured as one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list.

Yoseñio is a co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, most recently “Diagnosing Difference,” a full-length documentary about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on the lives and communities of those on the gender spectrum. Other documentaries include Christopher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood;” the television channel A&E’s “Transgender Revolution;” “The Believers,” a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and “Transforming Healthcare,” a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare.

Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art.

Yoseñio is presenting Micro-aggressions of Desire, The Importance of Trauma Informed Sex Education, Writing, and Therapy for Survivors and Professionals, and Renaming Desire — Trans/Non-Trans Sex.

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Tiny B Hiney

Zyra Lee Vanity is an international burlesque artist as well as sex researcher, public speaker and sexual rights advocate from Toronto, Ontario. She has performed and competed all over North America at various events and burlesque festivals.

Zyra has also spoken at a variety of large expos and conferences on topics relating to sexual arts/performance, body positivity, sexualized labour, race, queerness and sex positivity. In 2014 she spoke at The Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, Ontario, The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Playground Conference in Toronto, Ontario and Herotica Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario. Zyra currently holds a BA degree in Sexuality Studies & Political Science, and hosts bi-monthly workshops relating to sexuality and race in her home city of Toronto.

Zyra is presenting Slut Shaming in Sex Positive Communities (and Elsewhere). Find Zyra on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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