Speakers

 

CatalystCon East 2015 Speakers

Adrial Dale
Amber Melvin
Anaín Bjorkquist
Andrea Renae
Ashley Manta
Barbara Carrellas
Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale
Bob Christian
Brooke Norton
Cameryn Moore
Carol Queen, PhD
Charlie Nox
Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST
Cinder
Conner Habib
Cooper Beckett
Coyote Amrich
Del Tashlin
Dylan Thomas
Ela Darling
Elizabeth Juarez
Fancy Feast
GG Renee Hill
Gram Ponante
Hedwig
Dr. Hernando Chaves
Ignacio Rivera
Jackie Strano
Jessica Cary
jessica drake
Jessica Ross
Jillian Keenan
Joan Price
Kaitlyn Scalisi, MPH
Katie Mack
K. Davis Senseman, Esq
Kevin Heffernan, Ph.D.
Kimberly A. Harchuck, Esq., L.LM.
Kristen DiAngelo
Lauren Wesley
Lillith Grey
Lola
Lucas Brooks
Lynn Comella, PhD
Madelon Guinazzo
Marc Richman, M.D.
Maria Quinn, BA
Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE
Melinda Chateauvert
Michael A. Giordano, LICSW
Miko Technogeisha
Mo Beasley
Monique Darling
Morgan Thorne
Nia Pines
Parker
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Raul Queue
Rebecca Hiles
Minister L. Renair Amin Covington, MCC CRC
Rick Aguilar B.S.Ed.
Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence
Dr. Rosalyn Dischiavo
Shar Rednour
Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT
Sherri L. Shaulis
Stacey Swimme
Steve Gustafson
Dr. TaMara Griffin
Tamara Pincus
Terri Clark
Twanna Hines
Walker Thornton, M.Ed.
Wintersong Tashlin
Yoseñio V. Lewis
Zhana Vrangalova, PhD

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Adrial Dale

Adrial Dale is a workshop facilitator and CTI-certified life coach. He created The Herpes Opportunity movement and leads 3-day workshops to help herpes-positive people move through shame and into self-acceptance. (“Because who you are is more important than what you have.”) The Herpes Opportunity includes a blog, e-book on disclosure, audio podcast and community forum which attracts nearly 20,000 unique visitors per month. He also leads regular community-building gatherings to deepen connection and intimacy. His mission in this work is to drop shame and connect people, so that we can live in a world where we don’t need to hide anything.

Adrial Dale is presenting Cultivating Shame Resilience in Community.

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Amber Melvin

Amber Melvin Amber currently works as the Program and Policy Assistant at Reproductive Health Technologies Project in DC where she supports RHTP staff members to ensure the success of the organization’s Abortion, Contraception, and Health and Wellness programs. Prior to joining the RHTP team she served as the California State Leader for URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (formerly Choice USA), where she trained young activists in her community and throughout California on reproductive justice issues and coalition building. With URGE she also worked with her campus health center to improve reproductive healthcare access for queer and transgender students. As an intern Campus Organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation, Amber began her research on women and queer people with disabilities’ access to sexual and reproductive health, which later became a larger thesis project. Amber graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her academic and leadership talents have been recognized with several awards including the CSU Long Beach President’s Commission on the Status of Women Student of the Year 2014 award.

Amber is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus. You are most likely to find Amber at Disneyland, but if you prefer you can find Amber on Twitter, Facebook or at amberjeanmelvin@gmail.com.

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Anaín Bjorkquist

Anaín Bjorkquist is a SFSI certified sex educator, published erotica writer, sensual movement teacher, and an intuitive sex + wellness coach. Her life’s purpose is to serve women as a companion and guide on the journey from blah to Sex Love Joy. Anaín’s writing, workshops and movement classes teach women how to embody turn on, trust their intuition and consciously let go. Her mission is to help women feel at ease in their skin so they can celebrate and define TURN ON for themselves. Anaín believes that the best learning and personal growth happens within intimate groups of women, which is why regardless of the medium she is dedicated to bringing fierce women together. Anaín has been featured in Cosmo Latina, Digital Romance, All the Many Layers, Sexploration with Monika, told her sex story on In Bed with Susie Bright, shared her sapiosexual experience on Bawdy’s stage, has read for LitQuake and briefly co-hosted the web show Sex with Others.

Anaín is presenting Motherhood, Depression & Sex .  Find Anaín on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Andrea Renae

Andrea Renae is a sex educator, writer, and graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University. Her areas of focus include: alternative sexual practices and identities, sexuality-based communities, pleasure-based sexual health and wellness, and inclusivity/accessibility in sex education. As a freelance educator, Andrea provides one-on-one education and coaching sessions, and teaches workshops at colleges, sex toy stores, and community events. Community building is incredibly important to Andrea, so she serves as the Co-Emissary for Sex Geekdom’s Los Angeles and Philadelphia hubs, Co-Facilitator for the Philadelphia Reproductive Health Happy Hour, and the Social Media Co-Coordinator for the Sexuality in Communities Oral History Project (SCOHP).

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

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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” will be 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. Ashley is the co-host of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast. She is delighted to have found her sex positive 9-5 home as the E-Commerce Manager at the Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a minor in Women’s Studies and has completed her graduate coursework for a Master of Arts in Philosophy.

Ashley Manta is presenting Cultivating Shame Resilience in Community. Find Ashley on Twitter, Facebook and Carnalcopia.

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Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Oh So Much More, and Luxurious Loving. Barbara is the founder of the Urban Tantra® Professional Training Program, a comprehensive training program in the practice and application of conscious sexuality. Urban Tantra® is an international community, a philosophy, and an inclusive, gender-fluid, sacred sexuality practice that supports both personal and professional goals. Barbara delights in blurring the lines between sacred and profane, enlightened and perverted, spirit and science, and pleasure and pain. She is a proud graduate of the Coney Island Sideshow School with a double major in fire eating and snake handling.

Barbara is presenting Illegal Touch in the USA. Find Barbara Carrellas on Facebook, Twitter.

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Beverly Dale

Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale is an ordained Christian clergy who has spent most of her thirty years of ministry helping people reconnect their spirits and their bodies and confronting sex-negativity in the church and culture. “Rev Bev” was an ecumenical campus minister at the University of Pennsylvania for over two decades where she became conversant with the issues and struggles for young adults both in the ‘hook up culture’ and in the sexual minority communities. An artist and writer, she wrote, produced and performed in a one-woman show and is now completing her sexual & spiritual memoir, Sex Without Apology, Becoming a Sex-Positive Person of Faith in a Sex-Negative Culture. She was awarded the Community Service award from the Diabolique Foundation as a “Kink-Positive Missionary of Pleasure.” Her activism as a public theologian has found expression as the cofounder of Pennsylvania Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice and PA Clergy for Choice. She is currently the founder of the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith, a non-profit that teaches an inclusive, science-friendly, sex-positive Christianity.

Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale is presenting Deconstructing Christian Erotophobia. Find Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Bob Christian has been with Adam & Eve/PHE Inc for 19 years. Currently serves as GM for Adam & Eve Pictures, as well as a member of Adam & Eve’s senior management/marketing team. Was part of the creation of our Adam & Eve Retail Stores company, currently with about 65 franchised stores open, and holds the office of President of the retail stores company – AEFC, Inc.  Serving on the FSC Board of Directors since 2012, and as Treasurer since 2013.
Prior to Adam & Eve, worked as GM of General Vitamin, one of Phil Harvey’s non-adult businesses.  Graduate of Duke University and from the University of North Carolina (MBA) – thus especially proud during Basketball season (and even football season this year!)

Bob Christian is presenting Beyond the Pop Shot: Using explicit instructional media for sex education.

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Brooke Norton

Brooke Norton is a parent of two boys and a Certified Sex Educator. She is currently enrolled in the Family Therapy Masters Program at UMass Boston, and she is due to graduate in 2016. She teaches 4th and 5th graders about puberty, talks to high school kids about safe sex, and holds private consultations for people of all ages, genders, sizes, (dis)abilities, and orientations. Brooke also gives regular talks for parents about kids and sex and sexuality at a local family-oriented Western Massachusetts cafe. Her favorite things to talk about include parenting, illness, life changes, and sexuality. She most enjoys talking with people about tough topics, and looks forward to her future career as a sex therapist.

Brooke is presenting Body Image Reboot. Find Brooke on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cameryn Moore

Cameryn Moore is an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist, and a long-time phone sex operator. Her work in theatre, literature, and activism/advocacy is both a challenge and invitation to adventurous audiences everywhere. She is the creator and performer of four solo shows: Phone Whore, slut (r)evolution, for | play, and Release. To date, she has toured these shows to over 45 cities around the world, leaving a cloud of critical acclaim and awkward but essential conversations in her wake. The Spectator(UK) said: “Ms Moore is captivating to watch and has as much energy as a spring tornado”; ThreeWeeks(Edinburgh) called Phone Whore “incredibly brutal, piercing and thought-provoking.” The producer who is bringing Cameryn to tour Australia in 2016 said: “Phone Whore is that rare bird – a show that challenges audiences a long way beyond their limits, while keeping them feeling safe and engaged.” Cameryn is the creator and frequent host of Smut Slam, a storytelling open mic featuring real-life, first-person sex stories. When not performing, Cameryn sets up her world-famous traveling Smut Stand, providing bespoke typewritten erotica on the spot to happy drunks and discerning passersby.

Cameryn is presenting Sex on the Stage: Where Sexuality Meets Performance Art.  Find Cameryn at Twitter and on Facebook.

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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 New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law, Help Us Tell the World It Is Confused About Sex-Positivity! and Elders Panel: “How Did We Get Here?. Find Carol on Twitter.

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Charlie Knox

Charlie Nox is a (semi-retired) dating coach, OkCupid expert, and award winning sex blogger. She was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Bloggers of 2012, one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013, and is the 2014 LA Bawdy Storytelling Grand Slam Champion. She has blogged for The Huffington Post and spoken at high schools, colleges, and conferences across the country about dating, sexuality, and chronic illness. Charlie specializes in working with people with significant barriers to dating and believes that no matter who you are or what you’ve been through, you can have the sex and dating life of your dreams.

Charlie is presenting Sex, Dating, Kink, and the ‘C’ Word.  Find Charlie at Charlie Nox and on 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 Sex Education of Media: How Social Media Impacts and Distorts Your Sexuality and The Limits of Sex Positive. Find Dr. Donaghue on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cinder

Cinder has been developing and optimizing marketing programs inside ad agencies for over eight years. She’s certified by Google in Adwords and Analytics. Over her career she’s worked with notable clients include Nike, MD Anderson, FedEx, and the National Parks Foundation.

Cinder is presenting How to Sell Sex, Yourself and Everything Else.

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Conner Habib

Conner Habib is an author, porn star, lecturer, and the Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. His book, “The Sex Book: Myths, Positions, Taboos, and Possibilities” will be released in Spring of 2015 by Disinformation Books.

Conner Habib is presenting The Limits of Sex Positive and Did We Consent to Consent?. Find Conner Habib on Twitter.

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Cooper Beckett

Cooper Beckett’s life isn’t like other people’s. When he’s not writing or podcasting at Life on the Swingset, he’s living it up as an evangelical swinger, exploring Poly, and spreading the good word that “sharing is caring.” He truly believes that a good many people would be open to exploring the fringe of human sexuality, knocking down the borders between orientations, and experiencing great sex, that most basic of human rights, if only they were told it’s okay to do so. He has resolved to make the world safer for sexuality, even if it’s only one couple at a time.

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

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Coyote Amrich

For over a decade, Coyote Amrich has been at the helm of Product Development & Purchasing for Good Vibrations, the pioneering sex-positive education-focused retailer. She continues to curate the entire catalog of Good Vibrations products with uncompromising attention towards body-safe materials and emotional designs that reward interaction and foster play. She has built a noteworthy reputation as a product educator and advocate for sustainability and transparency in manufacturing. She believes that pleasure is your birthright and enjoys engaging in drama-free dialogue about all aspects of the sex industry.

Coyote is presenting Material Matters. Find Coyote on Twitter.

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Del Tashlin

A enthusiastic presence at many sex, kink, and spiritual spaces, people say Del Tashlin is more of an experience than a person. Del is a suburban shaman, sex educator, gender explorer, and bodies-of-all-sizes lover; who queers the spacial and temporal realms he occupies in his trusty wheelchair. He lives his work by intently listening to a person’s experiences, and responding with a myriad of tools and philosophies that elevate the seeker to their own higher good. A popular WordPress blogger, his essays run the gamut from musings about kink scene politics to offering sexual devotion to Deities. He is an ordained Pagan priest who offers pastoral care and ritual services to people from all spiritual paths from Atheist skeptics to Catholic priests and from gay leather furries to straight married Jews. He currently lives in a quiet Maryland suburb with his slave of five years, Rave. Del can be found coordinating education for the Consortium of Leather Queer Allies, teaching at kink events nationally, leading public and private rituals, suspending people from hooks (or other rites of ordeal), or playing board games and LARPing. You can find out more about him at either of his blogs: Sex, Gods, and Rockstars, or Dying for a Diagnosis.

Del is presenting Adaptive Sex and Kink: How We Do What We Do With What We’ve Got To Do It With. Find Del on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is a sex-positive non-monogamous proselytizer from the suburban wastelands of Chicago. Dylan believes that there’s a larger non-normative sexuality community that all wants the same things; the freedom to be who they are, love who they want, and the choice to keep their sexual preferences as private or as public as they choose. Dylan sees the need for a more open discussion about why we, no matter where we exist on the identity, sexuality, or lifestyle spectrum, all have much more in common than we realize and that we’re all natural allies of each other.

As a co-host on Life on the Swingset, Dylan has relayed his own journey: wading through the barren lands of homophobia and male chauvinism and machismo and progressing into yearning for bi-sexuality, creating communities around swinging, learning about growing new relationships through polyamory, and being willing to expose his own failings, fears, and triumphs along the way.

Dylan Thomas is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles and The Kids Are All Right: What Does Sex Positive Parenting Look Like?. Find Dylan on Twitter.

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Ela Darling is an adult performer who also happens to be a former librarian and full-time geek. In addition to performing, Darling also participates in cosplaying and comic-themed conventions.

Darling is presenting The Dark Side: How Women Are Treated In Geek Culture.

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Elizabeth Juarez

Elizabeth Juarez is a recent bachelor’s degree graduate in the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and activism focuses on issues of abortion, sex education, and reproductive justice. Elizabeth was a board member of the URGE chapter at Long Beach.

Elizabeth Juarez is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus. Find Elizabeth on Twitter and Tumblr.

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Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast is a professional naked person and an administrator at the New York School of Burlesque. She currently holds the title of Miss Bushwick Burlesque and is the recent recipient of the Judges’ Choice Award for Most Classic at the Alternatease festival in Boston. She is known for blending humor and edge in her genre-bending performances, which is exactly how she likes it. She is the producer of Hindsight and Now You See Us, Now We’re Drunk, as part of the NYSB Drivers’ Seat Program, as well as the creator and producer of the smash success The Unbookables at Coney Island. In addition to her performing and producing, Fancy is a sought-after femme-cee for burlesque, comedy shows, and Bar Mitzvahs. She also works as a trained sex educator and has developed curricula for the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Fancy blogs about sex, lizards, and Grace Jones.

Fancy Feast is presenting Sex on the Stage: Where Sexuality Meets Performance Art.  Find Fancy Feast on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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GG Renee Hill

GG Renee Hill is an independent author, blogger and creativity coach based in the DC area. Through her blog, books and self-discovery courses, she explores all the many layers that make women the beautiful contradictions that they are. She believes in multiple soul mates and love as a religion. She believes in self-love and vulnerability and acceptance. She believes that forgiveness makes life peaceful and gratitude — true, deep down, tear jerking gratitude — is life changing.

Her content resonates with introspective women who crave meaning and absorb life deeply. GG Renee’s mission is to inspire her readers to channel their complex feelings into creative expression.

GG Renee is presenting Motherhood, Depression & Sex .  Find GG Renee on Twitter, Facebook.

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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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Hedwig is a queerfeminist, poly femme identified switch who has been involved in various BDSM communities since 2008, with a main focus on rope bondage since 2009. At the moment she is pursuing further education in Sweden with the hope to continue on an academic career. She wrote her bachelors’ dissertation on Japanese rope bondage (shibari/kinbaku) in 2011 and since then she has held workshops and presented on a wide range of topics including rope as well as other BDSM-practices, safer sex, negotiation, communication, gender and sexual politics. Hedwig focus both towards the communities she serve as well as educating and interacting with other sex educators, students, organisations and private individuals who wish to learn more.

Together with a couple of friends she created Hitchin’ Bitches in 2012, a separatist network for female/queer identified women who ties. This network has over 30 chapters all over the world and continues to grow. She is passionate about consent culture,sexual politics and to disturb the patriarchy so much that it one day will tumble and collapse under its own weight.

Hedwig is presenting Sense & Shibari- a re-evalution of the knowledge of rope bondage and the possibilities of researching kink.. Find Hedwig on Twitter.

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Hernando Chaves

Dr. Hernando Chaves is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and a Doctor of Human Sexuality degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Chaves’ clinical work focuses on individuals, couples, and families of unique erotic communities, sexual identities, orientations, and clients with sex therapy concerns. He is a past president of the Western Region for The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and former SSSS board of directors member. Dr. Chaves is a psychology professor at Orange Coast College, teaching introduction to human sexuality and advanced human sexuality courses. He is the resident sexologist at Askmen.com, writing bimonthly sex Q&A and sexuality articles. He has been featured on XM, online, and FM radio, magazine interviews, television shows, and has lectured nationally and internationally.

Hernando is presenting Beyond the Pop Shot: Using explicit instructional media for sex education. Find Hernando on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ignacio Rivera

Ignacio Rivera aka Papí Coxxx, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” is a trans, gender queer, Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua-Taíno. Ignacio is an activist, filmmaker, kinky-sex-positive sex educator, sex worker, and performance artist. They blog about, among many other things, sex and gender on What “They” Said and is the founder of Poly Patao Productions.

Poly Patao Productions is dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, play parties, panel discussions, teach-ins, social/political groups and educational opportunities that are specially geared toward queer women, transgender, multi-gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and gender variant folx of color.

Ignacio has been facilitating workshops, doing lectures and creating events for kinky, kinky-curious Queer/Trans POC’s and their white allies for over a decade.

Ignacio Rivera is presenting Renaming Desire — Trans/Non-Trans Sex. Find Ignacio on Facebook.

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Jackie StranoJackie 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. Strano is 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, Cosmopolitan, Salon.com, and Village Voice. Strano has lectured at universities and international film festivals. Besides being a 20 year sex industry veteran, Strano has also directed operations for Amazon and Ask.com. Jackie Strano is also a musician and writer with original music featured in mainstream and alternative movies and has played on stages from CBGB’s to the Fillmore.

Jackie is presenting New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law and Beyond the Pop Shot: Using explicit instructional media for sex education.

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Jessica Carey

Jessica Cary is a women’s health + wellness coach, yoga teacher and freelance writer that helps women create balance in an unbalanced world. And by CREATE balance, she really means dismantle the whole notion that balance is even possible…and create something different instead. Jessica believes in the art of being real: about motherhood, about balance, about what it takes to feel confident, secure + centered as a Mom.

Jessica leads monthly breastfeeding education and mother support meetings as a Le Leche League leader in Brooklyn, NY. In May 2012, Jessica and her daughter posed for TIME magazine’s profile on Dr. William Sears. She’s also been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America and others.
Through her writing, coaching and private yoga instruction, Jessica guides mothers to create a nourished life to help them be the mother they want to be: a mother with more energy, awareness and joy.

Jessica is presenting Motherhood, Depression & Sex .  Find Jessica on Twitter and Facebook.

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jessica drakeKarma 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 Beyond the Pop Shot: Using explicit instructional media for sex education. Find her on Twitter.

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Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross is a feminist social justice activist and graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her main interest is reproductive justice work, and she has been part of the national youth-led reproductive justice group Choice USA for two years while being the co-organizational director of the CSULB chapter for one of those years. She aspires to be many things in life including a comprehensive and inclusive sex educator for K-12 youth in schools, a social and reproductive justice non-profit employee, and she has always seen herself as entering the academic realm in some way. Jessica’s mother always tells her she can see her catching babies as a midwife, so she keeps that in the back of her mind, too. After graduating college she plans to travel the world and then pursue her passions. When she isn’t thinking about gender justice or taking action to change the world you can find Jessica hiking with her dog Kona, browsing YouTube for awesome feminist and sex-positive videos, snowboarding in the mountains, or having Netflix marathons while cuddling with her two cats Star and Rascal.

Jessica is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus. Find her on Twitter.

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Jillian Keenan

Jillian Keenan is a freelance journalist based in New York who writes often about sexuality, BDSM, and kink. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, NewYorker.com, and elsewhere. Jillian’s first book, which is about Shakespeare and spanking, will be released by HarperCollins is 2016.

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

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Joan Price

Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert,” “the beautiful face of senior sex,” and—her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.”  Joan received the Catalyst Award 2014 for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.”

Formerly a health and fitness writer – and before that, a high school English teacher! – she now writes books about senior sex. Her latest book is The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life. Her earlier senior sex books include her spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty; the award-winning self-help guide, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex; and the steamy senior sex anthology that she edited, Ageless Erotica.

At age 71, Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex — partnered or solo – in speeches and workshops, and on her zesty blog about sex and aging — NakedAtOurAge.com – which includes senior sex news, views, and reviews of more than 80 sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for Senior Planet.

Joan is presenting Elders Panel: “How Did We Get Here?.  Find Joan at Twitter and Facebook.

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Kaitlyn Scalisi

Kait Scalisi, MPH, wants to live in a world where sex is no longer a dirty word and everyone is free to experience the pleasure they desire. As a sex educator, she’s been featured on About Relationships, Brides.com, Sex Gets Real, and Medical Daily. She has led workshops at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, and Emory University. When she’s not reading, writing, and teaching about sexual health and pleasure, you can find her getting her om on at restorative yoga, wandering the North Woods of Central Park, and touring Manhattan’s coffee shops.

Kait is presenting How to be a Sex Positive Warrior in Public Health and Sex, Dating, Kink, and the ‘C’ Word.  Find Kait at Twitter and Facebook.

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Katie Mack

Katie Mack is a writer 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. She chronicles her thoughts and experiences on her blog, Undercover Outsider. Katie is the co-host of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast.

Katie Mack is presenting Cultivating Shame Resilience in Community. Find Katie on Twitter, Facebook and Carnalcopia.

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Davis

K. Davis Senseman, Esq, a small-business attorney and founder of Sexquire, LLC, has spent over ten years working with clients in all areas of the adult industry: including brick and mortar and online retail stores, sex toy manufacturers, dungeon and club owners, sex educators and workers, adult event producers and authors.

Davis has spent an equally long time vetting other professionals for her clients. Fed up with the sex-negativity and misunderstandings she found with many other service providers, Davis created Sexquire in order to have a team of professionals at the ready to assist sex-positive businesses and companies with whatever needs arise.

Davis is presenting The Dirty Business of Money. Find Davis on Facebook and Twitter.

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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: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.

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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 New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Find Kimberly at Twitter, Facebook, 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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Lauren Wesley

Lauren Wesley is a graduate of Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She holds master’s degrees in both clinical psychology and human sexuality education. Her research interests include black masculinity and the construction of alternative masculinities for the improvement of gender relations within the African-American community. She currently works with African-American adolescents in a community-based program that promotes healthy sexuality.

Lauren Wesley is presenting At the Crossroads of Race and Gender: Creating Reformed Gender Ideologies for Black Males in the Context of Hegemonic Masculinity.

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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 performer, producer, artist, and pianist, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in psychology.  Lillith 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 Within-Community Advocacy. Find Lillith on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lola

Dirty Lola is a storyteller, a blogger, and the creator / host of the live adult sex ed. Q&A show and podcast Sex Ed. A Go-Go. She has spent the last four years sharing her journey into kink and polyamory with the twitterverse and blogosphere. When she’s not off gallivanting with her husband and their poly pod she can be found in Brooklyn dating, writing dirty stories and peddling sex toys to the masses.

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

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Lucas Brooks

Lucas Brooks is a New York-based writer, performance artist, and sex educator. His blog “The Intellectual Homosexual” (formerly “Top to Bottom”) has been named one of the top 100 sex blogs by four different websites and magazines. He has spent the last two years touring the continent with his one-man shows “VGL 5’4″ Top” and “Cootie Catcher”, the former of which was named “Best LGBT Show” in the Orlando Fringe Festival in 2014. As a sex educator, he has presented at Dark Odyssey events and Catalyst Con, and is currently on staff at The Pleasure Chest.

Lucas is presenting Sex on the Stage: Where Sexuality Meets Performance Art. Find Lucas on Twitter.

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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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Madelon Guinazzo

Madelon Guinazzo is a professional Cuddler. She loves “straddling” the spectrum between sexual and non-sexual intimacy. It is the perfect position from which to empower people around their choice and their voice in living fulfilled lives. She facilitates and promotes a full line up of workshops on these topics every month in her expanding sex positive community in Chicago and has an increasingly steady flow of regular individual clients. Her parenting perspective is a product of having been raised in a closeted polyamorous triad, a 16 year monogamous marriage with two kids, and then transitioning into full fledged polyamorous lifestyle and sex positive professional. She has two sons, ages 13 & 16, and they are two of her favorite people. She sees the most important aspect of parenting as loving herself, others and life as one undivided whole.

Madelon is presenting The Kids Are All Right: What Does Sex Positive Parenting Look Like?.

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Maria Quinn

Maria Quinn, BA Sociology, Directing is a public health student focusing on sexual and reproductive health and a social justice advocate. She utilizes her rich background in education through the arts and community activism to create public health practice that is engaging and accessible to diverse communities and learning styles. She is passionate about bringing a sex positive framework to sexual violence prevention, and utilizing public health practices in a sex-positive way that is accessible to all expressions of gender and sexuality.

Maria is presenting How to be a Sex Positive Warrior in Public Health. Find Maria on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Marc Richman

Dr. Richman is a urologist certified by the American Board of Urology. He is also a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. He earned his medical degree, summa cum laude, at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha.

He won an unprecedented four Pfizer Awards at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his general-surgery internship and residency in urologic surgery. There, he studied under the renowned Dr. Culley C. Carson, an expert in men’s sexual health. Dr. Richman was formerly an attending physician at Norfolk General Hospital and a clinical associate professor of urology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Richman also contributes to a number of publications including as an editorial board member of the Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal. He also founded Men+Sex+MD, a website with the mission of ensuring men have access to reliable information and advice about men’s sexual health.

With more than 10 years’ experience diagnosing and treating men’s sexual health, he has treated clients throughout the world, including a number of global leaders and dignitaries.

Marc Richman, M.D. is presenting Who Are Our Allies In Advocating for Healthy Sexuality For Adults Over 50?. Find Dr. Richman on Twitter, Facebook and Obsidian Men’s Health.

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Melanie Davis

Melanie Davis provides sexuality education to teens and adults through the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness and trains professionals through her firm Honest Exchange. She is co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and coordinates SaferSex4Seniors.org. Davis is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator serving as the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program Associate for the Unitarian Universalist Association. She wrote Look Within: A Woman’s Journal and teaches at Moravian Theological Seminary. She blogs and speaks frequently on sex and aging, sex and cancer, body image and self-esteem.

Melanie Davis is presenting Who Are Our Allies In Advocating for Healthy Sexuality For Adults Over 50?. Find Melanie on Twitter.

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Melinda Chateauvert

Melinda Chateauvert is an activist and historian located in Washington, DC and New Orleans and the author of Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk (Beacon Press, 2014). Mindy has taught courses on Community Organizing, the Modern Black Freedom Movement, Sex Work, and Gender & Sexuality in African American Families for over twenty years. She is a high school drop-out from Iowa who hitchhiked to San Francisco in 1976, who eventually earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a past board member of HIPS in D.C., the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, and an advisor to Women With A Vision in New Orleans.

Melinda Chateauvert is presenting Fuck Respectability Politics. Find Melinda 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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Miko Technogeisha

Miko Technogeisha is a writer, researcher, educator and podcaster with an insatiable curiosity. No longer content to be a virtual voyeur, she is actively pursuing the life non-monogamous. She is managing editor for Life on the Swingset‘s website as well as a host on Life on the Swingset the podcast and The Kinky Geeks podcast. She also writes for several online publications about all aspects of non-monogamy, sexuality, and kink. She is an emissary for Sex Geekdom Chicago, a founding member of Sex Geekdom Los Angeles, volunteer support staff for Bawdy Storytelling and a volunteer panelist educator for the Center for Positive Sexuality. It’s wonderful to be invited to share her passion with all of you.

Miko is presenting Motherhood, Depression & Sex .  Find Miko on Twitter and Facebook.

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Mo Beasley

Mo Beasley, the Head Coach of Erotika leads New York City’s longest running erotic performance series (UrbanErotika). This award-winning performance artist, educator, author, and public speaker has over 30 years experience dealing with cutting-edge perspectives on sex, sexuality, art as action, fatherhood, hip hop as a tool for education, to re-defining masculinity for the 21st century.

This Boston-born/Brooklyn-based artist has been interviewed in national media on HuffPost Live, XM Radio, Air America Radio, and The Hallmark Channel. As a performer, Beasley has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, BAMCafe, and erotic reading series: Bare, In the Flesh, Ravenous Nights, and Kiss & Tell Live.

As an educator/public speaker, Beasley’s clients include BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Children’s Aid Society, Planned Parenthood, African Voices Magazine, Howard University, Penn State, New York University, CatalystCon East and West (2012-present).

As a playwright Beasley has been produced for national and international festivals; and nominated for 9 AUDELCO Awards. No Good Nigga Bluez is Beasley’s first book (Scripted Linguistics 2004). His second is “Be a Father to Your Child” (Soft Skull Press, 2008).

In 2006, The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.”

Mo is presenting Sex on the Stage: Where Sexuality Meets Performance Art. Find Mo on Twitter and Facebook.

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Monique Darling

Monique Darling, San Diego, CA, is the founder of Divine Interludes which provides workshops and experiential play-shops in the art of Tantra and conscious loving. She has studied and taught with renowned Tantra teachers and extraordinary workshop facilitators since 1990 and is a certified Cuddly Party Facilitator. She has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s and has been interviewed by magazines, radio hosts, and spoken at conferences across the USA and Canada. Monique is dedicated to empowering others utilizing her vast repertoire of cutting-edge teachings. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties.

Monique is presenting The Kids Are All Right: What Does Sex Positive Parenting Look Like?. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.

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Morgan Thorne

Ms Morgan Thorne has been a lifestyle dominant for almost 20 years and a Professional Dominatrix for 5 years. Morgan is an Outreach Worker with The Naked Truth Entertainment, a social networking and advocacy group lead by sex workers. She worked in health care for many years (now retired), gaining the knowledge she needs to teach safety in BDSM.

Morgan teaches and lectures across North America, presenting workshops and seminars at conferences including Playground Conference, Feminist Porn Conference, CatalystCon East & West, Sexapalooza, the Alberta Harm Reduction Conference and the Guelph Sexuality Conference.

Morgan pursues new skills and a deeper understanding of D/s, participating in many events. She gives back to the community through volunteering as a Dungeon Monitor. You can find her doing ‘kink outreach’ at the numerous trade shows, as well as teaching workshops. Morgan is also a fetish film performer and model. She is a writer with Kink E Magazine based in New York City. She participates in a 24/7 Dominant/submissive relationship with her primary partner and engages in other kink oriented relationships. Identifying as pansexual/asexual, Morgan is very open to all individuals, of any gender expression and strives to be inclusive of all during her teaching.

Morgan Thorne is presenting Hey Ace! The Basics of Asexuality. Find Morgan on Twitter and Facebook.

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Nia Pines

Nia Pines is a 20-something graduate from California State University Long Beach with a BA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a BA in Communication Studies. As a queer woman of color, Nia is interested in creating spaces and support for other women of color to be authentically themselves. As she navigates what this possibility looks like for herself, Nia aspires to one day use this passion to change systemic laws, policies, and attitudes that restrict others from living their truths. Currently, Nia is looking for ways to channel her commitment to body positivity and sex-positive feminist politics into action.

Nia is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus. Find Nia on Twitter, Facebook and at n.pines@yahoo.com

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Parker

Parker holds a masters degree in Chemistry and is currently working on her PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering. This area includes the study of the large molecules that make up plastics, rubbers, gels and proteins. Her research has been published in leading chemistry journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Her latest work focuses on the molecular structure of synthetic polymers. Parker is also a co-founder of New York Toy Collective and is currently serving as the company’s manufacturing engineer.

Parker is presenting Material Matters.

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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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Raul QueueRaul Queue has been passionate about safer-sex education since his sexual awakening just 4 short years ago. From being a former peer sex-educator on UCSB’s campus, to being a featured ‘Condom Expert’ on Russell Brand’s ‘Brand X’ television show, and now Social Media Coordinator for the nation’s largest ASO – Raul has utilized any resources necessary to spread sex-positive HIV & STD awareness.

Raul is presenting Be PrEPared: HIV Prevention’s Newest Tool. Find Raul on Twitter.

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Rebecca Hiles

Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy. She is a writer who addresses issues of sex education, sex toys, polyamory, and cancer. She has regularly 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 is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University.

Rebecca is presenting Is there a secret handshake? – Navigating Alternative Lifestyles and Sex, Dating, Kink, and the ‘C’ Word. Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.

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Renair Amin

Master Coach Renair Amin has turned her tribulations into avenues of encouragement, inspiration and change. After spending over seven years as a spoken word artist and creative consultant, Renair answered the call to ministry. Now, she uses her ministerial and life experiences, as well as her educational training in the field of coaching – life, relationship and spiritual – to empower others. A powerful lecturer and author, Renair has published four books – Mental Silhouette, Domestically Cursed, Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop and Come with Me, Love. Recognized as one of the “Top Five Lesbian Entrepreneurs” committed to community empowerment by LesNation Magazine, she was also named a recipient of a GoodLife Award for her commitment to excellence and nominated for the Lesbian of Excellence Award in literature. She is the host of her own vlog/podcast, Holoklerian Motivation, as well as the co-host of Intimate Realness with Meka and Renair. Renair holds an Associates of Science in Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Culture. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Religious Education from New York Theological Seminary. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and son. For more information, visit www.holokleriacoach.com.

Renair Amin is presenting Beat Up And Burnt Out!. Find Renair on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rick Aguilar

Rick Aguilar  is a public health professional and MPH candidate at Columbia university where he was named the 2014 Rosenfield Scholars in Sexual and Reproductive Health. He is passionate about using digital technology and marketing strategy to disrupt traditional public health approaches to sexual health and human rights.

Rick is presenting How to be a Sex Positive Warrior in Public Health. Find Rick on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Robert LawrenceDr. Robert Morgan Lawrence has a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and holds another doctorate in health care, which informs his sexological perspective. He’s served as a sex industry consultant, educator, media voice, and academic author, and has lectured both nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health. He has been an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, the Chapter Secretary for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and a member of the San Francisco Coalition for Healthy Sex. From 1979 Lawrence served on the switchboard and training staff, then as coordinator, of SF Sex Information. He and his partner Dr. Carol Queen left the organization to pursue their own projects, including the Center for Sex & Culture.

Lawrence has covered many sexuality-related topics during 35+ years of teaching. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, and has appeared in places as far-flung as Amsterdam, London and Beijing. Lawrence and Queen have produced events of many kinds, including the live Masturbate-a-Thon. He has been active as a safer-sex educator since 1980. Since 1999 Lawrence has been disabled with a chronic pain condition that limits mobility.

Dr. Lawrence is presenting Elders Panel: “How Did We Get Here? and Help Us Tell the World It Is Confused About Sex-Positivity!.

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Rosalyn Dischiavo

Dr. Rosalyn (Roz) Dischiavo is the founder and Director of Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment (ISEE) in the Hartford area. Roz is a professor, former therapist and author of The Deep Yes: The Lost Art of True Receiving. She has a Doctor of Education in Human Sexuality and a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is also is certified as a Sexuality Educator as well as a Sexuality Education Consultant with American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Dr. Dischiavo has been leading personal growth and professional workshops for over 20 years. She uses music, movement, exercises and discussion to create memorable workshop experiences.

Dr. Dischiavo is presenting The Deep Yes: The Lost Art of True Receiving and Getting Your Credentials: Options for Professional Jobs in The Sexuality Field. Find Dr. Dischiavo 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: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Find Shar on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sheri Winston

Sheri Winston CNM, RN, BSN, LMT is a celebrated Wholistic Sexuality teacher and founder of the Center for the Intimate Arts. She’s the author of the award-winning Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure (2010 Book of the Year, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists). Her groundbreaking and radically integrated understanding of female anatomy and sexuality is widely viewed as essential reading for women and their lovers. Her 2014 book, Succulent SexCraft: Your Hands-On Guide to Erotic Play and Practice has been garnering rave reviews. It’s an inspired, practical exploration of how anyone can become an erotic virtuoso and masterful lover.

Sheri offers empowering entertaining erotic education for everyone. Her holistic teachings are informed by her fifteen years as a sexuality teacher on top of decades of practice as a certified nurse-midwife, gynecology practitioner, registered nurse, childbirth educator and massage therapist. Sheri teaches her wide and varied curriculum of classes to the general public and also offers professional level trainings for sexuality educators, therapists and health care providers. Her classes cover a wide range of sex-related topics, including orgasmic abundance, sexual skills, the anatomy of arousal, erotic communication and relationship skills. Sheri delights in inspiring folks of all kinds and ages to have a lot more pleasure, fun and fulfillment!
Sheri is presenting The Missing Pieces of the Female Anatomy Puzzle. Find Sheri on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sherri ShaulisSherri L. Saulis is the senior editor of pleasure products for AVN, a trade magazine that covers the adult entertainment industry. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has been with AVN with seven years and covered several areas of adult. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, three dogs and a parakeet. She is also a pseudo-stepmom to her boyfriend’s 6-year-old daughter.
Sherri is presenting The Dark Side: How Women Are Treated In Geek Culture. Find Sherri on Twitter.

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Stacey Swimme

Stacey Swimme has worked in the sex industry for sixteen years. She is co-founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOPUSA) and the Desiree Alliance, organizations advocating for decriminalization of all forms of sex work. She has spoken in the US and internationally about sex worker political organizing in the United States over the past twelve years. She currently works with SWOP Sacramento providing Sex Work Aware trainings for service providers who work with sex workers including therapists, social workers, medical doctors and students. Stacey believes sex workers deserve to enjoy healthy and fulfilling relationships with their romantic partners, family members and friends. She consults with and provides workshops for sex workers and their families to find creative solutions for coping with the shame, stigma and fear that are often barriers for honesty and true bonding for people who love sex workers.

Stacey Swimme is presenting Fuck Respectability Politics.

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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 Griffin

Dr. TaMara loves nothing more than talking about sex! At the age of 13, she told her mother she wanted to be a Sex Therapist! Her passion is deeply rooted in spreading messages about healthy sexuality. Dr. TaMara is a sexologist, sex therapist, educator and motivational speaker with more than 20 years of experience speaking, writing and teaching about sexuality. She travels the country helping individuals embrace and honor their sexuality. Dr. TaMara has published numerous books and articles. She is the owner of L.I.F.E by Dr. TaMara {Live Inspired Feel Empowered}.

Dr. TaMara is presenting Videos, Music & Reality TV: The Degradation of Black Women’s Sexuality. Find Dr. TaMara on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Create S.A.F.E..

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Tamara Pincus

Tamara Pincus is a kink, poly, and LGBTQ friendly psychotherapist located in Downtown Washington DC. She works with individuals, couples, and poly groups on issues ranging from sexual dysfunction, to relationship problems, to anxiety and depression, and everything in between.

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

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Terri Clark

Terri Clark,MPH, CHES is an accomplished program planner, trainer and facilitator who has been providing education and training for nearly 25 years. She is currently Prevention Coordinator at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia. Terri is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She is a member of the Consortium on Sexuality and Aging and an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. Throughout her career in public health, she has been an advocate for gender equality and sexual health across the lifecycle. Her expertise is in the field of sexuality, including LGBT issues, HIV prevention, and aging.

Terri is presenting Elders Panel: “How Did We Get Here?.

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Twanna Hines

Twanna A. Hines, M.S., is an award­-winning educator, sex advisor, columnist, and TV and radio commentator focused on the sociology of sexuality and its relationship to culture and Internet technology. She is the creator and star of the one-woman show I Füçkèd Your Country. Founder of FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, she has contributed to CNN, NPR, Sirius, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company magazine, and the Huffington Post as well as CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television), and Al Jazeera.

Twanna has 15 years experience in education, and she has received certified training in medically-accurate, evidence-based sex education. From speaking at Harvard to working one-­on-­one with undergraduate students at Florida State University, Hines has taught a broad range of majors with differing levels of academic competencies in both small and large enrollment classes. Her comprehensive approach to education prepares individuals to participate in an increasingly interconnected world, and her commentary on immigration is included in the textbook Migration and Immigration: A Global View. She has worked with health policymakers and elected officials and for the University of Chicago, Newsweek, and U.S. State Department.

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

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Walker Thornton

Walker is a 60-year-old divorced woman, with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and over 12 years of experience in the field of violence against women. Walker is a writer, sex educator and public speaker. Her blog, www.walkerthornton.com, was ranked #5 in Kinkly’s top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. She writes a weekly Sexual Health column for Midlife Boulevard and is a writer for Kinkly.com, myLAB Box, Boomeon and the American Sexual Health Association.

Walker Thornton is presenting Who Are Our Allies In Advocating for Healthy Sexuality For Adults Over 50?. Find Walker on Twitter and Facebook.

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Wintersong Tashlin

Wintersong Tashlin is an presenter, activist, photographer, and pagan community leader with over a decade of experience running rituals and teaching classes that range from private one-on-one instruction, to conferences and events across the United States. Topics he presents on include alternative sexuality & BDSM, spirituality, queer/LGBT issues, polyamory, and disability management. He is a blogger and past associate editor for the LGBT politics and culture blog The Bilerico Project, and the former assistant producer for Dark Odyssey Events. An active pagan educator and practitioner, his ritual work particularly focuses around rites of personal transformation and the elemental connection between people and the land. Winter was keynote speaker for Transcending Boundaries Conference 2014, and his writing and photography have appeared in a wide range of LGBT and pagan publications. He has appeared in television documentaries featuring topics such as polyamory, spirituality, and genital integrity in both the United States and Great Britain, as well as in storytelling shows and podcasts.

Wintersong Tashlin is presenting A Whirlwind Tour of the Gender Spectrum. Find Wintersong on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 Renaming Desire — Trans/Non-Trans Sex.

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Zhana Vrangalova

Zhana Vrangalova is a sex researcher who studies how various expressions of sexuality (particularly casual sex, nonmonogamy, and sexual orientation) are related to psychological health and wellbeing, and a writer who tries to disseminate accurate sex science information to broader audiences. Zhana holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and currently teaches Human Sexuality at New York University. Her scholarly work has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Social Psychology and Personality Science, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. She tweets daily about new sex research, blogs about the science of hookups for Psychology Today, contributes articles to Playboy and Alternet, and runs The Casual Sex Project, a place for people to share their true hookup stories.

Zhana Vrangalova is presenting Consensual Nonmonogamy: What Social Science Research Reveals So Far. Find Zhana on Twitter.

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