Speakers

 

CatalystCon Midwest 2016 Speakers

Alex (formerly Sabrina) Morgan
Andy Duran
Andrea Renae
Audacia Ray
Beverly Dale
Bryanna A. Jenkins, B.S., M.A.
Carol Queen
Cathy Vartuli
Den Temin
Dr. Lexx
Eric Barry
Erin Kennedy
Frenchie Davis
Gram Ponante
Hannah Jorden
Harmony Larson, M.S.
Heather Elizabeth
Heather Parker
Dr. Hernando Chaves
Inara de Luna
Jackie (Jack) Rednour-Bruckman
Jenny Block
jessica drake
Joan Price
Kate Sinclaire
Katie Mack
Kevin Heffernan, Ph.D
Kevin Patterson
LaDawn Lanier
Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST
Leandra Vane
Lillith Grey
​Liz Powell, Psy.D.
Lola
Lucinda Pepper
Mark A. Michaels
Monique Darling
Mr BLK
Mr. Pent
Ms Pomegranate
Nafeesa
Noah Barth
Patricia Johnson
Peter Peterson
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Rebecca Hiles
Reid Mihalko
Roan Sarah Coughtry, MSW
Robert Morgan Lawrence
Robin Wilson-Beattle
Sally Sparrow
Sarah E. Mueller
Sarah Sloane
Sergio Tundo
Shar Rednour
Sigga Dogg
Stella Harris
Stephen Biggs
Suzy Spencer
Tamara Pincus, MSW, LICSW
Yoseñio V. Lewis>
Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke, PhD,MSW,LSW,MEd
Zyra Lee Vanity

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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. Find him 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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Andy Duran

Andy Duran is the Educational Outreach & Affiliate Manager for Good Vibrations, and Queeraoke Queen of CCON East 2015.

As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth.

Customer service and sex positivity are more than just buzzwords for Andy, but rather fundamentals that are essential for working in the field of sexual health & pleasure. Whether it’s product and tech support off hours, or his infamous handwritten notes in each reviewers’ package, it’s no wonder his affiliates have dubbed him the Sex Toy Santa.

When not philosophizing about all things sexual, Educator Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and keeping up his teddy bear figure.

Andy is presenting Queer & Trans Sexual Health. Check out Andy on Twitter and be sure to stop by the Exhibitor’s Hall to meet Andy at the Good Vibrations table!

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Audacia Ray

Audacia Ray is the founder of the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), a peer-led organization in New York that amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades through media, storytelling, and advocacy programs. At RedUP, she has led anti-violence, public health, and media campaigns to fight stigma and discrimination against sex workers, and has led workshops on writing and media skills for dozens of sex workers in NYC and beyond. She is the executive producer of and a featured performer in the feature documentary The Red Umbrella Diaries, editor of the book $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution, editor of RedUP’s literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work, as well as Ceyenne Doroshow’s book Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook, and is the author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in On Internet Sexploration

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Audacia Ray is presenting How to Do Advocacy to Change the World (OR Real Talk on How to Spend a Lot of Time Fighting for Small Changes and Doing a #Headdesk) and the Opening Keynote Plenary Address.

Find Audacia on Twitter, Facebook.

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Beverly Dale

The Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale, an ordained Christian clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 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. After receiving her Doctorate of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary “Rev Bev” entered parish ministry before serving as an ecumenical campus minister at the University of Pennsylvania. There she became known as a feminist and straight ally and gained the reputation, as one faculty member said, as the “conscience of the university.” Over the course of two decades she became conversant with the issues and struggles for young adults both in the ‘hook up culture’ and in the sexual minority communities. She was awarded the Community Service award from the Diabolique Foundation as a “Kink-Positive Missionary of Pleasure.” 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 is currently teaching an inclusive, science-friendly, sex-positive Christianity as the founder of the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith.

Dr. Beverly Dale is presenting “Finding Good News about Sex, Pleasure, and Diversity in the Bible”. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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image1Bryanna A. Jenkins, B.S., M.A. is a Transgender Activist and Advocate based out of Baltimore, MD. She is the Founding Member and Director of The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, a local collective that diligently works towards empowering the Transgender residents of the Baltimore Metro Area. Under Ms. Jenkins’ direction, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance organized #BaltimoreTRANSUprising and The Baltimore Transgender March of Resilience in 2015. This demonstrations were instrumental in showing the visibility of the Transgender Community of Baltimore City and creating a new narrative where Transgender People lead their own movements towards dismantling systems of oppression. Currently she is on the path to pursuing a legal education in order to better advocate for the issues of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities.

Bryanna is speaking on the Closing Keynote Plenary Address.

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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 Slut-shaming: Taking on intolerance about our open, unashamed sexualitiesWriting Sex & Pleasure: Tackling a Comprehensive Sexuality Tome and The Politics of Defining Sex & Anatomy. 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.

On topics around body image, shame reprogramming, and powerful self-expression, Cathy helps clients of all shapes, sizes, ages, and gender expressions break out of old patterns and find their voice.

As an all around geek who compulsively studies marketing and consensual influence… She also loves helping heart-centered sex-positive businesses find their unique voice and expand their audience and increase abundance.

Cathy is presenting Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value). Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Den Temin

Den Temin is a board certified sexologist by the American College of Sexologists, and a gender specialist with a Masters degree in Gender and Peace Building that they received from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. Den is a passionate individual who considers intimacy and pleasure as revolutionary. Their vision of sex, sexuality, and gender is holistic, based on an understanding of social justice where individuals have a right to find paths towards self-empowerment within and outside sexual spaces. Den is the founder of Sexplore with Den Temin. An organization that provides a healthy sex-positive environment where knowledge exchange is facilitated in order to support folks towards self-empowerment by exploring and improving their own and/or other people’s sexual lives and health. Within Sexplore, Den facilitates sexual education workshops, develops sexuality continuing education programs for professionals, and provides sexual counselling in a clinical sexology setting. Curiosity has fueled their craving to live and sexplore the ways in which we experience intimacy, connection, vulnerability, desire, and pleasure. For the past fifteen years, Den has lived in five different countries and traveled extensively throughout diverse corners of the world where they have studied and worked in the fields of gender and human sexuality.

Den is presenting Honesty, Vulnerability and Resilience: Creating a space for our best work. Find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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DrLexxDr. Lexx is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy, LLC located in Saint Louis, Mo where she provides therapeutic and sexuality consultation services. She has a PhD in human sexuality from Widener University and is also a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with subspecialization in sex therapy. Dr. Lexx  has a passion for working with couples in conflict. Her mission is to help people find safe, create and maintain safe spaces in their professional and personal relationship. When not providing therapeutic support, she tours the country speaking to professionals and students about racism, sexual trauma, sexual healing, and trying to increase the intimacy of others in their professional and personal relationships. Dr. Lexx enjoys educating from a constructivist paradigm meaning that she finds her students valuable and important whether they are college freshman or veteran CEOs. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Lexx has provided courses for professionals in regard to human sexuality, multiculturalism, and understanding relationships for public, private and Jesuit universities. Her current research platform focuses on the intersections of black women, sexuality and power.

Dr. Lexx is presenting Goddess Bodies Mortal Minds: The intersectionality of Black Sexuality and Respectability. Find Dr. Lexx at Twitter and Facebook.

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Eric Barry is a writer, comedian, and the host of Full Disclosure, a sex-positive podcast that features interviews with sex workers, BDSM demos, and discussions of culture and comedy. Eric himself is a former escort, and started his podcast in order to dispel the misconceptions around the sex industry. A Bay Area native, Eric is a graduate of UC Berkeley where he studied playwriting. When he’s not podcasting, he can be found performing standup comedy, writing for Huffington Post, and most recently developing a TV series inspired by his time in the sex industry.

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

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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy found her home among the sexual outlaws in her hometown of Dallas nearly 14 years ago. Since then she has been a voracious disciple of the subculture of BDSM, and a geek for all things kinky. As a professional public school educator, Erin felt she was hiding pieces of her true identity. She loves teaching, but couldn’t wear a mask anymore. In March 2015 Erin launched Sexfortherest where she writes about polyamory, kink, and alternative sexual lifestyle issues interwoven with smutty stories from her life as a Kinkster. Erin has completed Sexuality Education Certification through Planned Parenthood, and Tristan Taormino’s Sex Educator Bootcamp. She has written about consent theory, safe sadomasochistic practice, finding empowerment as a submissive, among other topics. Erin is also a mouthy advocate for sexual freedom, and an aspiring filmmaker.

Erin is presenting Consent and Abuse Awareness in Alternative Sexual Communities. Find Erin on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis is an authority on Human Sexuality with a focus on the African-American community. Frenchie combines her love and expertise of social services, education, and pop-culture to Entertain, Educate and Enhance the emotional and sexiological intelligence of her audiences. Frenchie offers her audience a passport to understanding how sexuality impacts spirituality, sexual agency, sexuality development and diversity. Frenchie understands how imperative it is to dissect, evaluate and engender daily sex-positive interactions to create a sex-positive culture. When you combine a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality with 15 years of facilitation and speaker experience you are not only informed but transformed. Frenchie works both nationally and internationally through workshops, lectures, blogging and TV appearances and shares her platform on her edge cutting sexuality talk show, “Libido Talk” on WBAI 99.5 FM of New York City. Frenchie collaborates with several organizations from DC Public Schools, Metro Teen AIDS, the National Council for Black Studies, The College of Black Studies at the College of Charleston, and in 2015, was a research scholar at the Cuba Delegation for Race, Culture, Gender, and Sexuality. You can learn more about Frenchie Davis at her website: www.LibidoTalk.com.

Frenchie Davis is presenting Goddess Bodies Mortal Minds: The intersectionality of Black Sexuality and Respectability. Find Frenchie on 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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Hannah Jorden

Hannah Jorden is a sex educator, artist and designer working in the progressive sex toy retail business at The Smitten Kitten. Their pleasure advocacy is based in intersectional, trans-inclusive feminism and fat liberation activism. Hannah’s job is basically to help people understand the wonders of body-friendly sex toys, and to make eye-pleasing imagery that promotes sexual pleasure within a body positive framework. Hannah is a non-binary trans person and uses they/them pronouns.

Hannah is presenting “Big, Happy Bodies: Fat Embodiment and Our Sexual Selves”. Find Hannah on Twitter and Facebook.

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Harmony Larson

LT Harmony Larson, M.S., is a Public Health specialist in the United States Navy, currently leading an initiative to improve LGBT health and awareness at a military hospital. A sex positive advocate for health equality, she joined the Navy in hopes of improving attitudes and practices surrounding sexuality in the military healthcare system. She will continue her work in the civilian sector, providing outreach and education to reduce health disparities within LGBT veteran and military communities.

Harmony is presenting Military and Veterans 101 for Sexuality Professionals.

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Heather Elizabeth

Sexuality agitator. Kink and sexuality educator. Sexuality Empowerment Coach. Heather Elizabeth is all about helping people have the conversations they want to have around sexuality (and everything that includes), so they get down to having the sex they really want to be having. After nearly a decade of community-based sexual education and organizing, people remain one of Heather’s greatest passions and her fascination of the what, why and how of their decisions and actions led her to open her private practice. With a focus on authenticity, personal choice and sex neutrality, she helps her clients connect with their sexual selves by overcoming their shame, judgment, and fear. Heather is passionate about self-exploration, transformative learning, communication, and figuring out new ways to do better. Though she writes, blogs and vlogs a fair amount, her real love is engaging directly with people; be it in small groups, one-on-one sessions, or addressing crowds with her very thought-provoking and practical workshops.

Heather is presenting Honesty, Vulnerability and Resilience: Creating a space for our best work. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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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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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 speaking on the Opening Keynote Plenary Address

Find Hernando on Twitter and Facebook.

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Inara de Luna

Inara de Luna is a bisexual, polyamorous, kinky pagan who is also a Relationship Coach and a Sexuality Educator. Inara is a sex positive activist, a consent educator with the NCSF, a published author, and a national presenter. As a Sexual and Relational Diversity Specialist, Inara specializes in offering services to those in the LGBT, polyamorous, and kink communities. She blends her training and experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist with her history as a Priestess of Sacred Sexuality, and offers phone, online video, and in person coaching sessions on a variety of individual, relationship, and sexuality concerns.

Inara is presenting Kinky & Codependent. Find Inara on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jackie StranoJackie (Jack) Rednour-Bruckman (aka 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, performer, and feminist pornographer, Jack has created best-selling, critically acclaimed and culturally influential titles with 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 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, Jack also directed operations for Amazon and Ask.com. As a performer, Jackie Strano has also toured the country as a musician and writer with original music featured in mainstream and alternative movies (including Bound) and has played on stages from CBGB’s to the Fillmore. Strano and Rednour’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). Strano has been published in New Views On Pornography and in Coming Out Like A Porn Star . Jack & Shar live in the Bay Area with their 3 children, motherinlaw, dogs, cat, and chickens.

Jackie is presenting Sex Positive Parenting,  Queer & Trans Sexual Health and the Closing Keynote Plenary Address.. Find Jackie on Twitter.

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Jenny Block

Jenny Block, is a writer and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Solo Sex (May 2016), O Wow: Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm (August 2015) and the Lambda Award-Winning book Open: Love, Sex, and Life in as Open Marriage (June 2008). Her writing appears in and on HuffingtonPost.com, Playboy.com, AsMen.com, Curve Magazine, Dallas Voice, Edge Media Network, and many others. She appears regularly on HuffPo Live, the HuffPo Sex and Love Podcast, and is featured in HuffPo’s first ever, free-standing multimedia project – The Overdue and Under-told story of the clit. You can find her at www.thejennyblock.com.

Jenny is presenting O Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm, I touch myself: Your Solo Sex practice, and One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato Four – Navigating Monogamy, Polyamory, and Everything in Between. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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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: Taking on intolerance about our open, unashamed sexualities. 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.”

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. She also wrote the spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and the award-winning, self-help guide, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex. She edited the steamy senior sex anthology, 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. In 2015 she was invited to be the keynote speaker for the inaugural “Let’s Talk about Sex” conference in Melbourne, Australia, and gave seven presentations in three cities. She received the 2015 Catalyst Award for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.”

Joan is presenting “25 Tips for Sexy Aging”.  Find Joan at Twitter and Facebook.

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Kate Sinclaire

Kate Sinclaire has been making porn for 8 years, and is the owner and manager of Cherrystems.com and Ciné Sinclaire. Her mission is to bring great sex to the masses, illustrating key concepts that she wishes she’d had in porn choices while growing up – consent, pleasure, a wide range of human beings, and more fluid gender roles. She studied sociology and philosophy at the University of Manitoba (Yay Canadians!), though most of her experience in the adult world has come from working directly in the industry, carving out a porn scene in a small city in Canada called Winnipeg (why do they call us Peggers?), and reading a ridiculous amount of books. She lives in a little red barn house, grows a lot of food in her garden, and also works for the amazing Canadian toy manufacturer, Fuze.

Kate Sinclaire is presenting Talking about it: Porn literacy as media literacy. Find Kate on Twitter, Twitter, and Twitter

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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 is presenting Slut-shaming: Taking on intolerance about our open, unashamed sexualities. Find Katie on Twitter, and Facebook.

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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 Consent and Abuse Awareness in Alternative Sexual Communities.

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Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He’s been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. At some point, Kevin and his wife, Antoinette, took the limits off of their dating and began practicing very similar to Relationship Anarchy.

In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is a platform for the diversity of our relationship structures and the people within them to shine through.

Kevin is presenting Diversity. Representation, and Inclusion in the Polyamory Community. Find Kevin on Tumblr

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LaDawn Lanier

LaDawn Lanier is a doctoral candidate at Widener University’s Center for Sexuality Studies. She has been incorporating her experiences in this field into her practice providing psychological services for a multicultural population and their families. As a full time School Psychologist for over 15 years, LaDawn has provided a number of professional development opportunities, staff consultation, provided individual/group counseling and led psychoeducational groups. LaDawn’s interests include working with couples to address their relationship needs, curriculum development in the areas of disabilities and sexuality, empowering marginalized individuals as well as providing workshops for adults and young people on various topics.

LaDawn Lanier is presenting Goddess Bodies Mortal Minds: The intersectionality of Black Sexuality and Respectability.

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Laura Rademacher

Laura Rademacher, MA, LMFT, CST got her start as a sex educator selling sex toys. When she became a sex and relationship therapist, she quickly realized therapy often focuses more on pathology than pleasure. Because of this, her focus became how therapists and educators can help their clients connect with pleasure to increase empowerment and cultivate healing. Laura has presented nationally and all of her workshops are welcoming and inclusive of people of all genders, orientations, and relationship styles. Currently she works in private practice with individuals, couples, and groups in Minneapolis, MN.

Laura Rademacher is presenting Pleasure is Primary. Find Laura on Twitter

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Leandra Vane

Leandra Vane writes a sexuality book review blog entitled The Unlaced Librarian. She is a Certified Public Librarian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in language arts with a psychology minor. She writes about sexuality and relationships from the perspective of a visibly disabled and kinky woman. Her forthcoming sexuality memoir is entitled Trophy Wife: Sexuality. Disability. Femininity.

Leandra is presenting Passing and Panties: Disability, Femininity, and Sexual Identity. Find Leandra on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lillith GreyLillith Grey, Ph.D., NIC,  As an educator, activist, therapist, and artist, Lillith spends most of her time teaching, reading, keeping secrets, and sewing sequins. She is a producer, artist, pianist, and emcee, and appears frequently in the Texas burlesque scene. She is the founder and co-producer of Dallas’s weekly Queer variety show, the Tuesday Tease, and is the founder and producer of Glitterbomb, a weekly Queer performance art showcase on Thursdays in Denton. Through these shows, and through personal mentorship, Lillith works to create space for identity development and personal healing through performance art for Queer-identified folks.
In addition to her performance and production work, Karen (Lillith’s muggle name) presents at events and conferences across the country. Her educational workshops span a variety of topics, including sexuality, research, personality, sign language, relationships, and multicultural & diversity issues. She is the producer of Brain Tease: 12-Minute Talks to Keep Your Mindgrapes Juicy, a monthly lecture series for fun, funky intellectuals. She has extensive experience teaching at the university level, including courses in women’s studies, psychology, social work, and American Sign Language, and works as a psychologist in a private clinic in the North Texas area. Find more about her work at LillithGrey.com and TheGraciousMind.com.

Lillith is presenting The Revolution Will Not Be Comfortable: Radical Self-Care for Social Justice Warriors and the Opening Keynote Plenary Address.

Find Lillith on Twitter and Facebook.

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Liz Powell

Liz Powell, Psy.D., is a psychologist and coach 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, with an office in San Francisco. 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 and Military and Veterans 101 for Sexuality Professionals. 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 six 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 on and off stage. Lola has taken Sex Ed A Go-Go across the country from Los Angeles, CA to Piscataway, NJ, and Albuquerque, NM. She has also presented at Catalyst Con East and west, SHE NY, and during sex week at Baruch College and UNM. When she’s not traveling 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 and Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage. Find Lola on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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Lucinda Pepper

Lucinda Pepper is a visionary; a trauma-informed yoga teacher and body-based healer and the founder of Embodied Health. Embodied Health collaborates with folks to inhabit their wonderful bodies through yoga, massage therapy, embodiment therapy, and mindfulness. Lucinda’s approach is intersectional and social-change based; infused with fat- and body-positivity and specific outreach to fat and LGBTQ folks. Lucinda is queer and genderqueer and uses she/her or they/them pronouns.

Lucinda is presenting “Big, Happy Bodies: Fat Embodiment and Our Sexual Selves”. Find Lucinda on Facebook.

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Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson are a devoted married couple. They have been creative collaborators – teaching and writing about relationships, sexuality, and Tantra together – since 1999. Internationally known and widely quoted as experts, Michaels and Johnson are the authors of Designer Relationships and Partners in Passion (Cleis Press), as well as Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment, and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn). Their books have garnered numerous awards: Independent Publishing (IPPY), ForeWord Reviews/IndieFab, and USA Book News Best Books, among others. They are also the creators of the meditation CD set Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep. In 2007, they co-founded Pleasure Salon to support New York’s sex and pleasure positive community, this grass-roots movement has national and international chapters.

Mark is presenting The Dark Side of Tantra. Find Mark on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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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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 The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.

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Mr BLK

The Black Pomegranate is a team of sex educators who write about sexual health and BDSM and who travel to give presentations in the Mid-Atlantic area. The Black Pomegranate, LLC is made up of two dedicated professionals, one of which is Mr. BLK.

Mr.BLK is a blogger, writer, bondage rigger, dominant and certified geek. I’ve been an event promoter, dungeon monitor and founded the B’more Munch, one of the longest running meetups in the Baltimore area. I draw on disparate experiences as a caregiver, martial artist and fitness trainer to craft scenes that are innovative and fun. I’m blessed to have Ms.Pomegranate as a partner and rope bottom. When I’m not crafting diabolical plans, I relax by reading comics or working out with kettlebells.

Mr. BLK is presenting “What does consent look like ; Practicing consent in kink”. Find Mr. BLK 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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Ms Pomegranate

The Black Pomegranate is a team of sex educators who write about sexual health and BDSM and who travel to give presentations in the Mid-Atlantic area. The Black Pomegranate, LLC is made up of two dedicated professionals, one of which is Ms Pomegranate.

Ms.Pomegranate is an experienced sex educator – concentrating on Sexual health in the teen years, and BDSM for beginners. In the scene she is a rope bottom for Mr.BLK, and domme for all who would venture into her domain. Away from the scene, she is the fiancee of her ladylove, and the
parent of teenagers, who relaxes by studying mythology.

Ms Pomegranate is presenting “What does consent look like ; Practicing consent in kink”. Find Ms Pomegranate on Twitter and Facebook

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Nafeesa is a sex educator, abortion doula and reproductive justice advocate who is studying to become an oppression aware OB-GYN provider specializing in care for queer and trans* folks of color. In addition to learning a lot of biochemistry she is currently focused on developing curriculum on intersectional approaches to sex positivity and having the time of her life educating folks about buttplugs at The Smitten Kitten.

Nafeesa is presenting Decolonizing Sex Positivity.

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Noah Barth

Noah Barth (They/Them) works as a Behavioral Research Assistant at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as an HIV prevention counselor and PrEP navigator. Their interest lies in American gender and sexuality as they investigate the roll of HIV in popular culture as an American Studies major at DePaul University.

Noah is presenting Getting PrEPared. Find Noah on Twitter.

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Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson are a devoted married couple. They have been creative collaborators – teaching and writing about relationships, sexuality, and Tantra together – since 1999. Internationally known and widely quoted as experts, Michaels and Johnson are the authors of Designer Relationships and Partners in Passion (Cleis Press), as well as Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment, and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn). Their books have garnered numerous awards: Independent Publishing (IPPY), ForeWord Reviews/IndieFab, and USA Book News Best Books, among others. They are also the creators of the meditation CD set Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep. In 2007, they co-founded Pleasure Salon to support New York’s sex and pleasure positive community, this grass-roots movement has national and international chapters.

Patricia is presenting The Dark Side of Tantra. Find Patricia on Twitter and Facebook.

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Peter Peterson

Peter Petersen has been teaching for 13 years and has been a certified Sheng Zhen Qigong teacher for the last 11 years, where he has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.

Peter is presenting Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority.

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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 has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. 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 is co-writing a book on coming out as poly (comingoutpoly.co) and you can help by submitting your coming out stories there. ​

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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Reid Mihalko

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, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information.

Reid frequently speaks at colleges and universities on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship skills, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality.

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 also founder of Sex Geek Summer Camp and Sex Geek School for Gifted Sex Geeks which help sex educators learn valuable business skills that allow them to reach more people, transform move lives, and make a better living as sexperts.

Reid is presenting The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value). Find Reid on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Roan Sarah Coughtry, MSW, is a sexuality educator, freelance writer, and transgenderqueer healer currently based out of Atlanta, GA. With roots originating from the rural farmlands of New York, they have traveled extensively for both work and pleasure, fostering a background in psychology, the arts, social justice organizing, alternative healing, and radical sex positivity along the way. They’ve worked with grassroots organizations nationally and internationally to advocate for racial, sexual, gender, and economic justice, and they continue to raise awareness around issues of diversity through trainings, presentations, and workshops. A co-leader and founding member of the Sexual Liberation Collective, and a lead organizer of the Sex Down South Conference, they are passionate about kindling the connection between erotic energy, creativity, spirituality, and social change. While much of their work keeps them staring at a computer, they are most inspired and nourished when they are out in the community building bridges, fostering connections, and facilitating exploration around sex, desire, embodiment, and all things liberation. Learn more about their work at roancoughtry.com or contact them at srecoughtry@gmail.com.

Roan is presenting Sex, Desire, and the Revolution: Why Sexual Liberation is Necessary for our Movements.

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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 international 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.

Robert is presenting The Politics of Defining Sex & Anatomy

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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 speaking on the Opening Keynote Plenary Address

Find Robin on Twitter and Facebook

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Sally Sparrow

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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Sarah E. Mueller

Sarah Mueller has been a Sex Educator at The Smitten Kitten since May of 2012. Prior to her employment at The Smitten Kitten Sarah received a BA in English Literature, with minors in Art History and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College. After working as a sex educator at Smitten Kitten Sarah realized personal lubricants are a huge contributor to people’s sexual satisfaction and health, but many struggle to find lubricants without adverse effects. Sarah then began an extensive research project on personal lubricant ingredients, regulations, and interactions with the body. Sarah has begun to give workshops and trainings through The Smitten Kitten, providing educational materials around lubricant safety at conferences across the U.S. She is now expanding her research and educational offerings to topics from STIs,Cancer Treatment & Sexual Function, Menopause, and Social Justice within Gynecology. Her research has also allowed her to contribute to Allison Moon’s Girl Sex 101, assist in editing Joan Price’s The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty, and has been interviewed as a Lube Expert on the Sexational Blog and VICE Magazine’s Blog.

Sarah is presenting Lube! An In-Depth Look at Personal Lubricants.

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Sarah Sloane is a sex educator and writer hailing from Chicago, IL. In her work at Pleasure Chest, she oversees operations for both Chicago locations, helps develop sex educators through Pleasure Chest’s sex specialist program, and helps coordinate national training & development efforts. Sarah’s belief in the innate value of each person’s sexuality, as well as their right to shame-free, body positive, pleasure-based education is reflected in her work, and she believes that sexuality information and education should be at the core of every aspect of effective physical & mental health treatment.

Sarah is presenting Partners in Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers & educators. Find Sarah on Twitter and Twitter.

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Sergio Tundo

Sergio Tundo (They/Them) works as a Behavioral Research Associate at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago administering HIV testing and linkage as well as PrEP navigation. Sergio has a passion in de-stigmatizing sex and follows a harm reduction sex positive approach to working with clients. They one day plan to be a sex therapist and work with LGBTQ youth on sexual shame and sex work.

Sergio is presenting Getting PrEPared. Find Sergio on Twitter.

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Shar Rednour

Shar Rednour co-authored THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone and wrote the parenting sections. In Jiz Lee’s Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy she writes candidly about how being the daughter of sex-positive, working-class parents affected her as a mom.

She has two forthcoming parenting books including How Great Sex Made Me a Good Mom from her blog of the same title. Her book The Femme’s Guide to the Universe is available on Audible.com. She was proud to be selected to narrate the biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon.
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: details can be found in the fabulous book New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Shar co-wrote/directed Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma featuring Staci Haines. Shar and Jackie were featured in award-winner Ken Swartz’s historical documentary San Francisco: Sex and The City among others
Jackie and Shar have been together for 23 years and have 3 children, 3 chickens and 3 dogs.

Shar is presenting Sex Positive Parenting and Writing Sex & Pleasure: Tackling a Comprehensive Sexuality Tome. Find Shar on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sigga Dogg

Sigga Dogg is a Icelandic sex educator and writer. She has a degree in psychology and a master’s degree in sexology from Curtin University in Australia. She has been writing about sex and relationships for the biggest newspaper in Iceland since 2005, in addition to writing for the Icelandic edition of Glamour magazine. She is the president of The Icelandic sexology association, that just hosted the Nordic Association of Clinical Sexology annual conference,  in Reykjavík, with Betty Dodson as a keynote speaker.

Sigga’s mission is to change the way we talk about sex by using humor, honesty and facts. She teaches sex education to teenagers in high schools around Iceland and private adult groups. She recognizes the importance of genital diversity and in doing so, took pictures of genitals of Icelandic volunteers in 2014 for educational purposes but also as for an art exhibition on gender, sexual identity and genitals for Design March in Reykjavík in 2015. In 2014 Sigga published her first book, which is a guidebook for parents on how to talk to their kids and teenagers about sex.

Sigga Dogg is presenting Genitals and orgasms and anal, oh my: sex education in Iceland. Find Sigga on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Stella Harris

Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. She uses a variety of tools to guide and empower clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations, universities, and conferences up and down the west coast including Catalyst Con West, Reed College, and the Portland Academy of Sex Ed.
Stella is widely published in print and online, with highlights including the collections As Kinky As You Wanna Be, The Big Book of Bondage, and a series of tantalizing and informative articles on kinkly.com.
Stella is building a world where everyone has the tools and confidence they need to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame.
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Stella Harris is presenting You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You; Battling Impostor Syndrome for Sexuality Professionals. . Find Stella on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stephen Biggs

Stephen Biggs has been practicing psychotherapy for nearly two decades, and has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from York University. He has a small private practice, but spends most of his working hours at a large urban hospital in Toronto. While his practice is general, his patients are very diverse, spanning many cultures, and sharing a wide variety of sexual expression including but not limited to kink and open relationships. Personally identifying as queer and pansexual, he draws on his experience in alternative lifestyle communities both in Toronto and on the west coast. Steve has facilitated workshops on communication skills and negotiating consensually monogamous and multipartnered relationships. He has been an invited speaker on topics in sexuality at University of Waterloo and Guelph University, and is part of a loose community of Kink Aware Therapists in the Greater Toronto Area.

Stephen is presenting Honesty, Vulnerability and Resilience: Creating a space for our best work. Find Stephen on Twitter and Facebook.

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Suzy SpencerSuzy Spencer is the author of four true crime books – Wasted, a New York Times bestseller set in Austin’s lesbian and gay community; Wages of Sin, about a killer stripper; Breaking Point, the story of Houston mother Andrea Yates; and The Fortune Hunter, about a lesbian whose lover lures her into murder.

After nearly 10 years of writing true crime, Suzy desperately needed to laugh. She thought writing about sex would help her do that. So in December 2004, Suzy began a journalistic investigation into Americans’ alternative sex practices. The result is her most emotionally challenging book yet — Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality.

Secret Sex Lives, Suzy’s first memoir, was featured on Katie Couric’s talk show, Katie; was named a Publishers Weekly fall 2012 pick, a Barnes & Noble editor’s recommendation; one of Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay, Top 10 Most Provocative Books 2012, one of Bustle’s 6 Steamy, Sexy… Science? Books That’ll Turn You On, and is a Kinsey Confidential Recommended Book.

Suzy’s been interviewed on Good Morning America, ABC World News, Primetime, and Dateline NBC; numerous shows on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and Investigation Discovery; and on Oxygen and the E! Channel.

Suzy Spencer is presenting Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage. Find Suzy 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 Consent and Abuse Awareness in Alternative Sexual Communities. Find Tamara 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 The Mask: Addressing Dark Desires.

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Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke

Zelaika S. Hepworth Clarke, PhD, MSW, LSW, MEd is a Pan-African sexosopher, sexual epistemologist, cultural and clinical sexologist, sexecologist, African-centered social worker, ally, and the founder of BlackHealers.org, an upcoming social networking website aimed at decreasing vicarious traumatization among healers throughout the African diaspora. Zelaika received a Bachelor’s degree in Sexuality, Culture and Oppression at New York University. Zelaika has studied internationally in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad, Netherlands, and Cuba. In 2012, Zelaika obtained a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Education of Human Sexuality from Widener University as well as a certificate from the National Academy for African-Centered Social Work. In 2014, Zelaika conducted decolonizing research in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil which focused on exploring Ọ̀ṣunality, an African-centered, sex-positive, post-colonial paradigm that affirms diversity in sensuality, sexual pleasure and eroticism. In 2015, Zelaika received a Ph.D. at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Zelaika is committed to: undoing negative effects of colonialism while combating internalized oppressions; healing; the decolonization project; human empowerment; sexual-sensual liberation; intersectional mindfulness; expanding consciousness; self-knowledge; self-reflexivity; self-actualization; counter-oppressive discourses; critical thinking; and increasing sexual epistemic justice and diversity.

Zelaika is presenting Goddess Bodies Mortal Minds: The intersectionality of Black Sexuality and Respectability.

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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: Taking on intolerance about our open, unashamed sexualities. Find Zyra on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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