Speakers

 

CatalystCon West 2014 Speakers

Akio Maroon
Alexandra Silk
Alicia Relles
Allison Moon
Amber Melvin
Amy Butcher
Annamarie Stockwell
Annie Sprinkle
Ashley Manta
Barry Lyrse
Candida Royalle
Carol Queen
Chanell Heart
Charlie Glickman
Charlie Nox
Christopher Daniel Zeischegg
Cinnamon Maxxine
Conner Habib
Cooper Beckett
Coyote Amrich
Cunning Minx
Dawn Fortune
Dane Ballard
Dee Dennis
Del Tashlin
Dylan Ryan
Dylan Thomas
Dr. Ebony A. Utley
Elizabeth Juarez
Emily Lindin
Eva Blake
Eve Minax
Ginger Bentham
Helena
Dr. Hernando Chaves
Jackie Strano
jessica drake
Jessica Ross
Joan Price
Julie Stewart
Kait Scalisi, MPH
Kim Marks
Lillith Grey
Luc Wylder
Lynn Comella
Maria Quinn, BA
Dr. Marylou Naccarato
Memo DeLaVega
Michael R. Colbert
Miko Technogeisha
Mo Beasley
Monique Darling
Ms. Morgan Thorne
Nia Pines
Ms. Nina Ruedas
Dr. Patti Britton
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Raul Queue
Rebecca Hiles
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Regie Cabico
Reid Mihalko
Remi Newman, MA
Minister L. Renair Amin Covington
Rick Aguilar B.S.Ed.
Dr. Robert Dunlap
Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence
Robin Siegal, LCSW
Sandra Garcia
Shar Rednour
Shawna Kenney
Shay Tiziano
Sherri Shaulis
Shira Tarrant, PhD
Sia Turay
Sinclair Sexsmith
Slam
Tanya Tate
Tiny B. Hiney
TT Baum
Veronica Hart
Veronica Vera
Walker Thornton
Will Fredericks
Dr. Winston Wilde
Yoseñio V. Lewis
Zach Beach

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Akio Maroon

Akio Maroon is an internationally recognized Human Rights Advocate with a focus on advocacy in Occupational Health and Safety, Equality, Social Justice and HIV/AIDS support systems.

Akio Maroon is the founding director of the Toronto Childcare Collective and Grind Toronto. Grind Toronto is a movement that celebrates sex positivity, safer sex and promotes consent culture. While The Toronto Childcare Collective (TCC) supports the participation of parents, in racial socioeconomic and justice work, through activism, community engagement, and various art forms. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city to have fun with kids while their parents participate in and/or lead organizing efforts to defend their rights and build a better Toronto. The TCC through its work, aims to help center and prioritize the participation of women, trans caregivers and families of color in our struggle for collective liberation, and to help build a sustainable, intergenerational movement.

In July 2014 Akio Maroon was chosen to represent Canada at the 2014 Human Rights Conference, where they were further invited to meet with and speak to The Honourable David C. Onley the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Representative of Her Majesty The Queen and the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne.

Akio is a dedicated single parent, an Occupational & Environment Health and Safety consultant, an Educator, and an Activist who occasionally travels internationally to speak on topics of Equality, Workers Rights, Social Justice organizing and several global Human Rights initiative.

Akio is presenting Flawless: Black Pride in Sexualized Communities & Labour. Find Akio on Twitter and Facebook.

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Alexandra Silk

With over 20 years of experience in adult media, Alexandra Silk offers a unique point of view in the positive potential of alternative approaches to sex education and therapies. Currently, after a successful run producing Sex Across America episodes for entertainment purposes, Alex, along with her husband, Luc Wylder, expanded the project in an educational direction, incorporating her certification in surrogate partner therapy towards covering a wide variety of timely sexuality topics in thought-pieces and video-blogs appearing weekly on their website, SexAcrossAmerica.com. Named to the top three adult entertainment halls of fame (Adult Video News, Legends of Erotica and X-Rated Critics Organization), she has worked with some of the most prominent companies in the industry including Playboy and Adam & Eve and has conducted educational presentations for organizations such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Orange Coast College and the University of LaVerne.

Alexandra is presenting Alternative Solutions: Sex Surrogate Partner Therapies (SPT). Find Alexandra on Twitter and Facebook.

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Alicia Relles

Growing up in the floral business her grandfather founded in 1946, Alicia Relles likes to say she has always worked in a‘pleasure’ industry. She studied female physiology, human sexuality and art at UCSC and met one of her mentors and friend Annie Sprinkle during this time. Alicia began her further journey in the pleaure/ ‘adult industry’ upon graduation. Alicia moved to NYC in 1999 and played a key role in the growth and development of the then emerging sex positive retailer Babeland and spent a decade working as an educator, a buyer, a creative artist and product designer for them. In 2009 Alicia joined JeJoue and established the unique model of direct one to one hands on retailer education and sales in North America. Alicia’s passion for working in this ever changing industry comes from a desire to educate any individual to be comfortable in their bodies and explore their sexuality in a healthy and safe way.

Alicia is presenting Material Matters.

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Allison Moon

Allison Moon is the author of the forthcoming illuminated sex-ed book, Girl Sex 101 and the Tales of the Pack series of novels about lesbian werewolves. Both books in the series, Lunatic Fringe and Hungry Ghost, were nominated for Goldie Awards for lesbian fiction. Allison was a 2011 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBT Authors Fellow. As a sex educator, Allison has presented her signature workshop – How to Drive a Vulva, as well as workshops on strap-on sex, polyamory, sexual self-expression, erotica writing, and more – to thousands of people around the US and Canada.

Allison is presenting Self-Publishing for Fun and (Maybe) Profit. Find Allison on Twitter here and here.

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Amber Melvin

Amber Melvin received her B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from California State University in 2014. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health and education, sexuality and disability, queer theory, and fat studies. Amber is a lifelong activist and currently dedicates her time to training young activists in her community and throughout California on reproductive justice issues and coalition building.

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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Amy Butcher

Amy Butcher is a silver fox “liminal guide” and enjoys taking people through transformations. She has been many things, including a bike tour guide leader through France, a ROPES course instructor, a massage therapist, a designer, and an astronaut (well, maybe not that last one). Her current focus is building the fascia of a new an erotic organization, articulating the connective tissue that threads between and among participants and practitioners of erotic education. She is also the author of the murder mystery “Paws for Consideration” which won the 2012 San Francisco Book Award in the gay category.

Amy is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find Amy on Twitter and Facebook.

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Annamarie Stockwell

Annamarie is an inquisitive sadist with a knowledge fetish, for whom BDSM provides a never-ending source of deep joy. You can usually find her sticking sharp things, fists, and sounds into people, or perhaps throwing her whips and giggling. Kinky for as long as she can remember, she has been active in the Portland area community for eight years and is a member of the PLA, Bad Girls, NCSF, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, and the Vancouver Munch. She has been vending kinky rubber products with her partner Kat of InHerTube since 2006. Education is her passion, and she has presented for organizations and events around the West Coast. She also regularly speaks at university classes on the topics of polyamory and BDSM. Annamarie’s current projects include Talking Kink, the Portland Queer Munch, and maintaining the PDX Kink Events calendar.

Annamarie is presenting Specialties in Sex Work. Find Annamarie at Twitter and Facebook.

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Annie Sprinkle

Annie Sprinkle was a NYC prostitute and porn star for twenty years, then morphed into an artist and sexologist. She has passionately explored sexuality for forty years, sharing her experiences through making her own unique brand of feminist sex films, writing books and articles, visual art making, creating theater performances, and teaching. Annie has consistently championed sex worker rights and health care and was one of the pivotal players of the Sex Positive Movement of the 1980′s. She got her BFA at School of Visual Arts in NYC was the first porn star to earn a Ph.D.. She’s a popular lecturer whose work is studied in many colleges and Universities. For the past 12 years she has been collaborating on art projects with her partner, an artist and UCSC professor, Elizabeth Stephens. They are movers and shakers in the new “ecosex movement,” committed to making environmentalism more sexy, fun and diverse.

Annie is presenting ECOSEX! Make the Earth Your Lover: Heat Up Your Sex Life as You Slow Global Warming and Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love.   Find Annie at AnnieSprinkle.Org(asm), Sexecology.Org, and on Twitter, Twitter and Facebook.

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Ashley MantaAshley 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. She 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 is presenting Living With An STI. Find Ashley on Twitter and Facebook.

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Barry Lyrse

Barry Lyrse is a Master’s student in the Communication Studies program at California State University Long Beach. His foci of study are race, religion, infidelity, and technology. He is an educator and performer for interAct performance troupe which focuses on sexual assault and stalking prevention against women.

Barry is presenting Infidelity Is More Than Cheating.

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Candida Royalle

Candida Royalle, president of Femme Productions®, is a frequent TV & radio guest and sought after expert on issues of relationships, sexuality and women’s self-empowerment. She is the author of “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice From a Woman who Knows”( Simon & Schuster).
Royalle first became known for pioneering the genre of erotic movies by and for women and couples. Widely used by counselors and sexologists, her work has received international accolades for its sex-positive and egalitarian approach to sexuality and eroticism.
In 1995 Royalle broke further ground with Groet Design, a Dutch industrial design company, to create the Natural Contours® line of stylish and discreet intimate massagers that raised the bar and set new standards for women’s intimate care products.
Royalle has lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Psychiatric Association’s national conference, and the World Congress on Sexology, as well as numerous universities including Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley College and New York University .
Royalle is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and a founding board member of Feminist for Free Expression (FFE). For more information go to: Candidaroyalle.com.

Candida is presenting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love.

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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.). She is on the board of directors of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.
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 scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing.

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. Her most recent book is an updated second edition of Exhibitionism for the Shy.

Carol is presenting Consent: To Make a Villager, Social Media and Feminist Ethics: #Activism and the Politics of Responsibility, and Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality a Sex-Negative Culture. Find Carol on Twitter.

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Channell Heart

Chanell Heart is a 20 years old, from Pittsburgh, PA and has been in the adult industry for over a year. She’s signed to Ideal Image Models in Chatsworth, CA and got into the industry because of her own curiosity with the industry and sexuality. She had already been into watching pornography and wanted to learn more about the environment, the people behind the camera, and adult news. She filled out applications with a few agencies just to “try her luck” and after receiving a few calls back, she felt confident in her decision to become a part of the pornography industry. Her past experience was as a retail manager at an accessories boutique. In September 2014 she also plans to enroll in college and major in Computer Science.

Chanell is presenting Flawless: Black Pride in Sexualized Communities & Labour. Find Chanell on Twitter and Facebook.

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Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman, PhD is a sex & relationship coach, a sexuality educator, a sexological bodyworker, and an internationally-acclaimed speaker. He’s been working in this field for over 20 years, and some of his areas of focus include sex & shame, sex-positivity, queer issues, masculinity & gender, communities of erotic affiliation, and many sexual & relationship practices. Charlie is also the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners.

Charlie is presenting Shameless Self-Promotion: Marketing 101 for Activists.  Find out more about him on his website charlieglickman.com or on Twitter and Facebook. For Charlie’s sex coaching and sexological bodywork services, visit MakeSexEasy.com.

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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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Christopher Daniel Zeischegg, a pornographer, writer, musician, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. Zeischegg spent eight years working in the adult film industry as performer, Danny Wylde. He’s been a contributor to The Feminist Porn Book, and a variety of online publications, such as Smitten Kitten and Medium.com. His novel, Come to my Brother, was released in 2013 through Queer Young Cowboys. And his industrial metal band, Chiildren, released their first EP, The Other People, through Bit Riot Records. Zeischegg currently works in adult and mainstream film production, and as a freelance writer.

Christopher is presenting  Getting In and Getting Out: An exploration of the beginning, middle and end of life in porn.

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Cinnamon Maxxine

Cinnamon Maxxine is a fat femme on their fierce grind and not stopping anytime soon. They’re on a mission to confront racism, race bias, fat phobia, and the generic femme bias in sex work and porn. Cinnamon calls on the power of the “demons” to fight these issues every day and educate people that these issues are real. Not just in mainstream society, but in our cherished and loved alternative/sub cultures as well.

Cinnamon is presenting Flawless: Black Pride in Sexualized Communities & Labour. Find Cinnamon on Twitter and Facebook.

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Conner Habib

Conner Habib is an author, sex scholar, gay porn performer and lecturer. In seven years, he’s appeared in nearly 200 porn scenes. His writing has appeared in Salon, Slate, Vice, the Stranger, and more. He speaks at universities and organizations across the country, and his book The Sex Book: Myths, Positions, Taboos, and Possibilities will be released by Disinformation 2015. He lives in Los Angeles.

Conner is presenting Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Conner 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 Bacchanalia Basics: It’s (Play) Party Time! Find Cooper on Twitter and Facebook

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Coyote Days

For more than ten years, Coyote Amrich has been at the helm of product development and purchasing at Good Vibrations. She continues to refine and curate the entire catalog of Good Vibrations products with increasing attention towards body-safe materials and emotional designs that reward interaction and foster play. She has built a significant reputation as a product educator, advocate for sustainability, and transparency in manufacturing. She believes that pleasure is your birthright unless you are one of her animals, then you need to get off the couch.

Coyote is presenting Sex Toys: Past, Present, and Future and Material Matters. Find Coyote on Twitter.

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Cunning Minx

Cunning Minx is the sultry-voiced producer, host and promoter of the Polyamory Weekly podcast, now with over 400 episodes in production. The podcast shares tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view. A marketing executive by day, Minx dedicates her free time to poly activism and education and puts her marketing and social media mojo to use to promote poly education and community. A kinky boobiesexual, Minx founded the show as a resource for the poly and poly-curious to form a community, share experiences and help guide each other on their journeys of poly and kinky exploration. Minx has spoken on poly, kinky and Web 2.0 community-building topics at ShibariCon, Geek Girl Con, CatalystCon, MomentumCon, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Sex 2.0, Leather Leadership Conference, Dragon*Con, GD2, Heartland Polyamory Conference, New York Poly Pride and Poly Living. The Poly Weekly podcast is the winner of the 2007 Erotic Award for Best Podcast and has received accolades from ErosZine, Fleshbot and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cunning is presenting Shameless Self-Promotion: Marketing 101 for Activists and Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance.  Find Cunning on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dane Ballard

Dane Ballard is a sex-positive educator, activist and adult performer dedicated to improving the sex, sexuality and relationships of all people. A former counselor, advice columnist and sex worker, Dane has a charming sense of humor and irresistible charm make that make him both a sexy and entertaining speaker. A leader in the sex-positive community, Dane Ballard served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, worked for Seattle’s Gay City Health Project, produced “Sinplex”, the Herpes and HPV conference, and was the producer and host of “SexLife LIVE”, the sex-positive late night TV show for over 4 years. He’s had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the world’s most celebrated sex-positive voices such as Allena Gabosch, Deborah Sundalh, Nina Hartley, and countless others.

Dane is presenting Mandatory Condoms in Porn and why we are against it and That’s Not Funny! – Comedy and the sex positive movement.  Find Dane at Daneballard.com.

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Dawn Fortune

Dawn Fortune is a Unitarian Universalist Candidate for Ministry, holds a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts, and is enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Sexuality and Religion at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Dawn is serving as ministerial intern at the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, California for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dawn teaches religious folks about sexuality and gender and teaches sex educators about people of faith. A longtime activist with sexuality and gender minorities and progressive political causes, ze is keenly interested in issues of social, sexual and economic justice. Dawn has been a community organizer, fundraiser, Teamster, bus driver, bridge worker and home repair contractor. Zir interests in church work include sexual justice, anti-racism education, class issues, anti-bullying efforts, and diversity work, as well as community outreach and building interfaith coalitions.

Born and raised Irish Catholic, Dawn became a Unitarian Universalist in the early 1990s and has been active in a number of churches in Maine, and Massachusetts, and served as a hospital chaplain in Providence, Rhode Island.

When not studying, teaching, or preaching, ze is a self-employed home repair contractor and welds curious things out of steel.

Dawn is presenting Strange Bedfellows: joining the sex-positive community and people of faith. Find Dawn on Twitter.

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An activist in the field of sexuality, Dee Dennis started her career as a sex blogger, writing about the end of her marriage and beginning the next chapter of her life. During this transition, Dee discovered her passion for a healthy, fun, and shame-free sex life and set out to share this message with the world.

Dee’s commitment to taking the conversation about sexuality offline and into the real world sparked an idea – a conference empowering people to come together and exchange ideas to further the discussion of sexuality. Her hope was to inspire people and motivate them to carry the conversation forward.

In 2012, Dee founded CatalystCon, which she regards as a “melting pot of sexuality,” uniting sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. To Dee, “knowledge is power, and sharing knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon.

Featuring shows on the West Coast (Los Angeles) and East Coast (Washington D.C.), Dee Dennis continues to grow CatalystCon into one of the largest conferences on sexuality. It’s only the start though, as the real goal for Dee is to promote open dialogues and advance conversations on a global scale, which will shape personal and collective relationships with sex.

Dee is presenting Sex & Parenting: Sex Positive Parenting in a Sex Negative World. Find Dee on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 The Body Spiritual: Sacred Sex Basics for Educators, Sexuality Professionals, and More and 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 Ryan is a porn star, writer, sexuality educator, performance artist, social worker and yoga teacher. A big believer in doing way too many things at once, Dylan has made a career teaching people about sex, writing works for a variety of print publishers and online media such Bitch magazine, Huffington Post and CNN and contributing to academic and mainstreams titles such as, The Feminist Porn Book and Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Sex workers writing about their lives and experiences. In her daily professional life, Dylan is a somatic sex therapist and coach, committed to aiding people in their journey toward more fulfilling sexual lives. A dedicated supporter of the sex work community Dylan volunteers at Harm Reduction-focused organizations and aims to use her academic background to foment change in how sex workers are seen and received. Dylan can be found biking around San Francisco or at a coffee shop, behind the screen of her laptop, typing the phrase, “Saving the world, one porn at a time”.

Dylan is presenting Getting In and Getting Out: An exploration of the beginning, middle and end of life in porn and Mandatory Condoms in Porn and why we are against it.

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Dylan Thomas


Dylan Thomas is a different kind of evangelist. Dylan sees the need for an evolution in how people communicate and how people perceive each other. By learning that love and emotion are unlimited resources, people can take responsibility for themselves, their emotions, their actions and learn to enjoy and appreciate the wealth of diversity in lifestyles and sexuality everywhere. 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 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 is presenting Bacchanalia Basics: It’s (Play) Party Time!.  Find Dylan on Twitter and Facebook

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Ebony Utley

Dr. Ebony Utley is an intimacy expert. Her groundbreaking book Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God. In her next book Shades of Infidelity: What’s Really Real? Dr. Utley explores what happens when intimate romantic relationships are disrupted by infidelity. In her other research, Dr. Utley investigates beliefs about marriage, explores the relationship between hip hop and love, and examines the effects of technology on intimacy. Dr. Utley’s relationship expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. Dr. Utley lectures at universities across the country and is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach. Her expertise is archived online at theutleyexperience.com.

Dr. Utley is presenting Infidelity Is More Than Cheating. Find Dr. Utley on Twitter, or at Facebook.

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Elizabeth Juarez

Elizabeth Juarez is a recent graduate from 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 is a member of the Choice USA chapter at Long Beach.

Elizabeth is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus. Find Elizabeth on Twitter, or at Tumblr.

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Emily Linden

Emily Lindin is the creator of the upcoming “Slut: A Documentary Film” and founder of The UnSlut Project, which works against sexual bullying and slut shaming in our schools, communities, media, and culture. The UnSlut Project was inspired by Emily’s own experience. When she was eleven years old, she was branded a “slut” by her classmates and was bullied at school, after school, and online. During all this, she kept a regular diary. Now a Harvard graduate pursuing her PhD in California, Emily started The UnSlut Project by blogging her own middle school diary entries, without changing a word and with limited commentary. The project has expanded to include the collected stories of many women who suffered slut shaming and sexual bullying but have overcome it in various ways. Emily has been featured sharing her story and speaking out against slut shaming on ABC with Katie Couric, HLN, DNTO radio with Sook-Yin Lee, Deutsche Welle radio, Radio Ireland, and in many magazines and blogs including The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and The Observer.

Emily is presenting Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality a Sex-Negative Culture. Find Emily on Twitter and Facebook.

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Eva Blake

Eva Blake has been described by clients and friends as a catalyst and an excavator, a radical healer and a fierce witch.

As a hands-on sex coach, Eva teaches erotic and emotional skills to people who are are hungry for ecstasy in their lives and relationships. She uses conscious communication, consensual touch, and real intimacy to inspire authenticity in the present moment. Her collaborative coaching style fuses ritual arts, movement, emerging science, and erotic exploration to restore the sacred relationship with our body and intuition. Dedicated to decolonizing body, gender, and relationships, Eva facilitates curiosity-driven, experiential workshops and retreats aimed at cultivating resilience in the face of shame and fear by investigating the confluence of vulnerability and courage.

Eva holds certifications in Somatic Sex Education and Sexological Bodywork, with a thriving coaching practice in Portland, Oregon.

Eva is presenting Specialties in Sex Work. Find Eva on Twitter and Facebook.

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Eve Minax

Kink presenter and pleasure artist Eve Minax delights in proliferating carnal knowledge. A lifestyle and professional Domina and Kink Coach, she also acts as Lead Staff Instructor for the Cleo Dubois Academy of SM Arts. She has exercised her pedagogical skills at a variety of conferences including Domcon Atlanta and LA, IMsL, Thunder in the Mountains, Efest, and KinkFest. Locally in San Francisco, she presents classes at the SF Citadel, Camouflage and Good Vibrations, and elsewhere in her travels. Minax is the former coordinator for CineKink:Chicago, and the West Coast Coordinator for the LA&M Road show. As a certified Urban Tantrika, she has assisted Barbara Carellas in teaching Urban Tantra. She is also a certified Bondassage Practitioner and recently published a book on the subject titled “Bondassage: Kinky Erotic Massage Tips For Lovers”. Previously she wrote a regular column and hosted a kinky program on Carnal Nation, works consistently with SeriousBondage.com, and has been working on a book exploring kink and healing. Other studies include an MA in Gender and Sexuality Studies, NLP, NVC, DBT and speaks French fluently. San Francisco Sex Information, (SFSI) trained and always exploring, Minax maintains a loving and extended leather family throughout the world.

Eve is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find Eve on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ginger Bentham

As an oversexed, omnisexual castaway from the sexually-repressed culture, Ginger Bentham believes the next sexual revolution of total sex-positivity is just around the corner and it’s time for the revolutionaries to unite! As one of the members of Life on the Swingset, she strives to help people expand their way of thinking and discover their true sexy potential.

Ginger is presenting Bacchanalia Basics: It’s (Play) Party Time!.  Find Ginger on Twitter and Facebook.

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Helena

Helena is a self described “purveyor of pleasure”, based in the Pacific Northwest. Helena has passion for sharing intimacy and sensuality, and a fascination for the scope and spectrum of what can be considered sex work. An attendee of Tristan Taormino’s Sex Educator Bootcamp at 2013 CatalystCon, Helena is inspired to share and explore the specialties within the realm of sex work.

Helena is moderating Specialties in Sex Work.  Find Helena 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 21st Century Sex Ed: Beyond Just Saying No and Slut Shaming: The Clash Between Sexuality a Sex-Negative Culture. Find Hernando on Twitter and 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 Sex & Parenting: Sex Positive Parenting in a Sex Negative World and moderating Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love.

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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 Mandatory Condoms in Porn and why we are against it. 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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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: the 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. Her next book is The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty, to be published soon by Cleis Press.

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 75 sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for SeniorPlanet.org.

Joan is presenting Senior Sex: Lusting, Dating, and Mating and Envelope-Pushing Erotica: How Sexy Stories Can Change the World.  Find Joan at Twitter and Facebook.

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Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart is President and part owner of Sportsheets International, Inc. She received her Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in 1999. From 2004 to 2006, Julie served on the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry trade association, acting as Treasurer in 2004 and President in 2005.

Julie’s brother Tom Stewart, Sportsheets founder and CEO, developed the concept of the Sportsheet, the “Velcro” Bondage Bedsheet, while serving as a helicopter pilot in the Marines in the 1980’s. Inspired by an episode of the David Letterman Show, Tom devised a product that would allow you to restrain your partner with safe and easy to use Velcro. A key selling point on the Sportsheet is that “you’re only as tied us as you want to be,” which makes the product very alluring to women. Over the last two decades Julie and Tom continued to build their company on the fantasy concept, developing more than 400 different products for curious couples.

Julie is presenting Material Matters.

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Kaitlyn Scalisi

Kait Scalisi, MPH, is a sex educator, writer, and consultant who helps people find freedom in pleasure. Her interests include passionate monogamy, sex-positive approaches to violence prevention, and the intersections of sexual health, pleasure, and major life changes including chronic disease. She has over five years of experience teaching these topics to audiences including college students, cancer patients, and new moms.

Kait is a blogger at Sexual Health Rankings and SimplySxy. In addition, she has written for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, the Pink Paper, and the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation. Her work has also been featured at conferences hosted by a variety of colleges, hospitals, and non-profits including Emory University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Kait currently lives in New York City here she spends her days working as a health educator in obstetrics and gynecology, teaching Zumba, and fighting for reproductive justice with Planned Parenthood’s Activist Council.

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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Kim Marks

Kim Marks has her BS in Forest Ecology. She is the owner of As You Like It: The Pleasure Shop, the Board President of The Civil Liberties Defense Center and currently works for Greenpeace USA on the coal campaign. She has been a grassroots organizer since 1994 in the Pacific Northwest working mostly on environmental and climate justice issues.

Kim is presenting ECOSEX! Make the Earth Your Lover: Heat Up Your Sex Life as You Slow Global Warming.   Find Kim at Twitter and Facebook.

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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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Luc Wylder

With over 20 years of experience in adult media, Luc Wylder offers a unique point of view in the positive potential of alternative approaches to sex education and therapies. Currently, after a successful run producing Sex Across America episodes for entertainment purposes, Luc, along with his wife, Alexandra Silk, expanded the project in an educational direction, incorporating his degree in psychology towards covering a wide variety of timely sexuality topics in thought-pieces and video-blogs appearing weekly on their website, SexAcrossAmerica.com. Named to the top three adult entertainment halls of fame (Adult Video News, Legends of Erotica and X-Rated Critics Organization), he has worked with some of the most prominent companies in the industry including Playboy and Adam & Eve and has conducted educational presentations for organizations such as the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Orange Coast College and the University of LaVerne.

Luc is presenting Alternative Solutions: Sex Surrogate Partner Therapies (SPT). Find Luc on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lynn ComellaLynn 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 forthcoming book New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law.

Lynn is presenting Social Media and Feminist Ethics: #Activism and the Politics of Responsibility and Sex Toys: Past, Present, and Future. Find Lynn on Twitter.

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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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Marylou Naccarato

Dr. Marylou Naccarato, is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator who speaks from the POV as a “Little Person,” pioneered an innovative practical model for people with dwarfism, disabilities, illness & chronic pain to achieve optimal fulfillment in sexual expression and pleasure. In an entertaining format, she introduces new perspectives in addressing intimacy issues, creative techniques, adaptive sex positions, and a variety of adult devices that are suited to their range of mobility. Her motto: “Bridging the Gap: From limitations to fulfilling your desires!”

Dr. Marylou consults with individuals/couples in her private practice, and conducts sexuality & disability trainings for students/professional clinicians in the fields of Sexology, Sex Therapy, and Physical Rehabilitation. She personally believes that everyone is disabled or “differently-abled” in one way or another – It’s a matter of degree, and whether your condition is visibly noticeable. She holds a BA degree in Sociology-emphasis in Counseling & Interviewing, and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality.

Media: Playboy Radio, Lou Paget Radio, Eden Fantasy Magazine and others; TV documentary: WEtv “Secret Lives of Women” covering her work as a Sexuality Educator and life as a Little Person; Sex & Disability blogger on Betty Dodson’s website.

Dr. Marylou is presenting Looking Down There: Sexuality and Dwarfism, Disability, Illness & Chronic Pain. Find Dr. Marylou on Twitter and Facebook.

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Memo DeLaVega

Born and raised in Mexico City, Memo’s entry into the sexual wellness industry was a natural extension of his upbringing among forward thinking physicians. As a US trained economist and historian, upon graduation Memo entered the healthcare business working for different multinational medical device companies based in the US, Mexico and Brazil. After contributing to the consolidation of Mexico’s premier love boutique distributor and retailer chain, in 2005 he moved to LA working for Wet Lubricants helping develop their US and Latin American businesses. In 2005 Memo joined Fun Factory, Europe’s premier manufacturer of German silicone love toys where he brings his multicultural focus and experience and continues his enthusiastic support for lifestyle products because even as adults we never stop playing, we just change the type of toys!

Memo is presenting Sex Toys: Past, Present, and Future.

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Michael Colbert

Michael R. Colbert is the author of the Crazy Mary graphic novel, a cyberpunk supernatural thriller with a female protagonist who doesn’t fit the traditional mold of female comic characters. With no skimpy outfits or exaggerated physical features, Mary is a kick-ass action hero who doesn’t fit into the stereotypes of a female comic character. Colbert’s geek cred includes not only comics, but work in film and television as well.

Michael is presenting Fantasy Girls: The Perils Women Face In Geek Culture. Find Michael on Twitter.

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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 open relationships and sexuality. She is an emissary for Sex Geekdom, volunteer support staff for Bawdy Storytelling and a volunteer educator for the Center for Positive Sexuality on panels for non-monogamy, BDSM and alternative sexuality. It’s wonderful to be invited to share her passion with all of you at CatalystCon.

Miko is presenting Bacchanalia Basics: It’s (Play) Party Time!.  Find Miko on Twitter and Facebook.

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Mo Beasley

This Boston born/Brooklyn, NY based Performance Artist, Author, and Educator has been dubbed The Head Coach of Erotika, for running the live performance series, UrbanErotika, for over 10 years. Mo Beasley, award-winning poet has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Café, BAMCafe, and Joe’s Pub and erotic reading series: Bare, In the Flesh, Ravenous Nights, and Kiss & Tell Live.

As the major force behind the critically acclaimed play “No Good Nigga Bluez” (NY International Fringe Festival 2003), Mo made his debut as a playwright. The book version of the play, released by Scripted Linguistics (2004), is Beasley’s first published work. His second is “Be a Father to Your Child” (Soft Skull Press, 2008), a groundbreaking anthology on fatherhood and hip-hop.

When not at the mic, Beasley teaches poetry/spoken word, theatre, and sexuality education courses/workshops to youth and adults throughout New York City and across the United States. His current and past clients include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, African Voices Magazine, Children’s Aid Society, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Penn State University, Howard University, Coppin State University, and more. Mo’s has been interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton, hip hop legend Chuck D, and featured on The Hallmark Channel, GRITtv, FOX 5 TV, XM Satellite Radio, WBAI/Pacifica Radio, KISS FM (NYC), Air America and more. In 2006, The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.”

Mo is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice – Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color, Sex & Parenting: Sex Positive Parenting in a Sex Negative World and Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. 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 Specialties in Sex Work. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.

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Morgan Thorne

Ms Morgan Thorne is both a sex worker and a sex work advocate from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an outreach worker with The Naked Truth Entertainment, a social networking and advocacy group lead by sex workers. Morgan has been a lifestyle dominant for almost 20 years and a Professional Dominatrix for over 4 years. She has amassed a wealth of experience through kinky practice as well as more ‘vanilla’ pursuits. As a former health care worker, she is very knowledgeable regarding safety in BDSM.

Morgan pursues new skills and a deeper understanding of D/s daily, participating in many community events throughout Toronto. She gives back to the community through volunteering as a Dungeon Monitor for many events, both public and private. You can find her doing ‘kink outreach’ at the numerous trade shows in Toronto, as well as teaching workshops on many subjects. Morgan is also a fetish film performer and model. She is Head Mistress of Vixen House of Domination in Toronto. She participates in a 24/7 Dominant/submissive relationship with her primary partner and engages in other kink oriented relationships. Identifying as pansexual herself, Morgan is very open to all individuals, of any gender expression and tries to be inclusive of all during her teaching.

Morgan is presenting The Canadian Sex Work Journey So Far: The Fight For Decriminalization & The Supreme Court Challenge. Find Morgan on Twitter.

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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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Nina Grace Ruedas

Ms. Nina Grace Ruedas is an MFT intern (IMF67572) under Wilde’s supervision. Nina has lectured about women cancer survivors and sexuality, hosted a radio sexology show, and does supervision for therapists regarding sexuality. She’s practiced psychotherapy with lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, straights, transpeople, kinkyfolk, swingers, and sex workers. She operates from a post-modern platform of positivity and openness to unique outcomes.

Nina is presenting It’s In Your Mind: What Every Sexpert Needs to Know About Psychotherapy.

Find Nina on Twitter and Facebook.

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Dr. Patti Britton

Dr. Patti Britton is a Clinical Sexologist, Sexuality Educator and Master Sex Coach with top level credentials. As a well-respected pioneer and leader in the field of sexology, she is the author of hundreds of articles, four amazing books, and is former columnist for Penthouse Forum. Dr. Patti is a Your Tango expert, popular speaker, sought-after trainer and workshop leader, blogs on her own websites and hosts over 40 DVDs for women’s and couples’ sexual enhancement. Her media record includes appearances on national television shows, documentaries, live talk and news radio, and with frequent quotes in magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Glamour, Men’s Fitness, WebMD, and AOL Health. She has a private practice in Los Angeles and via Skype globally. Dr. Patti is the Co-Founder of SexCoachU, the world’s premier credentialing and training institute for sex coaching. She is the author of a female-friendly erotic novel and an expert on porn/erotica from a woman’s perspective. She co-hosts a dynamic new weekly radio show for the boomer generation at: TheBoomDoctors.com

Dr. Britton is presenting What’s Hot in Erotic Art?.  Find Dr. Britton on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rachel Kramer Bussel

Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New Jersey–based author, editor and blogger. She has edited over fifty books of erotica, including The Big Book of Orgasms; The Big Book of Submission; Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples; Flying High; Lust in Latex; Baby Got Back: Anal Erotica; Suite Encounters; Going Down; Gotta Have It; Women in Lust; Surrender; Orgasmic; Cheeky Spanking Stories; Bottoms Up; Spanked; Fast Girls; Do Not Disturb; Going Down; Tasting Him; Tasting Her; Please, Sir; Please, Ma’am; He’s on Top; She’s on Top; Caught Looking; Hide and Seek, 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, and The Village Voice, where she wrote the popular Lusty Lady column. She hosted the popular In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series, and does readings and teaches erotic writing workshops across the country. She blogs at lustylady.blogspot.com.

Rachel is presenting Shameless Self-Promotion: Marketing 101 for Activists and Envelope-Pushing Erotica: How Sexy Stories Can Change the World.  Find Rachel 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 Living With An STI and Social Media and Feminist Ethics: #Activism and the Politics of Responsibility. Find Raul on Twitter.

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Rebecca Hiles

Rebecca Hiles is a freelance sex educator 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 certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She lives in Virginia with her cat and her partners.

Rebecca is presenting Sex, Dating, Kink, and the ‘C’ Word.  Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.

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Rebekah Weatherspoon

After years of meddling in her friends’ love lives, Rebekah Weatherspoon turned to writing romance and erotica as a means to coping with a stressful professional life. She has worked in various positions from library assistant, meter maid, middle school teacher, B movie production assistant, reality show crew chauffeur, D movie producer, and her most fulfilling job to date, lube and harness specialist at an erotic boutique in West Hollywood. She has spent the last several years working in film and television production. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO. She was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with an individual who is much more tech savvy than she ever will be. The bulk of her work has been published through Bold Strokes Books.

Rebekah is presenting Envelope-Pushing Erotica: How Sexy Stories Can Change the World.  Find Rebekah on Facebook.

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Regie CabicoRegie Cabico is the first openly gay and Asian poet to take top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slam. He co-hosts La Ti Do: A Weekly Cabaret And Spoken Word Series and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His latest solo play is Godiva Dates & A One Night Stand premiered at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. His plays have been produced at The Humana Theater Festival, Joe’s Pub (Public Theater), New York Live Arts, Contact Theater. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn’s Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco.

Regie is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice: Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color. Find Regie on Facebook.

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Reid Mihalko

Affectionately known as the energetic Golden Retriever of the sex-positive world, Reid Mihalko’s mission is to create more self-esteem, self-confidence and sexual health for adults in and out of the bedroom. From his rated-PG/PG-13 workshops (Cuddle Party, Speed-Flirting) to the rated-R (Iron Slut Sex Educator Showdown) to his explicit, NC-17 rated, Show-N-Tell sex education workshops (where audiences get to watch, take notes, and ask questions), Reid has brought over 40,000 individuals from myriad walks of life, orientations, relationship styles, countries and religions to better self-confidence and sexual health. Reid has been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences on relationships and sexuality and also works as a writer and producer of a number of film and television projects about sex and relationships.​

Reid is presenting Shameless Self-Promotion: Marketing 101 for Activists.  Find Reid on Twitter and Facebook.

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Remi Newman

Remi Newman, MA has spent over ten years empowering people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to feel more comfortable as sexual beings. She received her Master of Arts degree in sexuality education from NYU.

Through her workshop, Having the talk before they can talk, Remi has helped new parents/caregivers feel more confident as the primary sexuality educators for their kids. She has also educated social workers, therapists, teachers and medical professionals on how to talk to youth and adults about sexuality.

Remi is presenting It Starts in the Womb: Educating on Infant and Child Sexuality.  Find Remi on Twitter and Healthy Sex for Life.

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Minister L. Renair Amin Covington

Native Philadelphian Renair Amin has turned her tribulations into avenues of encouragement, inspiration and change. After spending over seven years as a spoken word artist, Renair’s life took a slightly different path. Now a licensed minister, she uses her life experiences as well as her educational training as a certified life, relationship and spiritual coach to empower others. A powerful lecturer, motivationalist 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 in 2010, 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 Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and son.

Renair Amin is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice – Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color. Find Renair Amin on 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 and Living With An STI. Find Rick on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Dr. Robert Dunlap

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

Dr. Dunlap is presenting What’s Hot in Erotic Art?.

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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 Consent: To Make a Villager and Material Matters.

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Robin Siegal

Robin Siegal, is an accomplished psychotherapist, educator, activist, and speaker for over thirty years. She has worked in hospitals, counseling centers, academia and business. She is a sex therapist specializing in acute & chronic medical conditions- effectively helping people improve their intimacy and sexuality- single or coupled, and different sexual orientations. She is a published author and has trained medical professionals throughout the US and Mexico in Sexuality and Illness, Cultural Diversity, Secondary Trauma, and Grief & Loss. She is Adjunct Faculty for USC School of Social Work.

Robin maintains a robust private practice throughout California, offering online counseling; an expert in Tele-Mental Health. She also provides Relationship Coaching throughout the US, online, for couples and families – even in different locations!

Robin is currently pursuing her doctorate in Sexology. As a certified Prepare-Enrich Counselor over 20 years, Robin worked with hundreds of couples, leading “Making Marriage Work” for 10 years at American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism).

Robin’s depth of knowledge and entertaining presentations have made her a sought-after and highly requested speaker. She “walks the walk”, married over 30 years, and raising three extraordinary adults. Robin is known for her sense of humor, boundless energy, and social activism.

Robin is presenting In Sickness & In Health: Creating Intimate Relationships with Acute or Chronic Illness. Find Robin on Twitter.

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I am Sandra Garcia, a junior at California State University Long Beach majoring in Criminal Justice. In spring 2014 I worked with Dr. Ebony Utley as a research assistant in the CSULB Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). I am very interested in the correlation between abuse and infidelity, which I hope will later help me interact with people in my future occupation.

Sandra is presenting Infidelity Is More Than Cheating. Find Sandra on 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 Sex & Parenting: Sex Positive Parenting in a Sex Negative World. Find Shar on Twitter and Facebook.

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Shawna Kenney

Shawna Kenney is the author of award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix (Last Gasp), co-author of Imposters (Mark Batty Publishers) and editor of anthology Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers (Seal Press). Her work has appeared in Playboy, Ms., Bust, Juxtapoz, The Rumpus and Creative Nonfiction, among others. She teaches creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and lives in Los Angeles. For more info see Shawnakenney.com

Shawna is presenting Envelope-Pushing Erotica: How Sexy Stories Can Change the World.  Find Shawna on Twitter.

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Shay Tiziano

Shay Tiziano is a vivacious femme switch with over 8 years of experience educating, hosting, performing, and advocating within the BDSM community. She is an ER nurse, has appeared in adult films and is the real life partner of a adult film performer Stefanos. Issues she is passionate about include risk awareness and healing/recovery from abuse. Together with her partner, she holds the title of International Power Exchange 2014, and travels across the US presenting on kink & sexuality topics. She identifies as a pansexual polyamorous playslut (and probably a few other P’s she hasn’t thought of yet).

Shay is presenting Mandatory Condoms in Porn and why we are against it.

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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 Fantasy Girls: The Perils Women Face In Geek Culture. Find Sherri on Twitter.

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Shira Tarrant

Shira Tarrant, PhD is an unconventional feminist redefining gender justice. Her books include Men and Feminism (SUNY Press); Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press); When Sex Became Gender (Routledge); Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power (Routledge). Her forthcoming books include 21st Century Sex: Contemporary Issues in Pleasure and Safety (Routledge) and New Views on Pornography (co-edited with Lynn Comella). Shira Tarrant’s commentary on gender and sexual politics, masculinity, and pop culture have been featured on global media including the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, NBC, Forbes, KCAL 9 News, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Denver Post, Sydney Morning Herald, and on radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston. Shira Tarrant has published with AlterNet, Jezebel, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Bitch, BUST Magazine, Huffington Post, and other publications. When not writing, researching, or hiking the Los Angeles trails, you can find Shira Tarrant in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach.

Shira is presenting Pleasure and Danger on Campus and Social Media and Feminist Ethics: #Activism and the Politics of Responsibility. Find Shira on Twitter or at Shiratarrant.com.

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Sia Turay

Sia Turay is a second-year student at California State University Long Beach currently pursuing a BA in Economics. After having taken an advanced placement Economics course in high school, she realized her passion for the study of the allocation of scarce resources, specifically money, sex and power. It is this passion that led her to pursue a position assisting Dr. Ebony Utley with research on how infidelity and partner abuse correlates to disrupt intimate relationships. Sia hopes to make some notable contributions to the health sciences. She is currently taking prerequisite courses in tandem with her bachelor’s degree in order to practice as a clinical pharmacist during her postgraduate years. With her education, she hopes to advocate for a better distribution of community health, knowledge and well-being.

Infidelity Is More Than Cheating. Find Sia on Facebook.

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Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith, known as the “kinky queer butch top,” is an erotic coach, teacher, and writer who produces Sugarbutch Chronicles at sugarbutch.net, full of dirty stories, essays, advice, and journal entries since 2006. They travel frequently to perform and lead workshops, and to work with people one-on-one for identity puzzles and sexual experiments. Sinclair’s work is published in more than twenty anthologies, and they edited Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 and Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. They are an expert of strap-on technologies, a feminist Dominant, an identity puzzler, a classically trained poet, and a sacred intimate, and prefer the pronouns they and them.

Sinclair is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find Sinclair on Twitter and Facebook.

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SLAM

SLAM, is a Spoken Word Artist whose emotional delivery and thought provoking style have been gracing audiences since she first put pen to paper. A regular at Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, she has produced and performed in “The Mystique of Fly” and “Dangerous Women”, both spoken word performance events held throughout New York. She’s also been part of “Voices around the Square” and “Women of Word” spoken word collaborations. She’s been featured at Here Theatre and worked on several collaborations with “the Gathering of the Tribes”, “Tongues of Fire”, &, Artsy Fartsy. Among countless venues she’s performed at her favorites include: Nuyorican, Bowery Poetry Club, Billie’s Black in Harlem, &, Brooklyn Moon. She’s been a featured guest on WBAI 99.5 and has contributed to several podcasts. She’s also had the distinct privilege of being a guest spoken word teacher at Medgar Evers College. In 2008 she published her first book of poetry ‘So Black It’s Blue, So Red It’s Sky’. A regular in the NY scene she has been lighting up stages in Washington DC since her move in 2009. She has been a featured artist at Indulj, Lace, Pure Lounge, Urban Eats &, Station 9 Jefferson Bites, Spill! and has featured at La Ti Do curated by Reggie Cabico.

Slam is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice – Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color . Slam’s accessible at Facebook and likes Pina Colada’s and getting lost in the rain.

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Tanya Tate

Tanya Tate™ is a Liverpool native and adult performer who has always had an affinity for superheroes but only recently did Tanya take to dressing the part. The superhero geek made her first cosplay appearance at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, dressed as Marvel Comics character Emma Frost. Tanya’s popularity skyrocketed as her image appeared on several genre websites and blogs. As more fans become aware of the cosplayer, Tanya wanted a central place for them to find her geek pictures and videos so her superhero blog JustaLottaTanya.com was launched.

Tanya is presenting Fantasy Girls: The Perils Women Face In Geek Culture. Find Tanya on Twitter.

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Tiny B. Hiney

Tiny B Hiney, (because her “Hiney Be Tiny”), is a burlesque performer and kinkster from Toronto, Canada as well as an advocate for sexual rights, body positivity and femme positive politics. Tiny is also active as a community sexuality educator, providing workshops and hosting monthly sexuality themed discussion groups and panels. Within Toronto, she is a part of multiple communities including the burlesque community, fetish community and queer people of colour community. She is sexy on purpose, sexy by choice and sexy for both profit and pleasure. Tiny B Hiney is unapologetically black, queer, kinky, sexual, fierce and femme.

Tiny is presenting Flawless: Black Pride in Sexualized Communities & Labour. Find Tiny on Twitter and Facebook.

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TT Baum

TTBaum is a Sacred Intimate and Sex Educator based in San Francisco. He has been dubbed a pleasure activist and a warrior of love. TT’s path to sexual awakening began over a decade ago. He has refined a powerful style of erotic facilitation that integrates his own sexual research with the teachings of his mentors (among them, Joseph Kramer, PhD., Annie Sprinkle, PhD. and Barbara Carellas). TT has a unique approach to supporting clients mastering their own erotic energy. In his own words: “As a Sacred Intimate, I have been called to provide my clients with new tools and experiences to awaken into a more satisfying and intimate sexual existence. To this end I see my practice as a Sacred Intimate from a holistic place that requires me to consider the harmony of the entire being: physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.”

TT is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life.  Find TT on Twitter and Facebook.

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Veronica Hart

VERONICA HART aka Jane Hamilton received her doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California, and her B.A. in Theatrical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She worked as the New Media Director for the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. She teaches sexuality and intimacy for YuNa’s company D’Eros in China and works with California Exotic Novelties writing their point of sale videos.

Jane has an extensive background in the field of sexuality. She was an award winning and highly respected performer in adult movies in the late 70s and early 80s performing under the name Veronica Hart. Jane has also appeared in mainstream movies, television and stage.

Jane has produced many features including those of multi-award winning director Michael Ninn for VCA (Video Company of America). She has also produced and directed over thirty of her own award winning features. Currently she works with James Avalon as a production manager for the “Sweet Sinner” line of videos from Mile High Media.

Jane, an inductee in numerous “Halls of Fame”, has two grown sons, Christopher and Michael, and is in a fabulous relationship, now reunited with her high-school sweetheart, Stanley Clawson.

She is a member of Club 90, a long standing support group of women who started as performers in the adult business including Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle, Veronica Vera and Gloria Leonard (who passed on earlier this year).

Catalyst Con was the catalyst that inspired her to commit her primary focus of study and production on love and sex for couples after the age of forty.

Veronica is presenting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love.

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Veronica Vera

Throughout the 1980’s Veronica Vera chronicled her own sex life and that of New York with hundreds of articles published in sex magazines. She was a porn star, an erotic model who collaborated with Robert Mapplethorpe among others and, and an activist who helped re-organize Prostitutes of New York (P.O.N.Y.). Veronica testified for freedom of expression in Washington D.C. Her testimony is included in the Meese Report. At the start of the 90′s, she shifted the focus of her writing to a memoir about what her sexual explorations had taught her. To help finance that memoir, she began to help men in their own processes of female liberation. Instead of a sideline, that work began a whole new chapter for Veronica. She made transgender history when she founded the world’s first crossdressing academy, Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys who Want to Be Girls. Her school garnered international media attention and students from the U.S. and around the globe. She has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The View, plus more tv and radio. Veronica has authored two books: Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls, and Miss Vera’s Crossdress for Success. She and artist Stuart Cottingham wed in 2012. In June 2014, in recognition of her life’a work, Veronica Vera was awarded a doctorate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Veronica is presenting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Afternoon Tea with Club 90: Their Story, Their Legacy, Their Love.

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Walker Thornton

Walker is a 59-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 currently a freelance writer. Her blog, Walker Thornton, was ranked #17 by Kinkly.com in their top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013. Walker writes a weekly Sex Expert column at BetterAfter50.com, is an occasional HuffingtonPost50 blogger, and writes about sex and dating after 50 for clients and her own blogs, Walker Thornton and The Diva of Dating.

Walker is presenting Working with A Sexological Bodyworker. Find Walker on Twitter and Facebook.

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Will Fredericks

Will is a Seattle based Certified Sexological Bodyworker and somatic intimacy coach who believes that we are each “our own erotic authority.”. Will provides a wide range of teaching around intimacy and eroticism–including coaching, conversations and hands-on work. Through his work, Will helps his clients find a deeper relationship with themselves and cultivate their inner erotic life-force.

Will is presenting Working with A Sexological Bodyworker. Find Will on Twitter and Naming Desire.

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Winston Wilde

Dr. Winston Wilde  is a psychotherapist (MFC39060) in private practice in Beverly Hills working with erotic minority people. He opened a sex therapy clinic in Rancho Mirage in 2011. He is certified by AASECT as a Sex Educator, Sex Therapist, and Supervisor for therapists who want to get certified in sex therapy. Wilde has spoken internationally on diverse sexological topics: Queer Love, Therapy with Kinky People, Male Circumcision, Talking to Kids About Sex. Wilde is an original AIDS activist and longtime leather daddy; he conducted pioneering research into the sexualities of blind persons, and wrote a book on patterns of queer love. For most of the past decade he has isolated at his mountain cabin doing inner work: sitting, chanting, reading. In this time he also made pilgrimage to India, Nepal, and a Buddhist monastery in northern Thailand. 

Dr. Wilde is presenting It’s In Your Mind: What Every Sexpert Needs to Know About Psychotherapy and Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Dr. Wilde on Twitter, Facebook and Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness.

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Yoseñio V. Lewis

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

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

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

Yoseñio is presenting Polyamory: The Personal, Political and Spiritual.

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Zachary Beach

Zach Beach is a yogi, poet, writer and self-proclaimed love activist. Previously a successful engineer, Zach quit the corporate life to devote his life to one very special thing: love.

Now an alumni of San Francisco Sex information and the author of the poetry collection Drinking Roses on Sunday: 10,000 words to open the heart, Zach continues to studied the psychology of romantic and unconditional love at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The culmination of his work will be the publication of Radical Love: Finding True Freedom in Intimate Relationships, due out by the end of 2014.

Zach is presenting What about love? Radical sexuality and the new nonmonogamy. Find Zach on Facebook and Tumblr.

 

 


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