CatalystCon West 2016 Speakers
Andre Shakti is an educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. She wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Harlot, MEL, and more. A “Jill of All Trades”, Andre has performed, taught workshops, produced titillating evening entertainment, filmed instructional clips, and facilitated panel discussions at events such as The Feminist Porn Conference, International Ms Leather, Sex Down South Conference, Towson University, University of Maryland, Dark Odyssey, Kink University, PassionateU, and many more. She can frequently be found marathoning Law & Order: SVU under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is.
Andre is presenting “Love The Whore You’re With” and Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find Andre at Twitter and Facebook.
Andy Duran is the Educational Outreach & Affiliate Manager for Good Vibrations, and Queeraoke Queen of CCON East 2015.
As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth.
Customer service and sex positivity are more than just buzzwords for Andy, but rather fundamentals that are essential for working in the field of sexual health & pleasure. Whether it’s product and tech support off hours, or his infamous handwritten notes in each reviewers’ package, it’s no wonder his affiliates have dubbed him the Sex Toy Santa.
When not philosophizing about all things sexual, Educator Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and keeping up his teddy bear figure.
Beverly Diehl is a business professional, workshop facilitator, author, and gloriously happy sur-thriver (because surviving isn’t good enough, the goal should always be to thrive), of rape and cancer, though not both at the same time. She’s served on panels for Los Angeles Romance Authors, and as Board member for half a dozen non-profit organizations, including two years as President of the Alameda Writers Group, where she addressed monthly meetings of 75 or more attendees.
Beverly currently volunteers with Sex Positive World, and moderates several discussion groups with subjects ranging from healthy body image to writing Christian thrillers. Her upcoming memoir Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and a Tiara: How I Celebrated Life While Kicking Cancer’s Ass will be released toward the end of 2016. Beverly practices solo polyamory, has several loves, and lives in the San Fernando Valley with two cats, Motivation and Creativity.
Beverly is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape and Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Beverly on Facebook.
Bianca I Laureano, MA, CSE is a sexologist and sex educator. For the past 20 years Bianca has focused on creating and writing inclusive and intersectional curricula for sexuality education and interdisciplinary classrooms. She is a founding member of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), The LatiNegrxs Project, and is the Director of Education at Scenarios USA.
Robert G. LeFavi, PhD, is Professor and Department Head of Health Sciences at Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA. He has developed and taught graduate courses in Human Sexuality on two college campuses, and his research includes the effects of hormones and nutritional supplements on physiology and human behavior. Dr. LeFavi has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He has been taped as an expert by CNN, NBC, and CBS Evening News. He has served as a consultant to the FDA on the effects of hormone-like substances on human physiology and secondary sex characteristics, including libido.
Caroline Ryan is based in Dublin, Ireland and is currently doing a Ph.D on feminism and pornography, examining the lived experiences of female porn actresses and situating their stories into the feminist pornography debate. She also has a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies.
Caroline has always had an interest in understanding the many forms that sexuality can take (probably because of watching too much Eurotrash as a teenager) and how this has historically resulted in a need by society to categorize sex into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sexual activities, with shame and stigma heaped upon those who rebel against societal norms. Identifying as a sex-positive feminist, she is fascinated with exploring the relationship between power, sex and knowledge, and how these concepts apply to the battle for control of over female sexuality.
Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a “cultural sexologist” because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple’s sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.).
Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and curating GV’s Antique Vibrator Museum.
She is also the founding director of The Center for Sex & Culture, a small non-profit sex ed and arts center, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes.
Carol is presenting “Professional” isn’t a dirty word, Toward a Collapse of Gender and Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia. Find Carol on Twitter.
Casey Calvert is an award-winning adult actress and naked model who spends her free time as a writer, rock climber, and expert level napper. She graduated magna cum laude from film school at the University of Florida and moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2012. She is also currently pursuing mainstream production as her secret real-world alter ego. If she is not at home with her cats, dog, and partner, she is probably at work… or sitting in traffic.
Casey is presenting COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Casey on Twitter.
Cathy Vartuli is a sex-positive Emotional Freedom Coach who helps people transform their traumas into their greatest strengths using love, laughter and inner guidance. She uses a practical yet intuitive approach to help people connect with their own power and guidance. Cathy has a Masters in Physics from SUNY Binghamton and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and works in major semiconductor companies doing R&D.
On topics around body image, shame reprogramming, and powerful self-expression, Cathy helps clients of all shapes, sizes, ages, and gender expressions break out of old patterns and find their voice.
As an all around geek who compulsively studies marketing and consensual influence… She also loves helping heart-centered sex-positive businesses find their unique voice and expand their audience and increase abundance.
Cathy is presenting Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value). Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Licensed Clinical Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Doctoral Level trained in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Donaghue specializes in individual and couples sex and marital therapy and with sexually-related compulsive behaviors such as sexual compulsivity/sex addiction, sexual dysfunctions, and marital and couples issues. Dr. Donaghue runs sex/love addiction and healthy sexuality therapy groups.
Dr. Chris Donaghue is presenting Queer Sex and Dating like a feminist Buddha: Sustainable compassionate dating and relationships in 21st Century. Find Dr. Donaghue on Twitter and Facebook.
Danielle Donaldson is a wife, mother, poet and author of contemporary romance novels. She is a survivor of teenage dating violence including sexual abuse and rape. She has worked as a survivor advocate and educator for teenagers and young people at risk of domestic abuse. Danielle lives in the Inland Empire of Southern California with her husband and two young sons.
Danielle is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Danielle at Twitter.
Dr. David J. Ley is an internationally-recognized expert on issues related to sexuality, pornography and mental health. He has countless media appearances, in venues ranging from Playboy and Hustler Magazine to NPR and CNN. Ethical Porn For Dicks, Dr. Ley’s book on responsible pornography use is due out in Fall 2016, and offers an accessible conversation for men about how to understand their use of pornography and make mindful, responsible decisions about it. Dr. Ley brings his years of clinical and research expertise to bear, helping clinicians to understand how to effectively assess and treat porn-related issues, in a rich, sophisticated and evidence-informed manner.
Dr. Ley is presenting Ethical Porn For Dicks: Encouraging Users to Embrace Mindfulness in their Porn Consumption. Find Dr. Ley at Twitter.
Diana Hong is a successful feature comedian. She has worked for the better part of a decade as a stand-up. Her stand-up incorporates commentary on being a lesbian, Asian, and a geek.
Diana is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance.
Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her research explores intimacy interrupted by infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God, and considers the impact of early childhood sexual violations on adults. Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. Increasingly, Dr. Utley applies her intimacy expertise to technology. As an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on intimacy, popular culture, and technology. She is an advisor for the dating app Queery, board chair and director of technology for The Infidelity Counseling Network, and creator of the online relationship game, Love Lines.
Dr Ebony Utley is presenting What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Exploring the Implications of Black Boys’ Sexual Ignorance. Find Dr. Utley at Twitter and Facebook.
Erin Kennedy found her home among the sexual outlaws in her hometown of Dallas nearly 14 years ago. Since then she has been a voracious disciple of the subculture of BDSM, and a geek for all things kinky. Erin is a professional, academic educator and program coordinator. She has also earned a certification for sexuality education from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Tristan Taormino’s Sex Educator Bootcamp. She is a member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and New England Leather Alliance. In March 2015 Erin launched Sexfortherest.com where she writes about polyamory, kink, and alternative sexual lifestyle issues interwoven with smutty stories from her life as a Kinkster. She was recently published on thrillist.com about polyamory, featured on the Poly Role Models blog, and has made appearances on People of Kink and Gentle Perverts Social Club Podcasts. She has written about consent theory, safe sadomasochistic practice, finding empowerment as a submissive, and ethical polyamory, among other topics. Erin is a mouthy advocate for sexual freedom, and an aspiring filmmaker.
Frenchie Davis is an authority on Human Sexuality with a focus on the African-American community. Frenchie combines her love and expertise of social services, education, and pop-culture to Entertain, Educate and Enhance the emotional and sexiological intelligence of her audiences.
Frenchie offers her audience a passport to understanding how sexuality impacts spirituality, sexual agency, sexuality development and diversity. Frenchie understands how imperative it is to dissect, evaluate and engender daily sex-positive interactions to create a sex-positive culture.
When you combine a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality with 15 years of facilitation and speaker experience you are not only informed, but transformed. Frenchie works both nationally and internationally through workshops, lectures, blogging and TV appearances and shares her platform on her edge cutting sexuality talk show, “Libido Talk” on WBAI 99.5 FM of New York City.
Frenchie collaborates with several organizations from DC Public Schools, Metro Teen AIDS, the National Council for Black Studies, The College of Black Studies at the College of Charleston, and in 2015, was a research scholar at the Cuba Delegation for Race, Culture, Gender, and Sexuality.
Frenchie is presenting Mainstream Bitch, the bark is as bad as the bite: the erotic organization of ethnic defamation. Find Frenchie at Facebook and Twitter.
LT Harmony Larson, M.S., is a Public Health specialist in the United States Navy, currently leading an initiative to improve LGBT health and awareness at a military hospital. A sex positive advocate for health equality, she joined the Navy in hopes of improving attitudes and practices surrounding sexuality in the military healthcare system. Through sexandvets.com, she also also provides outreach to improve sex positive support for veteran and military communities.
Harmony is presenting Sex and Service.
Hercules Liotard, aka The Pleasure Coach is a sex & relationship coach, educator, writer, blogger, speaker, activist and permission-giver. He focuses his work & expertise on various topics of sex-positive awareness, sexual and intimate practices, sex workers’ rights, Open Relationship & BDSM Lifestyles, but never limits himself to talking about other areas of sex & life. His social media presence is very well known and followed by many people.
Hercules is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Hercules at Facebook.
Dr. Hernando Chaves is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and a Doctor of Human Sexuality degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Chaves’ clinical work focuses on individuals, couples, and families of unique erotic communities, sexual identities, orientations, and clients with sex therapy concerns. He is a past president of the Western Region for The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and former SSSS board of directors member. Dr. Chaves is a psychology professor at Orange Coast College, teaching introduction to human sexuality and advanced human sexuality courses. He is the resident sexologist at Askmen.com, writing bimonthly sex Q&A and sexuality articles. He has been featured on XM, online, and FM radio, magazine interviews, television shows, and has lectured nationally and internationally.
Hernando is speaking on Using Your Words: Communication in Today’s Relationships. Find Hernando on Twitter and Facebook.
Jack HammerXL directs HardTied.com for the company once known as Insex.com. He served in the Marines for eight years and is also an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was at one time a cage fighter. After finding out about BDSM in the late 1990s, he played in private for some time before starting to work in BDSM porn for Kink.com in early 2008. During that time he acted in many shoots as a submissive and later as a dominant male figure. You can see his work at JackHammer.xxx.
Jack is presenting COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Jack on Twitter.
Jackie (Jack) Rednour-Bruckman (aka Jackie Strano) is the Executive Vice President of Good Vibrations the feminist sex positive retailer founded in 1977 and the Executive Producer of Good Vibrations’ digital content channel. An award winning adult filmmaker, performer, and feminist pornographer, Jack has created best-selling, critically acclaimed and culturally influential titles with partner Shar Rednour including Hard Love & How to Fuck In High Heels and the pop culture phenom,Bend Over Boyfriend. Featured on HBO, Channel 4 UK, documentaries including San Francisco: Sex and the City (USA), The Truth About Lesbian Sex (UK), Pornocopia: Down in the Valley (USA), and several publications including Playboy, Playgirl, Cosmopolitan, Salon.com, and Village Voice. Rednour-Bruckman has lectured at Universities and international film festivals. Besides being a 23 year sex industry veteran, Jack also directed operations for Amazon and Ask.com. As a performer, Jackie Strano has also toured the country as a musician and writer with original music featured in mainstream and alternative movies (including Bound) and has played on stages from CBGB’s to the Fillmore. Strano and Rednour’s Production company, S.I.R. Productions (Sex, Indulgence, & RocknRoll) was the first and only queer owned and indie women owned feature to win an AVN award in 2001. They helped usher in the queer porn revolution, at the time the industry called it ‘nueva porn’ (AVN Magazine, Adam’s Film World). Strano has been published in New Views On Pornography and in Coming Out Like A Porn Star . Jack & Shar live in the Bay Area with their 3 children, motherinlaw, dogs, cat, and chickens.
Jamila M. Dawson, M.A. is a polyamorous, queer, kink-identified therapist, sex educator, and facilitator. She specializes in coaching and counseling around sexuality, relationships, and personal development. Jamila brings to her clinical work over 10 years of experience as a sex-educator, providing workshops for some of the most well-known adult stores in Los Angeles including the Pleasure Chest and Babeland. As a person of color, she believes deeply in the ethic of embodied social justice to explore the intersections of identity and relationships. Born and raised in Southern California, she has also lived and studied in Paris. Her life experiences have combined to make her an advocate for transparent and collaborative expression whether in personal relationships or professional organizations.
Dr. Jennifer Lang, OB/GYN and Gynecologic Oncologist received her medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she was the recipient of The Dean’s Award for “Holding Promise for the Future of Medicine.” She served as President of the student chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Human Rights and Physicians for a National Health Program. She then completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She was a Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center then moved to Los Angeles, California for a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers.
She worked as an OB-GYN and Gynecologic Oncologist in private practice for 5 years, specializing in integrative and preventative medicine, natural birth options, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. She left her surgical practice to focus on scaling the international medical non-profit she had co-founded, delivering cervical cancer prevention services to women in resource-poor countries around the world. She is currently authoring a whole foods nutritional guide to pregnancy with release date of September 2016. She is a mother of three, dancer and athlete, with her sights on celebrating her 40th birthday with a full-distance Ironman triathlon in her native Canada.
Dr. Jennifer Lang is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!.
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld”
and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication.
jessica is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia. Find her on Twitter.
Jessica Studer is a sexuality educator currently teaching college courses at schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition to her work as a professor, she facilitates workshops for medical students addressing topics related to alternative sexual expressions, including BDSM and polyamory. Jessica is a graduate of Widener University, completing a dual Master of Social Work and Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies program in 2015.
Jessica Studer is presenting Navigating the Doctor’s Office as Kinky and Poly.
Jiz Lee has performed in porn for over a decade, appearing in more than 200 projects from six countries spanning independent erotic films and hardcore gonzo pornography. A versatile performer and key player in the queer porn movement, Jiz has been the recipient of multiple AVN and XBiz Award industry nominations and Feminist Porn Awards, and in 2015 was named an honoree of The Trans 100. Jiz works behind the scenes at Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv) and has fundraised for LGBTQ and sex worker-focused organizations through their erotic philanthropic art project, Karma Pervs. They’ve presented at Princeton University, the American Studies Association Conference, and Wonderlust Helsinki (awarded by the Finnish Association for Sexology), and were featured on MSNBC, Fox News, G4TV, and proudly, Lifehacker. Performing in porn opened up a lot of opportunities, one of the least anticipated being writing. In 2007, Jiz began a blog to chronicle their adventures in porn. Their writing has since appeared in The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, and Jezebel.com. Coming Out Like a Porn Star is their first foray into editing. Next, they’ll join Professor Rebecca Sullivan to co-edit Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour.
Jiz Lee is moderating COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Jiz Lee at Twitter, Facebook and Facebook.
Joanna Angel is an adult film star, director, producer, and owner of the world’s largest alternative pornographic empire, BurningAngel Entertainment, that pioneered “alt-porn,” with a network of websites and hundreds of DVDs to its credit. Angel has appeared in every major adult magazine (Adult Video News, Club, Hustler, Picture Magazine, Adam Film World, and Xtreme, to name a few) and has stormed mainstream TV and radio outlets, featured on Fox News, Playboy TV, Fuse TV, G4 TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, TLC’s LA Ink, had a speaking role on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and starred in the drama Scrapper. Angel has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and Penthouse, among others. Heeb Magazine featured Joanna as their cover girl, naming her one of the “Top 100 Up-and-Coming Jews.” The New York Post featured her as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers,” and she has made CNBC’s yearly “dirty dozen” (a list of the twelve biggest adult film stars) several times. Angel is a self-made star who has made her mark on the industry, and this is only the beginning!
Joanna Angel is moderating COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Joanna at Twitter.
Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert,” “the beautiful face of senior sex,” and—her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.”
Formerly a health and fitness writer – and before that, a high school English teacher! – she now writes books about senior sex. Her latest book is The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life. She also wrote the spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and the award-winning, self-help guide, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex. She edited the steamy senior sex anthology, Ageless Erotica.
At age 71, Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex — partnered or solo – in speeches and workshops, and on her zesty blog about sex and aging — NakedAtOurAge.com – which includes senior sex news, views, and reviews of more than 80 sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for Senior Planet. In 2015 she was invited to be the keynote speaker for the inaugural “Let’s Talk about Sex” conference in Melbourne, Australia, and gave seven presentations in three cities. She received the 2015 Catalyst Award for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.”
Kandee Lewis is Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation (PRC), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to addresses Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in youth and communities of color. She is also a Certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Advocate & Sexual Assault Advocate, specializes in Bullying, Interpersonal, Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships and Leadership.
Kandee is a partner of SCESA, Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, a Fellow in LEAP Cohort 3 w/CALCASA & WOCN, Founding Board Member for South Los Angeles Homeless (TAY) and Foster Care Collaborative. She serves on Compton’s Policing & Education Task Force, and Los Angeles City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Round Table.
In 2014, Kandee received the following honors: Woman of Distinction Award for Outstanding youth programs; the 1st EVER Johnnie L. Cochran Award for youth violence prevention programs; In 2015, Woman of the Year Award; the 64th District Community Leadership Award; and on March 26, 2016, the Humanitarian Award.
Prior to 2008, Kandee was Vice President of Sales and Interim President of a Technology company. She has been married for 34 years, lives in Los Angeles with her husband. They have 3 adult children and a Pit Bull named Chassee!
Kandee Lewis is presenting Sexuality Within My Blackness, The Exception to the Rule. Find Kandee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Katie Mack (#cconmack) is a writer, sex toy reviewer, and compulsive thinker with a background in psychology, addictions, and group therapy. On her own journey of emotional growth and self-love, she is passionate about connecting with others along the way. Katie chronicles her thoughts and experiences on her blog, Undercover Outsider, and is the co-host of sex and relationship podcast Carnalcopia. Tune in to hear more about her views on sex, dating, donuts, and more!
Katie is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia and Queer & Trans Sexual Health. Find Katie on Twitter, and Facebook.
Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He’s been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. At some point, Kevin and his wife, Antoinette, took the limits off of their dating and began practicing very similar to Relationship Anarchy.
In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is a platform for the diversity of our relationship structures and the people within them to shine through.
Kevin is presenting Diversity. Representation, and Inclusion in the Polyamory Community and Becky with the Good Hair and Other Reasons to Try Polyamory. Find Kevin on Tumblr
Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook is a happily married spouse of one, mother of four, bonus mother of three, grandmother of four, and lover of many. She received her doctorate degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.
She splits her time living and working between Los Angeles, CA., her home town Chico, CA, and also provides part time instruction in San Francisco, CA. She’s part of the Chinese Sexological Association, and helped to establish China’s first sexual health summit and sexological research center. She frequents China lecturing on various forms of sexual development and expression, and is working with a board of other sexologists to create a school of sexuality here in Los Angeles that they hope to have up and running by mid-2017.
Additionally, she is a co-organizer of the group Sex Positive Los Angeles, a not-for-profit organization whose aim is make the world a sexier, more touch-positive, heart-centered, and connected place.
Dr. Bennett-Cook is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Dr. Bennett-Cook at Facebook.
Liz Powell, Psy.D., is a psychologist with a passion for working with LGBTQ, Kink/BDSM, and Poly/Open-Relationship communities. Dr. Powell works with these communities through her private practice, Sex-Positive Psych, and can currently see clients in Georgia and Arizona. Liz also blogs about issues in these communities through her website, sexpositivepsych.com and presents regular talks about sex and relationship issues in the Savannah, GA area. Liz brings a sense of humor mixed with professional knowledge to otherwise serious topics and helps people think in new ways about their choices.
Lola is a naughty storyteller, sex encourager, sex toy peddler, and the creator and host of the live sex-positive Q&A go-go show and podcast Sex Ed A Go-Go. During the last six years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and polyamorous lifestyles with the on and off stage. Lola has taken Sex Ed A Go-Go across the country from Los Angeles, CA to Piscataway, NJ, and Albuquerque, NM. She has also presented at Catalyst Con East and west, SHE NY, and during sex week at Baruch College and UNM. When she’s not traveling and spreading the sex positive gospel you can find her behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn where she runs the workshop program.
Dr. Marylou Naccarato, is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Speaker, and Life Coach at www.DrMarylou.com; currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the American College of Sexologists International. In private practice working with individuals and couples; she also conducts explicit entertaining sex and relationship workshops for all people who desire to heighten their sensuality and intimacy. Dr. Marylou has presented at numerous disability conferences, sexuality conferences, and student/professional clinician trainings.
Her sex positive approach to #EmbracingOurUniqueBodyTypes is celebrated by people of all abilities, sexual expression, orientation, and identities. Her motivating motto: “Bridging the gap: from limitations to fulfilling your desires.”
Dr. Marylou speaks from her point of view as a “Little Person” standing at 3’11” tall. If you think SIZE matters she’s America’s Little Sexologist talking about Sex and Life Strategies in a BIG way. Appeared on WEtv – “Secret Lives of Women”, Sirius Radio – Playboy and the Foxxhole. Featured in The Atlantic, The Examiner, SexIs Eden Fantasys, and numerous blogs/podcasts.
Dr. Marylou is presenting Become a Sexuality Access Professional TM (SAP): Keeping It Real for Unique Body Types and Disabilities . Find Dr. Marylou on Twitter and Facebook
Mina Harker is 53, poly, dating, married 23 years, and a 5 year late stage cervical cancer survivor. Her cancer treatment included 6 weeks of external beam radiation with concurrent weekly chemotherapy infusions. And much more. It was harsh and barbaric but successful, and she was declared “N.E.D.” Later she discovered that her vagina had developed so much scar tissue there was no elasticity. It would only stretch a bit sideways; its length permanently shortened to about 2 ½.” Nobody on her medical team imagined she would be so severely affected and unable to have PIV intercourse.
Mina also has the BRCA1 gene mutation so had both breasts removed to avoid an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. Nipple sensation would disappear with the surgery. After her final procedure, her therapist suggested a class and evening play party at a dungeon. She met a highly skilled Dominant, and ended serving Him for 2 years, learning that she could satisfy her sexual desires and need for physical intimacy through submission and service. She loves to discuss experiences with other people regarding cancer and sex and BDSM, though she’s learned that there are limits to what certain people can handle.
Mina Harker is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Mina on Facebook
M’kali-Hashiki is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker; Certified Sound, Voice, & Music Healing Practitioner and a Certified Tantric Sacred Intimate. She’s also a Black, polyamourous, polysexual, middle-aged Femme Dyke Top. A devoteé of the Yoruban spiritual & scientific tradition of Ifa, she believes that the spiritual & the sexual are irrevocably intertwined.
She has a private practice helping QTIPOC & allied folk access their erotic energy for radical transformation fuel; offering individual sessions, groupwork, workshops, & webinars. She also offers Enstatic Breathwork™ For Collaboration to companies, groups, & organizations.
M’kali-Hashiki is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find M’kali-Hashiki on Twitter and Facebook
Mo Beasley, a 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. This 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 20003), 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 Beasley is presenting Take Da Pussy!: and Other Reasons to Stop Violence Against Women! – You got to take charge, take the question mark out, and take the pussy! and Mainstream Bitch, the bark is as bad as the bite: the erotic organization of ethnic defamation. Find Mo on Twitter and Facebook
Mone’t Ha-sidi is a professional pole dancer, she teaches pole dance, burlesque and strip tease. Mone’t has been performing burlesque and pole dancing for eight years. She speaks extensively at pole conventions, burlesque conventions and comicons about being a woman of color and heavy and in the burlesque and pole industry.
Mone’t is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance.
Monique Darling, workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 800 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be
and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com.
Monique is presenting The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.
Nixy Cane is current a burlesque dancer and performance artist based in Sacramento, CA. Nixy has worked as a ballerina, a stripper and in burlesque. She has written about the change of personal perceptions of sexuality as she has moved through different industries which emphasize women’s bodies as the primary focus of the work.
Nixy Cane is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance.
With over 20 years of experience in sex work, Pele’s focus is on education and community building. A resident of Oakland, California, Pele works independently as a professional dominant as well as a Bondassage provider and trainer. Pele teaches group training workshops for practitioners who want to certify to provide the trademarked Bondassage and Elysium sequences, and she and TT teach Bondassage for Couples. Pele believes that sex workers are sex educators, and is a graduate of the renowned 60-hour training offered through San Francisco Sex Information. A fierce advocate for sex worker rights, Pele was a volunteer at the St James Infirmary, and served as core leadership in Bay Area chapter for the Sex Workers Outreach Project. Pele occasionally presents in academic settings about sex work, and is available to organize diverse panels made up of sex workers to share about their experiences.
Pele is a long-time BDSM player and member of the leather community, as well as a graduate of the Journeyman III Academy. She served as the founder and headmaster for Foundations, and was the Headmaster for Bay Area Journey class of 2015.
Peter Petersen has been teaching for 13 years and has been a certified Sheng Zhen Qigong teacher for the last 11 years, where he has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.
Peter is presenting Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority.
Rebecca Blanton holds a Ph.D. (ABD) in Political Psychology from CUNY/Graduate Center. She has worked as a nonpartisan policy expert for the State of California and was the appointed head of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She now works as a freelance writer and performer. Much of her current work focuses on kink and BDSM, what it can bring to every relationship and what it could add to public policy. Her performance work includes burlesque, stand-up comedy, and spoken word.
Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy (www.friskyfairy.com). She is a writer who addresses issues of polyamory, cancer, sex education, and sex toys. She is a regular contributor to Sexpert.com, and has contributed to xoJane.com discussing her life as a polyamorous cancer patient, among other things. She has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. She is a member of the Poly Leadership Network, and is certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. She is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University. She is co-writing a book on coming out as poly (comingoutpoly.co) and you can help by submitting your coming out stories there.
America’s favorite sex geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com and Relationship10x.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information.
Reid frequently speaks at colleges and universities on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship skills, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality.
Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 50,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah’s Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil’s The Doctors on CBS, Bravo’s Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.
Reid is also founder of Sex Geek Summer Camp and Sex Geek School for Gifted Sex Geeks which help sex educators learn valuable business skills that allow them to reach more people, transform move lives, and make a better living as sexperts.
Reid is presenting The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value). Find Reid on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence has a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and holds another doctorate in health care, which informs his sexological perspective. He’s served as a sex industry consultant, educator, media voice, and academic author, and has lectured both nationally and international member of the San Francisco Coalition for Healthy Sex. From 1979 Lawrence served on the switchboard and training staff, then as coordinator, of SF Sex Information. He and his partner Dr. Carol Queen left the organization to pursue their own projects, including the Center for Sex & Culture.
Lawrence has covered many sexuality-related topics during 35+ years of teaching. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, and has appeared in places as far-flung as Amsterdam, London and Beijing. Lawrence and Queen have produced events of many kinds, including the live Masturbate-a-Thon. He has been active as a safer-sex educator since 1980. Since 1999 Lawrence has been disabled with a chronic pain condition that limits mobility.
Robert is presenting Toward a Collapse of Gender.
Shannon Lower is a NYC-based actor, dancer, producer, director and writer. Over the past few years, Shannon has produced numerous theatrical shows, including the 2012 season of NYC’s Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, was the curator of UrbanErotika’s Sweet Bliss Art Exhibit at Imagenation’s Raw Space in Harlem, and is now on her third collaboration with HQuin, Inc., the current project being the original rock musical “Lovington”. Her company, Helluva Dame Productions, is all about “perspective,” how one views the world and, just maybe, changing that view.
Shar Rednour co-authored THE Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone and wrote the parenting sections. In Jiz Lee’s Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection, and Privacy she writes candidly about how being the daughter of sex-positive, working-class parents affected her as a mom.
She has two forthcoming parenting books including How Great Sex Made Me a Good Mom from her blog of the same title. Her book The Femme’s Guide to the Universe is available on Audible.com. She was proud to be selected to narrate the biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown by Jennifer Scanlon.
She worked with the original On Our Backs Magazine/Fatale Media both as an editor/writer and in video production. In 1998 Shar Rednour co-founded S.I.R. Video Productions with her wife Jackie: details can be found in the fabulous book New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Shar co-wrote/directed Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma featuring Staci Haines. Shar and Jackie were featured in award-winner Ken Swartz’s historical documentary San Francisco: Sex and The City among others
Jackie and Shar have been together for 23 years and have 3 children, 3 chickens and 3 dogs.
Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. She uses a variety of tools to guide and empower clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations, universities, and conferences up and down the west coast including Catalyst Con West, Reed College, and the Portland Academy of Sex Ed.
Stella is widely published in print and online, with highlights including the collections As Kinky As You Wanna Be, The Big Book of Bondage, and a series of tantalizing and informative articles on kinkly.com.
Stella is building a world where everyone has the tools and confidence they need to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame.
Stella Harris is presenting “Professional” isn’t a dirty word and You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You; Battling Impostor Syndrome for Sexuality Professionals. . Find Stella on Facebook and Twitter.
Dr. TaMara Griffin loves nothing more than talking about sex! At the age of 13, she told her mother she wanted to be a Sex Therapist! Her passion is deeply rooted in spreading messages about healthy sexuality. Dr. TaMara is an internationally renown sexologist, sex therapist, educator and transformational speaker with more than 20 years of experience speaking, writing and teaching about sexuality. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Sexuality, Doctorate in Human Sexuality, Masters degree in Social Work and a Masters degree is Education. Dr. TaMara travels the world helping individuals embrace and honor their sexuality. She has published numerous books and articles. Dr. TaMara is also the Editor-in-Chief of Our Sexuality! Magazine. Our Sexuality! is the premiere magazine for women’s sexuality and sexual health. She has just recently published her highly acclaimed best selling book I AM Sex. I AM Sex is a comprehensive guide to empowering women’s sexuality. Dr. TaMara’s #1 radio show ‘The Dr.TaMara Show” is on WBKE Vegas Radio every Friday at pm EST. She is the owner of 7 to LIFE by Dr. TaMara.
TTBaum is a Sacred Intimate, Sex Educator, and Bondassage Trainer 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).
Since 2013 he has been teaching his own brand of adult focused sex education called How to F*ck Better. He leads several Tantra based workshops that explore desire and touch. And beginning in 2016, TT was certified to train professionals in Bondassage and Elysium trademarked sequences, as well as signature Bondassage for Couples training with Pele.
Valerie Baber is a dating coach and memoirist with over 15 years of experience in adult entertainment, including credits as a Playboy TV host, erotica actress, dating profile ghost writer and professional date-for-hire.
Having the fortune of acquiring valuable perspectives on sexuality and relationships through her vast and varied work in the field of sexuality, she now aims to help individuals and couples achieve more satisfying intimate lives and sexual intelligence by sharing her insight through coaching and storytelling.
In addition to having studied Digital Publishing at New York University, she holds a M.A in Critical Writing from Sussex, UK and a B.A in Creative and Media Writing from London, UK.
Valerie is presenting Using Your Words: Communication in Today’s Relationships. Find Valerie at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Dr. Victoria Reuveni, DHS, CSB, ACSI, is a Los Angeles-based sexological bodyworker, sex educator, and coach working with individuals, couples, and groups to facilitate going deeper in erotic embodiment and self-acceptance through mindfulness, breath work, and touch. She blogs about sex, kink, gender, and body image and reviews sex toys.
Victoria is a board member and educator with the Center for Positive Sexuality, speaking on panels to university students and professionals about kink/BDSM, nonmonogamy, and sex work.
She has facilitated over a dozen Orgasmic Yoga circles, including a Six-Week Series and 3-Evening Mini-Series earlier in 2016.
Dr. Victoria Reuveni is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Dr. Victoria Reuveni at Twitter and Facebook.
Walker Thornton, M.Ed, is a sex educator, speaker, and sexual health writer. A former executive director of sexual assault crisis centers, in Alabama and Virginia, with many years of nonprofit board experience at the local and state level, Walker now works to educate and support older adults on sexuality-related issues.
Walker offers straight-talk about sex, occasionally mixing in personal stories to emphasize her point. Her mission is to help women embrace their sexuality in a way that feels comfortable at each stage of life. Walker’s writing has appeared on the American Sexual Health Association website, Huffington Post, Better After 50, Senior Planet, and other sites. She is the Sexual Health Columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about midlife sexuality at Kinkly.com. Walker currently serves on the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University’s Leadership Committee. She has presented at the Sexuality and Aging Symposium, CatalystCon, and in other venues across the country.
Walker is presenting Addressing Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder—It’s Not as Simple as Popping a Pill or Using a Sex Toy/Device. Find Walker at Twitter and Facebook.
Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator and spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the Creating Change Conference. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, as well as Stanford University. He served on the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference (Open, Polyamorous, Ethically Non-Monogamous), as well as a panelist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference. Yoseñio was featured as one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list.
Yoseñio is a co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, most recently “Diagnosing Difference,” a full-length documentary about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on the lives and communities of those on the gender spectrum. Other documentaries include Christopher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood;” the television channel A&E’s “Transgender Revolution;” “The Believers,” a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and “Transforming Healthcare,” a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare.
Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art.
Yoseñio is presenting Micro-aggressions of Desire.
Zyra Lee Vanity is an international burlesque artist as well as sex researcher, public speaker and sexual rights advocate from Toronto, Ontario. She has performed and competed all over North America at various events and burlesque festivals.
Zyra has also spoken at a variety of large expos and conferences on topics relating to sexual arts/performance, body positivity, sexualized labour, race, queerness and sex positivity. In 2014 she spoke at The Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, Ontario, The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Playground Conference in Toronto, Ontario and Herotica Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario. Zyra currently holds a BA degree in Sexuality Studies & Political Science, and hosts bi-monthly workshops relating to sexuality and race in her home city of Toronto.
Zyra is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia and Take Da Pussy!: and Other Reasons to Stop Violence Against Women! – You got to take charge, take the question mark out, and take the pussy!. Find Zyra on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.