CatalystCon West 2017 Speakers
Alexis Wilson is a 23 year old recent college graduate with a major in Psychology and dual minors in linguistics as well as Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. With a background as an accomplished activist Alexis is no stranger to speaking truth to power or the importance of using your voice to uplift and educate. Utilizing an intersectional approach Alexis works to foster communal discussion regarding human sexuality that is often ignored, namely: fantasy, fetishism, and marginalized identity. The study of sexuality has been a long time passion for Ms. Wilson who enjoys conducting research related to sexuality and sexual health. Previous original research includes analysis of linguistic devices in BDSM erotica completed during her undergraduate career at Rutgers.
Alexis is presenting From Cuckold to Raceplay: The Implications of Fetishizing Race. Find Alexis Wilson on Twitter.
Alex S. Morgan is a gender, sexuality, and relationship coach, a sexual rights advocate, and a genderqueer sacred intimate. Working directly with others’ sexuality since 2004 has given Alex a deft sensitivity to the needs of those exploring new facets of themselves and an understanding of the power of connection and authenticity in both our public and private lives. A believer in continuing education for all adults exploring sex, gender, and relationships, Alex presents internationally on relationships, kink, sexuality, gender, and related policy and social justice issues at venues ranging from private workshops to public organizations, Stanford to SXSW. They offer talks, private workshops, and inservice trainings by request. Alex is available for individual and couples coaching and sacred intimate work via Skype, at their practice in the Bay Area, or at your location by request.
Alex is presenting Yes, All Genders: How to Normalize and Include Trans Bodies and Pleasure in Adult Sex Ed. Follow Alex S. Morgan on 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.
Andy is presenting Happens to the Best of Us: An Introspective of Expert Culture, Queer & Trans Sexual Health, and Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. Check out Andy on Twitter and be sure to stop by the Exhibitor’s Hall to meet Andy at the Good Vibrations table!
As a therapist in private practice in Portland, OR, and online through Talkspace, Angie Gunn currently serves LGBTQIPA+, kinky, non-monogamous, sexual trauma, and others as an ally, advocate, and resource for connection, change and healing. She also serves as the Sex Therapy Expert for the Talkspace Team of more than 1000 therapists. Trained in sexuality, trauma, attachment and family and community systems, Angie spent her career both as a therapist and clinical social worker, seeking opportunities to identify the barriers to healthy relationships, sexual understanding or expression, and overall well-being and assist others in developing the resiliency to overcome. As a queer, kinky, polyamorous slut, Angie Gunn has experienced the daily fight to balance personal and professional fulfillment and sexual expression. She is experienced in training and facilitation as well as mediation, using this variety of skills to reach new audiences and facilitate new conversations about sex, love and healing.
Angie is presenting “Be Mine”: Dimensions of Coercion and Control in Mononormative Culture. Find Angie on Twitter and Facebook.
Antoinette Patterson is a Physical Therapist, Geriatric Specialist, parent and wife. She received her BS from Howard University in Health Sciences and her Doctorate from Widener University in Physical Therapy. She is an adjunct professor, mentor, and advisor in the Institute of Physical Therapy Education at Widener University. Her work primarily focuses on health, wellness, and rehabilitation of the aging adult. When she’s not grappling with maximizing the functional mobility of the acutely ill geriatric population, she is an active member of the Philadelphia Safety and Consent Team, which provides resources and a process for safety issues within the local kink community to be addressed.
She also spends her time reading, enjoying all the variety of food Philadelphia has to offer, spending time with friends and partners, supporting her husband in his variety of writing and speaking pursuits, and tying people up for fun.
Antoinette is presenting Femme as Fuck: The Devaluation of Femininity Within The Feminist Movement. Find Antoinette on Twitter.
Cadence Valentine is a strong advocate and activist on a myriad of causes effecting the trans community. As an educator she’s taught over 700 classes, has been invited to speak at local to international level events and has organized many herself.
She has made legislative and policy inroads on a wide range of topics including health care parity, youth policy, HIV prevention and treatment and much more. Her educational background includes a Bachelors of Psychology and Queer Studies and a Masters in Social Work and she is engaged in macro level policy work. A first generation immigrant from Eastern-Europe and a veteran of the US Marine Corps, she lives in Sylmar, CA with her poly family.
Cadence is presenting Trans Women and Male Privilege.
Caroline West 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.
Caroline is presenting Navigating the Rabbit Hole: Developing your Porn Literacy skills. Find Caroline on Twitter and Facebook.
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 Happens to the Best of Us: An Introspective of Expert Culture, Bisexuality: A Non-Binary Introduction, Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure, and moderating Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Carol 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. Prior to establishing her coaching business, Cathy got her Masters in Physics at 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 Behind The Curtain: Running Multiple Day Events And Coming Out Sane, Beautism and Status: How Stereotypes Influence Leadership, and Limit Choices… Recognizing Patterns and Reclaiming Power, Shame, Perfectionism and Redemption: How Our Community Can Clean Things Up, Restore Justice, and Heal, Using Video and Youtube to Reach New Audiences, Inspire Your Followers and Touch Lives (Even If You Never Want To Be On Camera)!. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Chanel Jaali is an independent researcher and sexual educator focusing on the topics of sexual development, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and reproductive rights. She is the owner of Jaali Co., a company specializing in sex education for adults. Her research has been presented at several national conferences. She is a HIV/AIDS activist and conducts community workshops nationwide on subjects from safer sex practices to sexual assault. She also works closely with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Chanel Jaali is presenting Sex Talk: Investigating the Sexual Development and Sexual Attitudes of African American Women. Find Chanel at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“Sinfully Sweet and Good Enough to Beat”, Cupcake SinClair is a fetish fornicator in the adult industry going on four years and a professional submissive for the last five years. Along with such, Cupcake also prides herself on aiding education within her various communities by helping to teach both lifestyle and non-lifestyle classes about BDSM, polyamory, sex work and a variety of other classes within these umbrellas.
Cupcake SinClair is presenting RT This: How Cyberbullying on Twitter is Impacting Women of Color in Porn. Find Cupcake on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Dee is presenting Behind The Curtain: Running Multiple Day Events And Coming Out Sane. Find Dee on Facebook and Twitter
A retired vagabond and Sacramento native, Diana Hong is a stand-up comedian who has performed at bars and comedy clubs across the country. Much like other Korean girls who grew up in the 90s, Diana spent most of her life playing competitive golf but due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a disdain for running and a new found appreciation for money, her enthusiasm for golf dwindled. After a year of an unsuccessful professional career, she decided to pursue her dream of making people laugh, other than her coworkers. Diana uses her affably stoic personality to charm and entertain audiences by sharing personal and social observations with satirical undertones. With a life ranging from professional athletics to retail and with the personal trials in between, Diana is sure to entertain audiences from all walks of life. 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.
Elena Rydkina is a sex educator from Moscow, Russia. She has a background from sociology, social and cognitive psychology. Before 2015 she worked with biotech startups in Russia and US as a PR manager and tech evangelist. In 2015 – 2016 she was a cofounder and organizer of the first popular science conference on sexuality in Russia Sexprosvet18+. She was also working for an American hookup app Pure as sex evangelist, creating educational content such as blogposts, articles, videos, lectures, workshops. She works as an independent sex coach specializing in sexual communication, prostate play, threesomes and organizer of sex positive events such as lectures, workshops, Bawdy Storytelling-like events, and group sexuality discussions throughout Russia.
Elena Rydkina is presenting Sex in Russia.
Erin Kennedy found her home among the sexual outlaws in her hometown of Dallas nearly 15 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, and Kinkly.com about BDSM, 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.
The Dating Advice Girl, Erin Tillman, is a Dating Empowerment Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner, Author, Speaker, and Radio/TV Host based in Los Angeles, California. For almost 10 years she has helped singles successfully navigate through the early stages of dating through her book, The Dating Guidebook, over 100 dating-related articles for various lifestyle and dating sites, radio and TV segments and through her weekly radio show, The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show on 99.3 KCLA FM (voted one of the Top 10 Best Dating Podcasts on the Web in 2013 and listed as one of the Best Places for Dating Advice on Twitter). Erin hosts and participates in dating, self-help, consent workshops on college campuses and beyond, has hosted singles events in and around Los Angeles, and has gotten and given dating tips to celebs on at events and on red carpets. She has been featured on Buzzfeed, Lifetime Network, ABC7 Los Angeles, and mentioned in Men’s Health Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed on WGN 720 AM Chicago just to name a few media outlets.
Erin has built a large network of loyal followers in Los Angeles and beyond. She is the author of The Dating Guidebook: Tips for Living A Happy and Healthy Single Life Without Losing Yourself in the Dating Process.
Erin is presenting Beautism and Status: How Stereotypes Influence Leadership, and Limit Choices… Recognizing Patterns and Reclaiming Power. Find Erin on Twitter and Facebook
Euphemia Russell Euphemia is a Sexuality and Pleasure Educator in Australia. They run training with professionals, and also workshops and information consultations with the adult public. They teach communication tools, the science and enjoyment of pleasure, and gender and sexual identities. They trained at SFSI, and work with an excellent sex store in Melbourne.
Euphemia is presenting Australia’s accessibility to information.
In 2009 Gabriella Cordova founded SexPositive World, a member/volunteer organization with over 7000 members in thirteen cities and four countries. In her role as Director, she assists new chapters, develops and approves new programs and content, and speaks and presents, but her most important work is recruiting and training new leaders in the sex-positive community. “We are building a love army to counter the ignorance, fear, and hatred that seeks to keep us separated from our sexuality, from a part of our authentic selves.” She tells her members.
She is the director of SexPositive PDX, a community event center in Portland, OR where visiting and local teachers keep members and public up to date. Her newest venture is a 40 acre forested farm and sex-positive retreat center with private river beach 35 minute from town with lodging and camping for up to 150.
Gabriella is queer and open and has been a sex worker (following in her mother’s footsteps), sexual healer (Dakini), small business owner, and a mother and very involved auntie. She is a writer and event producer (Sex at Dawn, ErosFest NW, Ecosex PDX, Polytopia, Slutty Prom, STI Without Shame Conference).
Gabriella is presenting WORD POWER: Crafting Language to Connect, Inspire, Provoke and Heal. Find Gabriella on Twitter.
True to their name, Harmony’s mission is to find resonance between disparate groups, and enable healing through empathetic, heart-centered leadership. They joined the military in 2013, and currently serve as a Public Health specialist in the United States Navy. From 2015-2016, they led an initiative to increase cultural competency and LGBT inclusive care at a military hospital, which resulted in national recognition. They have also presented at the AASECT Annual Conference, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and CatalystCon, providing education on military sexuality and veteran cultural competency to sexuality professionals.
Harmony is presenting Do You See Me?”: Comparing Military and Sex Work Inclusivity in Sex Positive Spaces.
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 hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Sex, Politics and Resistance: Activism for Everyone. Find Hernando on Twitter and Facebook.
Jack HammerXL has been in the adult industry since 2009. He started as a bottom for Kink.com. He is the former director for Insex’s website HardTied.com, assistant director, model, and grip for SexuallyBroken.com, and handler, photographer and grip for RealTimeBondage.com. He has also modeled for Pink and White Productions, Heavenly Spire, Dark Horse, Kickass.com. He currently is directing for his upcoming website InterracialBondage.xxx. Jack has also appeared in numerous nominated scenes and feature films throughout his career. He also does live suspension bondage performances.
Jack is presenting Do You See Me?”: Comparing Military and Sex Work Inclusivity in Sex Positive Spaces. Find Jack on Twitter, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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 25 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, and cat.
Jackie is presenting Queer & Trans Sexual Health, Sex Positive Parenting and hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Sex, Politics and Resistance: Activism for Everyone. Find Jackie on Twitter.
Jamila M. Dawson, MA, LMFT is a polyamorous, kinky, queer, sex therapist, activist, and facilitator. She specializes in counseling around sexuality, relationships, and personal development particularly for people of color as well as organizational development for activists. 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. Her clinical training combined elements of social activism and community mental health. She believes deeply in the ethic of embodied social justice to explore the intersections of identity, sexual health, and relational wellness. 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 pleasure and collaborative expression whether in personal relationships or professional organizations.
Jamila is presenting Licking Honey off the Thorn: How to shift sexual trauma through pleasure and resilience. Jamila can be found at Facebook.
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 presentingBeautism and Status: How Stereotypes Influence Leadership, and Limit Choices… Recognizing Patterns and Reclaiming Power hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Sex, Politics and Resistance: Activism for Everyone. Find her on Twitter.
Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert” and—her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.”
Joan has been writing books about senior sex since 2005. Her latest is The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life (Cleis Press). 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.
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 about a hundred sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for SeniorPlanet.org. Joan travels throughout the US and internationally giving presentations and now also shares her expertise via webinars. She received the 2015 Catalyst Award for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.” Please subscribe to her occasional newsletter, “News, views, and events from Joan Price”.
John Sickler, MSW works as a psychotherapist in a group practice in Portland, Oregon. His specializations include working with LGBTQ adults and youth as well as individuals and couples practicing open relationships. He has published articles on effective therapy techniques for those suffering from schizophrenia. Previous work experience includes providing individual and group therapy in the Oregon Department of Corrections for 9 years where he developed an interest and expertise in treating those with Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorder with authentic dialogue.
John has undertaken 8 years of intensive post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy through Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles and served as an assistant trainer in Gestalt Associates Training Seattle.
Recent speaking engagements include workshops through Sex Positive Portland and Los Angeles, Polytopia 2017, and he is a frequent presenter at Elysium Lodge and Retreat Center and SexPositive PDX. Topics have included Authenticity in our Sexual Selves, Slow Sex, Monogamish Relationships, and Boundaries and Consent.
John is presenting WORD POWER: Crafting Language to Connect, Inspire, Provoke and Heal.
Kandee Lewis is Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation (PRC), who addresses Bullying, Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault in Youth and Communities of Color. A Masterful Trainer, Facilitator and Certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Advocate, specializing in Teen Dating Violence, Trauma, Healthy Relationships, Leadership Development and developing Youth Peer Advocates.
Kandee advocated and established Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month with several cities, created Stop The Pain Teen Summits in Dating Violence, Sex Trafficking and Bully Prevention, and collaborated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department conducting youth leadership academies.
Kandee partner’s with SCESA, The National Association of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, and is a Fellow in LEAP Cohort 3, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) & Women of Color Network (WOCN), a Founding Board Member for South Los Angeles Homeless (TAY) and Foster Care Collaborative, Compton’s Policing & Education Task Force, and Los Angeles City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Round Table.
She also partners with K-12 schools, colleges, cities, governmental and private organizations, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies, and utility companies. She has received numerous awards including, 2014 Woman of Distinction, 2015 Woman of the Year Award, 2016 Humanitarian Award and 2017 Woman of the Year Award.
A Los Angeles native, Kandee has been married for 34 years and has three adult children and a pit bull. She contributes her success to the love and support received from my family, especially her mother, Daisy Newsom.
Kandee Lewis is presenting A Smile is NO invitation to Fuck! Keep Your Hands to Yourself; Living In a Rape Culture. Find Kandee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Katherine (Kat) Rossiter is an extremely motivated amateur sex educator who supports herself as a Software Engineer. She started on the path of sex education after she began writing papers on contraception and teen pregnancy at the age of 11. These days she spends her time writing on sites like Quora, where she is one of the most viewed writers in the Transgender, LGBTQI, and Sexuality topics, with pieces published in The Huffington Post and Forbes.
A long history of navigating the broken US health system prompted Kat to become an advocate and resource for people dealing with therapists and medical professionals around the subjects of mental illness, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and kink.
Katherine is a lesbian-identified, pansexual, poly trans woman, mother of a nine-year-old with ASD, photographer, and all-around geek who grew up and resides with her wife in Gresham, Oregon.
Katherine is presenting Queer & Trans Sexual Health
Life-long student Kathy Slaughter currently pursues the craft of psychotherapy where she specializes in human sexuality, relationships and trauma at her private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her passion for personal growth and self-development is matched only by her interest in teaching others, through one to one interactions, workshops or events. Kathy thrives on compassionate conversations that lead others to new realizations about their own lives – as your therapist or as your friend. She also enjoys outdoor art festivals, practicing yoga, weight lifting, and knitting.
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!
Sex educator Kelsey Obsession, Ph.D. is the world’s most unlikely porn performer. She was the girl who once guilted an ex-boyfriend into deleting his XXX collection off his computer. Frustrated by seemingly un-fixable sex problems, and craving both intellectual understanding and embodied sexual experiences, Kelsey spent 9 years studying sexuality in grad school, became an adult performer, and combined adult entertainment with sex education at fetish site KelseyObsession.net: The Temple of Female Filth. 2017 will see the official launch of her sex education portal, SexuallyAwkward.com: Stop Trying to Be Normal and Start Being Yourself. In her free time, Kelsey loves snuggling with her husband, infant son and cats; pole dancing; buying more books than she will ever have time to read; and anxiously awaiting new episodes of Portlandia, Broad City and The Walking Dead.
Kelsey is presenting Do You See Me?”: Comparing Military and Sex Work Inclusivity in Sex Positive Spaces. Find Kelsey on Twitter and Facebook.
Ken Cosby is a writer, actor, comedian, and college professor. While teaching screenwriting at The University of Southern California, Ken was a champion for his POC and LGBTQ students by instructing them how to sell their work to Hollywood without selling out. With over 20 years as a performer and a professor, Ken’s main focus has been on comedy. He has performed at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, The Burbank Comedy Festival, as well as several comedy clubs in New York and Los Angeles as both a stand up comedian and sketch comedy performer.
His stand up style can be best described as sex positive intellectual kink for your ears and for the past few years, Ken has performed at Catalyst Con as part of Urban Erotika with his good friend and college buddy, Mo Beasley.
Ken attended Howard University in Washington D.C., he holds a BFA and MFA, both from New York University, was one of the founding members of the Absolute Theatre Company in NYC, and is currently and Artists in Residence at Towne Street Theatre in Los Angeles.
Kenna Cook is a sex educator and a sex positive single parent from Sacramento, CA. She is raising her two son (4 & 7) to be kick-ass feminists by teaching them about consent, healthy relationships, LGBTQ lives and normalizing non-monogamy. Kenna is a pleasure professional with sex and pleasure education streaming platform, O.School, and the facilitator of a monthly Pansexual Pancake Breakfast group at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.
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 The Intersection of Race and Polyamory, Sexy Parents Raising Sexually Healthy Kids and Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Kevin on Tumblr
Kimberlee Cline is a sex working mother and whore of all trades. She is also a certified counselor who works with other parents, sex workers and their clients to live authentic, happy lives. Her expertise is rooted in both professional training, surviving her own life challenges and living to tell the stories.
The word “LaTerra” means the Earth and LaTerra McDaniels has made it her mission to save the earth through sex positivity. Since 2013 she’s been a dedicated volunteer with the Center for Positive Sexuality Los Angeles. CPS is a organization dedicated to promoting recognition and acceptance of sexual and gender diversity to individuals, groups, and communities through education and research. She is a driving force at CPS as board secretary, blog writer, social media supporter, and as events coordinator. LaTerra also serves as a volunteer sex educator for the Center speaking on panels in front of hundreds of college students about her struggles with body image. When it comes to sex education her passions are self-love, body positivity, ecosex, and advocating for performers in the adult film industry. In May, LaTerra will be speaking at the Environmentalism Outside the Box: Ecosex Symposium at UC Santa Cruz.
LaTerra is presenting RT This: How Cyberbullying on Twitter is Impacting Women of Color in Porn.
Leandra Vane is a sexuality writer and speaker. She writes about sexuality and relationships from the perspective of a visibly disabled, polyamorous kinky woman. Her fiction has been published in numerous erotica anthologies and her sexuality memoir is entitled “Trophy Wife: Sexuality. Disability. Femininity.” She is currently working on a second sexuality memoir about her experience as a female fetishist. She is a Certified Public Librarian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in language arts with a psychology minor. She writes a sexuality book review blog entitled The Unlaced Librarian.
Leandra is presenting Parallel: Comparing Societal Stigma Between Disability and Sexual Non-monogamy. Find Leandra on Twitter and Facebook.
Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. She is on a mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. She’s a coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871, AZ 4315) helping couples and singles develop self-confidence and honesty in their relationships, whether conventional or non-traditional. Dr. Liz makes regular media appearances, including as co-host as on the Life on the Swingset podcast. As a sex educator, Dr. Liz has spoken on many stages including the AASECT Annual Conference, CatalystCon, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Dr Liz believes that being confident in who you are is the gateway to great relationships and great sex – and great sex, according to Dr. Liz, can change the world. Learn more about Dr. Liz at sexpositivepsych.com.
Liz is presenting “Be Mine”: Dimensions of Coercion and Control in Mononormative Culture and Do You See Me?”: Comparing Military and Sex Work Inclusivity in Sex Positive Spaces, and Shame, Perfectionism and Redemption: How Our Community Can Clean Things Up, Restore Justice, and Heal. Find Liz on Twitter and Facebook.
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 New York City to Los Angeles and beyond. She has performed and presented at various conferences and expos such as Catalyst Con, SHE and AVN, and during sex week at Baruch College and UNM. When she’s not traveling and spreading the sex positive gospel you can find her behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn where she runs the workshop program.
Lola is hosting CCON A Go-Go: Welcome Q&A, and presenting Behind The Curtain: Running Multiple Day Events And Coming Out Sane, Femme as Fuck: The Devaluation of Femininity Within The Feminist Movement, and Shame, Perfectionism and Redemption: How Our Community Can Clean Things Up, Restore Justice, and Heal. Find Lola on Twitter, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
Lucie Fielding is a trans- and queer-identified intern in counseling, currently studying for her
Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute (expected graduation, March
2018). Lucie also holds a PhD in French from Northwestern University (2008), where she specialized in
the history of sexuality and erotic literature. Her work has focused on historical and literary
constructions of desire as well as trans sexualities and erotic embodiments.
Lucy Fielding is presenting Imaginable (sexual) bodies: Trans sexualities and erotic embodiments. Find Lucy on Facebook.
Lynn Comella is an Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An expert on the adult entertainment industry, her research explores a number of themes, including the relationship between gender, sexual politics, and consumer culture. Her work on the history of the women’s market for sex toys and pornography has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Porn Studies, Feminist Media Studies, The Feminist Porn Book, Sex for Sale, and New Sociologies of Sex Work, among other venues. She has also published more than 50 articles about sex and culture in local and national media outlets, including Bitch magazine and Pacific Standard. She is the author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2017) and co-editor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law (Praeger, 2015).
Maggie Mayhem is a former sex worker, a current birth worker, and an apprentice death worker based in San Francisco, CA. A harm reduction specialist since 2003, Maggie founded the Harm Redux Project in 2015 to distribute health and hygiene supplies to the homeless and marginally housed in San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sex Worker Outreach Project-USA. In addition to her private practice as a full spectrum doula supporting any and all possible outcomes of a pregnancy, Maggie also provides free doula services and childbirth education to public health patients at her local county hospital. She is also a 5 time marathon runner and certified personal trainer who can’t get enough time out hiking with her trusty rescue mutts Folsom and Dore. She loves reproductive justice, harm reduction hotties, and vegan food.
Meg Munoz is the founder and Executive Director of Abeni, the first rights-based, harm reduction focused organization to serve people working across the spectrum of Sex Work in Southern California. Abeni partners with the Orange County Needle Exchange where they have the privilege of serving people at the cross-sections of addiction, sex work, trafficking, survival sex work, homelessness, mental illness, incarceration, and much more.
Meg is a proud, unapologetic former Sex Worker and Sex Trafficking Survivor with intimate knowledge of commercial sexual exploitation, the adult entertainment industry, and how the nuanced complexities of how both intertwine. Meg has spent the last 8 years working with the sex work, harm reduction, homeless, LGBTQI+, and faith-based anti-trafficking communities to support and advocate for sex workers and survivors, develop relevant services, and push back on the increasing criminalization of both sex workers and survivors alike.
Meg is passionate about her four kids, the Sex Work community, Narcan, decriminalization, undoing stigma, dismantling oppressive systems, working with the homeless, and snark.
Meg is thrilled to be a part of the second Sex Worker Summit and presenting Happens to the Best of Us: An Introspective of Expert Culture.
Melody Anne is a sexuality educator and researcher from Vancouver, Canada. An unabashed sex geek with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Critical Studies in Sexuality from the University of British Columbia, she completed Options for Sexual Health’s Sexual Health Educator Certification program, and juggles her time between coordinating studies at two sex research labs and facilitating workshops on sexual health and pleasure. Melody Anne has presented on topics ranging from sexuality and disability to BDSM and mindfulness at venues including the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Converge Con (April 2017), Metro Vancouver Kink, and the Biennial Western Canadian Sexual Health Conference.
With over a decade of experience in the BDSM community under her belt, Melody Anne identifies as a pansexual, poly-flexible kinkster and avid sensual adventurer. As an educator and advocate for healthy sexuality, she believes that accurate information, clear communication, and continuous exploration are key to a life full of sexual celebration!
Melody is presenting But Wait, There’s More! Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Ability and MORE with Sexuality and Desire and Yes Means Yes, Red Means No: How Kink Handles Consent (and How We Can Improve). Find Melody Anne on Facebook and Twitter
Born in California, and raised on the West Coast, as well as various provinces in the Philippines, Michael Andrew Sinclair II took up life coaching in Las Vegas at the age of 14, where he participated in, coached, and lead workshops until the age of 19. He joined the U.S. Military as a Navy Corpsman, and practiced paramedic level medicine in field and hospital settings for 8 years. He joined Sex Positive Los Angeles in 2015, and has volunteered and participated in workshops promoting sexual health and sex-positivity in a race and gender inclusive environment. He is currently engaged in ethical polyamory with two amazing women.
Michael is presenting Do You See Me?”: Comparing Military and Sex Work Inclusivity in Sex Positive Spaces. Find Michael on Twitter, Facebook and Twitch.
Mo Beasley aka The HeadMaster. This Performance Artist, Author, and Educator has been dubbed The Head Coach of Erotika, for founding, and producing, the live performance series UrbanErotika since 2001. This award-winning poet and playwright has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Café, BAMCafe, International Fringe Festival, Joe’s Pub, and erotic reading series: Rachel Kramer Bussel’s In the Flesh, Abiola Abrams’s Kiss & Tell Live, David Henry Sterry’s Sex Workers Literati, Jefferson Bites’ Bare!, and Lori Perkins’ Ravenous Nights.
When not at the mic, Beasley teaches poetry/spoken word and theatre, while also serving as Youth Organizer for FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality). His current and past clients include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, African Voices Magazine, Children’s Aid Society, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Penn State University, Congressional Black Caucus, Howard University, Planned Parenthood, and more.
Mo’s work has not escaped the attention of the media. He has been interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton, hip hop legend Chuck D, and has been quoted, profiled, or featured in New York Newsday, Amsterdam News, rolling out UrbanStyle Weekly, NRG, KISS FM (NYC), XM Satellite Radio, The Hallmark Channel, New York 1 News and several other local and national media. The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.”
Mo is presenting Sexual Liberation, Activism & Expression through Art and hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: Sex, Politics and Resistance: Activism for Everyone. Find Mo on Facebook and Twitter.
Mona Darling was a professional dominatrix for over twenty years before dedicating her life to coaching and educating women and couples confused by the feelings Fifty Shades of Grey inspired in their loins. She especially loves to work with moms who have been domesticated by family life, to rediscover adventure, both in the bedroom, and abroad. She believes in teaching kids that sex is for pleasure. She lives in Portland Oregon with her husband and transgender 8yo daughter.
Naked Narratives was founded and led by a refreshingly eccentric feminist scholar. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, they received their degree in Gender Studies from the USC in 2015, where they also worked at the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative, a media research lab dedicated to breaking gendered and racial barriers in film and television. After presenting their research at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, they were offered their first grant by world renowned philanthropist, Ruth Ann Harnisch, and Naked Narratives began.
Naked Narratives is part of the second Sex Worker Summit.
Dr. Nancy Sutton Pierce’s eclectic background places her expertise in a league of its own. The compilation of her career spans 35 years as an Nurse Educator, sex & relationship author, radio talk show host, and sensual yoga therapist. Her passion is palpable as an International speaker, sensuality educator, and Exotic Lifestyle Retreat CEO. She is well loved and respected in her community and abroad as a healer, educator and valuable resource. Her most rewarding work is teaching about Designer Relationships / Designer Sexuality, Intimacy Communication, and creating and hosting Sexual Confidence Building Retreats in exotic locations. When not traveling the globe inspiring others, Dr. Nan enjoys living and traveling with the love of her life for over 30 years, Dr. Mark Pierce. They have raised their family and while they enjoy their grandchildren, they also make time to keep their “sexy” fully alive! Earning her Doctorate Degree in Human Sexuality has broadened her reach around the globe speaking on topics related to Conscious Living Sexuality. You can experience a sampling of her work on the Kendra On Top Show. Dr. Nancy is a frequent contributor for many magazine and sexuality education websites and blogs.
Nathan Say is an internationally recognized spoken word artist with Cerebral Palsy based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to Nathan’s spoken word career they worked with youth with developmental disabilities teaching self advocacy and sexuality skills. Nathan is also active in polyamorous and intersectional non-monogamy communities and is passionately committed to helping every person with a body to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life through coaching, classes, talks, and poetry. They are pursuing a Master’s in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and Professional Coach Certification through the Coach Training Alliance.
Nathan is presenting Creating a Sexual Space for “America’s Most Vulnerable”. Find Nathan on Facebook.
Persephone Karnstein is a San Francisco Sex Information- and Good Vibrations- educated sex educator, writer, and transgender activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with at least three cats. Much of her current work focuses on the dismissal of childhood expressions of gender identity as neglect and child abuse, sex toy safety, and the paucity of toys designed specifically for trans and intersex bodies. Persephone holds degrees in astrophysics and ancient Greek civilization from UC Berkeley, has licked the Space Shuttle, and in her spare time hand-makes custom dildos, knives, and other things for sticking in people.
Phoenix Calida is an Afro Latina SW from Chicago. She is a local and national activist well known for her bitingly accurate commentary related to all things intersectional. She is a content creator, has her own podcast, and is a prolific Tweeter.
Q is a self-identified queer, gender nonconforming, polyamorous, sex worker, “porn star”, leather boi. It’s well known that flirting is Q’s default mode of communication. He can often be found with a charming smile on his face or looking mischievous with the other bois. Easily recognized by his blonde mohawk, Q is a two-time award winning bootblack and internationally recognized presenter both within and outside of the leather community. An activist for more than 15 years, Q has consistently made strides to bridge the various communities to which he belongs.
Rebecca Blanton is a freelance writer and performer. She holds a Ph.D. (ABD) in political psychology, taught in New York City for the better part of a decade, and has been an activist most of her life. She was a nonpartisan policy researcher for the State of California with a specialty in women veterans issues and prisons/criminal justice. She is the former Executive Director for the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Blanton is now a freelance writer. Her last book, Love Letters to a Unicorn: A book about kink, bdsm and non-monogamy, was a finalist for both NLA-I nonfiction book of the year and the Golden Flogger Award. She works as a ghost writer producing erotic romances in several genres and has two forthcoming books: The Big Workbook for Submissives and Hot in the Kitchen with Auntie Vice. She maintains a blog at LoveLettersToAUnicorn.com and still advocates for policy changes at the state and national levels.
Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy (www.friskyfairy.com). She is a writer who addresses issues of polyamory, cancer, sex education, and sex toys. She is a regular contributor to Sexpert.com, and has contributed to xoJane.com discussing her life as a polyamorous cancer patient, among other things. She has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. She is a member of the Poly Leadership Network, and is certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. She is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University. She is co-writing a book on coming out as poly (comingoutpoly.co) and you can help by submitting your coming out stories there.
Rebecca is presenting Femme as Fuck: The Devaluation of Femininity Within The Feminist Movement. Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.
America’s favorite sex geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.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 Using Video and Youtube to Reach New Audiences, Inspire Your Followers and Touch Lives (Even If You Never Want To Be On Camera)! Find Reid on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Remi Newman, MA is a sexuality educator, writer, IPSA (International Professional Surrogate Association) certified surrogate partner intern and proud mama of a ten year old boy. With the birth of her son she began studying infant and child sexuality and has educated parents, medical providers and sexuality professionals on the importance of raising sexually healthy children. She believes in having “the talk” before they can talk.
Remi is presenting Sexy Parents Raising Sexually Healthy Kids.
Master Coach Renair Amin lives her life believing that her journey is to be a testament to others. A powerful lecturer and author, Renair has published four books – Mental Silhouette, Domestically Cursed, Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop and Come with Me, Love. Renair is the host of Holoklerian Motivation, co-host of Intimate Realness and a contributor to the Black Life Coaches Network. She is also the Executive Producer of the short film, Domestically Cursed and volunteer speaker for the PFLAG Safe Schools Program. Renair holds an undergrad degree in Culture and Communications, Masters of Arts in Religious Education, as well as various coaching certifications from the World Coach Institute. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry in Radical Inclusion and Leadership from New York Theological Seminary.
Renair is presenting Embracing your Sexual Being in a Spiritually Oppressive Climate. Renair can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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 Bisexuality: A Non-Binary Introduction.
Robin Wilson-Beattie is a disability and sexuality health educator and writer, teaching the world to embrace and explore your sexuality, regardless of ability. She is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and a certified graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI).
Robin has been involved in sexuality education and awareness since high school. After acquiring a physical disability, she began in 2008 speaking on sexuality and disability topics and issues. She consults with individuals and organizations on issues of adaptive sexual support, and has had written articles and curriculum on this subject. Robin is a nationally recognized self and systems disability advocate. She is a deep-fried Southern girl, Sex Geek, comic book nerd, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one amazing daughter.
Robin is presenting Beautism and Status: How Stereotypes Influence Leadership, and Limit Choices… Recognizing Patterns and Reclaiming Power and Creating a Sexual Space for “America’s Most Vulnerable”. Follow Robin on Twitter and Facebook.
Rosie Tran is one of the fastest rising young stars in the entertainment business! Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, the stand up comedian, writer, and actress has toured internationally, at comedy clubs, colleges, and overseas for the USO in Europe and the Middle East.
Rosie has been a featured performer at the Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Funnyfest in Canada, to name a few. She was a Los Angeles area finalist on season six of the hit NBC series, “Last Comic Standing.” She has studied with the top mentors in the country, from the late Paul Sills, founder of the original Second City in Chicago to Gary Austin, father of the Groundlings School in Los Angeles. She received an M.A. from California State University in Television and Film.
As a writer, she has been featured in half a dozen comedy joke books, including, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jokes” and “The Comedy Thesauras”. Rosie has been featured on Style Network, E!, ABC, Lifetime TV, SiTV, TLC, National Lampoon, AOL TV, and countless other channels, recently finishing the pilot, “P-Lo’s House” with Golden Globe nominated actor, Tom Sizemore.
Sage Fox is a former Army Captain and a current IT Specialist. She served several deployments while in the military. While on tour in Afghanistan, Sage realized she needed to come out as transgendered. Sage came out and fought successfully to continue to serve in the Army. She has spearheaded the fight for the rights of transgender troops to serve openly and have their health care needs met by the military. Sage is now an IT Specialist living in Sacramento, CA. She continues her activist work while raising her seven children with her wife.
Sage is presenting Trans Women and Male Privilege.
Shadeen Francis, MFT, MSc, is a marriage and family therapist, professor, author, and public speaker specializing in sex therapy and social justice. She has spoken internationally on topics such as sexual self-esteem, inclusivity in medical care, and the intersection of power and social media. Her curricula on healthy relationships are implemented nationally, and her signature combination of warmth, humour, and compassion has allowed her to develop inter-professional training programs that raise the bar for humanistic healthcare. Shadeen’s belief is that the world is built on the strengths of communities. Her work allows people of all backgrounds to improve their relationships to live the lives they desire.
Shadeen is presenting Boldly Unbroken: Decolonizing our Approaches to Trauma and Healing. Find Shadeen at Twitter and The People’s Therapy Group.
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, and 3 dogs.
A graduate from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, Shine Louise Houston has always had unique vision. Her work is best known for its honest and diverse depictions of queer desire in her signature cinematic style. She is the recipient of the Harvey Milk “Sylvester Pride in the Arts” Award for her work’s portrayal of healthy, diverse sexuality, most notably seen in CrashPadSeries.com and its cast of queer and trans performers, people of color, and varying bodies and abilities. Her films have screened across the world, spanning Frameline and Outfest to Wonderlust Helsinki (awarded by the Finnish association for Sexology) and the BFI and Tate Modern Museum in London, as well as popular television including HBO, BBC, and Transparent, and are presented at academic institutions such as Princeton University and the American Studies Association Conference and in the Human Sexuality Textbook. Inspired by the Berlin PornFilmFestival, she launched PinkLabel.tv to support emerging and independent filmmakers like herself. Shine considers her best art project to be that of creating her company Pink and White Productions, a sustainable business that expands the landscape of erotic cinema and enables the creative vision of many filmmakers to come.
Vanessa Gritton is a currently living, performing stand-up and podcasting in Los Angeles. She’s been on Unpopular Opinion Podcast, Roast Battle, Chatterbox and The Come and Take It Comedy Festival. She founded and produced the List of Demands Comedy Festival. A little bit manic, dark and grotesquely excitable, she loves adjectives, comic books and relying on the kindness of strangers.
Verta is in her second year as an adult film performer. She is also a writer focusing primarily on erotica, and a story about her entry to porn is featured in the book Coming Out Like a Porn Star. As the secretary of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC), she vigorously fought against and helped defeat the California mandatory condom law Prop 60 in 2016. Verta continues to advocate for the adult industry against harmful regulations and bias.
Verta is presenting RT This: How Cyberbullying on Twitter is Impacting Women of Color in Porn. Verta can be found on Twitter.
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.
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 Sexual Liberation, Activism & Expression through Art. Find Zyra on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.