IMG_7046_cropMarla Renee Stewart, MA is a co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference.  She is a sexologist, a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sexuality educator. Gaining her reputation for being “The Sex Architect,” she created Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 14 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, as well as universities in the Atlanta area. She has been featured on many radio shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the country.  For more information: @1marlastewart/@VelvetLipsLLC, IG:@1marlastewart, marla@sexdownsouth.com

10968542_847050295336546_8826189086436440504_nTia Marie, aka the Vixen Voyager, is a co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference.  She hails from Houston, TX and has been in Atlanta for over 13 years. By day she serves as a manager for Branded Entertainment and Integrated Media. And by night…a creature of creativity: stage-manager, voyeur, event planner, writer, lover and juicer of strange veggies. She’s been navigating through the cross sections of eroticism, sensuality and social limits for nearly 10 years. While she holds a B.A in Mass Communications, she learned mostly from her peers and through practical play in elevators, swingers clubs, sensuality workshops/events and training. She’s equally soft and attentive and plans to take on Atlanta’s erotic scene and share her escapades. Her quenchless desires include sex, food and the supernatural. You can contact her at tia@sexdownsouth.com.

Roan Sarah Coughtry, MSW, is a healer, sex educator, and transqueer writer based out of Atlanta, GA. With roots originating from the rural farmlands of New York, they’ve lived in many different corners of the country and world, fostering a background in social justice organizing, alternative healing,  creative arts, and radical sex positivity along the way. After receiving their Masters in Social Work from Smith College in 2011, they co-founded an advocacy and support group for trans* and non-binary folks in Albany, NY. In 2013 they co-founded the Sexual Liberation Collective, a national group of sex workers, educators, and healers who provide education to communities. In addition to producing Sex Down South, they’re an organizer of the annual Southern Fried Queer Pride in Atlanta, and in 2015 they were invited to be on the advisory board of Project AFFIRM, an organization researching trans* resilience. They’re most inspired when they’re out in the community building bridges, facilitating conversations, and kindling the connection between creativity, spirituality, embodied practice, and liberation. You can find out more about their work at www.roancoughtry.com or contact them at srecoughtry (at) gmail (dot) com.

mA sex worker, performer, activist, educator, and overall femme fatale tour de force, Andre Shakti graduated cum laude from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and LGBT Studies in 2010. Originally from the East Coast, she now occupies the epicenter of all that is good and unholy, The San Francisco Bay Area. She produces monthly nightlife entertainment, graces burlesque stages and go-go boxes, and works as a queer and alternative porn performer, dominatrix, session wrestler, and live webcam model in addition to holding down a not-so-top-secret position in the information security industry. She never sleeps.  Andre frequently lectures and advises on issues surrounding sexual pleasure, gender diversity, sex worker rights, non-monogamy, and queerness. She is thrilled to be a part of the Sex Down South committee, and will be coordinating The Big Bang event as well as facilitating workshops and promoting a large, diverse sex worker representation at the conference.  For more information: @andreshakti, www.andreshaktiXXX.com, ms.andre.shakti@gmail.com

DSC_0103As a Sexuality Empowerment Mentor, an Emotional-Social Wellness Consultant, and Co-founder of A Southern Touch Company LLC: A Cuddling & Companionship Company, which specializes in healing platonic touch services based in Atlanta, GA, Shayla supports her clients in developing a healthy balanced relationship with themselves and with others. Her sexuality work supports Black Women in reconnecting with their personal power through bliss and pleasure. Shayla’s goal is to create a positive, accepting, supportive atmosphere wherever she goes in which people can authentically BE themselves without any pressure. She is dedicated to positive sexuality, advocacy, humanitarianism, and re-alignment. In her free time you can usually find her: reading, traveling, laughing, watching movies, or spending time with loved ones.