Welcome to our wonderful presenters for our 2015 Sex Down South Conference!

Presenters are listed in alphabetical order.  Check HERE for workshop descriptions!

Minister Renair Amin

Presenting Workshops: “Sexy Survivors (POC Only)” & “Written in the Flesh Erotic Reading”

Bio:  Minister Renair Amin, a Philadelphia, PA native, has turned her tribulations into avenues of encouragement, inspiration and change. A licensed minister, she also uses her educational training as a certified life, relationship and spiritual coach to empower others. A powerful lecturer, motivationalist and author, Renair has published four books—a collection of poetry, Mental Silhouette; a self-help book, Pit Crew: How To Survive A Spiritual Pit Stop; Domestically Cursed: A Story on Partnership Violence and Come With Me Love, a 21 day journey for couples seeking to (re)build their spiritual intimacy while connecting to one another in new ways.  As an author, Minister Amin has written for various print and on-line publications including SABLE Magazine, IKONS Magazine and Cinematique Magazine. She has acted in various plays, as well as written short one-acts that have been presented at Unity Fellowship Church of Christ New York and Restoration Temple Ministries. Renair has been able to use her voice to empower others through her workshops, as well as her poetry. As a spoken word artist, Minister Amin has performed nationally, gracing stages in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Rochester, Philadelphia and New York City. Renair was named one of the Top 5 Lesbian Entrepreneurs by LezNation Magazine (2010.) In the Fall of 2010, she was awarded the Urban Lyfe Award for Best Spoken Word Artist.

Anandalila

Presenting Workshops: “Sacred Touch,” “Rope Yoga,” “Tantric Hatha Yoga: a clothing optional practice,” and “Trance Dance”

Bio: Anandalila is a certified tantric hatha yoga teacher and bodyworker in Atlanta, GA. She offers individual sessions and group classes for people of all persuasions seeking a broader sense of self and a deeper connection to the Divine. When she is not practicing yoga, Anandalila enjoys writing, art, birdwatching, and, of course, chocolate. 

Molly “MK” Anderson

Presenting Workshops: “Navigating Your Sex Life with Reproductive Justice”

Bio: Molly “MK” Anderson is the Legislative Associate for the Feminist Women’s Health Center. She is particularly interested in analyzing reproductive health policy from an intersectional feminist lens. In addition to advocating for policies that help Georgia families thrive, MK is also interested in using storytelling to talk about sexual and reproductive health.

 

Melissa-Avery-Weir Melissa Avery-Weir

Presenting Workshop: “Asexuality in a World of Sex”

Bio: Melissa is a panromantic gray-asexual technologist from Charlotte, NC. They’re a strong advocate for accessibility and diversity in software development and games, and have given talks on accessibility at BlendConf 2014 and at local events. As a co-founder of Future Proof Games, they do their best to create video games that inspire audacious compassion in players and social change in the world.

 

Sarah Avraham, Esq  Sarah Avraham, Esq

Presenting Workshop: “BDSM/Poly & The Law”

Bio: Sarah was born as a lover of all things BDSM and has been involved in the Leather community since 1999, where she earned her vest in 2008. She held the position of Social Coordinator for NLA – Atlanta during its inaugural year and has presented across the U.S. She currently resides in Atlanta where she operates her law practice that primarily serves alternative lifestyles.  Education is her passion, especially in the area of educating newcomers to what it is we do.  She has presented at DomCon – Atlanta (2012 & 2014), NEAAL (Dallas), SAADE (Austin), BADD’s 2013 Seminar (Dallas), the Pragmatically Kinking Munch (Dallas), MDHL – Dallas, the Dallas Poly Potluck (Dallas), Frolicon (Atlanta), Southeast Leather Fest (SELF) (Atlanta), the Eagle – Atlanta, and 1763 (Atlanta). She also shares her knowledge every Monday at 6:30 ET through her BlogTalk radio program, “The Legal Show,” which she co-hosts with renowned Sci-Fi author Bennet Pomerantz.  Her presentations cover many family, civil, criminal, contracts, and business law topics. More specifically, her favorite legal topics to cover are how to protect BDSM families, poly families, same-sex partnerships, and multi-partnered households through legal documents.

3471878 Dr. Christopher Belous, LMFT

Presenting Workshop: “Sex Positivity Through Blogging and Social Media”

Bio: Chris is an Assistant Professor with the Master of Family Therapy program at Mercer University’s School of Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – located in Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital. He also serves as the Clinic Director for the on-campus clinical training facility, the Mercer Family Therapy Center – Atlanta. Chris has researched, written, and presented in the area of sex therapy, human sexuality, LGBTQIA, and the process of clinical training. He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist, Certified Family Life Educator, and holds a Certification in College Teaching.  Check out his website!

magnolia The Magnolia Fund

Presenting Workshop: “The State of Abortion Care in the Deep South: Providing Radical Love and Compassion in a Hostile Environment”

Bio:  The Magnolia Fund envisions a world where all people have full autonomy to make the best reproductive decisions for themselves, their families and their communities without interference; with full access to all resources needed to make these decisions, and the power to exercise those choices.  To this end, we align ourselves with the reproductive justice framework, acknowledging that the individuals most impacted by our work are best suited to inform our work, and with a commitment to lift up and empower those voices in every part of our work.  We are committed to a focus on the intersections of oppression and work toward supporting reproductive justice activism that is anti-racist, gender inclusive, anti-ableist and is best for our Southeastern community.  Since the Magnolia Fund’s founding in 2011, the organization has worked tirelessly to fund individuals traveling to the Southeast region for an abortion and funds roughly $150 a week to clients in need to cover the cost of their abortion. Over the years the Magnolia Fund has given thousands of dollars to fund abortions for folks in need. The Fund has also provided transportation, housing, and more through a network of dedicated volunteers.

Dr. Vertna Bradley Dr. Vertna Bradley

Movie Screening and Discussion: XEN

Bio:  Dr. Vertna Bradley is a filmmaker and professor at Carthage College in the Department of Communication & Digital Media. She holds a Ph.D. in Media & Communication Studies with an emphasis on Film & Philosophy, an MFA in Film & Video Production with a Complementary Study in Mass Communication, and a BFA in Film & Video Production. Her first experience in mass communication was traditional and began in 1990, working in print journalism and graphic design. She began film school in 1995. After graduating in 1998, she started working in television production for Time Warner, then for NBC, ABC, and Fox affiliates, where she created a variety of programs, commercials, and news promos.

Brittany Brathwaite

Presenting Workshops: “Standing Up in a Crooked Room: Techniques to Help Empower Young Black Women and Girls Through Popular Culture” & “Curls and Condoms: What’s Your Sexual Health Regimen?”

Bio: Brittany Brathwaite is a feminist youth worker and reproductive justice activist from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing a dual-degree for a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work. Brittany has a Bachelors degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, where she founded SPEAK!, a grassroots, youth-led sexual and reproductive justice organization for inner-city girls in Syracuse. Brittany currently co-chairs Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council where she advocates on the national level for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people. Previously, Brittany has worked on Capitol Hill as a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar in the office of the Honorable Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Brittany works as a community organizer at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) where she develops curriculum for GGE’s young women of color Sisters In Strength youth organizing program and coordinates the youth organizers’ participatory action research (PAR) project.

Park Cannon

Presenting Workshop: “Navigating Your Sex Life with Reproductive Justice”

Bio: Park Cannon is a politically active, pro-choice woman of color. Studies in Linguistics and Women’s and Gender studies along with a trilingual fluency pave Park’s path to a dual mastery of JD and MPH degrees. She has taught sex education in past work with NARAL Pro Choice NC, The Compass Center, The Women’s Center, and The Kenkou Group. Park is the Program Coordinator for Black Women’s Wellness at FWHC.

Jaime Chandra

Presenting Workshop: “Navigating Your Sex Life with Reproductive Justice”

Bio: Jaime Chandra has been involved in sex-positive education since high school and helped found the 11th Principle Consent initiative in 2012. She is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ* rights and alternative relationship styles including polyamory and BDSM. As the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Feminist Women’s Health Center, she helps promote for reproductive rights, health, and justice in the Atlanta area and beyond. Jaime adamantly believes in body autonomy, enthusiastic verbal consent, and dreams of a more sex-positive society.

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Presenting Education Station: “Sex 4 Switches: Are You SASS’n Me?!”

Bio: Choc has been a practicing Lifestyler since 2000. In the local to the Atlanta BDSM community, She is the Founder and member of the Leadership Team for SASS: Seasoned Atlanta Switches and Supporters. The group is to educate and train individuals & the community on the Hands-On, All-In & Practical Aspects of Tops who Bottom & Bottoms who Top with or without the label of Switch, regardless of how often they alternate activities and whether or not they shift in Dynamic, absent of a automatic adjustment in Role. She has served as Co-Lead of Black Fem Dom – Atlanta.
She is a member of The House of Trei and invites those interested in touring. She is Mentored and has three Mentees which are her joy. Choc is an MBA. Her career is in commercial and residential loan finance. When not in service to the community She enjoys teaching her Poly Unit. Her Boy, K is a Switch Leather boy on a Sir path. Choc is a practitioner of the “MIND-BODY-SPIRIT” philosophy. She has founded an Activity x Duration x Intensity x Surrounding (ADIS) formula for on-boarding three core service areas: personal – home, professional – business, sexual – kink.

Renyea_1 Renyea Colvin, MPH, CHES

Presenting Workshop: “The Pleasure Principle: A Missing Link in Youth Sex Education?”

Bio: Renyea is a health educator, wellness advocate and has an insatiable thirst for all things related to health. Much of her work experience has focused on adolescent sex education and youth development. Raised in Decatur, Georgia, Renyea received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Georgia State University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and is committed to a health promotion framework that is deeply rooted in social justice. Currently residing in Oakland, California, Renyea is the founder of Healthier Futures, an organization whose mission is to change the world by promoting healthier behaviors.

 

 Sarah Roan Coughtry, MSW

Presenting Workshops: “Introduction to Play Parties,” “Radical Sex-Positive Parenting,” “Sexual Healing,” “The Politics of the Body: How does the media shape our attraction?”

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

 

lcross hs 0515 Rev. Lacette Cross

Presenting Workshop: “GPS: God-Positive Sex”

Bio: Rev. Lacette Cross is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister.  She has been involved in ministry for nearly twenty years. She is the founder of Will You Be Whole Ministries that helps Black women and those who love them pursue wholeness through reconciling sexuality and faith.  She is actively involved in the community through her work with ROSMY (ros-mee) a LGBTQ youth serving organization.  Rev. Cross has been a guest panelist and facilitator for various sexuality related events hosted by organizations such as Transgendered Health Empowerment, Faith Community Baptist Church HIV/AIDS ministry, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the School of Theology of Virginia Union.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University.  She is a recent fellow of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute through the Center for American Progress.  Her work continues to be inspired by helping people bring together their sexuality and spirituality.  You can check her out on her website, find Will You Be Whole Ministries on Facebook and add her on Twitter @lacettecross.

frenchie Frenchie Davis

Presenting Workshop: “Goddess Bodies, Mortal Minds”

Bio: Frenchie Davis is a sex health educator, radio show host and producer, writer, performer, and activist. In the early 90’s she was coined the Erotic Poet Princess for her young profound take on Intimacy and Relationships. She is an internationally respected and influential voice on Emotional Health and Sexuality. Her lectures, workshops and feature on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam for her performance of her socially charged poetry has secured her as a household name in several arenas. Davis is one of the few women to spin Erotica into a career and maintain what she proudly refers to as “Sexual Integrity”. Flexing her diversity between the entertainment and professional dome she’s lectured and performed at more than 50 universities and colleges across the United States, Germany, Canada and the UK; Davis currently hosts and produces the only sex health talk radio show on the eastern seaboard at WBAI 99.5fm of New York City. Libido Talk Radio Show is an empirically based, comprehensive sexuality education format that engenders sex-positive conversations and dialogue on the widely varying world of Human Sexuality. Frenchie is a specialist in “Emotional Health” completing her Maters of Education and pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. Davis is the founder of her company Libido Talk LLC., which hails to revolutionize sex education and intimacy awareness across the country. She is a certified HIV tester, a specialist in Sexual Reproductive Anatomy and Puberty, Teen Sexuality and promoting healthy relationships among adolescent youth and adults.

Dr. Doe Dr. Lindsey Doe, DHS

Presenting Workshop: “We Want Great Sex Yesterday”

Bio: Lindsey Doe, DHS is a clinical sexologist, doctor of human sexuality, and online sex educator for a community of nearly 200,000 subscribers. You may have heard of her YouTube channel Sexplanations, designed to sex edutain the universe. The show, produced by superstar Hank Green, has accumulated over 18 million views across 100 nations; it’s published 150 episodes ranging from consent and gender to masturbation and porn. In 2001 Doe started as an editor for one of the first online forums for youth sex education, allaboutsex.com where she realized how little accurate and comprehensive sex education is available. After completing her bachelor’s in psychology, followed by a master’s in health and human performance, Doe went on to earn her doctorate at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality — the San Francisco based program known for educating other greats like Betty Dodson and Carol Queen. While completing her doctorate and for years after,  Doe also worked as an HIV prevention specialist and testing counselor for a nonprofit group based in Missoula, Montana. She later went on to teach Human Sexuality at the University of Montana, and throughout has continued to operate a private practice in clinical sexology. Now, in addition to hosting the YouTube channel Sexplanations, Doe travels worldwide to schools and conferences inspiring curiosity in others. She’s honored to be a presenter and views the opportunity to connect with communities like Sex Down South a very special part of her life and profession.

Alicia Elan

Presenting Workshops: “Because Medical Professionals Don’t Always Know: Risk Aware Sex for Queer Cunted-Creatures” and “Consent, The First Thing I Do with My Mouth: Developing a Personal Framework for Negotiation and Consent”

Bio: Alicia Elan is a Baltimore native living in New Orleans. She is a liberation minded queer devoted to ending all hierarchies including what anyone’s body, sex, and relationships should look like. Her current professional identities include sex ed researcher, consent / anti-rape culture activist, kitchen table conversation starter, part-time angry dyke, professor, and sex/body positive workshop facilitator.

551486_10152701453840478_1952251787_n Monica C. Evans

Presenting Workshop: “Against Sexual Oppression: Making Sex An Intentional Practice”

Bio: Monica Evans can’t remember when she started obsessively reading everything she could get her hands on about sex (seductresses, courtesans, women’s sexuality, romance, and erotica). She has been reading a long time. Monica is a life coach who helps people create meaningful, fulfilling lives that include work, love and play. Monica has a B.A. in Philosophy from Salem College where she focused on Goddess Worship and Social Politics and a Master of Divinity from Emory University where she focused on Womanist and Feminist Thought and Spiritual Formation.

10410324_10153333154686490_6048878780411021993_n_copy Mandy Farsace

Presenting Workshop: “Grey and Fabulous! How we can support and Love LGBT Older Adults as they Age”

Bio: Mandy Farsace is a graduate student at Widener University completing a MSW and MEd in Human Sexuality. Mandy has focused much of her graduate work on studying LGBTQ older adults and hopes to one day advocate for LGBTQ seniors who are transitioning into long term care settings. Currently, Mandy works in an agency that provides supportive employment services to individuals living with disabilities in Philadelphia. She has a background in peer sex education and rape crisis services. She also serves as the Volunteer Coordinate for the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance’s Sexual Freedom Summit.

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 5.50.19 PM Cassandra Fradera

Presenting Workshop: “Caribbean Movement – Healing Sexual Trauma through Dance”

Bio: Cassandra Fradera, of Cambridge, Mass. by way of New York and Puerto Rico, is a storyteller by nature, public speaker on domestic and sexual violence, and journalist. She hosts a a Cambridge Community Television Program called Café con Cass which brings dialogue alive on healing, arts, and diversity with occasional guests on Sundays at 8:00pm and is currently getting her Masters at the Harvard Extension School. Cassandra began dancing at 3 years old by following her Grandfather’s salsa step while standing on top of his feet at family gatherings. Her teaching style is shaped by a passion to help others discover the joy of moving their bodies to awaken the spirit and and connect to a stronger sense of self. You can check out her YouTube channel or follow her on Instagram and Facebook 

gigi BL Gigi GiTwice of Living Aligned Playground 

Presenting Education Station: “Lingam Language Plus 9 Key Steps to Deep Throating”

Bio: Madam Do~Well is the Tantric Madam alter-ego of Gi-Twice. She hold responsibility for providing deeper understanding and knowledge within the sexual healing arts. Her mission is to be a bridge between spiritual sexual healers and those seeking connection through all forms of sexuality. Madam Do Well provides private classes and presentations on spiritual sexuality and sexual freedom both in groups, couples and private one-on-one sessions. For more information contact livingalignedplayground@gmail.com go to her website.

lyndseygodwin Lyndsey Godwin

Presenting Workshop: “What Kind of Beloved is Your Beloved?” Exploring the Bible and its Sexually Liberating Possibilities”

BioLyndsey Godwin is the Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. With an eye on intersections and multiple-issue lives, she works to connect academics, activist, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and educators in order to have deeper conversations and develop more impactful justice practices. While she primarily approaches her work looking at religion, gender, and sexuality first, she prioritizes community-based work that empowers youth, centralizes those most marginalized, and lifts up issues of racism, classism, and other forms of systematic oppression. She’s a queer, white, feminist sexuality educator, a youth volunteer in a Baptist church in the south, who is seeking to do anti-racist, liberatory develop spaces that center engaged, shared learning.

Gross-3 Catherine Gross, MCC

Presenting Workshops:  “Emotional Fidelity” and “From Sexual Trauma to Health”

Bio: Catherine is an educator and a Master Certified Coach. She offers classes that focus on relationships, dominance and submission, physical skills, Master/slave, improving your sex life, personal development, house management, service, keeping relationships healthy and much more. She has served on local and national boards, judged contests, staffed conferences in a variety of positions, emceed and produced events/fundraisers for several charities and organizations. She is currently the producer of SouthEast LeatherFest and a board member of Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M). She has presented classes at 600+ organizations and has won numerous awards.  You can check out her BDSM site or Coaching Site and follow her on Twitter.

Brandi Hambrick

Presenter Workshop: “A Southern Touch: Cuddling Down South”

Bio: My name is Brandi, affectionately known as “The Hand Holder”, in my community. I’m a nursing student who enjoys perfecting my craft. At the hem of my grandmother’s skirt, I began my journey as a holistic healer. Generations of sacred knowledge and traditions about earth remedies, the healing power of nurturing and companionship were entrusted to me. It is in this spirit that I connected with my calling to care for others. I engage all forms of cuddling. I am a great companion for women and men who would like the extra company and my empathetic spirit is sure to be in tune with your needs. During your session it is my goal to relieve feelings of loneliness. Coming from a lineage of nurturing women, I am well suited to help you fulfill your cuddling needs. In my free time, you can find me: watching sports, traveling, reading and having a great time with my friends and family. I love going to listen to live music as well as long walks in the park. I wake everyday in gratitude, and compassion for love and life. Looking forward to cuddling with you soon.

SamanthaHeuwagen Samantha Heuwagen, MA

Presenter Workshop: “Sex Positivity Through Blogging and Social Media”

Bio: Samantha Heuwagen, MA graduated from the University of South Florida, obtaining her Master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies with a focus on Sexology. She continues her education at Mercer University in Atlanta by getting her LMFT and sex therapy certification to help individuals looking to explore their sexuality and help couples regain their magical spark! Find her blogging at AFeministLife.tumblr.com.

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Presenting Workshops: “Rising like a Phoenix: Finding Success in Failed Relationships,” “Talking to Your Doctor About Sex,” and “Wicked, Sexy, Cancer for Lovers”

Bio: Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy. 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 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 has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE 2014 Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, and will be speaking at Spring Poly Fever, AwesomeCon, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and InfinityCon in 2016.

Hintze, headshot Justyn Hintze

Presenting Workshop: “Screw the Birds & the Bees, Let’s Talk About Sex”

Bio: Justyn Hintze, a queerfeministlesbiandyke, is an advocate for breaking binaries, and just breaking stereotypes. She has an MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University, and is a sexologist, educator, pleasure revolutionary, and public speaker. Justyn is passionate about eliminating discrimination, and creating safe spaces to foster open, raw conversations. She is the Director of Education at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, a strategist for their Sexual Freedom Summit, and a member of their Advisory Council. Justyn is also the Project Manager and Strategist at Rad Campaign, a full-agency web development company campaigning for progressive nonprofits. Justyn writes curriculum on intimacy and pleasure, and is a guest writer for Kinkly, Frogloop, RH Reality Check, and Teaching Sex Ed, to name a few. She has facilitated panels and workshops at conferences and in classrooms nationwide. Follow Justyn on Twitter: @justynashley


IMG_2907 Kimberly Huggins

Presenting Workshops: “Standing Up in a Crooked Room: Techniques to Help Empower Young Black Women and Girls Through Popular Culture” & “Curls and Condoms: What’s Your Sexual Health Regimen?”

Bio:  Kimberly’s passion and dedication for sexual health started with the loss of a loved one to HIV in 2010. The death of her uncle sparked an unwavering desire to learn more about the disease and learn why many people like him are stigmatized. Ever since, Kimberly has been committed to educating her community about sexual health disparities and helping her community make safer sex choices. While earning her B.A. in Psychology at Syracuse University, she was able to serve her community as a peer educator by facilitating various workshops on safer sex, condom negotiation, testing and STDs and HIV and AIDS, healthy relationships and self-empowerment. Currently, Kimberly is a Public Health Masters candidate at SUNY Downstate Medical Center , a board member for Transdiaspora Network, a National Youth HIV/AIDS Day Ambassador and an Adolescent Health Educator in Brooklyn, NY. Check out her website!

578726_519490974618_1705142784_n Quest Hunter

Presenting Workshops: “Fantasize No More: tips & tricks for exploring the trans body”

Bio:  Quest Hunter is a queer fluid non- gender conforming Black human.  They are dedicated to liberation and forming systematic paths to freedom for the mind, body and soul. Quest sees the human body as a canvas that provides ever-evolving spaces, which create life-altering opportunities for fucking, intimacy and squirting (yummy). Quest stand as Womyn politically, an activist as Black and a freedom fighter as a human. Quest Hunter is a multimedia artist, a teacher, a mutual minister of healing, a performer, a care-taking Daddy, a TOP/switch, a wrestler and most importantly a lover of wisdom found in souls.

 

Kwajelyn Jackson

Presenting Workshop: “Navigating Your Sex Life with Reproductive Justice”

Bio: Kwajelyn Jackson currently serves as the Community Education & Advocacy Manager at Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) in Atlanta, GA, where she manages volunteer engagement, community outreach, internship programs, and advocacy work to improve reproductive health, rights and justice in Georgia. She began with FWHC in the summer of 2013, and has since committed to expanding FWHC’s statewide impact and deepening its community partnerships.

tiffanyjanay4 Tiffany Janay

Presenting Workshop:  Yoni Eggs & Womb Manifestation

Bio: Tiffany Janay of Organic Blood has over 10 years of professional experience in the fields of sales, customer service, product and brand development, marketing, social media management and product distribution. In 2008 Janay and her husband Malik Zakee transitioned from employees to entrepreneurs.  Organic Blood is a manifestation of their collective efforts to share wellness with the masses. Together they have worked as brand ambassadors and consultants for many clients including, Queen Afua, Dime Bags, Dr. Bronners, Hemp Industry Association, Silverback Management, Beeline.  Their latest endeavor of Organic Blood Yoni Egg has successfully launched and is an internationally distributed product.  Visit them at yonieggs.com and organicbloodline.com

Min. Adalphie Johnson

Presenting Workshop: “GPS: God-Positive Sex”

Bio: As a 3rd year seminarian student at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Minister Adalphie “AJ” Johnson is clear on her calling in life. Min AJ is a bi-vocational minister who is a trained Sexual Health Educator with Whitman – Walker Health in Washington, DC. As an educator, Min AJ is responsible for ensuring that all young people ages 10 – 24 receive adequate and accurate information to help make informed decisions regarding their sexual choices. In addition to this role, Min AJ serves as the Minister of Women at the Community Church of Washington, DC UCC where she is responsible for the spiritual development of women connected to the church. Min AJ believes that liberation not only come from mental and spiritual awareness but also from releasing the sexual bondage of others ideologies that has prevented many from living in their truth. She is a proud mother of three and shares her life with her wife of 2 years.

11046198_10101686830085848_5540105727513246532_o Che J Long

Presenting Workshop: “We Flawless!: Journey to Gender Balance”

Bio: Che J. Long hails from Los Angeles by way of Hawaii where at 7 years old she began her organizing work licking envelopes for the Hawaiian land and cultural sovereignty movement. She is a Queer Black Femme, community organizer, and trained herbalist. For the past 7 years, she has dedicated her life to organizing around community based strategies for ending violence. As the former program coordinator of the Safe Outside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project and a current member of the Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, Che works with communities most affected by violence to develop political education and campaign strategies that increase capacity for safety and wellness. She uses the languages of guerilla theater to infuse cultural work into the fibers of strategy building. When she is not organizing, Che spends her time at the intersections of Sci-fi and Beyonce.

Maryasha Maryasha Katz

Presenting Workshop: “Bridges to Intimacy and Desire through Dance and Movement”

Bio: Maryasha Katz is a Jewish Queer Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dancer, and Life Coach. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Holistic Studies and Psychology Departments at JFK University and Palo Alto University. She has extensive experience working with trauma. With many years as a dance instructor, she brings an active curiosity and awareness of her clients’ movement vocabulary into her work. She finds that utilizing the body through breath, movement, gesture and posture enriches the therapeutic process. Her classes on Human Sexuality have been met with an enthusiastic response from her students who find her to be warm, inviting and passionate about creating an open environment for learning.

 

headshot Dr. Rachel Anne Kieran 

Presenting Workshops: “Coming Out to Your Therapist…and finding a therapist that you CAN come out to!” & “BDSM versus Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse”

Bio: An Atlanta-area therapist with knowledge and experience in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity, Dr. Rachel provides individual therapy that is LGBTQIQ-affirmitive, sex-positive, polyamory-friendly and kink-knowledgeable. Licensed as a psychologist in the State of Georgia, Dr. Rachel has been providing therapy services for over ten years, and has been in private practice for five. She considers her practice open and accepting to all, and have a particular emphasis on the importance of multiple identities in the lives of her patients. This includes knowledge and experience in areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity including sexual and affectional identity/orientation, transgender issues, queer theory, BDSM and kink, polyamory and other non-monogamies.  You can check out her website or her recent TEDx Talk.

sk 039 Stephanie Kohler

Presenting Workshop: “Transcending Tantra Stereotypes: Honoring Sexuality as Sacred”

Bio: Stephanie Kohler has over 20 years of teaching experience, ranging from language and literature to yoga and communication. She teaches at Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta, but also travels for workshops and retreats. Last year, she taught yoga to humanitarian workers in Africa, as a way of self-care in the face of living in highly dangerous and stressful conditions. In addition to being a workshop and retreat facilitator, she is a writer and nationally touring musician. You can learn more about her work at stephaniekohler.com.

Kolker

Presenting Workshop: “Rope Yoga”

Bio: Graduate of the 2011 Atlanta Mentor’s Coalition, Kolker has been in the BSDM lifestyle community since late 1998, after realizing he was kinky all of his life. After many years and with several valuable experiences in Scouting and the Military have helped shaped him to the Newbie Ambassador he has become today. Kolker teaches bondage, makes & sells rope for bondage and many other uses, and welcomes you to check out www.kolkerfiberart.com

ashafin-5 Asha Leong

Presenting Workshop: “Sexual Healing”

Bio: Asha Leong is a life-long activist and community organizer with over 15 years of experience as a sexual liberator, rabble rouser, and scintillating writer. Through Dreaming Desires Consulting she provides a range of services critical to organizational and personal development. Asha provides expertise around fundraising tactics, social media strategy, and campaign development. She has a passion for queer sexual liberation and provides training, sacred sexuality coaching and shamanic reiki healings. Asha also works as an artist most recently her writing was published in the Femmethology, she is looking forward to being published in Perverts of Color in 2013. Asha’s alter ego drag king Al Schlong graces stages nationwide with his memorizing hip-shaking performance art.

YVL - Headshot 3 Yoseñio V. Lewis

Presenting Workshop: “Sexy Survivors (POC only),” “Renaming Desire-Trans/Non-Trans Sex,” “Navigating Kink Within Oppression,” and “Written In The Flesh Erotic Reading”

Bio: Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual. A social justice advocate, 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 a Trans Patient Educator Stanford University. He served on the National Advisory Board for the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and was an inaugural honoree of The Trans 100 list. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference, as well as a panelist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference, the Good Vibrations Sex Summit and the Catalyst Conferences East and West. Yoseñio is a co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. He is also the founder of Written in the Flesh, an on-stage opportunity for the lifting up of People of Color voices in Erotica and Sexual Liberation. Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, including “Diagnosing Difference,” Christopher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood,” A&E’s “Transgender Revolution,” “The Believers,” and “Transforming Healthcare.” Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art.

_MG_2712 copy MySpiritFitness featuring Felesha Love

Celebrity Sex Panel Host

Bio: Felesha Love is a college educator, broadcast professional and author. She teaches powerful concepts in health and wellness to help people transform their lives.  As a faculty member at Spelman College, Felesha designed curricula that successfully contributed seven years to mind/body awareness programs and credit courses. Prior to her work as a professor, Felesha’s dual careers as popular radio air personality and fitness pro catapulted her into facilitating corporate wellness workshops since 1996.  In January, Felesha’s new book, A Brave Leap to Freedom: Integrating Mind, Body, and Spirit to Cultivate Healthy Relationships was released by Balboa/Hay House Publishing. In the book, she identifies toxic relationships and then gently guides readers on a path to building healthy and authentic lifestyles through mind/body integration. She is also host of MySpiritFitness TV Show which airs on Comcast in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle to promote healthy sustainability through mind, body, spirit education.

Onyx Keesha Monroe

Movie Screening & Discussion: “XEN”

Bio: Onyx Keesha is an actress, producer, director, and activist. She is the founder of M.PoWeR Performing Arts LLC and has been producing queer centered work in the Atlanta area for the last four years. Onyx as also produced numerous plays including two sold out runs of Vagina Monologues, the Wiz, For Colored Girls, and more. Onyx can be see on hit web series such as Between Women, Studsvilletv, and ten90.

Sarah Mueller

Presenting Workshops: “LUBE! An In-Depth Look at Personal Lubricants”

Bio: Sarah Mueller has been a Sex Educator at The Smitten Kitten since May of 2012. Prior to her employment at The Smitten Kitten Sarah received a BA in English Literature, with minors in Art History and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College. It was at Macalester that Sarah became engaged in the Sex Positivity Movement and Sex Education, participating in and organizing sex positive and sex educational events, publications, and student groups. After the experience of working at Smitten Kitten Sarah realized personal lubricants are a huge contributor to people’s sexual satisfaction and health, but many struggle to find lubricants without adverse effects. Sarah then began an extensive research project on personal lubricant ingredients, regulations, and interactions with the body; finding many widely available lubricants to not be very body friendly, and current regulations aren’t helping. Sarah has begun to give small workshops and trainings through The Smitten Kitten, providing educational materials around lubricant safety in the Minneapolis, MN area. Her research has also allowed her to contribute to Allison Moon’s Girl Sex 101, assist in editing Joan Price’s The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Fifty, and has been interviewed as a Lube Expert on the Sexational Blog and VICE Magazine’s Blog.

Cordelia Nailong

Presenting Workshops: “Fantasize No More: Tips & Tricks for Exploring the Trans Body”

Bio: Cordelia Nailong is a queer nonbinary trans woman femme. They are also super kinky, a spiritual specialist, and a New Orleanian trans-feminist trickster. Cordelia is a writer, a poet, a visual artist, an information activist, a producer, and draglesque performer. They are most known for their passionate politics, workshops, poetry, innovative performance style, and nonbinary spiritually focused erotica.

James O’Deorain

Presenting Workshop: “Disowning Your Forefathers: Examining the Intersection of Spirituality and Privilege”

Bio: James is an activist, writer, artist, and student. As a queer, genderfree, trans, polyamorous, pagan, neurodivergent, tree-hugging person, James is deeply invested in all the intersections of oppression and marginalization. They are dedicated to self-education, sharing knowledge, resisting oppression, and taking action against injustice. Reading “All About Love” by bell hooks taught them that sharing skills which create love and connection is an important part of social justice, so they share their well-developed skills in intimacy and critical analysis whenever they are desired. They’ve spoken at Alchemy, Transcending Boundaries Conference, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and at various smaller events. They practice immersive openness, so feel free to ask them any question, no matter how personal (but it will have to be interesting to get an answer). To get to know them: http://belenen.livejournal.com

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Presenting Workshops: “Intro to Play Parties” and “Radical Sex-Positive Parenting”

Bio: Radical Queer Brown Non-monogamous Old-School Femme Lover Evangelical Mystic Missionary Mama First-Gen Appalachian Latina Resister

Alicia Ortiz

Presenting Workshops: “Being A Kick-Ass Ally; “How can I better support my ______ friend/child/sibling/partner?”” and “Masturbation Will Save the World”

Bio: Alicia is a Queer Latina with a sociology degree and career background as a community organizer working on issues ranging from labor rights, LGBTQ equality, reproductive justice, and immigration reform. She’s also a dynamic vocalist and musician who has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Alicia strives to inspire personal empowerment and community engagement in all aspects of life. She comes to all dialogue with a sharp analysis of race, class, and gender, including acknowledging her own experiences moving through the world as a cis-gender person with white skin.

Trisha Patel

Presenting Workshop: “Navigating Your Sex Life with Reproductive Justice”

Bio: TBA

headshot 2 Tal Peretz, PhD

Presenting Workshops: “Engaging Men in Ending Sexual Violence” & “Making Consent Sexy”

Bio: Tal Peretz has engaged in and studied sexual violence prevention work for over a decade. He received his PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies for research on how men can work to end sexual and gender-based violence, and his research has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, activist/professional newsletters, online blogs, and a recent book published by Oxford University Press. He is excited to be thinking about new ways to reduce sexual violence while also helping people have great sex.

Kelly Lynn Prime

Presenting Workshop: “Healing Sexual Trauma”

Bio: Kelly Lynn Prime is a Certified Lifestyle Coach, Energy Healer, Psychic Medium, Universal Life Church Minister and Sexual Trauma Victor.  She started on the path as a healer in 2009 with her first taste of energy being at a Tantra workshop with the beloved Kenya K and Carl Stevens. The path since then has been a whirlwind of Reiki, Theta Healing and most extensively Pranic Healing wrapped up in psychic mediumship with a Life Coaching Certification as the proverbial cherry on top. Her specialty is getting to the root of the pain and guiding clients through it so they can emerge from the destruction of sexual traumas with a new appreciation for self others and L.Y.F.E! (Loving Yourself First Emphatically!)

Ignacio April 2015 Ignacio Rivera AKA Papi Coxxx

Presenting Workshop: “Sexy Survivors (POC only),” “Renaming Desire-Trans/Non-Trans Sex,” “Navigating Kink Within Oppression,” and “Written In The Flesh Erotic Reading”

Bio: Ignacio Rivera aka Papí Coxxx who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” is a Black-Boricua, two-spirit, gender-fluid, kinky, sex positive sex educator, sex worker, performance artist and filmmaker. They blog about sex and gender on “What they said” (at http://WhatTheySaidBlog.com) and is the founder of Poly Patao Productions. Poly Patao Productions is dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, play parties, panel discussions, teach-ins, social/political groups and educational opportunities that are specially geared toward queer women, transgender, multi-gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and gender variant folx of color.  Ignacio has been facilitating workshops, doing lectures and creating events for kinky, kinky-curious Queer/Trans POC’s and their white allies for over a decade.

Carlin Rushing

Presenting Workshop: “Telling the Stories of our Sexed Selves: A Writing Workshop”

Bio: Carlin Rushing received her Bachelor of Art degree in Philosophy (honors) from Spelman College. Carlin graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with her Master of Divinity degree and certificates from both the Carpenter Program in Religion and Sexuality and the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies in 2013. While at Spelman and Vanderbilt her work in the classroom and in the community met at the intersection of race, class gender, and sexuality. She currently works as the Program Coordinator for Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. She is also a Professor at American Baptist College teaching courses on literature, culture, and social problems.

10849854_10152886884616543_6450822100967660583_n Natalie Sablon, BSN, RN

Presenting Workshop: “Sex and The Plant: How Herbal Medicine Can Support A Healthy Sex Drive”

Bio: Natalie is passionate about teaching, dancing, creation, expression, and growing within value-creating communities. She is a collective member of Harriet’s Apothecary, a wildly passionate healing collective based in Brooklyn, NY. It is comprised of Black Cis women, Queer and Trans healers, artist, and healthcare professionals. The collective comes together at the start of the season to host a healing village that is committed to providing accessible healing spaces to Black and POC folks.  There and throughout the community she leads workshops which invites participants to tune in to their inner wisdom, trust their knowing and how to utilize that knowing to create their own tools of wellness.

Secret City Burlesque

Presenting Workshop: “Basics and Beyond: A Burlesque How-To”

Bio: Secret City Burlesque is a premier neo-burlesque troupe hailing from Athens, GA. Known for their progressive use of the art, Secret City strives to bring burlesque to the people in a way that promotes a body positive mindset, social activism, and fun. Secret City’s system of organization lends itself to the inclusion of people from all walks of life, and with varying skill sets. Three to four members of the Secret City with experience and expertise will run this workshop in the technical aspects of the art.

 

The Sexual Liberation Collective

Presenting Workshops: “Introduction to Play Parties,” “Sexual Healing,” “Radical Sex-Positive Parenting”

Bio: The Sexual Liberation Collective is an intentional collaboration of folks who are passionate about sexual liberation and healing for all people. We see sexual liberation as a human right and our bodies and desires as sacred. Believing in the possibility of healing for all people, including ourselves, we strive to be a collective that prioritizes people of color, trans* and gender non-conforming people, people of working class backgrounds, all body shapes, sizes and abilities, sex workers, and women. The SLC provides sexual liberators with support, advice, and accountability on their personal and professional projects, and provides education and healing to larger communities through facilitating workshops, skillshares, and healing circles. Since its inception in 2013, the SLC has presented at numerous conferences around the country, including Creating Change, Unity Through Diversity, and The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit.

 

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Presenting Workshop: “Loving the Whore You’re With” & “Fisting & Manual Sex”

Bio: A 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.  Follow her @andreshakti or check out her website: www.andreshaktiXXX.com.

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Presenting Workshop: “BDSM vs Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse”

Bio:  Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. She is the author of the best-selling book The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Families and Relationships (2014, Rowman and Littlefield), and the forthcoming Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families (2015, Thorntree Press). An expert witness and Guardian Ad Litem with a background in academic sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in unconventional and underserved populations. You can find her blog on Psychology Today.

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Presenting Education Station: “How To Make Good Pussy, Better (aka How To Make Good Loven, Better)”

Bio: Taylor Sparks is a driving force in creating opportunities and valuable resources for the open lifestyle community. Amongst many things, Taylor is a passionate erotic educator, certified in both holistic aromatherapy and human behavior. With over a decade of experience in the natural skin care/cosmetics industry, Ms. Sparks launched OrganicLoven.com, a site that offers organic, natural and eco-friendly sensual body pleasures. While traveling around the globe, Taylor has become renowned in the adult travel industry and is a powerful public speaker both nationally and internationally. Her workshop series entitled,” How To Make Good Pussy, Better”, is extremely popular and focuses on the benefits of organic lubricants, vegan condoms, and Liberator sex pillows. An active and accomplished blogger, her online offerings can be found on her Green Fitness and Organic Loven Blogs, as well as guest blogs for the Organic Body Care, Open Lifestyle, and Fitness industries. Ms. Sparks is also a published author; her most recent book entitled What’s A Girl To Do In A Big City if She Can’t Dance? When Stripping is Not an Option! Social and environmentally conscious and a strong supporter in all things organic, natural and eco-friendly…including Love.

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Presenting Workshop: “Goddess Bodies, Mortal Minds”

Bio: Rachel Spruill is a graduate candidate in Human Sexuality and Social Work at Widener University. She shares her expertise through writing, education, research, counseling and public speaking as a sexual health and social justice advocate. Through various specialty programs Rachel has seasoned herself by serving as an advocate from prevention specialist in adolescent sexual education and HIV/AIDS counseling for AmeriCorps’ AIDS United Program. She is an accomplished lecturer collaborating with Marriage and Family Therapist students and is known nationally for perspectives and research on African-American culture. She offers a refreshing view on healing, sexual agency, and social empowerment.

10407476_10101804709190337_5291964404271866766_n Marla Renee Stewart, MA

Celebrity Sex Panel Host & Presenting Workshop: “Maturing Your Genital Dialect – The Pussy Lover’s Edition”

Bio: Marla 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.  She also sits on the board for SPARK Reproductive Justice and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. For more information, you can check out her website or find her on Twitter: @1marlastewart/@VelvetLipsLLC or Instagram:@velvetmarla.

Shayla D. Tumbling

Presenting Workshop: “A Southern Touch: Cuddling Down South”

Bio: As an enthusiastic & experienced snuggler our sessions will soothe your mind, body, and soul. My core belief is that we all deserve to experience the rejuvenating power of touch. During your Snuggle Session with me, my goal is to create a positive, accepting, supportive atmosphere in which you can just BE without any pressure. Having spent 14 years of my life studying human behavior and working with individuals experiencing a variety of life & relational challenges, I understand the importance of therapeutic touch in supporting the release of core wounds such as feelings of abandonment, rejection, & disconnection. Sometimes, all it takes to feel connected again, to feel seen, is a simple Snuggle. In my free time you can usually find me: reading, traveling, laughing, watching movies, or spending time with loved ones. I love to have fun, relax, try new activities, and do anything that allows me to be blissful. I live such a magical and joy-filled life. I work everyday to remain positive and experience the beauty in living; I desire nothing more than share a little bit of my magic with you.

Hussain Turk

Presenting Workshop: “Navigating Kink With Oppression”

Bio: Hussain Turk is a Muslim, gay, HIV positive social justice leader. He is also a second-year student at UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program. He is also a law clerk at the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project.  Hussain is a co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity. A well respected writer and activist, Hussain has written various articles on being a young HIV+ man and on being a Muslim in a post-9/11 United States.  Hussain holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Political Science with specializations in modern and contemporary political theories of radical feminist and racial liberation. As an activist, he is most passionate about building racial solidarity and community across different non-white racial and ethnic identities, and organizing around social injustices that affect queer people of color. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native says his parents brought him up to be socially conscious and this shows through his activism. Hussain hopes to spend time working in Pakistan with HIV-positive gay and transgender people.

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Presenting with The Sexual Liberation Collective

Bio: Ariel Vegosen is a professional sex educator, workshop facilitator, gender inclusivity expert, performance artist, liberation advocate, life coach, writer, and consultant. Ariel is the founder of the nonprofit Gender Blender – an organization dedicated to creating safer spaces for Trans, gender-queer, and gender nonconforming people, and creating opportunities for exploration and education on how gender impacts and affects society. For the past 15 years Ariel has facilitated trainings, workshops, and retreats for organizations, corporations, nonprofits, schools, communities, universities, and faith based groups. Ariel is an ordained Hebrew Priestess and a practitioner and teacher of sacred sexuality. Ariel’s passions include creating spaces of sexual liberation, being surrounded by glitter, performing, and being sex positive and positive about life. This work has brought Ariel to Morocco, India, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Palestine, Israel, Costa Rica, and all over the US. Ariel enjoys playing with pronouns and being playful. Ariel believes in creating communities across diverse cultural backgrounds and is committed to working from an anti-oppression lens. Ariel is available for workshops, performing, teaching, and speaking engagements and can be reached at arielmintwood@gmail.com

20140510_1583Copyright (1) Robin Wilson-Beattie

Presenting Education Station: “Toys for a SexAbled Life: Fun, unique & adaptable ways to give and receive satisfying pleasure with erotic toys!”

Bio: Robin Wilson-Beattie is the proprietor of sexAbled, 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) and the Women of Color Sexual Health Network(WOCSHN). 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. Robin has done presentations and speeches at conferences, medical schools, and disability organizations. She also consults with individuals and organizations on issues of adaptive sexual support. Robin is an Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and a nationally recognised self and systems disability advocate. She is a deep-fried Southern girl, Sex Geek, Burner, comic book nerd,lover of all things Quentin Tarantino, and proud Mama of one amazing daughter. Follow Robin on Twitter @SexAbled and like SexAbled on Facebook.

Ariel Wright

Presenting Workshop: “Goddess Bodies, Mortal Minds”

Bio:  Ariel is a facilitator, counselor, and coach. Through her work, she has developed dynamic educational experiences. These experiences have earned her several invitations to facilitate workshops for small and large groups in the community, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, private functions, and corporate training. Ariel has partnered with local, national, and international organizations to educate individuals on various topics related to sexuality, human development, relationships, and leadership. This savvy communicator brings a fresh, evidenced based approach to facilitation, counseling, and writing. She is currently developing a ‘healthy relationship and sexuality’ curriculum to educate youth about sex-positive, healthy behaviors, and makes decisions to be implemented in several agencies and schools in the North Florida region. Ariel provides corporate training, workshops, one-on-one coaching and other educational events. Ariel has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Social Work, and is completing course work for a Master of Education/Doctorate of Philosophy Human Sexuality. She is a registered clinical social work intern in the state of Florida.

Bio Pic Carol Sue Young

Presenting Workshop: “Extended Orgasm: The Path to Pleasure, Abundance and Full Gratification”

Bio: Carol Sue is dedicated to the exploration of pleasure, fun and group living. She is a modern relationship coach specializing in the areas of sensuality and sexuality. Carol Sue shows women how extending their orgasms can lead to a life of pleasure, abundance and full gratification. For 25 years, Carol Sue has studied sensuality and sexuality which lead to her being certified by the Sensuality Department at Lafayette Morehouse in California, where she researched and demonstrated the human ability to achieve extended orgasm. Carol Sue has also pursued research on alternative lifestyles and in 1990 she cofounded the Atlanta Morehouse Community to research pleasurable group living. Although Carol Sue has spent time living and studying in communities in Lafayette California, Hawaii, and the Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashram in New York, she moved back to Atlanta and lives in the Atlanta Morehouse Community today. Living in a group has been a powerful laboratory for intimate relating, honing Carol Sue’s expertise in matters of jealousy, money and possessions, communication, conflict resolution, and alternative relationships. Carol Sue works with individuals and groups as a coach and a teacher in the areas of relationships, group living, alternative lifestyles, pleasure, communication, body awareness, sensuality, and sexuality.

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Presenting Workshop: “Taste Me, Touch Me, Tease Me: Writing with the Senses”

Bio: Jamaican-born Fiona Zedde currently lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of several novellas and novels of lesbian love and desire, including the Lambda Literary Award finalists Bliss and Every Dark Desire. Her novel, Dangerous Pleasures, was winner of the About.com Readers’ Choice Award for Best Lesbian Novel or Memoir of 2012. Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies including the Cleis Press Best Lesbian Erotica series, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica, and Fist of the Spider Woman. Writing under the name “Fiona Lewis,” she has also published a novel of young adult fiction called Dreaming in Color with Tiny Satchel Press. Her latest novel, Desire at Dawn, is available now.

Amelie Zurn

Presenting Workshop: “Bridges to Intimacy through Movement & Dance”

Bio: Amelie Zurn, MSW/LCSW-C, is a social worker & justice activist fired up about queer liberation, health & sexuality. For 27 years, she has been stirring up trouble, complicating the issues & finding new ways of being. Beginning her journey as a street activist with OUT!/ ACT UP, Amelie used her feminist health & AIDS activist tools to help grow the DC AIDS Information Line, programs for women living with HIV/AIDS, Lesbian Services of Whitman-Walker Health & the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer. Recently, she is a part of an amazing collective that creates the Sexual Justice Track of NGLTF’s Annual Creating Change Conference. She is a “both” person believing both macro & micro efforts are necessary. Serving as a psychotherapist for the past 18 years, she assists predominately queer & transfolk looking to heal from trauma, subvert suffering/oppression & build healthier lives. She facilitates workshops & intentional conversations to build queer kinship mobiles aimed at making community, claiming family & living in your desire.