Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission is the reigning polyamory pundit at her biweekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net. Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, politics and pleasure, race, trauma, gender diversity, sex worker rights, non-monogamy, and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is.
Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits on Twitter via @andreshakti, and support her Patreon via patreon.com/IAmPolyamorous.
Anna Dow, founder of “Vast Love: Counseling & Coaching Agency”, is a licensed therapist in CA who also provides coaching internationally. Her greatest passion is inspiring people to break out of closed ways of thinking so they can create the lives and loves they most truly desire. She’s been living nomadically for the past 5 years, while building a successful business that allows her to work from anywhere in the world with internet. She wants people who desire to live off the beaten path (through non-monogamy and beyond) to feel empowered by the vastness of possibilities in life and utilizes a wide range of counseling modalities in her work to accomplish that goal (see website for more details).
Facebook Business Page: “Vast Love: Counseling and Coaching”
Chaneè Jackson Kendall is a Black polyamorous educator, speaker, activist, and event planner. A 32 year old native Atlantan, she lives in a western suburb of Atlanta with her partners & coparents. She is the proud Mama of the most adorable four year old in the world. She has openly identified as non-monogamous for the past decade, and polyamorous for the past 8 years. She discovered the online polyamorous community in 2012 and has been an active, and often outspoken member ever since. As the owner of several small businesses, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to everything she does. She is one of the Admins of Black & Poly and the co-founding Admin of Young, Black & Poly. She volunteers a lot of her time to polyamorous education, outreach, and activism. Chanee is passionate about normalizing polyamory as a relationship orientation or relationship choice and I’m addition to contributing to the planning and programming for PolyDallas Millennium 2020; she is excited to be co-planning the 2nd Annual Black Poly Pride; a celebration of the Black polyamorous lovestyle which will take place in Washington, D.C. June 4-7. 2020.
Chanee Jackson Kendall
Chanel Jaali Marshall is an independent researcher, sexual educator, and mental health professional 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 comprehensive, pleasure based 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.
Chrissy is a queer and polyamorous asexuality educator and activist from NYC. She is president emerita of Open Love NY, a member of the Poly Leadership Network, the Communications Lead for the APA Division 44 Consensual Non- Monogamy Task Force, and on the communications team at the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. She recently graduated from Columbia University with her M.S. in Nonprofit Management, after a decade- long stint in the music industry. When she isn’t teaching nationally on ethics, negotiation, asexuality, inclusion, and mental health, she resides on the upper west side with one of her anchor partners and children.
Dirty Lola is a sex edutainer, speaker, and self-proclaimed dildo slinger. Known for her live sex ed Q&A show Sex Ed A Go-Go and as co-host of New York Magazine’s The Cut’s “Sex Probz” web series, Lola has spent almost a decade working to end stigma and shame surrounding sex and sexuality. Having started her journey sharing personal discoveries with polyamory and kink online, Lola now uses her knowledge, warm candor and public platforms to teach the masses in-person and to rapt Internet audiences.
Social Media: @DirtyLola - Twitter & IG
Charlie (He/They) travels the world facilitating healing spaces, sexual health and wellness workshops and focuses on how to create and elevate a path of healing through pleasure and connection. Hailing from Brooklyn,NY Charlie does healing work through their Intuitive Tarot Card Readings, Reiki Healing and also facilitates guided meditation. As an Afro Caribbean,TGNC person who explore sexual liberation and healing at its intersections, Charlie can only be described as an experience.
Eve Rickert is the co-author of the book More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory and the co-founder of Thorntree Press. She has recently been part of a high-profile #metoo case involving a prominent community member that sought to use a transformative justice framework, and she is currently enrolled in a certificate program in restorative justice.
JoEllen Notte is a writer, speaker, researcher and mental health advocate whose work explores the impact of depression on sex and relationships. Since 2012 she has written about sex, mental health, and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site The Redhead Bedhead as well as for Glamour, The BBC, Bitch, PsychCentral, and more. JoEllen has spoken at Clark College, University of Chicago, University of Tennessee, Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit, Guelph Sexuality Conference, and the Playground Conference. You can read her blog at redheadbedhead.com and follow her on Twitter at @JoEllen Notte.
JoEllen's book The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression & The Conversation We Aren’t Having, will be published by Thorntree Press on March 27, 2020
Libby Sinback is a coach, sought-after educator, and host of the podcast, Making Polyamory Work. Libby helps individuals, couples, and polycules who want to break out of harmful relationship patterns and rewrite their broken scripts from childhood and culture to embrace nourishing, authentic, boundless love in their life. Libby is trained in Relational Life Therapy and the Gottman Method, and her coaching is laser-focused on getting quickly to the heart of the heart of the heart of what is in the way for her clients, and so they can move past what is limiting them and into a more relational way of being. Libby believes love is why we are here and how we heal, and that relationships are at the core of our wellbeing as humans.
Lisannette is a Psychonaut, Spiritual Seeker, and aspiring Scientist who is on a mission to help transform our current social norms and systems to help birth a new narrative that centers the understanding and activation of our innate ability to heal ourselves and others, as well as to bring back a paradigm of human connection as a way to heal ourselves from disease. They have been working with the fungus and various plant medicine for over 6 years. They have chosen the path of meditative presence, and are committed to supporting others on their own journey of awakening and integration through their coaching and trip facilitation practice.
Lisannette Adelaida Ruiz
Emily Viola, LCSW is a queer therapist in Tucson, AZ who enjoys working with children, teens, young adults, and their families. She specializes in working with people who are working to heal from trauma, have been in the foster care system, and/or are exploring their gender and sexual identities. Emily has 11 years of experience in the field of social work including working in group homes, teaching youth in foster care, providing in-home therapy, and providing group, individual, and family office based therapy. Her knowledge of trauma comes from professional experience and training as well as her own journey in healing from long term traumatic experiences.
M'kali-Hashiki is an Erotic Empowerment Consultant helping folx heal their erotic wounds so they can have the erotic & sexual life that is their Divine Birthright. She holds certifications in Sexological Bodywork; Sound, Voice, & Music Healing; and Tantric Sacred Intimacy. Simultaneously inhabiting the roles of Pleasure Priestess, Passion Griot, and Transcendence Tutor; she offers group intensives, rituals, individual sessions, instructional videos, and guided visualizations; as as well as employee events for companies & organizations. In her travels across North & Central America she teaches at colleges & universities, conferences, and the odd adult toy store or educational center. She is also a skilled Sensitivity Reader hired to read manuscripts to make sure they avoid explicit & implicit systemic bias. Her lived experiences as a fat, Black, queer, femme, trauma-survivor inform every aspect of her work.
Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a Lecturer at Clayton State University and runs her own sexuality education company, Velvet Lips. She is also a Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective. She has studied human sexuality for more than 18 years and has been featured on a variety of media outlets, as well as spoken to various audiences around the world.
Marla Renee Stewart
Torn between the hobbit life and the wizard life, Moth spends their days trying to merge the domestic with the world of magic and adventure. They are the parent to two quirky, lively children, who are always teaching them something about mindfulness, about patience, and about the ebbs and flows (and messes and disasters!) of life. Moth has worn many odd hats, such as kilt-peddlar, pro-cuddler, and esoteric book-editor. They are always trying to live with less waste but more mindfulness and pleasure. Their current mission: connect with others around making sustainability a pleasurable and community-driven experience
Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy (www.friskyfairy.com ). They are the co-author of the book "It's called Polyamory" Coming Out About Your Nonmonogamous Relationships. They are a member and contributor to the Gentle Perverts Social Club podcast, and contribute their voice when they can. They are a writer who addresses issues of polyamory, cancer, sex education, and mental illness. Rebecca has spoken at CatalystCon East, West, and Midwest, Poly For All Seasons, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, InfinityCon, The Geeky Kink Event, Sex Down South, DragonCon, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. They were voted one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014 and 2015. They are a member of the Poly Leadership Network, and is certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. They are currently seeking their Master's in Social Work, with a specialization in Mental Health and Sexuality at Temple University with an expected graduation date of May 2020.
Rev. Amanda Ganley is an Independent New Thought Minister and Licensed Spiritual Practitioner. She speaks about the practices of being spiritual but not religious, living empowered and meaningful lives, and loving in a wholehearted and full-bodied authenticity.
Amanda is passionate about creating safe space for others to flourish and thrive as self-actualized and aware participants in life. As a spiritual counselor, life coach and teacher, she celebrates diversity within community, relationship styles, family models and the gifts of all individuals. She has an open and non-judgmental approach to supporting others as they work to make positive changes in their own lives and in the world. Her ability to nurture and guide others into a wholehearted realization of their own gifts is some of her greatest work.
Rev. Amanda is an engaging speaker who has over five years of experience speaking in spiritual community. She practices affirmative prayer, various styles of mindfulness and meditation, and utilizes many tools from a variety of spiritual traditions to guide clients and audiences into wonder filled and awe-inspired experiences during workshops, lectures and one-on-one coaching sessions.
Most recently, Amanda's ministry has been focused on Relationship Diversity and Relationship as Spiritual Practice. She has a social media presence and a podcast titled The Poly Priestess. As a woman of color who is differently abled, much of Amanda’s work is focused on embracing our paths as individuals while consciously navigating body politics and inclusivity in all the spaces where we discuss love, sexuality and spirituality.
Rev Amanda Ganley
Stacey Ramsower is a Somatic Sex Educator and full-spectrum doula rooted in Ayurveda, Tantra and expressive arts practices. She specializes in one-on-one and group coaching, as well as restorative pelvic floor bodywork.
Marco is the co-founder of Brooklyn Poly Roundtable, a monthly polyamory discussion group. He is -- along with Chrissy Holman -- the co-author and co-presenter of the “Ethical Triad Formation” workshop, presented in New York and Philadelphia. He holds degrees in biology, philosophy, ethics and law. In addition to practicing law in California and New York, Marco presents on ethics and negotiation skills, and supports his local polyamorous communities.
Michael Guichet M.A. is a California based Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in Sex Therapy working in Monterey and Santa Cruz County. Focusing on Sex Therapy, Michael also works to provide intersectional therapy for individuals, couples, and families who are LGBTQ+, open, and/or kinky.
Rachael Rose (she/her) is a chronically ill and disabled sex educator/coach and graphic designer whose work focuses on an inclusive, sex-positive, and pleasure-focused approach to sex education, sexual health, and the intersections of chronic illness, disability, and sex. Rachael has presented about sexuality both nationally and internationally and has been featured in media such as Teen Vogue, Bustle, and Sexual Health Magazine. She the creator of the award-winning sexuality blog Hedonish and the co-creator of Glittergasm Events, an event company that hosts inclusive and accessible sex-positive parties for the LGBTQ community. You can learn more about her sex education work at hedonish.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @hedonish.
Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. They are on a mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. They’re a coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871, OR 3068) helping couples and singles develop self-confidence and authenticity in their relationships, whether conventional or non-traditional. Dr. Liz has made multiple media appearances, including in Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Ideas. As a sex educator, Dr. Liz has spoken on many stages internationally including the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Annual Conference, the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Their new book, Building Open Relationships, is the newest way they is spreading the Great Sex word. 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 DrLizPowell.com, Sex-Positive Psych on YouTube and Facebook, and @sexpospsych on Twitter.
Dr. Liz Powell
Sara is the founder of Queer Sex Ed and the host of the Queer Sex Ed Podcast. She has been an educator and public speaker for 9 years, focused mainly on sexual health and LGBTQ education. She conducts workshops on BDSM, communication, safe sex, transgender awareness, and LGBTQ 101 training for college campuses, businesses, non-profits, and conferences. She is a neurodivergent, queer, transgender, sex-positive, polyamorous woman.
Mx. Chahney Young Hinds (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based Social Architect and Facilitator, focusing specifically on topics of identity and community development, healthy and constructive communication, trauma-informed practice, and program/curriculum design and implementation. An artist and maker, Chahney blends a wide range of skills and practices to support the abilities of communities to create transformative, generative spaces reflective of their specific needs and strengths. They are available as an independent facilitator and consultant on projects and programs that support people and communities in their healing, development, and self-determination. In their free time, they are probably daydreaming, being crafty, reading epic fantasy novels, or wandering around the city.
Hannah Ebner has a passion for helping people connect more deeply to themselves and to each other. She offers Organic Intelligence sessions for trauma resolution and Heart Rhythm Meditation for embodiment, self-regulation, and spiritual growth. She is the Assistant Director at The Montessori Schoolhouse, volunteers with the Alternatives to Violence Project in prisons, and facilitates the Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program for various age groups. She received her BA in English Literature from Carleton College in Minnesota, and her M.Ed. from St. Catherine University. In 2015 Hannah completed a two-year training in Heart Rhythm Meditation with the Institute for Applied Meditation on the Heart and has continued to meditate, attend trainings and retreats, and teach community meditation classes since then. She offers one-on-one and couples sessions in her private practice, Human Being Consulting, here in Tucson.
Krista (She/Her/They/Them) has Identified as queer, polyamorous, and a relationship anarchist for about a decade but has practiced some form of non-monogamy her entire life. She has done extensive community work since 2013 as an Administrator and Events Coordinator for her local LGBTQ2IA+ and Alternative Lifestyle communities and, with a passion for disability inclusivity, has gained valuable experience in unconventional lifestyles and sexualities. She is a certified facilitator for the Our Whole Lives Comprehensive Sexuality curriculum for grades 7-12 and is certified in Instructional Design as well. This knowledge has helped define her role as mentor, sex educator, and consent advocate throughout the country. She teaches through AmourologyEd: a podcast, video series, and online forum; travels and does in person workshops; and offers remote and in person coaching. Her goal is to inspire sexual and emotional wholeness through practical and instructional training.
Loba (Loba/they) is a Queer educator, herbalist, gardener, podcaster, content creator, consultant and educator. They are from South Coast Peru and their work is informed by Andean and traditional cosmology. Loba's work encompasses Andina identity, Reproductive Justice, doula work and plant connections. Loba has facilitated over a hundred trainings and skill shares in universities and community groups on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health.
You can find Loba in IG: @lalobalocashares, content creating at Patreon.com/lalobaloca, or podcasting at IG @ wildweedspodcast
La Loba Loca
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.
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 currently the most diverse and inclusive platform for polyamory available.
To continue the discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog's work into nationwide speaking engagements about how race and polyamory intersect. This has led to the writing of the book, Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Along with co-writer Alana Phelan, Kevin launched a sci-fi novel series, For Hire. The series centers characters of color and as well as other marginalized identities.
Kymberly Cutter is a sex worker, parenting educator, former teacher, writer, herbalist and human rights advocate, living in community with co parents and kids in Tucson AZ
Natalie Brewster Nguyen is a sex worker, artist, performer, yoga teacher and parent living in community with co parents and kids in Tucson AZ
Natalie Brewster Nguyen
Faffs Reiderer is an artist, musician, teacher, parent and engineer
Moogle Macabre is a presenter and adult educator for Polyamory and BDSM/Kink. They've been polyamorous and part of the BDSM/Kink community for over a decade. They served on the board of TNG-AZ (The Next Generation of Kink) for over 8 years and have been presenting on polyamory and various BDSM/Kink topics. They identify not only as polyamorous and kinky, but also as queer, gray ace, genderqueer, and neurodivergent. They live and manage a large polyamorous household and are also a mother. They're also an advocate for LGBTQAI+ and neurodivergent individuals. This is their 3rd year back and they couldn't be happier to have the honor of presenting again!
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 consultant, health educator, speaker, trainer, facilitator, writer, performer, out poly and kinky person and a spiritual hugger, Yoseñio has been a panelist and keynote speaker at numerous universities and sexuality conferences. He was one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list. Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance), a Board Member of the Columbia University/Emory University/San Francisco State University Project AFFIRM Transgender Resilience Study and a member of The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. Yoseñio is a Certified Restorative Justice Practitioner and has completed the Introduction to the Principles of Kingian Nonviolence. He is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference. Yoseñio is a Trans Patient Educator at Stanford University.
Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries about gender identity and the trans* experience. He is the founder of Written In The Flesh Erotic Readings (an on-stage opportunity for the lifting up of People of Color voices in Erotica and Sexual Liberation). Yoseñio is also an aspiring Voice Over Artist.
Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art.
Yoseñio V. Lewis
Lexi Sylver is the producer and host of the adult sexual education podcast SDC Presents: Seek, Discover, Create with Lexi Sylver. As the Media Director for SDC.com, the world’s largest adult sex education and swingers dating platform, Lexi collaborates with sexuality, health and relationship experts to provide reliable resources for those who seek it. In her work as an advocate, educator and coach for consensual non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle, she travels frequently to conferences, writes articles for SDC.com, ASN Lifestyle Magazine and Pornhub, and speaks publicly at events like The Montreal Taboo Sex Show (Le Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction). Lexi wrote and creatively produced nearly 200 movies, series and scenes in the adult entertainment industry and was nominated for an AVN award for Best Screenplay. She is a published erotic author with her new book, a collection of erotic short stories called Mating Season, currently underway. Her mission is to promote empowerment and education by guiding you to shamelessly explore your Lexuality.
Find out more at LexiSylver.com.
Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been a volunteer facilitator for a weekly Polyamory Peer Discussion Group for two years as well as serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Houston Polyamory Organization and a proud member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others. Current projects include being a writer and co-editor of The Sex Positive Blog on Medium.com (https://medium.com/sexposblog) and creating and curating a polyamory, kink, and sex positive library and reading list for the Sex Positive Blog. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston to be of even more benefit to his community. He lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston,Texas.
Ms. Holly Goodhead takes a little of everything from the buffet of sexuality, actively practicing ethical non-monogamy and kink for more than a decade. She believes in creating balanced, intentional relationships and teaches what she calls “Practical Polyamory”. She is the co-founder of The Lifestyle Cincinnati, an education and discussion group for newcomers to non-monogamy, been a panel member for alt-sex discussions and presented kink demos in the greater Cincinnati region.
Ms. Holly Goodhead
Aida Manduley, LCSW is an award-winning Latinx activist, facilitator, and presenter known for big earrings and tackling taboos. Their politics are radical, their life is ridiculous, and their penchant for irreverence as intimacy is notorious. Trained as a sexuality educator, social worker, and nonprofit executive, they’re working to make the world a more equitable place and get us all more comfortable with hard conversations. With a focus on liberation and communities marginalized due to race/gender/sexuality, their perspective aims to maximize kindness while retaining both a sense of humor and a sense of justice.
With over a decade of experience and degrees from Brown University and Boston University, Mx. Manduley’s areas of specialization include trauma, anti-carceral justice systems, and the integration of technology for change efforts. They are well-known for their leadership with The Women of Color Sexual Health Network as well as various other national and regional coalitions. They're currently based in Boston where they have a thriving therapeutic practice at The Meeting Point.
Hunter Riley can accurately be described as a professional pervert. She’s the director of education & outreach at Self Serve Toys, a sex educator, speaker, phone sex operator, smut creator, stripper & more. She helps adults of all genders find their voice and comfort level around conversations about sex and sexuality.
Jessica Fern is a psychotherapist, coach and national speaker, specializing in non-monogamous relationships. Jessica loves working with individuals, couples, and polycules who no longer want to be limited by their reactive relational patterns, cultural conditioning, internalized stories, emotional triggers, insecure attachment styles and past pains, so that they can embody new possibilities in life and love. Jessica holds a Master's in Conflict Resolution with her practice focusing on Somatic Narrative Therapy, Emotional Trigger Work, Internal Family Systems, and Attachment and Trauma Therapy.