2015 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Amy Jo Goddard // Ken Melvoin-Berg & Sunny Megatron // Mollena Williams

Aggie Semeniuk
Andrew Gurza
Anlina Sheng
Ashley Manta
Brian Langevin
Azura Rose
Carly Black
Deb Singh
Doug Gregory
Ducky
Dug Claxton
Elle Chronique
Eva Dusome
Fran Odette
Greg
Heather Elizabeth
Idriel
Joelle Notte
Zyra Lee Vanity
Jasbina Justice
Jennifer Chambers
Judi Siklos
Jonathan Hooper
Kamila Rina
Karen B.K. Chan
Kitty DeMure
Kate Sinclaire
Krysta Barclay
Mara Dyne
Maron De Sade
Lauren Van Camp
Leslie Shafran
Lynx Sainte-Marie
Mckenna Gray
Michelle Desrosiers
Mistress Isobel
Naadu
Nikki Thomas
Nolan Lawless
Obi Noble
Ola Skudlarska
Jordyn Samuels
Rebecca Hiles
Samantha Fraser
Shriya
Sonya JF Barnett
Sophie Delancey
Stella Palikarova
Stephen Biggs
Strap-On Jo
Taylor J. Mace
Trish Woodford

Amy Jo GoddardOPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Amy Jo Goddard

After earning her stripes in NYC for nearly 20 years, Amy Jo Goddard relocated her sexual empowerment coaching and education business to Napa Valley, CA. She holds her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has over two decades of experience in the sexuality field. As a renowned speaker and teacher, Amy Jo travels to colleges, communities, and conferences teaching classes and offering keynotes about sexuality and sexual empowerment, including her TEDx talk in 2013, “Own Your Sexual Power”. She teaches her unique 9-month Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, maintains a coaching practice, and hosts events and VIP days with private clients in Napa Valley and New York City. She also mentors budding sexuality professional entrepreneurs about how to create sustainable businesses.

Her second book, Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence, will be released by Penguin Random House in September, 2015 & the second edition of her classic Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men is also set for a 2015 release. You can find her online, writing about practical, real-world sexuality and evolved relationships at www.amyjogoddard.com.

@amyjogoddard // amyjogoddard.com

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sunnykenKEYNOTE SPEAKERS – Ken Melvoin-Berg & Sunny Megatron

The superheroes of sex-ed, married couple Ken Melvoin-Berg and Sunny Megatron are partners in every sense of the word. In addition to co-producing Showtime’s “Sex with Sunny Megatron,” they initially gained recognition writing and teaching about everyone’s favorite subject: SEX. Some of their sell-out workshops include: BDSM 101, Prostate Milking for Beginners, Ethical Non-Monogamy, Sex Toys 101, ZAP! Electric Play: Wands, TENS & More, G-spots & Squirting, and How to Give a World Class Blow Job.

In Showtime’s original series “Sex with Sunny Megatron,” Sunny takes viewers on a journey into the world of adult play, as everyday people expose their deepest and most intimate fantasies. Always honest, funny, and sex-positive, the show provides an interesting, fresh twist on sexual exploration.

About Sunny:
Voted as one of the six savviest sexologists in North America, Sunny Megatron is an adult sexuality educator, public speaker, sex blogger, and pleasure advocate. She is also the host and executive producer of “Sex with Sunny Megatron” on Showtime. In addition to running her wildly popular sex ed YouTube channel, Sunny also hosts the pleasure-products focused web series, “Outside the Box,”  and the BDSM focused web series, “Kinky Korner.”

@sunnymegatron //sunnymegatron.com //YouTube // Facebook
About Ken:
Ken Melvoin-Berg is a Chicago based, self-described professional pervert, unscripted TV producer, freelance writer, BDSM/sex educator, adult industry consultant, and male sex toy advocate. He is also the consulting producer of Showtime’s “Sex with Sunny Megatron.” Ken is an “edutainer” armed with knowledge of all things sexual, a humorous lecturing style, and a professional background in medicine/biology. Ken has been writing and lecturing on these subjects since 1997. Ken is known for his amazing facial hair and tattoos.
@psychicken // facebook.com/Psychicken

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Mollena_Williams_noH8CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Mollena Williams

This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission”© is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert.

Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, Mollena speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She also brings the knowledge on Kink, BDSM and Leather to such august institutions of higher learning as SF State and Cal State, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stamford, University of Chicago, and Brown University. She has modelled for the Folsom Street Fair poster, and worked with many well know leather and fetish photographers including Michele Serchuk.

She won the Ms San Francisco Leather title in 2009 and won the International Ms Leather title in 2010. She was interviewed for the oral history project conducted by the Leather Archives & Museum’s Women’s Leather History Project.

Mollena performs frequently in storytelling venues, winning an audience favorite award at Bawdy Storytelling in San Francisco. Other appearances include Audacia Ray’s Red Umbrella Diaries, Carol Queen’s Perverts Put Out, and Kevin Allison’s podcast Risk! Mollena’s short film, IMPACT, won the “Best Experimental Film Award at the 10th Anniversary of CineKink.

She is the author of the “Toybag Guide to Playing with Taboo” as well as the co-author with Lee Harrington of “Playing Well With Others.” Her work has been featured in anthologies including her essay “BDSM and Race Play” in “Best Sex Writing 2010” (editor Rachel Kramer Bussel) and “Kiss my Boots” in “The Lust Chronicles.” Her essay “Race Play” appears in “Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink” and she has two chapter’s in Tristan Taormino’s “The Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex.” She was also a featured columnist for SexIs Magazine, where she lets loose on just about anything.

Mollena currently resides in New York City.

@mollena // mollena.com

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AggieSemeniukHeadshotAggie Semeniuk is a 31 year old asexual who recently came out to their friends and family to much support. They love hip hop and hula hoops and spends way too much time online.

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Andrew Gurza Andrew Morrison-Gurzais a Disability Awareness Consultant whose passion is “making disability accessible to everyone.” In his work, he highlights the lived experience of Persons with Disabilities to show that disability is a universal experience we can all embrace. Within the LGBTQ+ community, Andrew works to deconstruct our homo-normative, body beautiful ideals and show that Queers with Disabilities deserve representation. His goal is to welcome everyone into the conversation of disability. In early 2015 Andrew was named Canada’s most prolific advocate for Queers with Disabilities by Crew Magazine. He recently launched a “Deliciously Disabled” campaign, celebrating body positivity, while aiming to find a new way to start the discussion around sexuality and disability.

In 2015, Andrew was asked to host his own internet radio program, “Deliciously Disabled: A Discussion of Sex, Disability and Everything in Between” for Voices4Ability Radio.

His written work has been highlighted in The Advocate, Huffington Post and The Good Men Project to name a few. He has been invited to present at a number of different universities and conferences, including the first workshop on Disability and Queerness for World Pride 2014 in Toronto, and was most recently a Featured Voice at the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference at Illinois State University. Andrew was the subject of a short film, “Bedding Andrew” which screened at Reeling Film Festival in Chicago in 2014. He has also been featured on MTVs, “1 Girl, 5 Gays” representing Queers with Disabilities for the very first time. He works to ensure that disability is accessible to everyone in the LGBTQ+ communities. To find out more, and book Andrew for opportunities to make disability accessible to you, please contact him.

@deliciouslydrew // andrewmorrisongurza.com // #DeliciouslyDisabled

Sex and Disability remains a taboo topic–something a new documentary hopes to change.  Directed by award-winning filmmaker Jari Osborne, the film will weave together the intimate, unflinching testimonies of four young people who are determined to open up the discussion.  By allowing us to follow them as they navigate their daily lives, our subjects invite us to consider how dominant and marginal bodily and sexual identities are constructed.  Through their lived experiences they explore the ways that disability and sex unsettle and re-write those identities and, in doing so, suggest that another world is possible.

Photo credit © Johann Louw

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Anlina Sheng anlinashengis a queer, genderqueer polyamory activist, sex educator and community organizer. In 2010 Anlina co-founded PolyWinnipeg, a regional polyamory organization that puts on social and supportive events for the area’s poly community. In 2012 Anlina joined the board of the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association, which “advocates on behalf of Canadians who practice polyamory. It promotes legal, social, government, and institutional acceptance and support of polyamory, and advances the interests of the Canadian polyamorous community generally.” Anlina has worked in public health, in a community health centre setting, providing sexuality education to service providers and the public. They also do organizing and community building within the Winnipeg queer and trans* communities.

Over the last three years, they have organized and facilitated dozens of workshops, discussions and other events on gender, relationships and sexuality. Working within a framework that includes principles of anti-oppression, sex-positivity and harm reduction, Anlina focuses on alternative sexualities and non-normative relationship structures.

@AnlinaTalksSex

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Ashley Manta Ashley Mantais a passionate sexuality educator, writer, and coach. She published her first e-book, “A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex,” in March 2014 and her non-fiction essay, “Growing Through the Yuck of Having Herpes” was featured in the Best Sex Writing of 2015 anthology. She speaks candidly about living with herpes and has done extensive work to promote acceptance and break the stigma surrounding STIs. She and her best friend Katie Mack are the hosts of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast. Her latest project can be found at CannaSexual.com, where she analyzes the relationship between sex and cannabis and documents the effects through strain reviews and firsthand accounts.

@AshleyManta // AshleyManta.com // theCarnalcopia.com // Instagram @SexEdwithAshley

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Brian Langevin – Headshot - Brian LangevinAfter several years of local and web-based ace activism, Brian Langevin co-founded Asexual Outreach in 2014 – an organisation that has become a major international ace advocacy non-profit. Alongside their studies in Equity and Sexual Diversity at the University of Toronto, Brian travels to high schools, universities, LGBTQ+ organisations, and conferences presenting workshops and keynotes about the asexual spectrum and ace inclusion, and helping high schools and LGBTQ+ organisations support and provide programming for aces. As the executive director, Brian has lead Asexual Outreach in hosting annual North American Asexuality Conferences, developing high school resource kits (including a comprehensive book on ace inclusion in high schools), and connecting local ace communities from across Canada and the United States.

Brian is always open to working with schools, organisations, and community groups to help them betters support, include, and provide programming for aces. You can get in touch with them, and can find out more about Asexual Outreach and the asexual spectrum at asexualoutreach.org

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Azura Rose Azura Roseis disabled, queer, polyamorous, kinky, demisexual, gothic, geeky, pagan, and feminist. Intersectionality is a favourite word of hers! She was born with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder, has various mental health issues, uses various mobility aids, is an avid spoon collector, and is probably fine.

Azura Rose has been in the Toronto fetish community since 2009, and started her peak into the performance world with the Morpheous’ Bondage Extravaganza in 2012. She identifies as a submissive, kitten, sometimes-masochist, and always has a soft spot for rope!

Azura has been doing sex work since 2013, which was quickly followed with modelling and pornography. She is very interested in representation in her field, especially of disability. She dislikes censorship, shame, and certain current legislation.

@HellcatAzura // Fetlife

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Carly Black Carly Blackhas been working in the Sex Industry for over 6 years and is currently an Independent Indoor Escort and Domme, as well as a student and lifelong ‘Shit Disturber’.  She identifies as a Non-Binary, Sapiosexual, Demisexual-Romantic, Kinky, Perve.

Starting out as an Anarchistic/Socialist teen she has been active in activist communities and has supported a number of different causes including women’s rights, Medical Marijuana access, and fair wages, as well as advocating for people with mental illnesses/disabilities and Sex Workers rights.

@TheCarlyBlack

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Deb Singh Deb Singhis a counselor/activist at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. As a revolutionary, indo-Caribbean, anti-violence activist, deb has been working with survivors of sexual violence for the last 15 years. As a 36 year old, queer, working class new mom, she uses interactive workshop tools, art making and writing to try and get her messages across. She loves learning from others, walks on the beach and being an ally to Black and Indigenous communities. Check out her monthly blog at Shamelessmag.com

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Doug GregoryDouglasGregoryHeadshot is a game designer who identifies as gay, asexual, and an unapologetic math and science geek.

@D_M_Gregory

 

 

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Ducky Duckyis a 19 year old, nonbinary, queer asexual who uses they/them pronouns. They also began identifying as demiromantic recently. They work as private program teacher but like to dabble in writing, recently having written a piece for the Ace Toronto zine.

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Elle Chronique

12231161_10100384622106494_354390036_nLauryn Kronick is a queer kinky glitter femme who works in communications and community outreach at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. You are welcome to call her Elle and use she/her or they pronouns. Elle has her fingers in many pies (insert laugh track here), from being a dildo-horned unicorn lady wrestler, routinely covering herself in glitter, filming sexy videos with her bicycle Estelle and talking about community building, un-learning and learning in the LGBTQ and kink communities, femme-ness, including how much other femmes make her blush.

@ellechroniquefacebook.com/ellechronique

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evadusomeEva Dusome is an equity advocate and actively supports the public education of all things non-monogamy, kink, sexual freedom of expression and positive body esteem. Dedicated to self-awareness, she has been on conscious journey of exploration since 2005 when she dove head first into the LGBT community. She later joined the Polyamory Toronto community in 2011 and wholeheartedly believed in what the community was striving to achieve that she became one the lead organizers for the group.

On a professional level in Law Enforcement, Eva works as an educator from the inside out to combat oppressive, out dated systems and offers insight that is often described as a breath of fresh air.

@ExquisitelyEva // Polyamory Toronto

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Fran Odette Fran Odettehas been a sexual health educator/trainer as well as a disability consultant working in the area of disability justice for approximately 20 years. Fran has written and co-authored journal articles related to gender, disability and violence, as well, she co-authored with Cory Silverberg and Dr. Miriam Kaufman, a book entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability – For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness” (*Cleis Press).

Currently, Fran is the Senior Research Consultant with the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS). Fran is part-time faculty in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor and Advocate Program at George Brown College, and recently co-developed the course in critical disability issues entitled “Disability Discourse: The Experienced Life”

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Greg Gregis a polyamourous husband and father of two girls living in Toronto. He’s happy to address the milestones of entering the poly world and navigating dating with respect to his children’s perspectives as they were introduced openly and honestly to his lifestyle choices about 6 months ago.

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d6518e56ddc82919093af1d6a7f32481As a Sexuality Agitator, Educator and Empowerment Coach Heather is all about helping people have the conversation they want to have around sexuality (and everything that includes) so they get down to having the sex they really want to be having.

She’s passionate about self exploration, transformative learning, communication, and figuring out new ways to do better.

Though she writes, blogs and vlogs a fair amount, her real love is engaging in direct conversation with people; be it in small groups, one-on-one sessions, or addressing crowds – exchanging ideas excites her, and she’s almost always got an opinion, and some feels to share.

@misshc // authenticsexualyou.com

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Idriel is a married kinky bi-poly switch and a parent. She juggles work, involvement with kink, and running around making sure lunches are done. She is also a HR and Health and Safety specialist and tries to bring balance to the chaos of home, dating, and work.

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JoEllen Notte Jo Ellen Notte– The Redhead Bedhead came to life when JoEllen Notte decided to talk about sex on the internet  (“do people even do that?!”). Now she writes for multiple outlets including her own award-winning RedheadBedhead.com, travels North America on the Superhero Sex Shop Tour and teaches countless students the wonders of powerful toys, high-quality lube, respectful communication and well-timed Ghostbusters references.

As Education Coordinator & Lead Sex Educator for the Portland Academy of Sex Education and co-Emissary of Sex Geekdom Portland, JoEllen works to prove that through constant learning, non-stop dialogue and frequent wise-assery we can save the world from mediocre sex.

JoEllen is currently researching her first book: “The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression & A Conversation We Aren’t Having”

@JoEllenNotte // redheadbedhead.com // Facebook // Tumblr

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Zyra Lee Vanity tinybhineybig(formerly Tiny B Hiney) is a burlesque entertainer, sex researcher, public speaker and sexual rights advocate from Toronto, Ontario. Also known as the stripping hip-hopper, Zyra’s style is a blend of urban hip-hop with the glamour of classic burlesque. She has performed all over North America at various events.

Zyra has also spoken at a variety of large expos and conferences on topics relating to sexual arts/performance, body positivity, sexualized labour, race, queerness and sex positivity. In 2014 she spoke at The Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, Ontario, The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Playground Conference in Toronto, Ontario and Herotica Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario. Zyra hosts bi-monthly discussions relating to sexuality and race in her home city of Toronto and is also a member of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. She is queer, femme and kinky, sexy on purpose, sexy by choice, sexy for both profit and pleasure.

@zyraleevanity // Facebook


Jasbina Justice Jasbinais a non-binary, genderqueer, trans femme mixed Punjabi-Culturally Sikh/South Asian- Black-Arawak Caribbean person. Jasbina is currently balancing negotiating the industrial academic complex with the affirming healing creating Jasbina does as a Transcriptionist and Artist-Resident through the Trans-Disciplinary Artist Program (TAP) at the Watah Theatre Institute. Jasbina is a poet, a performance artist, sex worker (on hiatus), a yoga practitioner and theoretician, as well as being deeply committed to understanding and continuing to heal mutually constituted oppressions and trauma.

Jasbina embraces Jasbina’s madness and continues to work on the process of decolonizing. Jasbina is a survivor of multiple traumas including incest, rape, sexual assault and institutionalization. These experiences deeply informed Jasbina artistic practice, and Jasbina is learning to embracing Jasbina’s madness, exquisite sensitivity and empathic nature. Jasbina works in solidarity and love with the global village.

@RogueFuryHoe

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Jennifer Chambers jenniferchambersis a bisexual, polyamorous woman with a fondness for goats (of a nonsexual nature). Over 30 years ago she held the first meeting for bi women in Toronto out of which she grew BYKES. Then she and a friend, started the first mixed gender bi group in Toronto, and a support group for people in open relationships. These days she gives the occasional Workshop on such topics as fantasy fulfillment.

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Judi Siklos Judi Siklosis a Registered Psychotherapist passionate about healthy relationships, good communication and self-care. She practices within a feminist and anti-oppression framework and will talk your ear off about consent. She is a lover of rope, reading, the outdoors, research studies and animals (actual or otherwise).

@judisiklos // www.judisiklos.com

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hooperJohnathon 
is a retiree following alternative lifestyles. He started in a conventional marriage, raised four sons as a single parent, turned to embrace open relationships in 1997, and is currently following a solo-poly life.  Johnathon comes into poly as an open-minded a straight white male, not totally vanilla, and open to the adventures that the Universe brings. He has been a member of Polyamory Toronto since it’s early days as a meetup group and is one of the organizers. He is on the board of the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) and can be found at the CPAA/Polyamory Toronto vendor table for much of the weekend.

Johnathon retired from having to work at a job, but not from enjoying an interesting life. His passions are the outdoors and the environment, nature, and helping people. He was a marathon coach for charity in recent years.  His goals for 2015 are to hike at least a part of the West Coast Trail, and help the Poly movement grow in numbers and in social acceptance.

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Kamila Rina is a disabled, immigrant, neurodivergent, geeky, poly, queer femme poet & sexuality educator/peer counsellor, and a survivor of torture and sexual abuse. She has been published in Room magazine, Breath & Shadow, Sinister Wisdom, and We Have Come Far. She enjoys talking about being present in one’s body, and helping trauma survivors heal their sexual and emotional injuries. Also, she likes trees, books, chocolate, and people and things that smell good.

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Karen B.K. Chan Karen B.K. Chanis a sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto, Canada. Karen (aka BK) has taught and written about sex, sexuality, and emotional intelligence for over 18 years. She is dedicated to having conversations about sexuality that are real, transformative, and kind.

@karenbkchan // fluidexchange.org

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Kitty DeMure Kitty DeMureis a Burlesque Performer, Show Producer, Belly Dancer, Model and social instigator. Her performing career began in 2006 and she has been showcased throughout Canada and the United States and in music videos. Her love of Burlesque and Belly Dancing comes from the freedom of expression that they bring to people of all backgrounds and body types. She also loves connecting with her fans who have always shown themselves to be open minded, intelligent and joy-filled individuals. Mz. DeMure is the founder and owner of DeMure Productions, performing in and producing shows, as well as The DeMure School of Burlesque and encourages everyone to let their inner Goddess shine!

Mz Kitty is also a single mom and abuse survivor who lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more than anything she believes that everyone has the ability to live a fruitful and positive life. She feels that everyone should have the chance to express themselves however they choose and looks forward to helping more people find the joy in their outlet.

@MzDeMure

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Kate SinclaireKate Sinclaire 
is a Canadian adult industry tour de force. She owns ands manages Cherrystems.com (body positive soft porn), cinesinclaire.com (sex positive ethical porn), and is part of the amazing team at Fuze – Canadian body safe silicone toys.

She’s spoken on feminist porn, sex positivity, sex toy materials, relationships and more at spots like the University of Manitoba, Playground 2013 & 2014, on TV (Toronto and Winnipeg), and in various publications. She also really loves fancy cocktails and fancy cocktail dresses.

@MsKateSinclaire // @cherrystems // Cherrystems.com // cinesinclaire.com

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Krysta Barclay Krysta Barclaycurrently lives in Waterloo, Ontario, and is in her final year of the Midwifery Education Programme through Laurentian University. She is currently in clinical placement working alongside the St. Jacobs Midwives in Waterloo. Ms. Barclay has a passion for and dedicated in providing high quality maternity care which is woman-centered, continuous, empowering, and based on informed choice rather than informed consent. As such, Ms. Barclay is committed to providing care which offers information on women’s health and sexual health which is up-to-date and evidence-based. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she also shares an interest in providing quality maternal health care to Aboriginal, remote, and rural communities. She is also a member in a handful of Kitchener-Waterloo’s community kink groups.

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Mara Dyne Mara Dyneis a linguistics graduate from the University of Toronto. (Insert “cunning linguist” pun here.) She is also a raging feminist and is roughly as queer as the day is long. She is all kinds of kinky, and even when she thought she was vanilla, she was really more “butterscotch ripple”.

Mara has been part of the Toronto kink community for over half a decade, and has forged a number of lasting connections. Her propensity to overanalyze almost every facet of her existence serves her well when theorizing about life, the universe, and everything. She may check off “female” on forms, but her gender is most accurately described as “tomboy princess”.

When she’s not busy daydreaming about saving the world, Mara tries her hardest just to be a good world citizen. This includes making sexy queer feminist porn whenever possible, as well as being far more charming in person than in a bio.

@MaraDyne // FetLife

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MaronMaronWhite-7319_resized is kinky, queer, agender, poly, married, and a parent who is passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusion. When they first joined the BDSM scene they noticed a distinct gap between the young and eligible folk, and the older married types with teenagers (or older). Taking a sex-positive and very open approach to parenting, they have vowed to never say to their children: “I’ll tell you when you’re older.”

@MatronMaron // lustfuleros.tumblr.com

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Lauren Van CampLauren Van Camp is a social worker, and academic based in Toronto. She has a BSW from the University of Calgary, and a MSW from Ryerson University. Her area of interest is sex, sexuality and kink with a specific focus on educating other social workers and service providers about kink and other forms of non-normative sexuality. She is an advocate for body positivity, and fat activism, and is constantly working to shift the normative discourses embedded in society.

@TheLaurenVC

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Leslie Shafran Leslie Shafranis an activist, and a social worker based in Toronto. She holds a BSW and MSW from Ryerson University. Her interest lies in working with youth in the context of current fat shaming practices and learning to embrace growing/changing bodies. Additionally, Leslie is a strong advocate for Mad Pride, and seeks to challenge dominant discourses surrounding the pathologization of madness and insanity.

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Lynx Sainte-Marie Lynx Sainte Marieis a (dis)Abled/chronically ill, Jamaican-Canadian, Non-Binary Gender, Afro+Goth Poet and student who breathes art, social justice, anti-oppression, critical social work and feminism/s that decentralize whiteness & cisheteronormativity. Lynx serves on various committees dedicated to disability justice and art as a tool for social change & collective healing. As a writer and performance artist, they tackle issues around identity, isolation and love. As an activist and educator, Lynx stresses the importance of spaces where marginalized communities can share their stories – stories often erased from mainstream narratives.

@LynxSainteMarie // QueerOfGender.com // lynxsaintemarie.wordpress.com

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McKenna Gray McKennais a queer, genderfluid student activist who is currently working towards a bachelors degree at OCAD University while doing outreach work with youth. Focusing on mental health, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, and sex work advocacy, this self-proclaimed work-a-holic finds time to engage with youth through the POSSE Project, The New Mentality Halton, and Halton’s Take Back the Night, all while giving presentations on topics such as Intersectional Feminism, Queer Youth Identity, and Sex Work Allyship. They are currently working with OCAD University’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability to co-ordinate campus initiatives around the topic of consent.

@mckennalg

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Michelle Desrosiers michelledis a mother of 2 young ones and is in an open, polyamorous relationship with her husband of 8 years.  She identifies as bi-sexual and cis-female, and has been active in promoting awareness of different relationship orientations.

@LilMusikGirl // leftatthefork.wordpress.com

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Mistress Isobel Isobelis a Dominatrix in Toronto. She uses role-play and improvised storytelling in her practice. She has worked with devised theatre companies in England and Australia, and has collaborated in radical, subversive art projects around the world including plot-driven pornography and erotica.

@IsobelHerself // isobelherself.com

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Naadu Naadu(ze/hir pronouns) is an Afrikan & white mixed queer agender artist and addict in recovery who has remained clean & sober since July 4th, 2013. Ze is a recent Social Service Worker graduate and will be attending York University’s BA Linguistics program in January. Naadu has presented on panels at conferences pertaining to queer & trans* issues and intersectionality. When ze is not working, ze enjoys cultivating positive and healing relationships with other queer and trans* PoC in recovery, working with hir sponsees, reading, painting, journaling and watching movies.

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Nikki Thomas Nikki Thomasis a former sex worker and self-described “tuition whore” who started in the sex trade at age 26 to pay for her education. A University of Toronto alumna with degrees in political science, sexual diversity studies and psychology, she has since retired from sex work, and now spends her time as a boring, mid-30s suburban soccer mom.

From Happy Hooker to Happy Housewife, she discusses her unique experience going from one of Canada’s most prominent and outspoken sex work activists, to a life considerably more mundane.

@msnikkithomas // msnikkithomas.com

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Nolan Lawless Nolan Lawlessis a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Mount Scott Counselling in Lawton, Oklahoma. he has over ten years of experience in working with diverse populations, including multiple gender identities, sexual orientations, and alternative sexualities. His practice focuses on destigmatizing sexuality and providing a supportive and caring environment for his clients to resolve issues related to healthy sexual expression.

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Obi Noble Obi Nobleis a power exchange lifestyler, kinkster, rope bondage bottom, and submissive who has been active in the Toronto kink community for the past five years.

Obi’s exploration, relationship and personal journey through kink is an extension of their submission, connections, authenticity, energy and power exchange, and inner strength by way of vulnerability.

Obi currently lives with and is in service to their Owners in a closed Poly Dom-Domme-sub Triad.

@Obi_Noble // fetlife.com/users/95977

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Ola Skudlarska Olais a budding community activist and mental and sexual health fighter. She is an organizer, a connector and a lover. Her activism is educating, conscientious, and forgiving.

She has worked with the University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre, Active Minds U of T, Planned Parenthood Toronto, creating accessible, inclusive events and workshops and is constantly looking for new ways to view sex, relationships, and mental health.

@FoolishOla

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Jordyn Samuels Jordyn Samuelsis a passionate social activist and student who double majors in Equity Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto. She identifies as a cis-gender Queer Lesbian who loves to poke holes in systems and roles of normalcy. Some of her passions include facilitating workshops and trainings on Equity, Anti-Oppression and sexual health to service providers around Toronto and she is also quite engaged with contemporary and historical politics. Jordyn hopes her journeys will lead her to be a sexual health advisor with Toronto Public Health or an Equity Advisor with Equity TDSB. She is pleased to share this space with you all on this day.

@iiHeartPolitics

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Rebecca Hiles RebeccaHilesis 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 has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE 2014 Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and will be speaking at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and InfinityCon.

Rebecca 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 and is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University. She is co-writing a book on coming out as poly and you can help by submitting your coming out stories there.​

@TheFriskyFairy // friskyfairy.com // comingoutpoly.co // Polyrolemodels.tumblr.com

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Samantha Fraser Samantha Fraseris a life coach, poly advocate, consultant, author and producer. Author of “Not Your Mother’s Playground: A Realistic Guide to Honest, Happy & Healthy Open Relationships”, she loves discussing taboo subjects openly, with wit and a side of personal experience. She has been seen on/in CBC DocZone’s “Thoroughly Modern Marriage” & “The Truth About Female Desire”, Toronto Life, Toronto Sun, The Globe & Mail, SexMatters, InnerSPACE, The Grid, National Post, Metro, Electric Playground and numerous websites. Samantha is the founder and executive producer of Playground, taking a multi-faceted look at all aspects of human sexuality & relationships each November. She loves uniting communities and taking on more than she can chew and enjoys identifying as a non-monogamous, queer, kinky submissive.

@nympsam // samanthafraser.com // notyourmothersplayground.com // Facebook

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Shriya 

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Sonya JF Barnett – Over the years, Sonya JF Barnett has been championing sexual rights in a variety of ways. In 2009, she founded The Keyhole Sessions under the moniker The Madame as a safe and welcoming community for artists to experience the union between sex and art. In early 2011, she co-founded SlutWalk as a way to combat victim-blaming and sexual profiling, for which she was named one of UTNE Reader’s Top Visionaries, one of More Magazine’s Top 50 Fiercest Women, and a Torontoist Hero. The movement continues in almost 300 cities around the world.

Sonya has spoken at various organizations and institutions, including TEDxToronto discussing the ramifications of infected language; and at the esteemed Philosophical Society, Trinity College Dublin to debate reclamation of harmful words. There she had the honour of being on the first all-women panel in The Phil’s 330 year history.

A certified sexual health educator, producer, and multiple award winning feminist pornographer, Sonya’s projects and conversations continue to promote sexual health and positivity.

Ms. Barnett writes, speaks and produces with a clean conscience, but a filthy mind.

@sjfbarnett //  // thekeyholesessions.com

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Sophie Delancey sophiedelanceyis a porn creator and advocate devoted to spreading the message that porn can be both beautiful and ethical. She has worked with numerous Feminist Porn Award-winning companies as an executive, publicist and director and is currently the PR representative for BrightDesire.com. Sophie also co-hosts a monthly sexy storytelling event in Toronto called Tell Me Something Good with Samantha Fraser at the Gladstone Hotel as well as its podcast offshoot and is one of the hosts of Sex City Radio on CIUT 89.5 FM.

She has written for numerous sexuality/porn sites, has appeared on many radio shows/podcasts and has spoken and taught workshops at numerous schools, conferences and events, including delivering papers at the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Feminist Porn Conference under the supervision of Tristan Taormino. Her focuses include using real couples in porn, responsibility in transparency and outreach to pornographic audiences, including marginalized bodies and sexualities in porn and the intersections of feminism, authenticity and aesthetics in porn. After a series of strokes in May 2015, she has expanded her focuses to address disability, sex and medicine.

@sophiedelancey // TMSGStories.com // BrightDesire.com // SophieDelancey.com

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Stella Palikarova Stella Palikarovais currently completing her Masters of Information at the University of Toronto, with a background in Film and Psychology from York University (2007), having graduated summa cum laude. Her academic interests have always related to the intersecting experiences of disability, from her undergraduate thesis on the dating experiences of adolescent girls with congenital, physical disabilities, to her current thesis work on the ethical implications of cybernetic implants for people with disabilities. For the latter, Stella received a Masters SSHRC.

Stella is a frequent, international, guest speaker on subjects pertaining to disability, and is the co-director of Deliciously Disabled Consulting, a movement that seeks to create and promote frank discussion about the lived experience of disability by making accessibility more accessible to pop culture. Most recently, she presented her candid paper, “The Hours Before ‘Goodbye’” on the loss of a romantic relationship at the International Conference on Disability and Diversity, London, United Kingdom, and this coming June she will be a discussant and presenter at Congress, Ottawa for the “Pleasures, Sexualities, and Disabilities: Desiring Identities” conference.

Stella continues to pursue filmmaking and creative writing. She is also on the board of the Rose Centre for Love Sex and Disability.

@stelladarkely // #DeliciouslyDisabled

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Stephen Biggs Stephen Biggs

More information to come.

@psybiggs

 

 

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Strap-On JoStrap-on Jo is a woman whose love affair with other people’s anuses went from private kink to professional calling when she worked for six years as a non-domme professional ass fucker. Jo’s current focus is on sex education and coaching, building on her training as a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, with the intention to help people enhance their erotic lives in ways that are pleasurable, healthy, and emotionally safe. Her approach is practical, sex-positive, tantric-friendly, kink-positive, empathic, and non-judgemental, with touch, breath, guided visualization, talks and live demonstrations. Using both explicit and non-explicit educational methods, interactive experiences, and media, Jo entertains while she educates.

In addition to being arousing and informative, her pornography and teaching aims to reduce shame people may experience with respect to their needs and desires as well as expand their conception of what’s erotically possible. Jo is known for her contagious enthusiasm, ability to relate to a wide range of personal experiences, and geeky emphasis on exhaustive research. Jo lives in New York City with her canine companion, Cypress.

@StrapOnJo // StrapOnJo.com

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Taylor J. MaceTaylor J. Mace is genderqueer, poly, and kinky. Taylor is an emerging porn producer/star. Taylor is queer, enjoys being both dominant and submissive, and is most passionate about sex and disability as well as creating sexual content that better reflects the bodies and sexual practices of those Taylor interacts with.

@taylorjmace //  taylorjmace.tumblr.com // Fetlife // Facebook // Clips 4 Sale

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Trish Woodford Trish Woodfordis a passionate public servant, avid urban farmer, and lover of tea. When not hard at work for the City of Toronto she enjoys winemaking, exploring Central America, movies, politics, and ALL the food. She is currently in a committed relationship with her rescue cat, Mr. Chatters. Trish has been out as polyamorous for over two years and has enjoyed the support of friends, colleagues, and family.

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