2013 Speakers

Opening Keynote: Francisco Ramirez

Niya Bajaj
Brian Ballard
Carly Bee
Jenna Danchuk
Monique Darling
Sophie Delancey
Eva Maya Devi
Zoe Duff
Heather Elizabeth
Soha El-Sabaawi
Dorianne Emmerton
Stacey May Fowles
Samantha Fraser
Charlie Glickman
Stephanie Guthrie
Kody Hersh
Hera
Darren Infinity
Carlyle Jansen
Judy
Jairus Khan
Sher Khan
Taylor Kohut
Aida Manduley
Muna Mire
Mistress Katia
Sabrina Morgan
Raymond Motee
Nymphetamean
Jeff Perera
Jon Pressick
Dr. Ruth Neustifter
JP Robichaud
Shannon Salisbury
Dana Shaw
Anlina Sheng
Kate Sinclaire
Julian Spillane
Jaedyn Starr
Natalie Zina Walschots
Dr. Stephen de Wit
NEW:
Leah Henderson
Kelsey Ann

franciscoramirezOPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

For more than 15 years, Francisco Ramirez has addressed the sexual health and public health needs of diverse communities worldwide. He is a long-term consultant at the United Nations and has led multi-lingual education and research efforts for: the UN, MTV Networks, Planned Parenthood, New York Academy of Medicine, and the NAACP. Since 2008 Francisco has offered free sex advice on relationships, sex & dating to passersby in New York City parks and subways. Francisco Ramirez holds a Master of Public Health (concentration in sexuality & health) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In 2007 he was named a Rosenfield Scholar in Sexual and Reproductive Health. Francisco is a prominent voice in the media on sex. At MTV News, MTV Voices, and MTV Staying Alive, he is an on-camera host and producer of sex-related content. Francisco has also guest-hosted the Savage LoveCast with Dan Savage. Currently, he is developing an original TV series and co-hosting a forthcoming web series on sex. Francisco also lectures at universities and is creating a mobile app focused on sex ed. Francisco has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and has worked in over 10 countries on sexual health issues. He is based in New York City and can be contacted at fdr@franciscoramirez.org.

@FranciscoNYC // #FreeSexAdvice // Facebook // FranciscoRamirez.org

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niyaNiya Bajaj wears many hats, dabbling in communications strategy, fundraising, brand building and figuring how people can get what they want from life more efficiently. Her interest in the world of ethical sexual expression began when she was invited to become a counselor at the University of Toronto’s Sexual Education & Peer Counselling Centre. Her work prompted her to specialize in Sexual Diversity Studies.

She published two academic papers and founded the Sexual Diversity Studies Students Union annual conference and chaired the inaugural conference which featured Dr. Carol Queen as they keynote presenter and provided a platform for academics and practitioners including Lord Morpheous and Andrea Zanin to share their lived experiences. While she has been out of the limelight since then, she continues make small changes in the world and to share her best advice with her readers – while targeting it at Dear Toronto Boys – at their request. She is normally addressing new graduates on their career direction at the University of Toronto, or speaking on panels about the benefits of a strong social media plan as part of fundraising campaigns.

She is happy to stretch her speaking skills and put her academic hat back on at Playground this year.

@destiniya // deartoboys.tumblr.com

>> How We End a Relationship [panel]

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brianBrian Ballard has been actively pursuing a life of honest and ethical non-monogamy for nearly 8 years. He is passionate about opening people up to new choices and possibilities, encouraging and inspiring others to fearlessly invent the life style and relationships of their dreams. Through his public speaking, blogging and special events encouraging and welcoming positive self-expression, play and exploration, he has had the pleasure of watching many people open themselves to new possibilities and new ways of being. He has spoken at the MOMENTUM conference (Washington, DC) and FetFest, and for Open Love NY and the New York Open Center. In addition to his work in sexuality and relationships, Brian is also a professional singer and freelance software engineer. He is thrilled to be presenting again at this year’s Playground Conference!

@beeskwared

>> Mythbusting Cismale Sexuality [workshop]

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carly2013Carly Bee is a fat girl who loves thinking about, talking about, and having pervy sex. She is an educator, facilitator, and shit disturber, working primarily with queer and trans youth. She has spoken at the Guelph Sexuality Conference and the OUTShine Conference as an advocate of peer education regarding consent, gender identity, and sexual identity.

>> Fat Sex/uality [panel]

Unfortunately, Carly Bee could not make it to Playground last minute.

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jennaJenna Danchuk is the Research Editor and a regular contributor for WORN Fashion Journal. WORN is an independently published fashion magazine which explores the cultures, subcultures, histories, and personal stories of fashion. She is also a graduate student in the Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Program at York University where she is researching the intersections between alternative sexualities and contemporary art and culture.

jennanadinedanchuk.tumblr.com // wornjournal.com/blog/tag/jenna-danchuk // @jennadanchuk (also on instragram)

>> Kink in Pop Culture [panel]

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moniqueMonique Darling (San Diego, CA) Authenticity and Vulnerability Coach, is the founder of Divine Interludes which provides workshops and experiential play-shops in the art of Tantra and conscious loving. She has studied and taught with renowned Tantra teachers and extraordinary workshop facilitators since 1990 and is a certified Cuddle Party Facilitator. She has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s and has been interviewed by magazines across the USA. Monique is dedicated to empowering others utilizing her vast repertoire of cutting-edge teachings. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties.

@_moniquedarling // divineinterludes.com/

>> Spirituality & Sexuality [panel]

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sophiedelanceySophie Delancey is a jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes type devoted to spreading the message that porn can be beautiful. She is the PR and Marketing coordinator for websites including TheArtofBlowjob.com, SlowMotionBlowjob.com and PornographicLove.com, all focused on creating beautiful porn – the idea that porn can be both aesthetically pleasing and ethically viable. She also writes blogs, interviews and reviews for numerous sexuality/relationship/porn sites. She has appeared on many radio shows/podcasts and has spoken on several panels, including a paper presentation at the first ever Feminist Porn Conference at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Tristan Taormino. Her particular focuses include using real couples in porn, creating high-quality content from a DIY perspective, responsibility in transparency and outreach to pornographic audiences, including marginalized bodies and sexualities in porn and the intersections of feminism and aesthetics in porn. This is her second time presenting at Playground, after two successful panels in 2012: Feminist Porn and Sex in Contested Bodies.

@sophiedelancey

>> Navigating Porn and Relationships [panel] – moderator
>> Fat Sex/uality [panel] – moderator

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evaEva Maya Devi is a World-Class Dakini, Writer, and Goddess. Her professional and licensed certifications include Licensed Holistic Practioner, Reiki Level 2 Practioner, Hatha Yoga Exercise Specialist and Thai Massage Therapist. Sexy, intuitive and joyful she maintains a thriving Tantra/Dark Tantra/Tao private practice in Toronto and travels internationally teaching, touching and public speaking. EM writes erotica and has just published a book on Kindle entitled Everyday Erotica & Pleasure Poems, now available through Amazon. Her new sex book, Sexplayration: The Fastest Path to Spiritual Enlightment is currently being written.

goddessofsensuality.com // @EvaMayaDevi

>> Sex & Health – The REAL Fountain of Youth [workshop] – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, Eva Maya Devi could not join us this year due to illness.

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zoeZoe Duff has been the facilitator of VanIsle Poly, a social group based in Victoria, BC since 2000 and is a founding director of the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association which championed the rights of non-monogamist families in the 2010 BC Supreme Court reference court case regarding section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada. She was most recently conference chair of the successful PolyCon – Vancouver, blogs as Dear Polly Amorie, and is author of several books including the new release “Love Alternatively Expressed”.

>> Non-Monogamy in Canada [panel]

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d6518e56ddc82919093af1d6a7f32481A solo-polyamorist who currently identifies as ‘all thing non-dominant’, Heather Elizabeth has been helping people have the conversation they want to have around sex for almost a decade, focusing on helping people discover and connect to their authentic sexuality through personal empowerment. A fan of both sexual adventure and community building, Heather is very active in the public sphere of BDSM, currently helping to organize the Toronto TNG; the Triple ‘s’ Discussion Group (a peer support group for those who live and play on the bottom side of the kink scale), and coordinating the Community Dungeon for Toronto’s Sexapalooza show.

@misshc

>> Feminism & BDSM [panel]
>> Beyond The Kink Community [panel]
>> Closing Plenary Session: Cultivating Resistance: Challenging Spaces, Supporting Selves

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sohaSoha El-Sabaawi is a video game community developer and content writer stationed in Toronto. Her work mostly covers themes concerning race, gender, and sexuality, and she has recently contributed to Cracked about sexism in narratives. She has experimented with interactive fiction and text-based games about identity, and hopes to develop a game about her personal experiences with kink and BDSM in the near future. Soha received her BA from Western University in Film Studies and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing her MA in Photographic Preservation at Ryerson University. She is thrilled to be a part of the Kink in Pop Culture Panel!

www.el-sabaawi.com // @pixiemania

>> Kink in Pop Culture [panel]

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dorianneDorianne Emmerton is known as a “queer about town” in Toronto. She writes stories that are usually fictional and sometimes erotic. She reviews theatre and is a host on CIUT’s Sex City. Find out more about her writing at www.dorianneemmerton.com or find out more about the general workings of her brain by following her on twitter.

@headonist

>> How We End a Relationship [panel]

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staceymayfowlesStacey May Fowles is a writer and magazine professional living in Toronto. Her first novel, Be Good, was published by Tightrope Books in 2007 and This Magazine called it “probably the most finely realized small press novel to come out of Canada in the last year.” In fall 2008 she released an illustrated novel, Fear of Fighting, and staged a theatrical adaptation of it with Nightwood Theatre. Her writing has appeared in various online and print magazines, including The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Quill & Quire, Taddle Creek, Hazlitt, Rookie, and Elle Canada. She has been anthologized in Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity; First Person Queer; Second Person Queer; Yes Means Yes; and PEN Canada’s Finding the Words. Recently, she co-edited the anthology She’s Shameless: Women Write About Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back, and her third novel, Infidelity was released with ECW Press this fall. She is a regular contributor to The National Post books section, and currently works at The Walrus.

staceymayfowles.com // @missstaceymay

>> Kink in Pop Culture [panel]

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

>> Non-Monogamy in Canada [panel] – moderator

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charlieglickmanCharlie Glickman PhD is a sexuality speaker, trainer, writer, blogger, and coach. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and has been working in this field for over 20 years. His areas of focus include sex & shame, sex-positivity, queer issues, masculinity & gender, communities of erotic affiliation, and many sexual & relationship practices. Charlie is also the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners. CharlieGlickman.com // @charlieglickman // Facebook

>> The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure [workshop]
>> How to Not Be “That Guy” [presentation]

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stephguthrieSteph Guthrie is a feminist advocate and community organizer focusing on the intersections of gender and technology. Steph uses social media and interactive events to spark and sustain conversations about things that matter, including gender justice, labour, politics and education. As founder of Women in Toronto Politics, she coordinates events to promote women’s voices in discussions about Toronto politics on and off council floor. Steph’s work has been profiled by THIS Magazine, McClung’s Magazine and the Toronto Standard, and her comments have appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Metro News, CBC, Global News and FLARE Magazine. She is a faculty member and lifelong learner at Academy of the Impossible. Steph holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson Universities. Check out her online resume if you like.

stephguthrie.com // @amirightfolks

>> Consent Culture [panel] – moderator

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kodyhershKody Gabriel Hersh As a queer, trans, sex-positive, Christian, Quaker youth worker, Kody Gabriel Hersh spends his life trying to embody apparent contradictions with integrity and playfulness. A leader and organizer in his faith community, Kody is particularly interested in the intersections of religion/spirituality and sexuality. He lives in Philadelphia, where he writes, does childcare, organizes youth retreats, teaches Sunday school, and generally practices making radicalism look very sweet and innocent to people who don’t know him very well.

>> Spirituality & Sexuality [panel] – moderator

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kitten3Hera is a queer cis-female switch and has been active in kink community for 10 years. She has 17 years of experience in non-monogamy structured relationships, and self-identifies as Polyamorous, but she feels that she has had a healthier handle on Polyamory over the last 5 years. Hera has previously conducted a workshop on “Anatomy for the Kinky” (2009), presented “Playing with Physical Limitations” at Tease 2012, and was a last minute panellist for the Compersion Panel at Playground 2012. She has also acted as DM/PM for many of the events in Toronto, Guelph, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Hera is currently one of the hosts of the DEVIANToronto Munch, a monthly social gathering for the kink community in Toronto.

>> You Already Have The Skills for Successful Non-Monogamy [workshop]

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darreninfinity2013Darren Infinity has spent the last 15 years learning and growing in alternative sexuality communitities, and has been teaching and leading discussions for the last 3 years. He specializes in classes and discussions on LGBT Sexuality, Power Exchange,and Relationship Skills. In his classes, Darren focuses on providing participants tools to have conversations about the kind of interactions, relationships and sex that they want. Until recently, Darren spent 2 years as the organizer of Perspectives on Power, a Toronto-based education and support group for people interested in power-based Alternative relationships. He continues to teach in the Toronto area for other groups and organizations.

@Darren_Infinity // E-mail Darren

>> Mythbusting Cismale Sexuality [workshop]
>> Feminism & BDSM [panel]

Unfortunately, Darren has an emergency and cannot attend his Sunday sessions, but you can chat with him on Saturday.

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carlylejansenCarlyle Jansen is the founder of Good For Her, a sexuality shop and workshop centre in Toronto and producers of the Feminist Porn Awards. Passionate about education for everyone, she has been teaching workshops and coaching individuals and couples since 1995.

youtube.com/user/GoodForHerdotCom/videos // goodforher.com // feministpornawards.com

>> Navigating Porn and Relationships [panel]

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judyJudy uses the following plethora of labels: bisexual, anti-racist, Quaker, youth worker, psychotherapist, cis-gendered trans-ally, minister, polyamorous, Queer, Christian, feminist, radical, sex-positive, butchy-femme, white, female-identified dork/nerd/geek. She loves all that is within and outside of the scope of naming, including the Divine.

>> Spirituality & Sexuality [panel]

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jairusJairus Khan is a designer, DJ, promoter, electronic musician, and recovering goth. He co-founded Ottawa’s ‘Dark Carnival’ arts and music festival, which over its ten-year run combined kink and body modification with interactive performances, including metal sculpting, firebreathing, robotics, and other experimental arts. He spent most of the 2000s as a resident at North America’s longest running industrial night, at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa.

Jairus tours regularly for his musical project Ad·ver·sary, which sounds something like robots fucking to My Bloody Valentine. He made waves last year during a festival performance when he used his backing video to call out the festival’s headliners for sexism and racism. His statement (and the subsequent debate) was written about in media as diverse as Shameless Magazine, Coilhouse, and Oxford University Press’s Critical History of Industrial Music.

He landed in Toronto last summer, where he has moved with two formerly-feral cats in search of Adventure. Cats love Adventure.

restraint.org // @jairuskhan

>> Kink in Pop Culture [panel]

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Sher Khan is a male sexed genderqueer with 26 years of experience in non-monogamy structured relationships, self-identified as Polyamorous for 8 years, but feels he has only figured things out enough for healthy polyamorous relationships in the past 5 years. Sher Khan has been involved with the Toronto kink scene for over 20 years. Previously he has hosted Eden and CyberFetish in Toronto, and Sin City in Hamilton, as well as acted as DM/PM for many of the events in Toronto, Hamilton, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo. Sher Khan is currently one of the hosts of the DEVIANToronto Munch, a monthly social gathering for the kink community in Toronto. Sher Khan has previously taught a few skill-based workshops in flogging, impact play, fire play and wax play. He presented “Playing with physical limitations” at Tease 2012, and was a panelist for Playground Conference 2012.

>> Spirituality & Sexuality [panel]
>> You Already Have The Skills for Successful Non-Monogamy [workshop]

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Taylor2013Taylor Kohut is a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. His current research interests include the exploration of the lay conceptualizations of pornography, the impact of pornography exposure on the practice of novel sexual behaviours and sexual health behaviours, and the effects of pornography use on relationship quality and functioning. He has also been involved with several projects that have applied psychosocial approaches to health promotion behaviors, particularly in the areas of diabetes self-care behaviours and sexual risk reduction and prevention behaviours.

>> Navigating Porn and Relationships [panel]

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aidaAida Manduley is a Puerto Rican speaker, educator, and all-purpose rabble-rouser who would probably die without her color-coded BusyCal. A Brown University alum and certified HIV test counselor, she currently works in Rhode Island as the Programming and Development Coordinator for The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health and serves as the Sexual Health Advocate at a domestic violence agency.

During her time at Brown, Aida won awards for her work in fostering diversity and creating understanding about sexuality issues, as well as coordinating SHEEC and Brown’s Sex Week for multiple years. Through her various endeavors, Aida hopes to raise the bar on interdisciplinary collaboration around sexuality issues, provide tangible tools and resources for laypeople as well as professionals in the field, and highlight the intersections between sexuality issues other social justice struggles. As a queer, tech-lovin’ kinkster, she is particularly committed to fighting for LGBTQ rights, promoting digital literacy, and advocating for sexual freedom, especially as it relates to the BDSM/kink and polyamorous communities. If you’re an avid conference-goer, you may have seen her presenting at events like The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, The CFLE Sex Ed Conference, Transcending Boundaries, and the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy Annual Institute, to name some.

As if that weren’t enough, the past board chair for a non-profit that organizes low-income communities of color, Aida also volunteers for a violent crime crisis helpline, and sits on a number of coalitions around topics like HIV prevention, sexuality education, and LGBTQ anti-violence. (Did we mention her passion for social justice and penchant for overcommitting herself?)

@neuronbomb // smutandsensibility.com // flavors.me roundup

>> Closing Plenary Session: Cultivating Resistance: Challenging Spaces, Supporting Selves

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munamireMuna Mire is an organizer, writer, and a Black girl from the future. A recent University of Toronto grad, she is on the editorial board of {Young}ist, a young people-powered media start up. You can find her freelance work at Rabble.ca, Huffington Post, and The Feminist Wire. Her interests include progressive politics, movement building, postcolonial literature, radical feminisms, and speaking back to The Man.

@Muna_Mire

>> Consent Culture [panel]

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Mistress Katia, formerly Mz. Scream, has worked in the adult entertainment industry professionally for over a decade. Starting off in fetish modelling for runway, photography, and film, She eventually moved into the industry of Professional Domination. She has worked at various dungeons in Canada, and has taught various sexuality workshops for Stiletto Storm, The Naughty but Nice Taboo Sex Show, and Desiree Alliance. Currently Mistress Katia is a Sexuality Studies student at York University; is a Board Member of Big Susie’s (sex worker advocacy org.), owns The Naked Truth Entertainment (online social network for adult entertainers), and cohosts a sextalk podcast at Podalmighty Studios for the show, “Vanilla and Spice”.

mybitchacademy.com

>> Feminism & BDSM [panel]

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sabrinamorganSabrina Morgan is a sex worker, an advocate, and a sexuality educator and facilitator who has been speaking on sex workers’ rights issues since 2009. Fascinated with the places where society and sexuality intersect, she started out as a phone sex operator with an activist streak and a blog and has been practicing kink-focused sex work since 2005. Working directly with others’ sexuality has given her a deft sensitivity to the needs of those exploring new facets of their selves and an understanding of the power of hands-on sex and intimacy coaching for adults. A firm believer in continuing education for all adults exploring sex and relationships, Sabrina presents internationally on kink, Tantra, sex work, media, advocacy, and policy at venues ranging from private workshops to SXSW. She offers college lectures, group workshops, private coaching, and distance classes, and has shot sex ed videos for both Kink Academy and Passionate U.

sabrinamorgan.com // @sabrinamorgan

>> Torture Porn: Why the Trafficking Narrative is Seducing the Media [presentation]
>> How to Not Be “That Guy” [presentation]

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raymondRaymond Motee is a lawyer primarily practicing in the area of criminal defence, in the Greater Toronto Area. He has acted as counsel and co-counsel on a wide variety of civil, family law and criminal cases including first degree murder. He has argued in all levels of court in Ontario and attended (but did not speak) at the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Motee was defence counsel for three years on the Toronto 18. In that case, Mr. Motee worked on many unique legal arguments, including a constitutional challenge that he argued at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

@funkybarrister

>> Legal Issue for Alternative Relationships [presentation]

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jeffpereraJeff Perera is a Community and Youth Engagement Manager for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort to redefine masculinity, engage men and boys in working to help end gender-inequality and gender-based violence. Jeff speaks to students and people from all walks of life on how society’s unattainable concepts of manhood are effecting men and boys as well as impacting women and girls. He is the director of the annual discussion-focused ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference, helped organize the first TEDxWomen event in Toronto and has facilitated or spoken at numerous workshops and events, both here and abroad. Jeff delivered the TEDx talk ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’ discussing gender construction as well as the impact words have on our everyday lives.

@jeffperera

>> Consent Culture [panel]

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jonpressick2013Jon Pressick is the editor of Cleis Press’ Best Sex Writing series and a host/producer of CIUT’s Sex City. He is an award-winning sex writer and frequent contributor to various blogs, publications and most recently, books. Jon blogs incessantly at his own blog Sex in Words. He also organizes various sex-related community events and loves writing his Choose Your Own Sex Adventure books. Find him there and on Twitter.

@sexinwords

>> How We End a Relationship [panel] – moderator

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nymphetameanNymphetamean (Ms Morgan Thorne) has been a lifestyle dominant for almost 20 years and a Professional Dominatrix for over 4 years. She has amassed a wealth of experience through kinky practice as well as more ‘vanilla’ pursuits. As a former health care worker, she is very knowledgeable regarding safety in BDSM. Moragn pursues new skills and a deeper understanding of D/s daily, participating in many community events throughout Toronto. She gives back to the community through volunteering as a Dungeon Monitor for many events, both public and private. You can find her doing ‘kink outreach’ at the numerous trade shows in Toronto, as well as teaching workshops on many subjects. Morgan is also a fetish film performer and model.She is Head Mistress of Vixen House of Domination in Toronto. She participates in a 24/7 Dominant/submissive relationship with her primary partner and engages in other kink oriented relationships. Identifying as pansexual herself, Morgan is very open to all individuals, of any gender expression and tries to be inclusive of all during her teaching.

>> Feminism & BDSM [panel] – moderator

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drruthieDr. Ruth Neustifter is a recognized relationship expert specializing in sexual well-being and education as well as recovery from intimate partner violence. She works with a diverse range of individuals and relationships, conducts original research, offers workshops, and is available for professional consultation. Ruth Neustifter is an assistant professor and graduate faculty member at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) in the Couples & Family Therapy program.

She holds a doctoral degree in Child & Family Development with specializations in Couples and Family Therapy and Qualitative Research. Ruth has a growing list of publications in academic journals as well as in the mainstream press and continues to create original research in her areas of interest. She began her training, research and work in the areas of relationships, sexuality and recovery from intimate partner violence in the mid-90s. Since then she has taught and presented in venues ranging from independent sexuality boutiques to university classrooms and international conferences.

Her writing can be found throughout the internet and in publications including the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and The International Journal of Sexual Health. Affectionately known by her clients and co-workers as Dr. Ruthie, she makes her home in Guelph, Ontario with her partner and pets.

@DrRuthie

>> Sexy Spanking as Foreplay [workshop]
>> Fat Sex/uality [panel]
>> Defining Sex-Positivity On Your Own Terms [presentation]

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JP Robichaud, Playground ConferenceJP Robichaud identifies as an introvert dominant sadist with a long term interest in various systems of restraint and control. He has been working and playing with rope for the past eight years, both in his personal life and practice and also as the head rigger for The Keyhole Sessions, Toronto’s foremost erotic life drawing and photography experience. JP is the resident stage manager for Les Coquettes and recently took on stage management duties for the 2013 Toronto Burlesque Festival.

He has organized sexuality workshops around Toronto, working with such educators as Madison Young, Graydancer, Midori, and Tristan Taormino, and was co-programmer & producer of Playground 2011 and 2012. He has been a featured performer for Madison Young’s Femina Potens gallery in both San Francisco and New York City, and was the executive director of the 2013 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards. He is also the co-host of Conversations With The Perverted Negress, a new podcast with Mollena Williams. JP enjoys good coffee and at least 70% dark chocolate.

@controlenthused

>> Beyond The Kink Community [panel] – mod

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Shannon Salisbury, Playground Conference, TorontoShannon Salisbury has been a bunch of things: writer, community worker, counsellor, educator, mother, partner, friend. Her special interest is sexual and reproductive health in all its flavours, focusing more specifically on where it intersects with in/fertility, alternative family structures, youth, queer identities, and disability/chronic illness. She approaches her life from a social justice perspective, chronicling it at www.livingmysocialwork.wordpress.com. She lives in Toronto with a couple of kids and a bunch of cats.

>> Spirituality & Sexuality [panel]
>> Consent Culture [panel]

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Dana Shaw, Playground Conference, TorontoDana Shaw (aka Black Orchid)is a polyamorous bi-dyke in her mid 40s. She is a very kinky and switchy sick fuck who loves intensity. She’s a 3rd generation Torontonian. For over 25 years she has organized community groups and events in the kink and queer communities. Since 2004, Dana has run BENT, the first Ontario play party to allow play to mix with sex following the “swingers club” supreme court rulings of 2005. Dana was trained as a volunteer safer sex educator by Fenway Health in Boston, MA (2001) and was a member of Toronto’s Women/Trans Community Bathhouse Committee (2005-2007). She has presented workshops about kink, sexuality and relationships at Toronto’s sex shop Come As You Are (2005-2009), WoodsStocks in Pennsylvania (2002), Black Rose in Washington, DC (2003-2005), the Guelph Sexuality Conference (2000-2005), Unholy Harvest in Ottawa (2007), Toronto’s Church Street Fetish Fair (2003 to 2010), and Kapital Kink in Ottawa 2010).

Since 1999, Dana has been involved in organizing Bisexual Women of Toronto (BIWOT), the Toronto Bisexual Network (TBN) and BiNetCanada. She presented workshops at the first North American Conference on Bisexuality in Vancouver (2001), the 8th International Conference on Bisexuality, Gender and Sexual Diversity (8ICB) in Minneapolis (2002), and Transcending Boundaries in Hartford, Connecticut (2003). She led the organizing committee hosting 9ICB in Toronto (2006). Dana was a civilian member of the Toronto Police Services LGBT Community Consultation Committee (2007-2010), representing the Toronto Bisexual Network (TBN).

>> Jealousy: Taming the Green Monster [workshop]

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Anlina Sheng, Playground ConferenceAnlina Sheng is 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

>> The Art of Talking Dirty [workshop]
>> Non-Monogamy in Canada [panel]

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kateKate Sinclaire is a woman from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She got her start in the world through managing and starting up her philanthropic soft porn website, cherrystems.com, in 2007. The site centres around body positivity and sexual identity through photos of human beings (either solo or in multiples) being naked, sexy, and comfortable in their own skin.

With the success of Cherrystems and the cultivation of a sex positive culture in Winnipeg, she is moving forward with development of a new sister site, which will be focused on the many ways in which people get off in their own lives. She also has a project with Charlie Spats of pornforeveryone.net to create the Canadian Queer Porn Network – encouraging positive relationships between Canadian queer porn producers. Through these endeavours, Kate has also stumbled happily into representing the amazing Canadian silicone toy company, Fuze Toys. Fuze creates quality injection-made silicone toys that are completely body safe, thoughtfully designed, and eco-friendly – all things that she was easily able to align herself with.

She has been a guest on Bringing Sexy Back in Toronto; appeared on The Week Thus Far and Kelly Hughes Live, and spoke at Slutwalk 2012 in Winnipeg; and has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Outwords Magazine, Fleshbot, and more.

@MsKateSinclaire // @cherrystems

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julianspillaneJulian Spillane has been involved in developing games for the better part of a decade, from designing, programming and project managing, to educating and advising in government policy.

Julian is also queer, kinky, and poly and is keenly aware of and interested in depictions of gender, sexuality, privilege and kink in games and media-at-large.

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Jaedyn StarrJaedyn Starr designs and facilitates workshops to open dialogues around safer spaces, consent, communication, relationships, and trans* inclusion. Starr invites individuals of all ages, education, and backgrounds into discussions around norms, assumptions, and stereotypes with the intention of reflecting upon how we relate to ourselves and each other. Starr presents workshops in workplaces, schools, post-secondary institutions, community groups, and non-profit organizations to enhance communication and strengthen relationships and enhance queer and trans* awareness and competency.

Jaedyn loves workshop facilitation as it creates opportunities to bring individuals and communities into conversations, ask questions, and reflect on aspects of our lives to see ourselves, our peers, and communities in new ways. Jaedyn strives for a warm and inclusive tone to create a welcoming atmosphere and invite people of all backgrounds to engage in workshops. Jaedyn Starr is proud to be trans* and does not use any gender pronouns (e.g. he, she, or they).

For more information about Jaedyn Starr’s workshops, safer spaces, and trans inclusion, connect online at facebook.com/StarrWorkshops, starrworkshops@gmail.com, or check out Starr’s website with 3 R’s www.starrr.org. Jaedyn has a fundraising campaign soon to help with travel costs. Click here to help.

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Natalie Zina Walschots, Playground ConferenceNatalie Zina Walschots is a promiscuous wordsmith, working as a music writer, poet and editor based in Toronto. She writes for Toronto Standard, National Post, Globe & Mail, HuffPost Music Canada, Canada Arts Connect, Quill & Quire, About Heavy Metal, Angry Metal Guy, Gameranx, Game Dynamo, Torontoist and Exclaim!. She is also the Reviews Editor of This Magazine, the Syndicated Reviews Editor for CWILA (an organization devoted to building equitable critical culture in Canada) and a member of the board for Meatlocker Editions.

Natalie’s second book of poetry, DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press in the Spring of 2012. Her first book, Thumbscrews, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in the Fall of 2007. Her poetry and fiction has recently been featured in Everything Is Fine, Little Brother Magazine, Joyland, Matrix, dead (g)end(er), Carousel, and broken pencil. Natalie earned her MA in English Literature and Creative writing from the University of Calgary. She writes about science fiction and fantasy, video games, CanLit, combat sports, sadomasochism, feminism and difficult music.

nataliezed.ca // @NatalieZed // Facebook

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stephendewit2013Dr. Stephen de Wit, D.H.S., M.P.H., is a Board Certified Sexologist through the American College of Sexologists. He holds a Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality and a Doctorate of Human Sexuality. Stephen’s commitment is that all people live a sexually empowered existence free from unhealthy stigmas, standards, ideals and norms. Stephen is the founder and creator of the Sexual Freedom System a system that allows people to create the sex life they have always wanted. Stephen is regularly featured in national newspapers and television shows providing relevant, thought provoking sex education and information.

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Leah Henderson is a community organizer based in Toronto, that has spent over a decade involved in struggles for justice within apartheid canada. She is a queer, cis-gendered, fat, white settler, femme, crip – who is dedicated to building communities of resistance. her relationship between sex-positive, queer, feminist and kink communities is complicated by the intersection of her fat identity – which is something she spends a lot of time writing and thinking about. working around kitchen tables with loved ones, online with fellow crips, and within her kinky, radical, and femme, communities she holds the tensions between wanting to love your body, not knowing how, and the systemic oppressions that create internalized fatphobia.

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Kelsey Ann is a Critical Sociology student and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies TA at Brock University. She was introduced to the fat acceptance movement through an empowering photoshoot organized by Fat, Awesome and Queer. Her interest and passion about fat acceptance has lead to an ongoing involvement in fat activist networks.

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