WOODLAND Hills, Calif.—The speakers, sessions and sponsors for the upcoming CatalystCon West event have been announced.
"I'm excited to have such a diverse line-up of speakers and broad range of topics for CatalystCon West," said Dee Dennis, founder of CatalystCon. "I think it is going to be an amazing event!"
The conference, which is designed to spark discussion about sex and sexuality, is slated for Sept. 27-29 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodlands Hills, Calif., and will feature more than 70 speakers and more than 40 sessions and panels on sexuality-based topics.
The sessions and workshops planned for CatalystCon West include a presentation on retro lesbian porn, advice for sexuality activists, a humanist perspective on male circumcision, a look at sex education in Australia and the Netherlands, and panel discussions on progressive swinging, sex-positive parenting, and sex and the media. A complete list of sessions may be found at CatalystCon.com/sessions-west.
Speakers include sex educators Carol Queen and Debby Herbenick; academics Constance Penley and Shira Tarrant; activists Robert Morgan Lawrence and William Winters, and industry superstars Nina Hartley, Tera Patrick and Jacky St. James, plus sex workers, sex writers, sex therapists and other experts. A complete list of speakers, with biographies, may be found at CatalystCon.com/speakers-west.
"CatalystCon brings together a vibrant, active group of sex-positive people from all different communities and industries," said author, sex educator and radio host Tristan Taormino who will be presenting two panel discussions on feminist porn in addition sexto bringing her radio show, Sex Out Loud, to CatalystCon West. "It's an exciting event that I just can't miss!"
Dennis also announced pleasure products manufacturer Aneros has signed on again as Platinum Sponsor of CatalystCon. Other returning sponsors include Sportsheets as Gold Sponsor; Tantus and Wet both at the Silver Level, and the FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino and Sexquire at the Bronze Level. New sponsors include Nature Labs lubricants, Vibratex and We-Vibe all at the Silver Sponsor Level. More information on CatalystCon West's sponsors may be found at CatalystCon.com/sponsor/sponsors-west.
"Sponsorship at CatalystCon isn't a vending opportunity," said Tantus President and founder Metis Black. "It's a chance to talk with peers and experts, hear their voices and ideas and share common ground."
Registration is now open at CatalystCon.com/register and early bird pricing is available until June 20.