CatalystCon Midwest Announces Sessions, Speakers

CatalystCon Midwest Announces Sessions, Speakers
Ariana Rodriguez

CHICAGO — Speakers and sessions planned for the first-ever CatalystCon Midwest have been announced.

Set to take place in Chicago, April 1-3, CatalystCon Midwest will feature a variety of sessions and more than 60 guest speakers.

CatalystCon Midwest’s lineup of sessions will include: 25 Tips for Sexy Aging, How to do Advocacy to Change the World, Queer and Trans Sexual Health, Military and Veterans 101 for Sexuality Professionals and Partners and Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers and sex educators, along with discussions on slut shaming, sex positive parenting, pornography and consent. A complete list of sessions may be found at

“We have several new speakers and topics for this conference that I'm very excited about,” CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis told XBIZ. “A few of the sessions I am looking forward to are ‘Genitals and Orgasms and Anal, Oh My: Sex Education in Iceland,’ ‘Sex Positive Parenting’ and ‘Passing and Panties: Disability, Femininity, and Sexual Identity.’”

Speakers include sex educators Alex Morgan, Ashley Manta, jessica drake and Sarah Sloane; academics Kevin Heffernan, Ph.D. and Melanie Davis, Ph.D.; activists Audacia Ray and Yoseñio V. Lewis; and authors Jenny Block and Rachel Kramer Bussel, plus sex writers, sex workers, and other experts in the field of sexuality. A complete list of speakers may be found at

“CatalystCon attendees are sex savvy, smart, and eager to share their sex-positive experiences and knowledge about the world,” says Rachel Kramer Bussel, author, journalist and editor of “Dirty Dates: Erotic Fantasies for Couples.” “I’m also impressed, as always, by the depth of programming that explores issues around sexuality as well as advice and resources for those working in or interested in the field..” In addition to her pre-conference writing workshops, Bussel will be moderating a panel discussion on Sharing Your Sex Life on the Page and the Stage.

CatalystCon Midwest will be held April 1-3, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel in Chicago. Registration is currently open at

 Early Bird pricing ends on Dec. 15.