CatalystCon West Names Speakers, Sponsors

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces a list of more than 70 speakers participating in CatalystCon West in Woodland Hills, Calif., Sept. 27-29.

Created to inspire conversations about sexuality, CatalystCon will return to the West Coast with more than 40 sessions and panel discussions 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

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

"I'm excited to have such a diverse line-up of speakers and broad range of topics for CatalystCon West," said Dennis. "I think it is going to be an amazing event!"

Author, sex educator and radio host Tristan Taormino will be presenting two panel discussions on feminist porn in addition to bringing her radio show, Sex Out Loud to CatalystCon West

"CatalystCon brings together a vibrant, active group of sex-positive people from all different communities and industries," Taormino said. "It's an exciting event that I just can't miss!"

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

"Sponsorship at CatalystCon isn't a vending opportunity," Tantus President and Founder Metis Black said. "It’s a chance to talk with peers and experts, hear their voices and ideas and share common ground."

For information on how to become a sponsor or program advertiser of CatalystCon, visit or

CatalystCon West will be held Sept. 27-29, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. Registration is now open at and early bird pricing is available until June 20.