FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2014
CatalystCon East Announces Opening and Closing Keynotes
Betty Dodson Heads List of Keynote Speakers for D.C. Area Sexuality Conference, March 14-16
Dee Dennis, founder of the CatalystCon sexuality conference, announces the lineup of Opening and Closing Keynote speakers for CatalystCon East, which will take place in Arlington, VA, March 14-16, 2014. Created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality, CatalystCon features more than 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality-based topics.
CatalystCon East officially begins on Friday, March 14 with an Opening Reception, followed by the Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. The panel will include Melissa Gira Grant, Del Tashlin, Lauren Marie Fleming, and Mo Beasley, and will once again be moderated by Tristan Taormino. The panelists will address the ongoing debates over sexuality at the local, national and global levels and discuss how they’ve created their own sparks and been catalysts for change.
"The four letter word I'm most likely to overuse these days is 'work.’ So I'm psyched that CatalystCon is hosting several conversations about the work of sex work, and honored to be joining the Opening Keynote," said Grant, who will also be presenting a session on the work of sex work and holding a signing for her new book at CatalystCon East.
The Closing Keynote Plenary Address will take place on Sunday, March 16 and will feature author, artist, and PhD sexologist Betty Dodson. Dodson will be interviewed by sexologist and friend Carol Queen about her decades of sex-positive activism.
"I couldn't be more excited about talking onstage with Betty Dodson - she is my hero and one of the most significant people ever in grassroots sex education and culture change,” said Queen. “We'll cover her life as a fine artist, masturbation advocate, author and muse to the sex-positive feminist community!"
CatalystCon East takes place March 14-16, 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is now open at catalystcon.com/register.
About CatalystCon: CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk about and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way our friends, neighbors, children, and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity. The fundamental principle behind CatalystCon is "knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change". For more information, visit CatalystCon.com. To join in the conversation, visit Facebook.com/CatalystCon and Twitter.com/CatalystCon. CatalystCon East will be held March 14-16, 2014 at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
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