Rebecca aka Rodecka [pronouns: she/her] is a fat, black, pansexual, polyamorous, femme. She’s an aspiring writer, globe trotter and is trained with a bachelors in Business Administration. During her time off, she’s just trying to save the world one laugh at a time.
Rebecca aka Rodecka
Akua (Uh-koo-uh)[pronouns: she/her] is a licensed mental health counselor with an interest in the intersections of race, culture, gender/sexuality and mental health. A single mother and self proclaimed foodie, she enjoys intellectually stimulating conversation, well executed corny pick up lines and all things #blackgirlmagic.
Rob: [pronouns: they/them] is a pansexual agender Black feminist with degrees in both Psychology and Human Biology. They are also a NYC based artist, with work that embraces femininity, nudity, and the power of the black voice.
Michón Neal is a minority of minorities: female assigned at birth, mostly black, disabled, genderqueer, aromantic, pansexual, kinky, demisexual, poor, noetisexual, polyamorous, singleish, RA, a survivor, intersex, and left-handed.
Ze writes a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, erotica, and autobiography called cuil fiction about unique people in unique circumstances, with characters running the gamut of non-monogamous and LGBTQIA+ spectrums.
Presently, ze spends the majority of hir time engaging in fleshing out the many corners of the cuilverse (the fictional, intersectional world of hir queer, polya, spoonie/speary characters); writing on Medium or otherwise educating folks online; and providing content for groups such as Integrated Non-Monogamy and a few others of intersectional focus
Gwen’s career background includes being a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX), and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (TX), with a private practice in Richardson, TX where her roles incorporate being a Clinical Consultant, Primary Therapist, Speaker, and Career Coach. In education, she has achieved a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies, a master’s degree in Professional Counseling, and she is currently a Doctoral Student of General Psychology.
Outside of working to enhance the emotional and mental health of those around her, she still remains focused on raising two beautiful teenagers, and enjoys traveling and adventure.
Gwen can be contacted via her website , via email: , and on social media platforms with the handle @askcoachgwen
Marie Combs was first introduced to polyamory in college and has been polyamorous for 10 years. They recently moved from Dallas to Memphis but visit the metroplex often. They are the founder of Little Girl in a Polyworld which is a blog and podcast covering her journey on the intersectionality of being poly, kinky, and queer. They enjoy watching anime, reading books, dabbling in makeup, and playing video games in their downtime. They enjoy working within the community and making sure marginalized voices are heard.
Roselyn is a solo and egalitarian polyamorous Black Feminist. She’s a Southerner who found a home in the progressive, sex positive, kinky communities of the Bay Area. She’s a Black woman who loves being Black and Black people. Roselyn is the creator of Loving Solo, a personal blog and Facebook page about solo polyamory from the perspective of a Black woman.
In her words, “Loving Solo is about creating the life and relationships we want. Ones that center on our own autonomy and healthy interdependence with our loved ones. It is about developing a SoPo community that centers the experience of those on the margins of our already marginal community.” She loves to talk about how her politics inform the relationships she forms with herself and others. Beyond her personal life she also writes often about how systems of power shape the experience of polyamorous (solo and otherwise) identity and spaces.
In addition to curating Loving Solo, Roselyn is the founder of Hella Polyamorous a group for polyamorous POC living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves on the advisory board for the Black Poly Pride 2020 Conference. She was also an organizer for Solo Polyamorous UnConference in 2019. She also moderates the Facebook groups, Solo Polyamory and Geeky Egalitarian Polyamory. Roselyn is a big believer that community can be a helpful support in navigating ethical non-monogamy and that service to help co-create these groups, conferences, and spaces is a great way to develop friendships and networks.
LaDasia (Dasia) Bush-Morrow is a black polyamorous activist and serves as a resource for all things poly! A Texas native with Georgia roots, Dasia is a successful mompreneur, Realtist, and financial whiz. She discovered online poly spaces in 2015 and has lived polyamorously for over half a decade. She is a proud member of the LGBTQI community and lives in West Atlanta with her partners, coparents, and two beautiful daughters. Dasia belongs to several Poly communities including Young Black and Poly , Black and Poly, Sun Kissed Poly, and Poly Black and Dating. Dasia is passionate about successfully navigating all aspects of poly lovestyle including funds, fun, feelings, and fear. Dasia dedicates a lot of her time to the advancement of women in business, affordable housing , and financial empowerment of historically disenfranchised people.
Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti is a poet, public speaker, panelist, and former fundamentalist Christian and cult member. She is also a breast cancer survivor. In fact, it was the cancer diagnosis in 2013 that helped her realize how short life is; this served as the catalyst that caused her to come out as sex-positive, bisexual and polyamorous. Most importantly, it helped her to finally set boundaries and refuse to accept shabby treatment (especially shaming) from others. She is very much interested in helping others identify shame, recognize shaming behavior, and finally, to transcend shame. She lives in Seattle, WA.
Katrina Tucker is a Femme Dominant. She has been ethically non-monogamous for the past fifteen years and polyamorous for seven years. A native of Memphis, TN, Katrina is the Mother of an amazing five year old and lives with Her loves and co-parents. She has been a part of the Atlanta Polyamorous community since 2015.
Katrina completed Her Dominant training in 2013, and continues to learn and grow every day. She believes that true leadership involves both guidance and service. Katrina is a strong advocate of therapy and is passionate about the intersection of freedom and ownership within BDSM dynamics.
Katrina’s background is in law and finance and She has taught in Her field for over ten years. She will be presenting at Black Poly Pride in Washington, D.C. this summer and is thriller to bring her skill to Poly Dallas Millennium.
ALICIA BUNYAN SAMPSON is a multidisciplinary artist, consultant, and educator based in Toronto. Alicia is most well known for her digital presence Polyamorous Black Girl, and her work on the intersection of polyamory and white supremacy. Currently, she is a student at York University studying Social Work & Sexuality Studies. She is also currently in preproduction for her digital interactive documentary series about polyamorous black people. She focuses her work on her identity as a black woman, love, trauma, digital space, gender, and sexuality. Her work has been featured by broadcasting companies such as CBC, Bell Fibe TV, MTV, AspireTV, and CTV.
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Michael Guichet M.A. is a California based Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in Sex Therapy working in Monterey and Santa Cruz County. Focusing on Sex Therapy, Michael also works to provide intersectional therapy for individuals, couples, and families who are LGBTQ+, open, and/or kinky.
Chaneé Jackson Kendall is a Black polyamorous educator, speaker, activist, and event planner. A 32 year old native Atlantan, she lives in a western suburb of Atlanta with her partners & coparents. She is the proud Mama of the most adorable four year old in the world. She has openly identified as non-monogamous for the past decade, and polyamorous for the past 8 years. She discovered the online polyamorous community in 2012 and has been an active, and often outspoken member ever since. As the owner of several small businesses, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to everything she does. She is one of the Admins of Black & Poly and the co-founding Admin of Young, Black & Poly. Chaneé volunteers a lot of her time to polyamorous education, outreach, and activism, and is passionate about normalizing polyamory as a relationship orientation or relationship choice. In addition to contributing to the planning and programming for PolyDallas Millennium 2020; she is excited to be co-planning the 2nd Annual Black Poly Pride; a celebration of the Black polyamorous lovestyle which will take place in Washington, D.C. June 4-7. 2020.
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J Mase III is a Black/Trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. As an educator, Mase has worked with community members in the US, UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA+ folks in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency.
His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more.
J Mase is author of And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death.
Currently, he is head writer for the theatrical production Black Bois and is co-editor of the #BlackTransPrayerBook.
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Chrissy is a queer and polyamorous asexuality educator and activist from NYC. She is president emerita of Open Love NY, the communications lead for the APA Division 44 Consensual Non- Monogamy Task Force, and on the communications team at the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. She recently graduated from Columbia University with her M.S. in Nonprofit Management, after a decade- long stint in the music industry. When she isn’t teaching nationally on ethics, negotiation, asexuality, inclusion, and mental health, she resides in NYC on the upper west side with one of her anchor partners and children
Dirty Lola is a sex edutainer, speaker, and self-proclaimed dildo slinger. Known for her live sex ed Q&A show Sex Ed A Go-Go and as co-host of New York Magazine’s The Cut’s “Sex Probz” web series, Lola has spent almost a decade working to end stigma and shame surrounding sex and sexuality. Having started her journey sharing personal discoveries with polyamory and kink online, Lola now uses her knowledge, warm candor and public platforms to teach the masses in-person and to rapt Internet audiences.
Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in Baltimore, MD. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. Andre wrestles mediocre white men into submission is the reigning polyamory pundit at her biweekly non-monogamy advice column "I Am Poly(amorous) & So Can You!", which you can visit - and submit questions to! - via IAmPoly.net.
Andre frequently lectures, coaches and advises on the intersecting issues of sexual health, politics and pleasure, race, trauma, gender diversity, sex worker rights, non-monogamy, and queerness. When not working, Andre can typically be found marathoning "Law & Order: SVU" under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is. Andre encourages you to connect with her on Facebook via "Andre Shakti", follow her NSFW exploits on Twitter via @andreshakti, and support her Patreon via patreon.com/IAmPolyamorous.
Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. It is currently the most diverse and inclusive platform for polyamory available. To continue the discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog's work into nationwide speaking engagements about how race and polyamory intersect. This has led to the writing of the book, Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities. Along with co-writer Alana Phelan, Kevin launched a sci-fi novel series, For Hire. The series centers characters of color and as well as other marginalized identities.
Rachael Rose (she/her) is a chronically ill and disabled sex educator, graphic designer, and speaker whose work focuses on an inclusive, sex-positive, and pleasure-focused approach to sex education, sexual health, and the intersections of chronic illness, disability, and sex. In addition to presenting about sexuality nationally and internationally and being featured in media such as Teen Vogue, Bustle, and Sexual Health Magazine, she is also the creator of the award-winning sexuality blog Hedonish and the co-creator of Glittergasm Events, an event company that hosts inclusive and accessible sex-positive parties.
You can learn more about her sex education work at hedonish.com or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @hedonish. To learn more about Glittergasm Events, visit glittergasmevents.com, and you can learn more about her graphic design work at Geneticlemon.com
Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. They are on a mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. They are a coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871, OR 3068) helping couples and singles develop self-confidence and authenticity in their relationships, whether conventional or non-traditional. Dr. Liz has made multiple media appearances, including in Cosmopolitan, Playboy, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Ideas. As a sex educator, Dr. Liz has spoken on many stages internationally including the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists Annual Conference, the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Their new book, Building Open Relationships, is the newest way they are spreading the Great Sex word. Dr Liz believes that being confident in who you are is the gateway to great relationships and great sex - and great sex, according to Dr. Liz, can change the world. Learn more about Dr. Liz at drlizpowell.com, Sex-Positive Psych on YouTube and Facebook, and @sexpospsych on Twitter.
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Courtney is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Adjunct Professor and Certified BEST Doula in Dallas, Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Social Work. Specializing in perinatal mental health, intimate partner violence and sexual trauma, Courtney became interested in birth work after the birth of her son. Birth work has allowed Courtney to bring together two things she is passionate about- working with trauma survivors and her love of all things pregnancy and postpartum. As a mental health professional, her goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals and couples to gain a deeper understanding of how their life experiences influence healing and success moving forward.
zandra Ellis is a Masters-Level Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and founder of Rise Above Counseling Services. Rise Above is a private practice and peer support group founded on the principle that sobriety is not boring. Taking the queues from the famous Black Flag song of the same name, Rise Above replaces the human entity of society with each person's drug of choice. Each person is taking on the challenge to no longer be slave to the substance, but take control and rise above to soar at greater heights, defiantly casting away personal doubt and naysayers using the same passion and punk rock rebellion embedded deep in us all. Zandra is also the lead substance abuse counselor and one of the co-founders of Foundation 45 in world-renown Deep Ellum, a get-yo-life-coach, social activist and commentator, rabble-rouser, professional loud mouth, sex rights and sexual health advocate, and is dedicated to the idea of dismantling negative social systems because freedom is not for the meek nor for those who ask- it is for those to who dare to take it by force."
As a bilingual/bicultural therapist (Spanish) I have been committed to providing therapeutic services to the Latino community and to New Yorkers of varying diversity. Whether you are an immigrant or a first generation American it is often difficult to find professionals with whom you can feel safe. Trauma comes in many different forms and I specialize in helping people develop assertiveness skills and improve their personal relationships. I also specialize in sex therapy, experiences specific to women, LGBT, harm reduction, HIV+ individuals, family dysfunction, and identity issues including otherkin
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Shanae "HonestlyNae" Adams, LPCC, CIGT, is a Sexuality Professional dedicated to removing the taboo that comes from talking about and enjoying sex and sexuality. Through personalized education, group presentations and facilitating therapy Shanae hopes to empower people to become the sexual beings they desire to be. As a therapist, she strives to create intentional spaces with the purpose of healing and building community. She is committed to being an example of the power of manifestation and self-discovery.
Hello my name is Suvay. I'm 30 years of age and have been living in Texas since the hurricane hit Louisiana so you might as well call me a Texas citizen.. I got introduced to the poly world back in 2011 as a live in boy toy to the relationship. And then in 2015 I was in a couple/couple relationship. But now I'm in a non-monogamous relationship with my prince(Everett) who I’ve been with for 2years and ready to continue this journey with
Tikva Wolf is the creator of Kimchi Cuddles, a webcomic which has been drawing from real life stories and experiences since 2013 with a focus on polyamorous, queer, and genderqueer topics. Their work is used as an aid by therapists and educators, has been translated to several different languages, and is a part of the Kinsey Institute’s archive collection as well as the Ivy Plus Libraries Global Webcomics Archive.
My name is Everett. I’m a 27 year old trans man and have lived in Texas for the past 10 years. I was first introduced to ethical non-monogamy my freshman year of college but did not find a partner willing to be in that kind of relationship with me until 2016 and even since then I feel my experience has been very limited partly because I have had virtually zero poly community involvement up until last year when I attended Black Poly Pride with my current nesting partner (Suvay). We have been together for 2 years now and although we have been non monogamous for the entirety of our relationship, he is the only person I’m currently dating. I’m still learning a ton about the different forms and relationship types involved in polyamory but it’s been an eye opening journey so far
Evita Sawyers has been practicing non-monogamy for over 6 years and married to her husband Kevin for 16 years. They are the subjects of the documentary “Poly Love”. The documentary is the first of its kind and chronicles their first polyamorous relationship.
Poly Love showcases the reality of triad relationships and how complex they can be. She’s also appeared on several podcasts including Inner Hoe Uprising, Unchained Unbothered, and The Jampacked Show; speaking about her experiences as a married polyamorous, bisexual woman of color. She’s also appeared on an Irish Television special with celebrity Vogue Williams to discuss non-monogamy.
A frequent contributor to Black & Poly’s online magazine, Vita has presented at Poly Dallas Millennium, PolyTopia, & Black Poly Pride. People enjoy her frank humorous approach to life, and her candor about her own struggles and how she tackles them. Her passion is helping people avoid the common pitfalls and articulating the complicated emotions experienced in polyamory.
Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more knowledge and sharing it with others.Zach became interested in consent as a topic more than five years ago as a personal research project. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston to be of even more benefit to his community.
Zach lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston,Texas where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, gaming, hockey, cooking and being owned and loved by rescue dogs including a spoiled rotten boxer named Jadzia.
Christopher N. Smith is a PhD student focused on higher education administration and relationship trends in current and historical contexts. His prior education includes Doctoral studies in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities and Criminology; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion and Society; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology.. Mr. Smith has extensive experience within the education, human services and criminal justice sectors. Mr. Smith is the author of Open To Love: Polyamory and the Black American, and Alternative Lifestyles and
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Future Research Considerations for a Growing Community printed in the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships; and on the advisory council for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.
Sam: [pronouns: she/her] is a podcast producer and documentary videographer from Queens, New York. Her work centers on sexual health, Black feminism, the African Diaspora, and social justice. Trained in both documentary filmmaking and sketch & improvisational comedy, Sam has a penchant for telling stories about the human experience whilst injecting humor along the way. She is a Black, pansexual feminist hoe who loves speculative fiction, dim sum, and a good pun and despises bigotry and poorly constructed memes.
My name is Diana Ryan and I am the owner/operator of 360 Coaching and Counseling, LLC. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. I am also a internationally certified (International Coaching Federation) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and sex therapist.
After retiring from the Air Force and three years with federal service I found that I needed to change my focus to helping people find the help they need to make better life choices. I am dedicated to working with all individuals in a process that encourages a shift in how a client thinks, feels and behaves. I work with individuals with a myriad of concerns including depression, anxiety, substance use, and general life skill issues. I specialize in groups that are historically pathologized; people of color (POC), individuals with gender identity, sexual identity and expression concerns (LGBTQIA), and relationship structure concerns (consensual non-monogamous) relationships. This inquiring form of conversation expands the ability of the client to make significant changes, move forward in new areas and feel better.
Dr. Apryl Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the master’s in forensic psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She is Director of the Forensic Institute of Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) Outpatient Competency Restoration Program and Faculty Affiliate with the Scrivner Institute for Public Policy. She received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Her research focuses on violence and victimization, forensic assessment, human sexuality, and trauma-informed and culturally informed practice.
Apryl Alexander, PsyD
Dr. Justin Clardy is from Los Angeles, CA and is a professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. His research focuses on normative questions that arise in the context of personal relationships and political theories. Within this context he has published on the nature of love, obligations to current and past partners, monogamy & non-monogamy, and polyamory.
Personally, Dr. Clardy has openly identified as polyamorous 7 years and is a Black polyamorous researcher, published author, activist, educator, speaker, and father. He enjoys philosophical conversations and is passionate about social justice concerns that centralize mass incarceration and poverty. In addition to contributing to the programming at PolyDallas Millennium 2020, he will also be speaking at the 2nd Annual Black Poly Pride in Washington D.C..
Justin Clardy, PhD
The symposium is open to anyone. We believe all people desire to freely express all relationships and diverse ways of interacting within relationships.