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Keynotes 

5th Anniversary

Heading 1Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a Lecturer at Clayton State University and a Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective.  She is a sexologist, a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sexuality educator. While in graduate school, she created Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 18 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, featured on many radio shows, TV shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the world.  She also sits on the boards for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, and the Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning writer, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the editor of 25 anthologies and author of eight books, including Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships and The Feminist Porn Book. She has directed and produced twenty-four sex ed and porn films. She lectures at top colleges and universities and teaches sex and relationship workshops around the world. She is the host of the podcast Sex Out Loud, where she has interviewed a variety of guests from Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Janet Mock to Bridget Everett and Margaret Cho. She is the creator of Sex Educator Boot Camp, a professional training program, and she runs a coaching and consulting business for sexuality professionals. She is working on her first memoir. 

Aida Manduley is an award-winning Latinx activist, facilitator, and presenter known for big earrings and tackling taboos. Their politics are radical, their life is ridiculous, and their penchant for irreverence as intimacy is notorious. Trained as a sexuality educator, social worker, and nonprofit executive, they’re working to make the world a more equitable place and get us all more comfortable with hard conversations. With a focus on liberation and communities marginalized due to race/gender/sexuality, their perspective aims to maximize kindness while retaining both a sense of humor and a sense of justice. With over a decade of experience and degrees from Brown University and Boston University, Mx. Manduley’s areas of specialization include anti-carceral justice systems and the integration of technology for change efforts. They are well-known for their leadership with The Women of Color Sexual Health Network as well as various other national and regional coalitions. They're currently based in Boston where they have a thriving therapeutic practice at The Meeting Point.

The symposium is open to anyone. We believe all people desire to freely express all relationships and diverse ways of interacting within relationships.   

Ruby B Johnson Founder and Organizer

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