I Am Poly & So Can You LIVE!
How do we navigate this frontier of non-exclusive fornication with compassion and grace?
How do we resolve relationship conflicts in a way de-centered from heteronormativity?
For these questions and more, polyamory pundit Andre Shakti is here for you.
I Am Poly & So Can You! is a bi-weekly non-monogamy advice column conceived and written by Andre Shakti that began in January 2016. First running on Harlot Magazines platform, it then experienced a brief hiatus while it was transitioned onto its own platform via IAmPoly.net! The column seeks to both demystify non-monogamy for new audiences as well as act as an educational tool and growth mechanism for those active in polyamory. Fully inclusive of gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, age, ability and kink/BDSM, the column is also personally informed by Andres experience as a politically-engaged queer kinky femme sex worker living in the Bay Area. This is our first LIVE event, and were bringing two other local experts on stage alongside Andre herself to answer YOUR QUESTIONS in real time!
Meet the Panelists!
Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Rewire, Kinkly, Thrillist, MEL, Vice, Autostraddle, and more. Andre is the reigning polyamory pundit at her non-monogamy advice column, I Am Poly & So Can You!, which you can visit and submit questions to! via IAmPoly.net. Visit her on Twitter @andreshakti, on FB as Andre Shakti, and as a pleasure professional on the new inclusive educational platform O.School.
Andre graduated cum laude from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and LGBT Studies in 2010. She worked in HIV risk assessment, harm reduction education, and community activism in Baltimore from 2008-2011, studied at San Francisco State Universitys National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) in 2010, and graduated from San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI)s Sex Educator Training in Fall 2013. Shes held educator and sales associate positions at sex-positive adult boutiques Sugar (Baltimore, MD) and Feelmore510 (Oakland, CA), and is one of the founding crew members of Atlantas Sex Down South Conference in Atlanta, GA. Andre has taught classes, moderated panels, and filmed instructional clips for Dark Odyssey, Catalyst Con, Sugar, The Garden, PassionateU, Kink Academy, Feelmore510, Towson University, Kink University, University of Maryland, UC Berkeley, She Bop, The Feminist Porn Conference, International Ms Leather, Sex Down South, Harvard University, California College of the Arts, and many more.
Dr. Liz Powell
Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. She is on a mission to help you have more meaningful, pleasurable relationships in life and work, as well as the bedroom. Shes a coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871) 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 as a co-host as on the Life on the Swingset podcast and on 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, CatalystCon, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. 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 sexpositivepsych.com.
Jasper is a San Francisco native. Long since fascinated with nuisances of sexuality, he joined the adult industry when he was 19. From there his interest in exploring the depth of the human sexual experience expanded, leading to him founding the Mango Dome, a venue for sex-positive education, in 2014. In 2016 he became a part of the leadership team for the Organ House, a series of play parties designed to spread enthusiastic consent culture. He also recently joined the leadership team of the OrgyDome at Burning Man, the worlds largest play party. As an openly bisexual man - and a sex worker! - he has devoted much of his focus to the empowerment and normalization of non-monogamy and traditionally alternative sexuality.
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Oakland, CA 94608
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