Guest Speakers



Annabelle Knight

Annabelle Knight

Annabelle is one of the most relevant experts when it comes to dating, sex and relationships. She’s a certified couples counselor and has helped many celebrity couples personally. TV credits include Big Brother’s Bit on the Side for Channel 5, ITV’s The O’Brien Show and the ever popular day time TV shows, This Morning and Loose Women. More recently Annabelle has been filming for ITV and has been on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff as a relationships expert.

Annabelle’s debut erotic fiction novel, The Endless Autumn topped the amazon charts and is now a number one bestseller.

Annabelle is an international expert and has offered advice all around the world including Europe, India and Australia.

Annabelle is proud to be brand ambassador for ONE condoms, helping people to achieve a happy, and healthy and safe sex life. Twitter @MissBelleKnight and Instagram @annabelleknight

Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta

Ashley Manta has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual® brand. As a professional sex educator and coach, she helps people navigate these topics to make sure they are interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom.

Nominated for multiple awards including the 2018 XBiz Awards for “Sexpert of the Yearand she made the top five nominees for the 2018 California Cannabis Awards for “Influencer of the Year” category. Her work has been profiled in The Huffington Post, and referenced in The London Times, Newsweek, BBC3, and LA Weekly. She was the featured expert on VICELAND TV’s “Stoned Sex” episode of their new series, Slutever, hosted by Karley Sciortino. An extended cut of the episode was re-aired during VICELAND TV’s Weed Week in April 2018.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Women’s Studies and has completed graduate coursework for a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Ashley is also a certified and attuned Reiki II Practitioner, a certified consulting hypnotist, and a trained victim advocate.

www.ashleymanta.com
Ayesha Hussain

Ayesha Hussain

Having a penchant for people and sexual health, Ayesha Hussain founded The Violet in response to the recent political and cultural uprising of women against sexual harassment, non-consent and rape in the US. After attending L'amour, Montreal's (in)famous porn cinema, she was inspired to bring a similar experience to NYC and determined to use it to open healthy dialogue around sex. With some updates to the experience to feel more inclusive, safe and inviting, a focus on sex-positive, ethical porn was formed to allow for exploration and education free of shame.

Bex Caputo

Bex Caputo

Bex Caputo is a NYC based public speaker, sex educator, and podcast host whose workshops strive to be inclusive, socially conscious, informative, and most importantly entertaining. Bex has presented at events all over North America including Playground Conference, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and Dark Odyssey Fusion, he has made guest appearances including True Life, Sex Gets Real, and Sex City Radio, and has been ranked as one of Kinkly's Top 100 Sex Bloggers since 2013. He’s been a proud and undeniable kinkster ever since he insisted on being served his meals in a dog bowl at the age of 8 (and even before that, probably). He’s a Virgo, a Hufflepuff, a pup, and a trans queerdo who grew up into the pop-punk boy he always had a crush on in high school. Twitter @BexTalksSex

Brandon B.

Brandon B.

Brandon B. is a sex educator, writer, and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Los Angeles, Brandon has performed and taught at various venues, colleges, and industry events across the nation for over a decade. As Manager of The Pleasure Chest’s West Village location, he eagerly seeks out new, creative, and fun ways to spread sex education to the masses while supporting local sex-positive artists & performers along the way.

Carol Queen

Carol Queen

Dr. Carol Queen is staff sexologist and Company Historian at Good Vibrations, where she has worked since 1990. She is the lead author of The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. A noted cultural sexologist whose work has been widely published, she's written or edited several books and has been speaking publicly about sexuality for over 40 years. She has addressed many conferences; she frequently speaks to college as well as general and specialized audiences. Queen co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco.

www.carolqueen.com
Cristina Pitter

Cristina Pitter

Cristina Pitter is a queer fat babe interdisciplinary artist, sex educator, activist, and founder of The Ashè Collective. You might have seen her work at many NYC venues including The Metropolitan Opera, Classic Stage, New Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub, The PIT, The Tank, Bizarre Bushwick, or three separate but specific bathtubs. Her show “decolonizing my vagina” will next be explored with a new performance art piece, “decolonizing the color of queerness” with her residency at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Feel free to follow her antics on Twitter @isisgypsy and Instagram @lavidabrujeria.

Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast

Fancy Feast is a professional burlesque performer, sex educator, and Miss Coney Island 2016. She has over 7 years under her belt as a sex educator, and has performed her burlesque act nationwide at venues including the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. She is known for blending humor and edge in her work and performances, and is currently working on her first book. You can follow her on Twitter @FancyBurlyq and Instagram @FancyFeastBurlesque.

Jess O'Reilly

Jess O’Reilly

Jess O’Reilly is a sex and relationship expert, television personality and host of the Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast. Her practical relationship advice reaches millions each month via mainstream media outlets and she travels extensively across the globe to work with corporate groups who realize that investing in relationships positively impacts their bottom lines. She has delivered keynote speeches in over 35 countries, holds a PhD with a focus on sex & relationship education, and enjoys headstands, SUPing and airplane turbulence.

www.sexwithdrjess.com
Maxine Frendel

Maxine Frendel

Maxine Frendel is a Chicago-based gender and sexuality educator and writer passionate about safe, equitable, and enjoyable sexual experiences for all. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a Master of Arts degree concentrating in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Gender is something experienced by all and is the current hot topic of conversation - yet, is sometimes difficult to discuss. In her work, she encourages dialogue and creates spaces to question norms regarding sexual practices for all people, regardless of class, race, gender, ability, culture, religion, etc. While different people have different desires, she feels that everyone deserves happiness in their personal, romantic, and sexual lives. A queer feminist, Maxine is passionate about consent and issues that face the LGBTQ community.

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Dr. Nicole Prause

Prause obtained her doctorate in 2007 at Indiana University Bloomington, with joint supervision by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her areas of concentration were neuroscience and statistics. Her clinical internship, in neuropsychological assessment and behavioral medicine, was with the VA Boston Healthcare System's Psychology Internship Training Program. Her research fellowship was in couples' treatment of alcoholism with Timothy O'Farrell at Harvard University.

Prause became a tenure track faculty member at Idaho State University at the age of 29. After three years there, she accepted a position as a Research Scientist at the Mind Research Network, a neuroimaging facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2012, Prause was elected a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research and accepted a position as a Research Scientist on faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles in the David Geffen School of Medicine. While there, she was promoted to Associate Research Scientist in 2014. Institutional attitudes towards sex research and ongoing safety threats from anti-porn organizations prompted her to found Liberos LLC in 2015. This private research institute and biotechnology company is funded entirely by non-profit grants from the federal government and a foundation. She also is a licensed psychologist in California.

www.liberoscenter.com
Princess Cosplay

Princess Cosplay

The owner and founder of The Fetish Academy, Princess Cosplay, works to offer customers the tools, toys, and resources they need to explore and play. Her mission is to create a judgment free community where anyone can feel welcome to discover new and exciting sources of pleasure, excitement, and fun.

The joy she brings to helping people find their own enjoyment is based on a lifelong journey to connect her passion and skills. She began her career studying fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology and spent many years developing her business acumen at a large corporation. But it wasn’t until she took a risk and left to make her own way that she discovered her true gift for pleasure.

She is an experienced sex educator, make-up artist, and pleasure guide who brings her knowledge and passion to every aspect of The Fetish Academy.

Taylor Sparks

Taylor Sparks

Among many things, Taylor (aka Mariposa) is a passionate erotic educator, certified in both holistic aromatherapy and human behavior. With over a decade of experience in the natural skin care/cosmetics industry, Ms. Sparks launched OrganicLoven.com, a site that offers organic, natural and eco-friendly sensual body pleasures. Taylor is also a driving force in creating opportunities and valuable resources for the open lifestyle community.

While traveling around the globe, Taylor has become renowned in the adult travel industry and is a powerful public speaker both nationally and internationally. Her workshop series: ‘How To Make Good Pussy, Better,’ is extremely popular and focuses on the benefits of organic lubricants, vegan condoms, and Liberator sex pillows.

An active and accomplished blogger, her online offerings can be found on her Green Fitness and Organic Loven Blogs, as well as guest blogs for the Organic Body Care, Open Lifestyle, and Fitness industries. Taylor is also a published author; her most recent book entitled What's a Girl To Do In a Big City if She Can't Dance? When Stripping is Not an Option!

www.organicloven.com
Z. Lovejoy

Z. Lovejoy

Z. Lovejoy is a sort of “right hand” to Princess Cosplay at The Fetish Academy. Z works hard to make sure that The Fetish Academy is inclusive for a full spectrum of diverse communities so that people of all genders, sexualities, races, disabilities, etc. feel welcome. Z. joined The Fetish Academy just under a year ago, and has enjoyed every moment of hir time working with Princess Cosplay.

Z. began hir career studying Acting at The University of Chicago, and has enjoyed applying hir artistic education to the products and outreach at The Fetish Academy. The Fetish Academy was the perfect find for Z., because it’s a place where ze could put hir sexual knowledge and freedom to use, as well as create a space in the sex and fetish business for a more diverse community.

www.thefetishacademy.com
Gigi Engle

Gigi Engle

Gigi Engle is a feminist writer, sex educator, and speaker.

As a sex educator with the Alexander Institute and Pleasure Professional with O.School, she teaches a variety of classes centered around pleasure, sexual health, and confidence.

Gigi’s work regularly appears in many publications including Brides, Marie Claire, Elle Magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour and Women’s Health.

Gigi formerly was the sex and dating writer for Thrillist Media Group (now Group Nine Media) and the senior sex and lifestyle writer for Elite Daily (acquired by Daily Mail). Gigi’s articles have been shared over 20 million times, with her top posts reaching over 100 million shares.

She also writes a weekly advice column: Ask Gigi and is an original member of The Women of Sex Tech. Gigi is available for educational workshops, events, panels, and conferences.

www.MissGigiEngle.com
Domina Franco

Domina Franco

A sex educator, coach and writer who has been studying human sexuality for over 20 years. Over the last seven years, I have built a coaching practice that helps clients of all genders and orientations clarify, explore and enhance their sex lives. Extensive experience in subjects ranging from sexual health and wellness, pleasure exploration, alternative relationship models, gender expression and queer identity to female empowerment and BDSM/kink practices.

A featured guest lecturer, speaking on BDSM/kink, sexual health, consent and body autonomy at institutions such as New York University, Kansas State University, Rutgers University and Kean University. Currently working as a live streaming sex educator on O.School, an online sex education platform that reaches over 40 countries globally.

Domina Franco is a proud member of AASECT, Sex Ed Network and Women of Sex Tech.

www.dominafranco.com
Carly

Carly

Carly S has been a sex educator and pleasure pioneer since 2010. Her career started with the world renown Pleasure Chest. She managed and helped launch NYC’s largest adult retailer in the Bronx where she also started a free workshop program. She hopes to travel and spread orgasms wherever she goes. If you ever meet her, she loves strong coffee and even stronger vibration. She likes to refer to herself as the Queen of Wands.

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Ryan

Ryan

Ryan DiMartino is the manager at the Pleasure Chest's NY Upper East Side location where they wrangle a robust program of education and events. They work in pursuit of justice and joy at the intersections of sexuality and gender with a focus on sex workers' rights, alternative family building, and body autonomy, after a decade of work in the sex industry. They reside in Queens with their partner and pups.

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August

August is a queer intellectual working in the realm of the body. They are all about practices of liberation, including activism, physical movement, art, writing, sex radicalism, and meditation. They served in various capacities over 8 years at MIX NYC, the organization behind the NY Queer Experimental Film Festival. August is currently a sex specialist, education consultant, and life coach. They see all their various projects in life as serving to explore and expand our freedoms and our bodies, including all the dirty parts.

Ryan

Matan

Matan Farris is a somatic sex educator, Kundalini yogi, meditation coach and labour activist working at the intersections of sexuality, spiritual practice and social action. Their style as a coach is holistic, encouraging and compassionate, blending elements of sex science with meditation, tantra and experiences of Self—conscious breath, movement and mindful masturbation—providing a container to help overcome trauma, shame and sex-negative conditioning, and supporting clients as they begin to notice and inhabit their bodies in a conscious, intentional way.

Megwyn White

Megwyn White

Megwyn is an innovator and educator in the realm of somatic healing and sexuality. Her work focuses on a greater understanding of how the entire body via the nervous system supports orgasmic energy and health and wellness. She has trained in both the fields of sexuality and the voice and has found a powerful connection between the two.

Her groundbreaking technique called Sonic Sex has helped individuals and couples expand orgasmic pleasure through activating the connections of the voice using simple methods of using resonance to awaken pleasure and unlock dormant energy in the body.

Her background and education include receiving a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 where she graduated with the departmental award. She has studied many different forms of somatic based healing techniques in addition to her training in physical acting and vocal training including Watsu, Yamuna Body Logic, Pilates, and yoga.

She continues her studies in the body with regular education, and partners with the Satisfyer to bridge sexuality and wellness.