Shanna Katz, M.Ed, ACS is a queer kinky disabled feisty femme board certified sexologist, sexuality educator and professional pervert. From topics like vaginal fisting to non-monogamy, and oral sex to how sexuality and dis/ability intersect, she talks, writes and teaches about the huge spectrum of sexuality, both from personal and professional perspectives. She’s using her Master’s of Sexuality Education to provide accessible, open-source sex education to people around the country and online.
A member of ACS, SSSS, AASECT, NCSF and the ACLU, Shanna is actively involved in work towards equality and social justice for people of all identities. Teaching classes at colleges and universities (such as Brown University, Colorado College, SUNY-Purchase, ASU, U of A, etc) is one of her favorite ways to expand horizons. She also loves traveling to speak at conferences, sex toy stores, dungeons, women’s groups, LGBT centers, art galleries and more.
She has written for many sites, had a radio show with widespread listeners, has had her erotica published in multiple anthologies and ran the popular blog Sexuality Happens for more than five years. When not blogging, teaching, writing or tweeting about the oh-so-many awkward moments in her life, you can find Shanna drinking tea, eating cupcakes, and cuddling with her partner Q and their three rescued cats; Kinsey, Kali and Jasper. For more info, please visit her sexuality education site, www.ShannaKatz.com
Workshop Title: One Size Does Not Fit All: Identities and Intersection
Workshop Description: Most of us have more than one identity we use for ourselves;our age,race,ability level,religion,sex,gender,orientation,height,kinks,etc. Moreover,we also have different identities depending on who we’re around. Add to that the different roles we fulfill in our communities,and sometimes it’s hard to keep it all straight. How do we decide how we identify,how to we figure out other peoples’ identities,and how to we choose our roles? This class will involve much discussion and conversation about our place in our community,how to communicate our identities,and how to learn about and validate the identities of others.