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Allison Wallis is a disabled writer and graduate student in journalism who wrote a piece called “My Body Isn’t Made for Sex Anymore” about her disabilities and sex life that has opened up a conversation about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and sexuality.
Amber DiPietra is a cis Latinx white-passing writer, performance artist, intimacy and creativity coach, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, disability activist, and sex worker rights activist. She cofounded DASAN amd is also the cofounder of the Tampa Bay Area chapter of the national Sex Workers Outreach Project. She is currently based in St. Petersburg FL, but sometimes works in the San Francisco bay Area. She is always available virtually. Visit her website at www.thebodypoetik.com or email email@example.com to find out how to work with her.
Ananda Rose Bennett is the internet’s only quadriplegic cam girl. She’s also an author, an artist, a fetish model, and a huge geek. She models and cams under the name CrippleThreat. Ananda has been a c1 quad for 20 years and for the past 15 of them she’s been enjoying the hell out of it. “Life is too much fun to let an unfortunate situation keep me from living it.”
Find Ananda at https://allmylinks.com/cripplethreat.
Bethany Stevens, JD, MA, is a white cis queer femme wheelchair-using sexpert and disabled scholar-activist working on a doctorate in Sociology at Georgia State University. Her sexpertise is infused with critical disability studies and pleasure politics, with a particular focus on media representation of disabled sexuality and possibilities of body liberation in disability organizing. In the past decade, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in public health, social work, and disability studies at five universities in the United States.
Bianca I. Laureano is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a co-foundress of WOCSHN and ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school offering professional development and certification. Bianca has written several curricula, the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYCDHMH, and is lead curriculum writer for the Netflix film Crip Camp which is rooted in disability justice principles, available at www.CripCamp.com/curriculum. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor and in May 2020 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the CIIS for her work in expanding the US sexuality field.
Bianca Palmisano is a queer, trans, disabled nurse working in Washington, DC. They provide primary care services in the Washington, DC area. They also own the sexual health consulting company, Intimate Health Consulting, through which they offer consulting and capacity building services to medical and behavioral health organizations that wish to better serve marginalized populations and more effectively discuss sexual health concerns with their patients.
Grayson Schultz is a writer and sex educator in Madison, Wisconsin. Using his unique viewpoint as a queer and disabled trans man, he busts myths about disability, sexuality, health, and more. A researcher, he is also focused on improving how sexuality and gender are discussed between patients and medical providers within clinic spaces. When not trying to change the world, Grayson can be found gaming, cooking, sharing way too many memes, or playing in goal with the Madison Gay Hockey Association.
In 2017, Jacqueline Boxx became the first performer to ever compete in a wheelchair for a title at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender. Her background before disability involved circus, cabaret, theater, and dance. She has headlined in burlesque festivals across the globe, including being invited to compete for Miss Exotic World, Queen of Burlesque. She lectures and teaches mindful movement and burlesque 101, virtually and live.
Her acts are all related in some way to her experience with chronic pain and limited mobility, and she strives to bring attention through glamour and spectacle to disability. She is: Miss Disa-burly-TEASE!
Find Jacqueline at www.missdisaburlytease.com.
Dr. Jill Summerville, is a performer, playwright, and scholar. She earned her Phd in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Theatre Criticism. Her dissertation is a study of the complexities of putting actors with disabilities onstage, such as finding a place in the spotlight for her own sparkly manual wheelchair, Chitara. She’s the humbled recipient of a 2020 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists with Disabilities grant for, If You Can Order A Cup Of Coffee At Starbucks, We Can Be Best Friends! She works as a freelance writer.
Contact her at jillellensummerville.com. She’d love to hear your thoughts.
Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed. CSE, is a national expert and trains individuals, staff, and parents on sexuality and developmental disabilities. She teaches sexuality education to people with DD/ID as well as trains them to be peer sexuality educators themselves. Katherine is the author a curriculum: Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities, and has developed two online courses; one to train professionals, Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101, and one for parents: Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality. Katherine has spent her career trying to elevate the status of all people, which is why the new name for her growing company is Elevatus Training.
Kate Sloan is a writer, podcaster, and storyteller who specializes in sex, kink, and relationships. Her award-winning sex blog, girlyjuice.net, has been going strong for nearly a decade, and her writing has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, and Glamour. She also cohosts the acclaimed podcasts The Dildorks and Question Box. Her book 101 Kinky Things That Even You Can Do is forthcoming in 2021 from Laurence King Publishing.
Find Kate at girlyjuice.net, and on Instagram and Twitter.
Katie Tastrom is a disabled writer and sex worker and former lawyer who performs under the name Kitty Milford. She writes a lot about disabled sex workers and the connection between disability justice and abolition, among lots many other things. She is available for speaking, training, writing, and private appointments.
Find Katie at katietastom.com, and on Instagram and Twitter.
Dr. Kirsty Liddiard is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield and a co-leader of the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman). Kirsty is a disabled feminist and public sociologist who believes in the power and politics of co-production and arts methodologies. She is the author of The Intimate Lives of Disabled People (2018, Routledge) and co-editor (with Katherine Runswick-Cole and Tillie Curran) of The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies (2018, Palgrave).
Find Dr. Kirsty Liddiard at kirstyliddiard.wordpress.com, and on Twitter.
Laura-Marie is a disabled queer zinester who makes the zine Trike Diaries which is about the intersection of disability and sexuality. She also helps run the Las Vegas Radical Mental Health collective and enjoys fat liberation.
Find her at ListeningToTheNoiseUntilItMakesSense.com, and on Facebook and Instagram.
Lauren Fournier is a writer, freelance curator, and artist who works in video, film, and books/publications. She has a long history of working around histories of hysteria and post-hysteria, and approaches these topics with lived experience on both sides of the mental health system; she has curated exhibitions and programs like MENTAL HEALTH at the White House Studio Project & the Artists Health Alliance in Toronto as part of their “In Space” initiative, and was a co-curator, with Margeaux Feldman, of Sick Theories: Sickness & Sexuality at the Jackman Humanities Institute. Currently she is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, where she teaches courses in artists’ writing, critical art histories, and concepts and theories for artists and designers. She centers intersectionality and critical disability and mad studies in her work.
Dr. Lee Phillips is a sex and relationship therapist based in Washington, DC area. Dr. Phillips is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. He specializes in sexuality and chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities.
Linsey Grove, DrPH, CPH, CHES is an instructor and program coordinator for the Health Sciences program at the University of South Florida College of Public Health at the St. Petersburg campus. She also works as a public health consultant for various public health agencies, social change organizations, non-profits, and businesses and is co-owner of Carriage House Consulting, LLC. Her research focus is making sex education more accessible for adolescents with intellectual disabilities. She has worked as a sex educator for over ten years and is a trained HIPTeens facilitator.
Molly Girard says, I believe that therapy is a leap of faith taken to explore ourselves, where we’ve been, where we are, and where we hope to go. It can be a scary leap to take, but I make it my goal to support clients every step of the way along their own individual journey. This step into the unknown can be scary- even terrifying-but I feel that through open communication and exploration, these steps can become powerful, moving, and exciting. I believe that every individual has unique needs when it comes to engaging in therapy and I work with every client, family, or couple I see to tailor treatment to their specific needs and adjust accordingly.
Find Molly at Psychology Today.
Peggy Munson is author of Pathogenesis and Origami Striptease, and the editor of Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), and a long-time severe ME patient-activist with secondary multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and chronic Lyme disease.
Find Peggy at peggy-munson.com.
Rachel Kaplan is the founder of Kintsugi Consulting, LLC with a focus on providing disability inclusion, education, and representation trainings and consultations. Rachel holds an MPH and Master’s Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies. She has extensive experience working with the homeless population, youth services and youth programming, youth with disabilities, sexuality health education, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, wellness programming, crisis intervention, and sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy. Having experienced domestic violence first-hand, Rachel aims to incorporate empathy and awareness in the work she does. Rachel believes that impact outweighs intention and educates from that lens.
Robin Wilson-Beattie is a speaker, writer, and advocate for disability and sexuality as well as one of the first people to talk about disability, sexuality, and marketing to adult product retailers and manufacturers. She combines years of personal experience with medically sound research to provide a unique perspective on how life and identity impacts one’s sexual expression. Her speaking engagements include multiple keynotes and panels, including three consecutive years speaking at the Adult Video News convention in Las Vegas. Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of disabled people, but also inspired many others to become advocates for sexuality and disability education, an incredibly underserved area. Robin is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and a graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI). Currently, she is writing a book on the intersection of disability and sex work in history and the present. Robin is a deep-fried Southern woman, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one son.
Find her at www.robinwb.com and on Twitter.
Shauna Farabaugh is a certified somatic sex educator and TRE® provider in San Francisco, CA who fiercely believes in the right to sexual expression for every body and is committed to making sex education more “sexcessible.” Shauna has been a professional sex educator since 2007, with certifications from San Francisco Sex Information, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and the Somatic Sex Educators Association. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education. Shauna offers one-on-one support to folx of all bodies, genders, and sexualities in her private practice; provides trainings to service providers and parents; and teaches sex education classes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a certified PEERS® program facilitator.
Find her at www.sexualityintransition.com, and on Twitter.