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Sexuality Superstars talk at UCLA!

  • UCLA Northwest Campus Auditorium 330 De Neve Dr Los Angeles, CA, 90024 United States (map)

Los Angeles Chapter members RSVP here.

Sexual Health Series Kick Off: Redefining Sexuality for the 21st Century Doors open at 3, program begins at 3:15.

SPLA (Sex Positive Los Angeles) And SexPositive World, has gathered the most comprehensive panel of Sexperts, Authors, Therapists, Storytellers, Educators, and Researchers in the field of alternative relationships, including the co-author of The Ethical Slut, a landmark book for the entire Sex Positive movement. It will be FUN, SEXY, and INFORMATIVE! Plus an afterparty.

Tickets here:

Tickets are also available on-site but may sell out.


Our presenters and panelists:

► Janet Hardy co-author of Ethical Slut, and seven other books

► Dr. Chris Donaghue, PhD, sex therapist, author, and radio personality

► Dr. Hernando Chaves, LMFT, DHS. Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Human Sexuality Professor, Sexologist, Columnist

► Dr. Kate Loree, LMFT, ATR, MBA, Psychotherapist specializing in non-monogamous, kink LGBTQ, and sex work populations.

►Lauren Brim, Author of The New Rules of Sex, Sex Educator, UCLA Alum!

► Orpheus Black, SoCal Leather Master/slave titleholder, author, erotic educator

► Dixie De La Tour, Sexual Folklorist, founder of Bawdy Storytelling

► Wry, Non-Monogamy Consultant & Educator, co-host of Kinky Salon LA

► Gabriella Cordova, Founder of SexPositive World, Organizer SPLA, writer, sex-educator



3:00 Doors open - get seated as soon as possible 3:15 Bawdy Storytelling 3:45 Welcome and introduction 4:00 First Panel 4:40 Second Panel 5:20 Third Panel 6:05 Book signing and Meet the Presenters

We begin with a humorous and moving look at the state of affairs through the eyes of two storytellers, led by the inimitable Dixie De La Tour as she gives us a taste of Bawdy Storytelling. You won't know whether to laugh or cry, and you'll likely do both!

Next, our panel moderators, Janet Hardy, Dr. Chris Donaghue, and Dr. Hernando Chaves will each give a slideshow presentation outlining their take on the issues (gender non-binary, LGBTQ, polyamory and open relationships, sex addiction and is it real, casual sex, sexual health, politics, the role of religion in our personal lives, etc.), and where we might go from here. Each of the panelist will have a chance to weigh in on the topic, then the audience (you) will get to ask the burning questions you've been pondering (we trust you will come up with some very good one).

Panel 1 - Presentation and Moderation by Dr. Hernando Chaves with panelists - Janet Hardy, Lauren Brim, and Wry: The state of sex education today, which for many is nonexistent or fear-based, impacts how individuals navigate themselves, relationships, and their perspectives in society. For most people, not having a sex positive foundation of sexual knowledge adds to the shame, guilt, and intolerance, which fuels thoughts and behaviors. This panel will discuss the cultures of sex negativity and sex positivity and their impact on understanding sexual identity, orientation, gender identity, as well as sexual cultures such as the BDSM, kink, and nonmonogamous communities.


Panel 2 - Presentation and Moderation by Dr. Chris Donaghue with panelists Dr. Hernando Chaves, Kate Loree, and Gabriella Cordova: Sex therapy has evolved since the early days of sexology pioneers such as Magnus Hirschfield and Harry Benjamin. Today’s modern sex therapy often neglects to view sexual concerns of individuals and relationships through a sex positive lens, thus reinforcing narratives that may promote harm, shame, intolerance, or judgment. This panel will discuss challenges in the modern sex therapy movement, ways it can be improved, and address important issues such as addiction and sexual expression, navigating our fears, and using a strength-based approach to create a more self-actualized sexual identity.


Panel 3 - Presentation and Moderation by Janet Hardy with panelists Chris Donaghue, Orpheus Black, Kate Loree, and Quiddity Foster: Modern relationship dynamics have been shifting in large part to feminism, the women's civil rights movement and the sexual revolution. Today’s relationships offer the possibility of shared power dynamics, sexual agency, and reexamining older archetypes of what marriage and relationships were once expected to be. This panel will discuss the individual factors that affect us in relationships, ways we self-sabotage or strengthen our partnerships, boundaries and consent, changes in relationship dynamics, and the evolution of monogamy and nonmonogamy in today’s society.


Meet the presenters and panelists:

Janet Hardy co-author of Ethical Slut, Girl Fag, and seven other books


Janet brings intelligence and a rich lifetime of experiences to her lively and disarming style of presentation. She delights and inspires in the first few minutes of her presentation, then goes on to elicit laughter, tears, and a good deal of soul searching. Her Portland appearance a few months back, drew nearly 350 people and here is what some of them had to say:

• “Wow, it was a FULL house! I am left with such joy to have been in that theater with so many amazing sex positive people. Such honesty from Janet & the audience. Then to look around & see SO many people I know from SPP, that was the best!!!!!”

• “Hearing Janet speak was a phenomenal experience for me. I had so many "Ah-ha!" moments last night as things both Janet and the audience said took experiences and thoughts I've had throughout my life and, for the first time, I saw that they're all related and mean something.


Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Doctoral trained in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Clinical Therapist, and a Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Donaghue pulls apart cultural phobias with a “sex positive” therapy practice, a kind of sexual deprogramming that helps people see and accept the desires they have—even if they don’t align with societal expectations—are really natural, healthy, and part of having a great sex life. Dr. Donaghue's first book, Sex Outside The Lines - Authentic Sexuality in a Sexually Dysfunctional Culture (July 2015), turns conventional sexual wisdom on its head and is available for pre-order on Amazon.



Dr. Hernando Chaves holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master of art’s degree in marital and family therapy, and a doctorate in human sexuality. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, professor of human sexuality, and sex educator. Dr. Chaves’ sex therapy practice specializes in erotic minorities (BDSM, fetishism, nomonogamy, unique sexual lifestyles and expression) and sexual concerns/dysfunctions. He is a sex columnist for and He teaches human sexuality 1 and human sexuality 2 courses at Orange Coast College and is a contributing author to the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Dr. Chaves has presented at conferences and institutions such as SSSS, AASECT, Catalystcon, Sexual Health Expo, NYU, Alliant, USD, and CSULB. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Cosmopolitan for Latinas, 96.3FM Los Angeles, Playboy radio, and podcasts such as Sandra Daugherty’s “SexNerd Sandra”, Emily Morse’s “Sex with Emily,” and “The Bryan Callen Show.” Dr. Chaves is co-host for Penthouse magazine's “Sex Academy” instructional DVD's with Dr. Ava Cadell and has been invited to present sexuality lectures in China and Uganda in fall 2015. Dr. Hernando Chaves, MFT, DHS


Dr. Kate Loree, LMFT, ATR, MBA

Dr. Loree is a sex positive licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in kink, poly, swing/lifestyle, and sex worker communities. She has been practicing for over twelve years and is a speaker and educator. She has been featured in polyamory and BDSM Buzzfeed educational videos, has frequently been a guest on Playboy Radio and The Sex Nerd Sandra Podcast, and has written for Good Vibrations and Hollywood Magazine. Privately, she has been connected to polyamorous, swing and kink communities since 2003 and understands the hurdles, massive emotional growth, and amazing joy these worlds can provide. Her private practice resides in Encino, CA. For more information, please visit her on the web at


Orpheus Black - Southern California's Leather Master/slave titleholder - is also a published author and erotic educator, specializing in hierarchical dynamics, non-monogamous relationships, and extreme sexual encounters. This two-time Bawdy Story telling champion has been traveling the country teaching his fun and light-hearted educational events for more than a decade.

Lauren Brim is a sexual coach, UCLA alum and author of The New Rules of Sex, a revolutionary 21st-century approach to sexuality, relationships, and love. Lauren has worked in the general healing arts for over ten years as a teacher and practitioner across North America, Europe and Africa. She was studying to be a midwife in 2012 when her own reproductive challenges lead her to research and specialize in women's reproductive and sexual health instead of becoming a midwife. She is passionate about supporting sexual health through awareness, honesty and education, and works with clients across six continents on a variety of health challenges related to sexuality and relationships.

Dixie De La Tour, Sexual Folklorist, founded Bawdy Storytelling (the Original Sex + Storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars) almost 9 years ago as a way to encourage real connection in sex-positive communities. Bawdy is now a multi-city live storytelling event — here in LA, it's at Busby's East once a month — that welcomes true stories from any and all communities (LGBT, kink, polyamory, and more) because listening to just one person’s story can start you down the road to empathy and acceptance for our differences, all while acknowledging our similarities. Dixie has hosted, coached, and curated at Sexuality Conferences, Literary & Storytelling Festivals, the Bondage Awards, at Sex-positive and Kink-positive conferences all over the country, and she coaches every curated storyteller who steps onstage at Bawdy. She has been lauded as “a masterful emcee, and her show is everything that works for storytelling — she creates a warm, safe space in which stories can bloom with dark hilarity, salacious textures, and moments of deep connection” by Master Storyteller Mike Daisey. You can find Dixie - and Bawdy - on Twitter, Facebook, & at

Wry is a Non-Monogamy and Alt Relationship Consultant & Educator, co-host of Kinky Salon LA and The BFP, writer, blogger, youtuber. Wry hosts large quarterly discussion groups and has given lectures at the International Polyamory Conference at Berkeley, Stockroom, Pleasure Chest, DomCon, Wiznu Labs, Syrup Loft, and Emerald Terrace. He has appeared on Playboy-Vivid Radio, Night Calls, and Loving Without Boundaries. He is an active member of the BDSM community, performing on stages throughout Los Angeles.

Gabriella Cordova, Founder of SexPositive World, is a presenter, workshop leader, and sex and intimacy coach who came up with the idea of SexPositive World as a social organization. She launched the first group in September of 2009 with the aim of keeping alive the momentum from the erotic arts festival, ErosFest NW, which she also mastermined, SPW has now grown to over 4000 members in five countries, including seven chapters in the US. She currently helps run the LA and Portland chapters and organizes major events such as this one.

She is a contributing author to Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love, Compiled and Edited by Serena Anderlini and Lindsay Hagamen

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Copies of the authors books will be available for purchase with some of the proceeds going to SexPositive World. Get your copy signed!

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