Andrew Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant. He brings with him a unique combination of lived experience as a disabled man with Cerebral Palsy, as well as a professional expertise from building a brand aimed at bringing those experiences to the public conscience. He received his MA of Legal Studies from Carleton University looking at the law and disability.
Andrew’s written work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Everyday Feminism, among others. He has been invited to speak on topics such as traveling while disabled, being disabled in the healthcare system, disability in the arts and disability employment. Andrew also is the creator of the #disabledpeoplearehot viral media campaign and the popular Disability After Dark podcast.
EDSE founder Anne Hodder-Shipp, ACS, is a multi-certified sex and relationship educator dedicated to providing accurate, compassionate, and queer-inclusive sex education. Anne received her first certification and endorsement in 2015 by the renowned San Francisco Sex Information program and continued her training in 2015 via the American College of Sexologists International and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’s School Based Sex Education Program, where she honed a special skill for working with adolescents.
In addition to her private practice and public workshops, Anne leads treatment groups for clients recovering from substance use disorder, eating disorders, compulsive sexual behavior and other stigmatized illnesses.
Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, CADC-II
Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC, is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology specializing in Gender & Sexuality, with a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling.
Internationally, Beck has presented to conferences, treatment centers, schools, and institutions. Using his personal experience, humor and vulnerability, he connects to participants in a heartfelt way. Beck addresses concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and promotes improved mental health services, intentional spaces, as well as specific modalities that can assist in improving outcomes for a successful life.
Beck currently is the owner of BGC Bridge, a consulting company helping facilities shift their culture and become more knowledgeable about LGBTQ individuals. He is also a mentor and therapeutic consultant with the Romeyn Collective, helping young people and families navigate the treatment world.
Cameron Glover is a sex educator, writer, and host of the explosively informative and entertaining podcast, Sex Ed in Color. Cameron specializes in developing resources which help individuals embrace their personal power through exploring identity, social justice, and the sexual experience. Through insightful interviews and thought-provoking solo episodes, Sex Ed in Color navigates the complexities of sexuality, as uniquely experienced by POC.
Launched in October 2018, Sex Ed in Color is a biweekly podcast that centers conversation about sexuality, from the perspective of sexuality professionals of color. With in-depth interviews and personable solo episodes, Sex Ed in Color brings much-needed inclusion into sex education by centering marginalized folks and allowing them space to tell their own stories, rather than assuming what they are.
Damon Holzum, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker/clinical therapist, educator, California State-certified HIV counselor, speaker, and author. Damon provides insight, support, and empowerment for individuals interested in or actively exploring alternative sexual practices and relationships encompassing polyamory, open, nonmonogamy identities and more.
For more than a decade, Damon has provided insight and services through individual and couples counseling, speaking, and public education. Through individual sessions, workshops, and interactive classes specializing in the de-stigmatization of all things intimate, Damon has provided sex-positive, trauma-informed services to diverse populations and communities.
Dirty Lola is a sex edutainer, performer and self-proclaimed “dildo slinger.” She has spent the last six years working to end stigma, shame, and lack of accurate and accessible sex education available through her live sex ed Q&A and variety show, Sex Ed A Go Go, and her job as manager of the woman-run-and-owned sex shop, SHAG.
Lola began her journey into sex education by sharing her personal discoveries in the kink and polyamory worlds with the Internet. Now she uses that knowledge along with her warm, no-holds-barred approach to body and sex-positivity to teach the masses.
Lola has presented her brand of sex education and positivity at a variety of events and venues, including Catalyst Con, The Sex Expo, Southwest Love Fest, Baruch College, Hofstra University, UNF and UNM. She is currently taking her message to a wider audience as co-host of the web series Sex Probz for New York Magazine’s The Cut.
Certified sex educator, author, and body-acceptance and pleasure advocate Elle Chase, ACS, is certified by the prestigious San Fransisco Sex Information (SFSI) sex-educator training program, the American College of Sexologists International (ACS) and is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
Elle is considered a powerful thought leader and a key influencer in the sexual health community, most notably for her respected voice in the body acceptance movement. Chase has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Nightline, The New York Times, Elle, Redbook, Glamour, Playboy, The Daily Beast and Cosmopolitan to name a few. She is a regular speaker and presenter at colleges and universities and private organizations across the country, including UCLA, USC, Emerson College, UC Riverside, The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit and ASSECT.
Kristine Ives, MA, LMFT, is a passionate advocate for those who feel they do not have a voice, that they are not empowered to heal, or cannot envision a hopeful future. From her extensive experience working with issues related to trauma, relationship dissatisfaction, eating disorders, addiction, and mood disorders, Kristine has helped clients chart a course out of the maze of dysfunction and on to the path of authentic connection to self and others.
Kristine is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and in Colorado as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and is the founder and director of Mosaic Counseling, a private practice in Santa Monica. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, as well as her own transformative life experiences, Kristine believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most powerful context for change. Experiencing connection built on trust, openness rooted in authenticity, and vulnerability free from shame provides a rich and unique therapeutic process. Individuals who lean into this relationship foster deep and sustained trust in themselves, hope for the future, and a growing commitment to love and be loved.
Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B. Msc., CADC-II
Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B. Msc. – aka Nathaniel V. Dust – has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade, using the power of a person’s breath as a catalyst for positive changes in clients’ lives. Equipped with an arsenal of techniques – with a special focus on breathwork – Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. Nathaniel is the founder of Breathwork for Recovery, the first and only national organization comprised of certified mental health breathwork professionals with special training in healing trauma, recovery from substance use disorder, chemical dependency, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, and other mental health issues.
Nathaniel also is EDSE founder Anne Hodder-Shipp’s partner in life and marriage.
Tristan Taormino is an award-winning writer, sex educator, speaker, filmmaker, and radio host. She is the editor of 25 anthologies and author of eight books, including The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. She has directed and produced 24 sex educational and porn films. She lectures at top colleges and universities and has taught sex and relationship workshops around the world for nearly 20 years. She is the host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show on the VoiceAmerica Network. She is the creator of Sex Educator Boot Camp and runs a consulting business for sexuality professionals.
(Photo: Dean Capture for Sexual Health Magazine)