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Speakers

The Shameless Sexuality Conference is proud to welcome the following speakers to our 2022 schedule:

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Dr. Darrel Ray

Author

Dr. Ray is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Recovering from Religion. He has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as "The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture" and "Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality".

Dr. Ray has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in Psychology.

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Mandisa Thomas

Activist

Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Mandisa currently serves on the Boards for American Atheists and the American Humanist Association, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief, and the Secular Coalition for America. She is also an active speaker and has presented at conferences/conventions for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Secular Student Alliance, and many others.

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Rebecca Williams LMFT

Therapist

Rebecca is a skilled and compassionate therapist who also has a sense of humor. She says that one of her therapy superpowers is to help families and couples connect across the religious-secular divide. You can see her in action in this presentation to formerly religious people about how to maintain good relationships with their faithful family and friends.

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Janice Selbie

Counsellor

It is my honor to host the inaugural Shameless Sexuality Conference.

As a former pastor's wife and homeschool mother, I understand a thing or two about religious fundamentalism. When I divorced religion after nearly 4 decades and became a registered professional counsellor, I started to understand my own religious trauma and made it my mission to advocate for others who are recovering from religion. Accordingly, I developed both the Divorcing Religion Workshop and founded the Conference on Religious Trauma and Shameless Sexuality Conference.

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Laurie Mintz, Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Laurie Mintz is a feminist author, therapist, professor, and speaker whose life’s work has been committed to helping people live more authentic, meaningful, joyful—and sexually satisfying—lives through the art and science of psychology.

She is the author of  Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship.

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David Teachout

Licensed Therapist

David Teachout is a mental health therapist and photographer, focused on and teaching how creativity intersects with mental flexibility in working through the inevitable difficulties in life. David grew up as a Christian fundamentalist, attending a bible college and receiving a bachelor’s in theology and psychology. During his studies there, David deconverted and has been on a journey of more deeply appreciating the many nuances of humanity ever since. David has a master’s in both forensic psychology and counseling psychology, and is currently at work on a doctorate in clinical psychology. 

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Alice Grezcyn

Author

Alice Greczyn is an actress, writer, and the founder of Dare to Doubt. Midwest-raised and L.A.-based, the Eurasian performer is best known for her role as Mads Rybak on Freeform’s The Lying Game, and occasionally someone recognizes her from the Twitch-streamed all-girls Dungeons & Dragons group Girls, Guts, Glory. Alice is fascinated by the subjective experience of life which she explores through acting and storytelling. Her own story includes a painful but rewarding transition out of evangelical Christianity, a journey that inspired her to found DaretoDoubt.org, a resource site for people detaching from belief systems they come to find harmful. Encouraging people to trust themselves and live courageously in their own truth is what gives Alice a sense of purpose. She loves hiking, traveling, and pondering answerless questions.

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Yolanda Pizzaro Arroyo

Author

Yolanda Pizarro Arroyo (b.1970) was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and is an award-winning Afro lesbian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and feminist activist. She explores racial, gender issues, and sexual identity in her combative, non-conformist, erotic creative works. She is the Director of the Department of Afro-Puerto Rican Studies, Cátedra de Mujeres Negras Ancestrales, a performative project of Creative Writing based in San Juan. Her book Las Negras won the PEN Club Puerto Rico National Short Story Award in 2013. She also received PEN Club Puerto Rico National Short Story Award 2021 and Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña National Creative Award 2021 for her book Calle de la Resistencia. She has been translated into German, French, Italian, English, Portuguese, and Hungarian. Mûlatresse was translated by Layla Benitez-James and Lawrence Schimel. Also Mûlatresse is part of the forthcoming afrofuturistic book Afroalgoritmos in 2022.

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    Dr. Steven Davidson

    Licensed Sex Therapist

    Dr. Steven Davidson is a clinical sexologist and certified sex therapist. He is the author of Sexual Integrity: Finding the Courage to be Yourself which defines the path to true emotional intimacy and sexual fulfillment. As a specialist in sexology, Dr. Steven Davidson is trained and experienced in treating sexual problems. He understands the complexities of human sexuality and the broad spectrum of sexual behaviors and desires.

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    Marie LePage

    Coach

    Marie was raised as an evangelical Christian before leaving religion. Marie was the co-host of the podcast Everyone's Agnostic from November 2018 until it ended in October 2019. Marie then started their own podcast called Everyone's Autonomous which was discontinued in August 2021 and merged into "Marie, Myself, & I". They continue to guest appear on other platforms, speaking about their activism with toxic dogma, the deconstruction of monogamy, secular spirituality, and all things intrapersonally deconstructive.

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    Anthony Venn-Brown  OAM

    Author

    People often say I don’t understand gay pride. I say that’s because you’ve never experienced gay shame. The awakening of sexuality for the heterosexual young person is often a time of exploration and discovery. For the young gay person, awareness of their orientation brings with it fear. Fear of what others will think. Fear of how they will react. Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I go to hell? Within the Christian world, those fears are compounded with shame. You’ve heard nothing positive about being gay or gay people. Perverted, evil, sick, destroyers of all that is good in the world, abominations. And so the secret internal struggle between “good” and “evil” begins, building an identity of self-hatred and self-loathing. Before the truth can set you free you need to understand the lie that kept you enslaved.

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    Sara Moslener

    Author

    Sara Moslener is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Anthropology, and Religion at Central Michigan University where she teaches courses on the history of religious and racial discrimination in the United States. She has been studying evangelical purity culture for over 15 years and has numerous publications including the book Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and
    American Adolescence (Oxford University Press: 2015) which demonstrates how sexual purity
    campaigns and rhetoric have been used by white Protestants since the 19th century to obtain greater political power and cultural influence.
    Her current book project After Purity: How White Christian Nationalism Exploits Race,Sex,and Religion is supported by the Louisville Institute and the Luce Project on Religion and
    Sexual Abuse. She and her work have been featured in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Sojourners Magazine, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, Religion & Politics, Religion News Service, and The Baffler. She has appeared on numerous podcasts and is a regular contributor to the podcast Straight White American Jesus.

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      Erica Smith

      Sex Educator

      Erica Smith is an experienced, award-winning and nationally recognized sexuality educator who provides public and private sexuality education, consulting, training, and speaking. She is frequently sought out as an expert on various sexuality topics by major media platforms and publications.

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      Amal Alhuwayshil 

      Speaker

      Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Amal Alhuwayshil moved to Canada in 2013, 24 years old and fully covered from head to toes. This woman's courageous journey of overcoming a series of events; from societal and political oppression, being in a fixed marriage at the age of 18, to filing for divorce and moving to Canada, to re-writing her story, leveraging the pain from the past, to finding her passion in advocacy and policy development. Today, as the CEO & Founder of I'm All Courage, she uniquely combines storytelling, the teachings of neuroscience, her business expertise, and her 650+ hours of trauma-informed somatic coaching training into her transformative programs and keynotes.

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      Charone Pagett

      Activist

      Charone Pagett (Her/She) likes to think that she was born a feminist. She attended Agnes Scott College, where she studied political science and women’s studies.  North Carolina is where she was born - but it was Atlanta, Georgia that birthed a political revolutionary.

      As a visually impaired, poor, fat, feminist, queer, Leather-FemDom, Charone began teaching and speaking at conferences on a variety of topics. When speaking on disability, BDSM, feminism or atheism, she integrates the concepts of human rights and intersectionality.

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