Panelists

Torsionist

Torsionist is an Indigenous Two-Spirit Daddy sadist that lives, works and plays on the unceded Coast Salish Territories (aka Vancouver, BC).

They have been part of queer, kinky community for the last decade, and in 2015 co-created Swallow Your Pride, Vancouver’s annual Queer Pride BDSM & Kink party.

Torsionist likes to explore edges, intensity and power, while holding an anti-oppressive framework in their BDSM. Through teaching, conversation and by example, they strive to create inclusive, accessible and sexy spaces for connected and engaged play.

Yosenio

Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator, out poly and kinky person and a spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference.  He is also on the Community Advisory Board of the Transgender Resilience Study (sponsored by San Francisco State University/Emory University/Columbia University).

Yoseñio is a Trans Patient Educator at Stanford University. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University. He is also a member of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. Yoseñio is also a Certified Restorative Justice Practitioner and has completed the Introduction to the Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

For several years he served on the National Advisory Board for the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference (Open, Polyamorous, Ethically Non-Monogamous), as well as a panellist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference, the Good Vibrations Sex Summit and the Catalyst Conferences East and West. Yoseñio was featured as one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list.

Keeping to his mantra that “There can be no art without activism and no activism without art” Yoseñio is the founder of Written In The Flesh Erotic Readings (an on-stage opportunity for the lifting up of People of Color voices in Erotica and Sexual Liberation), co-founder of the TransAms Barbershop Quartet and co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Key Volunteer for the TrannyFest TransGenre Film Festival, the first Trans film festival in the U.S. All of these artistic entities are devoted to increasing the visibility of the Trans and People of Color communities as well as to address the significant concerns of those communities.

Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, including “Diagnosing Difference,” a full-length documentary about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on the lives and communities of those on the gender spectrum. Other documentaries include Christopher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood;” the television channel A&E’s “Transgender Revolution;” “The Believers,” a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and “Transforming Healthcare,” a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare.  In early 2016 he was featured in a Stop AIDS Project/Outshine NW Public Service Announcement regarding safer sex practices/self-esteem practices for FTMs who have sex with other men.

Victor

Intersectional mixed-race feminist. Queer relationship anarchist. Educator. Volunteer. MVK director-at-large. Vancouver Consent Crew Facilitator. Podcast host for Intimate Interactions. MVK Accountability Subcommittee member and accountability blogger.

!Kona

!Kona identifies as a Black, Femme, Leatherdyke, Artist and highly engaged citizen currently existing on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She considers herself part of a stolen people on stolen land. Masquerading as a lower mainland cultural bureaucrat by day, she has a history of compulsively organizing and educating around lives of Queers, BDSM practitioners, and Black folks.

Through her production company, NubianImpProjects she: hosted the only queer bathhouse night in western Canada for almost a decade; created and held space for the D/s Discussion Salon series later replicated in Seattle; and produced the weekend long D/s Intensive series which featured an internationally recognized community educator at each of the full weekends (appreciation to Mollena, Lee Harrington, Skip Chasey & Rick) For many years she also co-disorganized the Bride of Pride Queer play parties and the 2009 Canadian Mayhem conference. She is also the co-creator of the interactive QueeriodicTable art project & experiential installation experienced in both the Canada and the States.

!Kona is known for community development; consulting on organizational culture shift, agitating & advocating in online social spaces; and sometimes acting professionally for film & TV. She also writes words mostly experienced from the stages of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, The Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, Word Vancouver, Verses Festival of Words, The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Pecha Kucha: Vol 25, Heels on Wheels – Vancouver, The Litany Queer Reading Series, and been featured at the VanSlam Spoken Word Series.