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AMaP 2017 Presenters

Accessible Multi-linking and Polyamory Virtual Con is pleased to announce our 2017 presenters

As previously announced, our keynote speaker will be Rhizome Syndrigast Coelacanth Flourishing today we are sharing the rest of our presenter line up. We’re really looking forward to hearing what all these folks have to say!

Nikolas Lane Gilliam

In occupied Wintu territory lives a Manjoun–a holy madman– and mystic working to re-learn and resuscitate the spiritual path of their pan-Mediteranean ancestors. As a settler-by-birth, they try to walk lightly on Wintu territory, and support the Wintu in their own attempts to reclaim the culture, traditions, and land stolen from them. As an indigenous mystic who is too transgressive for many in their home culture, they have spent a lifetime forging their own path.

In the mundane world, Nikolas is a social scientist and counselor. They are part of a polycule with two committed life partners.


Jess Mahler

As a child, Jess was taken from her family and turned into a marionette. Bluff, stubbornness, and Valdemar enabled her to survive long enough to eventually cut her strings and, like Pinocchio, set out into the world to discover what it meant to be human.

She discovered her family, polyamory, and eventually herself. Part of discovering herself was discovering that she had within her the wellsprings of fantasy that had once helped her survive. So she started writing. And soon her life filled with fae, werewolves, and TVtropes.

In the middle of inventing parallel worlds and fantastical beasts, she lost her family again, joined a polyam quad, watched it disintegrate around her ears, spent some time networking, fell in love with and subdued a disabled demon, partly raised four children, and wrote a surprisingly popular essay on the value of gold toe-socks in polyam relationships.

That essay was the springboard to start writing about polyamory regularly, and she turned her 10+ years of polyam relationships into fuel for a blog about pregnancy, mental illness, legal stuff, and other practicalities of polyamory.

Today she spends time frying sufganiyot to keep her demon appeased. She writes fantasy stories and polyam advice while the dough is rising.


Michon Neal

Michon is bigger on the inside: Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in to fuck things up further), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual, demisexual/asexual, an organic multilinker, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, integrated feminist, relationship fluid (an invention of Louisa’s), disabled, single parent, in poverty, sadistic kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic, intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual.

Hir disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, cPTSD, dysautonomia, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression.

Ze’s had several major surgeries, survived rape, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. Ze raises hir children with hir sister. Ze is also a not-quite widow, twice over.

Ze majored in areas as diverse as Drama, Instrumental Music, Choir, Dance, Aviation Maintenance, Teaching and Technology, Brain and Mind Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Objectivism.

Ze created Intersectional Non-Monogamy and integrated feminism, coined terms like noetisexual and cuilmates, and invented a new integrated intersectional genre called cuil fiction. Ze is also Public Speaker and Accountability Counselor at PMW, Sensitivity Editor/CEO at Cuil Press.


Bianca Palmisano

Bianca Palmisano is a sex educator and medical consultant serving the DC community since 2012. As the owner of Intimate Health Consulting, she specializes in training healthcare providers around issues of sexual health, as well as LGBT, sex worker, and sexual assault survivor competency. She also serves as the Community Outreach Chair for the Metro DC PFLAG Board of Directors.

Palmisano spent two years as a case manager working with the homeless population of DC at Friendship Place, where she also chaired the LGBT advocacy working group and hosted multiple staff trainings. She has also served as a facilitator for the classroom education program The Rainbow Speakers Bureau, and as chair of the Transgender Advocacy Project for American University. She is a Planned Parenthood certified sex educator and two-time presenter for the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. Palmisano is the primary author of “Safer Sex for Trans Bodies,” an outreach and education guide for the trans community sponsored by Whitman Walker Health and the Human Rights Campaign. She has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and University of Chicago.


Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He’s been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. At some point, Kevin and his wife, Antoinette, took the limits off of their dating and began practicing very similar to Relationship Anarchy.

In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is a platform for the diversity of our relationship structures and the people within them to shine through.


Ignacio Rivera

Ignacio Rivera M.A. is a trans two-spirit activist, writer, sex(uality) educator, filmmaker, performance artist and mother. Ignacio has over 20 years experience on multiple fronts including economic justice, anti-racist, sexual liberation and anti-violence, as well as mujerista/feminist and LGBTQI movements. Ignacio is the founder of Poly Patao Productions, sporadically blogs about gender, race and sex on “What They Said Blog” and is one of the founding board members of Queers for Economic Justice. Ignacio is a 2016 Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. JBC is a movement building platform, initiating, cultivating and funding strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse.


Christopher N. Smith

Christopher N. Smith is relationship researcher focused on consensual non-monogamous relationship trends in current and historical contexts. His prior education includes doctoral studies in Sociology; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion and Society; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology form Howard University.

Mr. Smith has extensive experience within the education, human services and criminal justice sectors. Currently he is a Management Analyst for the District of Columbia & serves in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is an educator, community builder, father, relationship advocate and passionate about increasing awareness of and support for non-monogamous relationships structures in the United States.


Shalyse “Shorty” Wright-Bethea

Shorty is professionally a professional organizer and time management consultant who devotes her expertise to helping people develop feasible methods to achieve their goals. She has believed in and practiced non-monogamy, namely polyamory, since her teen years. Using that experience she has sought to help people identify and work on their transitions to polyamory. She has also be a practitioner of the BDSM lifestyle for 5 years and active in local communities for the past few years.

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