Cris Sardina, Keynote
Cris Sardina is the director of Desiree Alliance, a national sex worker rights organization. She has worked street-based & survival sex work for nearly 5+ decades. She holds Bachelor degrees in Women's Studies & U.S. History & a Masters degree in Social Justice. She has 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great granddaughter.
Monica Jones, panelist
Monica Jones is the founder and CEO of The Outlaw Project, an organization based on the principles of intersectionality to prioritize the leadership of people of color, transgender women, gender non-binary people and migrants for sex worker rights. Monica is the recipient of the SPARK! Authentic Life Award in 2015, was honored as one of the Trans 100 .
Yoteotl Gómez, panelist
Yolteotl Gómez is a first generation queer Xicanx trans non-binary activist and writer. From the US-Mexico border, their work grew out of personal experiences with racism and violence. Yoltzin holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University and is a PhD student n Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. They've won numerous awards including Flying Ketchup’s Hybrid Manuscript Award for their unpublished book, We’ve Always Been Weeping and Searching for the Dead.
Kristen Lovell, filmmaker
Kristen Lovell has been advocating in the trans community for over 20 years. As an actress, she appeared in Random Acts of Flyness, and she was co-producer of the award-winning feature The Garden Left Behind. The Stroll is her directorial debut.
Stripper sex worker small business owner founder of artist revolt, Onyx Black has been working at activism and advocacy since the early 2000s, from non-ptofits to BLM, to immigration, education and the environment. Artist revolt was founded in 2017 in response to the Trump administration. Currently artist revolt works on labor laws, and in particular a B5 working on having a more cohesive solution for marginalized strippers and sex workers here in California. Artist revolt is also working on campaigns of mutual aid, and also different events around other marginalized causes.
Onyx Black, performer/presentor
Danny Gold, reader
Holistic Companion, transmasc FSSW, Spiritual Coach, specializing in psychedelic medicine healing and addressing trauma through kink and sexuality.
Dharmakrishna Mirza is an artist, scholar, health policy advocate/researcher, cultural health educator, harm reductionist and a Distinguished Graduate Fellow at OSU pursuing a PhD in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Public Health . Dharma also serves as a tri-chair for Oregon Health Authority's Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council, and an appointee to the newly formed OR Dept. Of Education's Recovery School's Advisory Council.
Dharma Mirza, panelist
Monica Beverly Hillz, perfomer
Monica DeJesus Anaya (MONICA BEVERLY HILLZ) is a trans activist, reality television star, and entertainment personality. Monica has a feminine, sensual and fiery spirit and has been featured on MTV’s “True Life,” AME TV’s “Limo Bob,” and in Miley Cyrus’ 2015 MTV Video Music Awards performance. She is best known as the first contestant to bravely share during the taping of Season 5 of VHI’s RuPaul’s Drag Race that she identifies as a transgender woman. Monica has became a spokesperson for the inclusion of trans women in the drag scene and the realities of what trans women of color experience in survival mode. Monica is personally committed to supporting queer and transgender youth, working with survivors of sexual exploitation and homelessness, and LGBTQ community empowerment projects.
Molly B. Simmons is a sex worker, writer, and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She's currently the literary editor of Petit Mort Magazine, and the co-founder of Working Girls Press.
Molly B. Simmons
R. Rose Reza, panelist
R. Rose Reza (she/they/ella/elle/هي/هم) is a first-generation queer transsexual Latine/Arab femme archivist, grant writer, and historian. Rose holds two History M.A.s and is a current MLIS ( with one history publication to her name (“Producing Yeni Dünya for an Ottoman Readership: The travels of Ilyas bin Hanna Al-Mawsuli in Colonial Latin America, 1675-1683”) featured in Classen, Albrecht (ed.), East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Transcultural Experiences in the Premodern World. (Series: Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 14, 699-714. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013). Rose centers antiracist and decolonial praxes in their work, with foci on sex work decriminalization, abolition of the carceral state, reproductive justice, media literacy, and trans liberation.
Dr Ivana Radačić is a human rights academic and activist, with a wealth of experience in sex work research. She is based in Croatia, and is currently a Fulbright visiting fellow at the University of Arizona, where she is doing research and teaching on spiritual activism and human
rights; human rights defenders, trauma and self care. Ivana has completed a four-year training on body-oriented psycho-therapy, various tantra, consciouss dance and shamanic workshops, and she is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She has been leading Kundalini yoga classes, women's circles, and workshops, exploring in particular feminine archetypes.