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Hidden Social: Where Sexual Variants Gather Online

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This core conversation will address the ways in which those who have sexual interests outside the mainstream form and find community as well as a safe place to gather on the internet. How groups are formed, where and how they can be found, along with examples and excepts of interactions from various groups will be shared. Different types of sexual communities and social media resources will be addressed. Ways to stay safe while participating in these social communities will be presented and discussed. Audience members will be invited to share their knowledge and experiences with sexually marginalized communities as well.



Cunning Minx is the sultry-voiced producer and host of the Polyamory Weekly podcast, now with over 300 episodes in production. The podcast shares tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view. A kinky boobiesexual, Minx founded the show as a resource for the poly and poly-curious to form a community, share experiences and help guide each other on their journeys of poly and kinky exploration.

Minx has spoken on poly, kinky and Web 2.0 community-building topics at OpenSF, CatalystCon, ShibariCon, Geek Girl Con, MomentumCon, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Sex 2.0, Leather Leadership Conference, Dragon*Con, GD2, Heartland Polyamory Conference, New York Poly Pride and Poly Living. The Poly Weekly podcast is the winner of the 2007 Erotic Award for Best Podcast and has received accolades from ErosZine, Fleshbot and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Herb Coleman Dir, Instructional Computing & Technology/Adj. Prof of Psych Austin Community College

Dr. Herb Coleman is an adjunct professor of psychology and the Director of Instructional Computing and Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.  A doctoral grad of the University of Texas College of Education Instructional Technology program, he is both a sex educator and a technologist.  

He has taught psychology at Austin Community College for 20 years including 10 years of teaching human sexuality.   In his role as Director of Instructional Computing and Technology he assist faculty in obtaining, learning and using technology to enhance instruction.  He has trained faculty in using technology such as Skype, Twitter, Wiggio, pocket cams, YouTube, computer classroom control software and iPads in instruction.  He also frequently leads discussions on copyright and computer ethics. He is a member of the Consortium College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) and the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA).

As a faculty member, Dr. Coleman uses technology from clickers and podcasts to N-Computing and social networking in his classrooms.   With his students he frequently addresses issues involving teens, the internet and sexual development. His research at the University of Texas centered on gender role personality traits and computer use.  He is an affiliate member of the APA, and prior member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and current member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT); and prior SXSW Presenter. Fascinated with technology, teaching and gender Dr. Coleman never grows tired of exploring these topics separately and where they intersect.