speaking & events

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Panel Speaker, Let's Talk About: Sex, hosted by PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement 

Auburn, AL • November 2020 

I spoke on a digital sex-ed panel hosted by PERIOD., a global youth-led organization providing education, advocacy, and menstrual products for humans in need. 

We spoke with representatives of an Auburn, AL rape crisis center and Auburn University students about the importance of consent in competent sex education. 

LDG Presents: An Intimate Conversation with Alexander "Beastly" Cheves 

San Francisco, CA • February 2020 

I spoke at the largest community discussion group for leather and kink-related issues in the United States about my work in queer media, the epidemic of substance abuse in the gay community, and my upcoming book. See more here

Guest Writer, "Savage Love" in The Stranger 

Seattle, WA • January 2019

As a guest on Dan Savage's widely popular sex and relationship advice column "Savage Love," I helped answer a reader-submitted question about finding porn in an era of internet censorship. Read it here

Guest Speaker, Panel Discussion: HIV/AIDS Healthcare Challenges at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

New York City, NY • March 2018 

I spoke with medical students on a panel that included long-term HIV/AIDS survivors, PrEP advocates, and other HIV/AIDS activists about the challenges and successes of modern HIV care and prevention. 

Judge, Los Angeles Puppy Pride

Los Angeles • November 11, 2017

I was a special guest judge at Los Angeles Puppy Pride, a leather and fetish pageant garnering contestants from across California. 

Winner, SCAD Student Club of the Year 

Savannah, GA • November 2015 

As club president, I led SCAD Queers and Allies, the LGBTQ+ student club, to raise the most funds for Relay for Life as part of a college-wide competition. This and other community service projects garnered the Student Club of the Year Award. 

Reader and award recipient, Artemis Awards 2014 

Savannah, Georgia •  May 2014 

My work was published many times in Artemis, the student literary journal of SCAD, and I was the recipient of multiple student writing awards. At the 2014 ceremony, I was the only recipient invited to read two selections — a poem and short story. 

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