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Sunday, August 20 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Graphic Sex: Comics, New Media, and the Queering of Sex Education
Feeling good about our bodies, our identities, and our sexual desires should come naturally. Instead, many of us in the queer community still feel uncomfortable and without options when it comes to exploring and expressing who we are and what we like. Join comics writers and artists, YouTube creators, librarians, and a family practice physician to discover how sex-positive, fiction and nonfiction comics, videos, and zines can help promote healthy sex lives and teach all of us—from kids to adults—to be proud of who we are.

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Nola Thacker

Program Librarian, Westhampton Free Library
Nola Thacker is the author of young adults books, including titles in The Baby-Sitters Club, Laguna Beach, and Graveyard School series and the award-winning The Complete Petrosexual. A former editor for Scholastic Publications, she currently works as an program coordinator for W... Read More →

Speakers
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Valerie Acklin

Head of Reference Services, Bellmore Memorial Library
Valerie Acklin works as the Head of Reference Services at NY's Bellmore Memorial Library, where she curates the adult and teen graphic novel collections. She also heads up the Nassau County Library Association’s Pop Culture Committee. When not speaking at New York Comic Con, AL... Read More →
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Lindsay Amer

Lindsay Amer is the creator of Queer Kid Stuff, an LGBTQ+ educational web series for young children. She’s also Co-Artistic Director of Bluelaces Theater Company, producing educational and entertaining performances for people with developmental differences.
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Derek Ivie

Youth Services Coordinator, Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Derek Ivie is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System where he works with youth services librarians from across the county. For the American Library Association, Derek has served on YALSA's Quick Picks for Young Adult Reluctant Readers Committee a... Read More →
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K.B. Pols, M.D.

Karen B. Pols, MD, FAAFP is a faculty professor and family care physician at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY, where she teaches resident doctors how to use comics and pop culture media to bridge the social, generational, and cultural divides between patients and car... Read More →
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Saiya Miller

Author/Editor, Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book
Saiya Miller, graduate of The New School’s Eugene Lang College, is an artist and the co-author of Not My Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book. She works as an educator and activist, teaching art and music, as well as using comics and zines in workshops for teenager... Read More →


Sunday August 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room B