Tristan On Tour



Email tristan at to book Tristan for: book readings, university and college lectures, keynote speeches, conference talks and panels, sex and relationship workshops, and other public appearances.

***More details below the calendar…***

Sex Educator Boot Camp Level 1 Online

Are you passionate about sex education and want to build a career in the field? Sex educator, author, college lecturer, filmmaker and radio host Tristan Taormino has written or edited more than thirty books, appeared on dozens of television shows, garnered national media coverage, and keynoted, lectured, and taught workshops to over a million people around the world. But she’s never shared her insight into creating a successful sex education career—until now. In this three hour course, Tristan will share the secrets of her success as one of the most sought-after sex educators in the world for over a decade. You’ll learn how to: explore options for education and certification; harness your unique perspective in the field and communicate it effectively; identify your individual goals and the audience(s) you want to reach; network with other sex education professionals and build awareness about your work; create dynamic presentations and develop your teaching style; think creatively about marketing and promotion. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask Tristan questions about your specific issues and concerns in an intimate environment. This course is ideal for people who: work in an ancillary field to sex education; are considering a career in sex education; are enrolled in or recently completed a sex education advanced degree program; or have worked as a professional sex educator for less than a year.

Sex Educator Boot Camp Level 2 Online
Have you begun your journey as a sex educator and are ready to get serious, streamline your business, and get paid for what you love doing? In this intermediate course, Tristan Taormino, one of the most well-known educators in the field, shares her experience, skills, and insight to help you create a vibrant, fulfilling career in sex education. You’ll learn how to: hone your mission and unique point of view; make your work accessible to diverse audiences and communities; develop and create business, branding, and marketing plans; use web-based tools and social media to connect with media professionals, other sex educators, and potential clients, employers and fans; garner media coverage in order to raise your public profile; embrace the value of your work and develop pricing structures and rates. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask Tristan questions about your specific issues and concerns in an intimate environment. This course is ideal for people who have: worked as a professional sex educator or in the sex education field for at least a year; and/or completed Sex Educator Boot Camp 1.

February 7, 2018, 7:00 pm
Valentine’s Day is for Multiple Lovers
There are so many examples of how monogamy is upheld as the norm and the goal for relationships, and it can feel especially heightened around a holiday like Valentine’s Day. Couples-centered, romanticized marketing and media can make many of us feel left out. In fact, the mythology around this holiday gets right to the heart of many of the challenges non-monogamous folks face, including stigma and a lack of support from those around us. Let’s challenge the ideals of mononormativity (society’s practices and institutions that privilege and value monogamy as fundamental and “natural”) and talk about how consensual non-monogamy helps us to grown and learn. We will explore practical ways to negotiate this holiday (and other big days) with multiple partners so everyone feels seen, acknowledged, and loved. A box of chocolates can be divine, but this year give a gift that keeps on giving: tools to redefine relationships!
Location: The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Admission: Free and open to all. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.

March 18, 2018, 4:00-6:30 pm
#MeToo in Sex Positive Communities: A Panel & Town Hall
facilitated by sex educator Tristan Taormino
As various industries grapple with revelations about sexual harassment and abuse, the dialogue around these issues has reached a fever pitch. Pleasure-focused communities are not immune from consent violations, sexual harassment, coercion, misconduct, abuse, and violence. It’s time for folks from sex-positive, sex educator, kink, queer, polyamory, swinger, and sex industry communities to come together and talk publicly about these important issues. The evening will include a panel of experts from diverse backgrounds followed by an open forum where anyone is encouraged to speak. Panelists TBA.
Location: The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Admission: Free and open to all. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.

April 4-7, 2018
Southern EXposure: Revealing Our Hidden Biases About Sexuality: SAR & Conference
April 4 & 5 is a Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring (SAR): Sex and the South? Breaking biases and the taboos around sex and sexuality, this unique SAR experience has been designed to push through cultural, religious, and Bible-belted influences on our sexuality. This SAR will be led by two knowledgeable sexuality professionals, Aleece Fosnight and Todd Malloy.

April 6-7 is The Southern EXposure conference will tackle questions patients and clients have regarding their sexual health and sexual practices. Many providers are uncomfortable discussing sex and sexuality with their patients. This conference will reveal what patients and clients are experiencing and break down our personal biases in order to better serve them. Guest speakers include WHO. Tristan will be giving the Keynote, “Sex Positivity and Social Justice in Healthcare” and presenting a breakout session, “What If My Client is Kinky? Gaining Cultural Competency in BDSM.”
Location: Mountain Area Health Education Center, Blue Ridge Room, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803-2868
Register here

April 19-22, 2018
International Ms. Leather and Ms. Bootblack (IMsLBB) Contest and Celebration
Join me for the largest annual gathering of leatherwomen, leatherqueers and the folks who love them! The event includes the annual contest, workshops, parties, entertainment, social events, shopping, brunch, a pool party, Bawdy Storytelling and Slam, and lots of play. It’s an amazing event with people from around the world, Come with friends or fly solo, either way you’ll enjoy lots of mixers and hospitality parties, the attendees are welcoming, and there’s plenty of hot hook up action. If you would feel more comfortable being there and having a job that helps you meet more people, consider volunteering. Create memories and friendships to last a lifetime. I return this year as Emcee for the Contest along with Alotta Boutte!
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110. You must book your hotel room through the IMSLBB website so you get the group rate and the group gets credit for the booking.
Register here.

August 21-22, 2018
2018 State of Michigan HIV & STD Conference
Grand Traverse Resort, Grand Traverse, MI

August 27, 2018, 7:30 pm
Anal Sex for Everyone Workshop
Welcome to the wonderful world of anal pleasure! In this funny, educational class, Tristan covers a wide variety of topics, including: myths about anal sex; anal anatomy, the G-spot, and the prostate; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more! Learn the facts about this exciting, yet often misunderstood, form of pleasure and get all your questions answered. All are welcome. Single tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Paired tickets are $35 in advance. Some reduced fee tickets are available for students and low income folks, priced at $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event.
Early To Bed, 5044 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, 773-271-1219

August 28, 2018, 8:00 pm
Designing Your Open Relationship Workshop
Are you considering an open relationship? Does your current open relationship need some tweaking? There are few established scripts or visible role models for open relationships, so people in them can struggle without support and guidance. In this interactive workshop, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, Tristan Taormino gives practical advice on how to craft responsible, fulfilling nonmonogamous relationships. Tristan will explore common myths, real-life benefits and challenges, and how to decide if an open relationship is right for you. She will share some of the most common styles of open relationships-from partnered nonmonogamy to solo polyamory-and discuss how to customize them to meet your individual needs and wants. Through creative exercises, you’ll learn to articulate what you want, identify and negotiate limits and boundaries, communicate with your partner(s) in productive ways, and create relationships that work for you.
The Pleasure Chest, 3436 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

September 6-8, 2018
Sex Down South
The idea of the Sex Down South Conference was brought into this world by Marla Renee Stewart and Tia Marie Mosley. After working together on several sexuality-related projects in the past, they decided that they wanted to reach a bigger audience and produce something better than they have ever done in the past. Sex Down South has become that. This conference is full of love, excitement, and endless possibilities. With a call out to possible crew members all around the nation, we now have a solid team that helps to produce the event every year. Their dedication, passion, and experience working in this field is the glue that holds this conference together each and every event that we hold. Over the course of the 3 days there will be workshops, education stations, healing spaces, and performances. We hope that you attend as many things that you feel drawn to as possible and that you have a good, sexy, and safe time. I am doing two presentations (see below for descriptions)
Hilton Atlanta Hotel, 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Making Open Relationships Work
Do open relationships really work? How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving, satisfying, and sustainable? Tristan Taormino, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, shares some of the key principles that can help your open relationships succeed. She’ll discuss common issues and problems and strategies to address and resolve them including new relationship energy, time management, jealousy, agreement violations, and how systems of oppression affect our relationships. Tristan will offer tips on communication, negotiation, and boundary setting, as well as how to cope with change. Learn how to get to the root of jealous feelings and transform them by embracing the concept of compersion. Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to the world beyond monogamy, come discover strategies to help you nurture and grow your open relationships.

Race and Desire
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Aida Manduley, M’kali-Hashiki, Kevin Patterson, moderated by me

What roles does race play in our desires, and why does it matter? How do we effectively decolonize our sexuality, and not just metaphorically? In this panel, we will explore how desirability and whiteness intertwine, as well as how to challenge this dynamic even when white people aren’t directly involved. We’ll discuss how people of color may divest from the trappings of whiteness in their relationships and how these dynamics shift in monogamous vs. non-monogamous contexts. Join us to learn how we navigate power dynamics,  bodily autonomy, and building chosen families under white supremacy and contemplate where “wokeness” and activism come into play.

September 20-23, 2018
4th Annual International [SSEX BBOX] Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil
[SSEX BBOX] is a social justice project that aims to put a spotlight on gender and sexuality, focusing on the LGBTQIA+ population/theme. Our actions include spreading instruments for awareness, reducing isolation, facilitating education, fostering community building, and questioning old beliefs regarding gender and sexuality.
This year’s conference explores monogamy, heterosexuality, whiteness, and cisgender identities.

November 3-10, 2018
Swingset Takes Over Desire
The fun folks at Life on the Swingset are hosting their seventh annual trip to the greatest place on Earth: Desire Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. It’s a complete takeover of the resort, and they put on a an inclusive and spectacularly geeky trip, bringing together nudists, polyamorous quads, triads, couples looking to explore, long time swingers, polyamorists, exhibitionists, BDSMers, and those just curious, whose sexuality run the gamut from straight, to bi, to queer, and pansexual. I am returning as the special guest this year, and I’ll be teaching workshops and socializing my brains out!
Location: Desire Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico
Registration: This event sells out every year, so reserve your spot today!

Can’t make it to a live appearance? Listen to my show Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino every Friday at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST. A new episode happens each week!

Listen: on The VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Join: We livetweet every week, so listen along with me on Friday! When I’m interviewing someone live, you can call us at 866-472-5788 or post questions on our Twitter feed @SexOutLoudRadio or on Facebook.