Dr. Jaime M. Grant, Ph.D.
Dr. Jaime M. Grant, author of Great Sex: Mapping Your Desire, is a sex coach, researcher and writer who has been active in LGBT, women’s and racial justice movements since the late 80s. Having survived sexist violence and anti-lesbian disownment as a youth, Dr. Grant became a go-to resource on sex and sexuality among her peers and colleagues as a matter of survival. Decades of conversation about sex and extensive research in gender and sexuality led her to create the Desire Mapping tool, which she has offered on campuses throughout the US (Kalamazoo College, University of Pennsylvania, Grand Valley State University, and University of Wisconsin Madison) and at conferences across the globe (The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conferences in Denver, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Dallas and Detroit; The Family Equality Council’s Family Week Conference in Provincetown, MA; Poly Pride Celebration, New York NY; Rainbow Families Annual Conference in Silver Spring, MD; Gender DynamiX’s Annual Conference in Capetown South Africa; and the 3rd National Chinese LGBT Conference in Beijing).
Along the path to developing Desire Mapping, Grant spearheaded a number of transformational projects including founding the lesbian network of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and offering the network’s first groups for lesbian survivors of sexual abuse (1987); founding a women’s addiction recovery group in Washington, DC (1992-1997); co-creating the Kitchen Table Women of Color Press Transition Coalition to preserve its ground-breaking legacy (1995-98); co-creating the Women and Organizing Documentation Project with the Center for Third World Organizing (1997-99); serving on the board of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition (1997-1999); establishing a pilot program for global mental health advocates for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) (2000); centering feminist and pro-sex perspectives at the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Program (2004-2007); and serving as principal investigator for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s ground-breaking reports on aging, Outing Age 2010 and transgender discrimination, Injustice at Every Turn (2011). In 2013, she launched the Kalamazoo College Global Prize competition, a biennial $25,000 award for cutting-edge social justice activism.
Grant’s academic research has appeared in The Reader’s Companion to US Women’s History, Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller and Barbara Smith, editors.; in SIGNS, the Journal of Culture and Society; and the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. Her autobiographical theorizing/writing has appeared in popular anthologies including Leslea Newman’s The Femme Mystique, the National Association for Research on Mothering’s Journal, and Rachel Epstein’s collection on parenting, Who’s Your Daddy? In the 90s, she was a contributor to Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, writing on racism and sex. More recently, her articles on race, gender and sexuality have appeared in The Huffington Post. Her most recent HuffPo editorial on white anti-racist activism, “18 New Year’s Resolutions to Fight Racism,” appeared in January 2015.
A feminist, sex activist and a clean and sober mother of two, Jaime lives and practices in Washington, DC.
Damon Davis, Artist
Damon Davis is an interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a BA in Communication Technology from St. Louis University with an emphasis on Visual Communication. His vast scope of work traverses illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art; he is both the producer and vocalist of experimental hip hop outfit Scripts N Screwz; co-founder of art collective Civil Ape; and founder of the independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched.
With the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Davis created his best known work, All Hands on Deck, portraits of those who have shaped and upheld the movement. His illustrations and All Hands On Deck have appeared in NBC News, The Huffington Post, New York Observer, The San Francisco Globe, Mic, Art Net, and more.
Davis is a recipient of The Riverfront Times Master Mind Award (2013), an Emmy Award Mid America for Best Short Form Program with A Story to Tell (2013), St. Louis Soup Across the Delmar Divide Award (2013), and Best Hip Hop Producer SLUMfest Award (2014). He is also a Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Fellow (2012) and named to Alive Magazine’s Buzz List (2013).
He is currently working on a documentary about the Ferguson Uprising.
Amelie Zurn, MSW
Amelie Zurn is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy & workshops to clients and communities in the Washington Metro Area. Client empowerment and wellness oriented, she serves individuals, couples, families and groups via short term and long term psychodynamic counseling. She assists people to heal from addiction, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, and find paths to wellness, sexuality, transitions, parenting, gender affirmation and positive relationships in their daily lives.
For the past 7 years, she has been part of a “Mapping Your Desire” team, traveling worldwide so that people can explore & embody their desires, sex lives, and relationships.