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Residence 11 Announces DESIRE - a New Summit on Sex and Relationships to be Held February 11th in Los Angeles

Tickets now available for the DESIRE Summit, February 11th in Los Angeles

Timed with Valentine’s Day, the must-attend event for singles and those in a relationship will foster open conversation around sex, intimacy, desire, and more.

We’re thrilled to bring the powerful conversations about some of the most personal aspects of modern relationships to the forefront at our upcoming Residence 11 DESIRE Summit.”
— Residence 11 Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kramer Bussel
LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, January 23, 2023 / -- Residence 11 announced today its first live event, the Residence 11 Desire Summit on Sex and Relationships, set to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023 in Los Angeles. The must-attend event, for both singles and those in a relationship, is timed with Valentine’s Day, and meant to foster open conversations and destigmatize often taboo topics around desire, intimacy, sex, age, relationships and more. Attendees will hear from subject matter experts across science, psychology, technology, and storytelling from the most influential sex-themed podcasts, TV shows, blogs, and best-selling books.

Ticket prices start at $35.00 and include access to all of the panels, author meet-and-greets, lunch, and a cocktail hour, in addition to a swag bag of books, sex toys, and more.

The Residence 11 Desire Summit is sponsored by sex toy companies FUN FACTORY and Blush, intimate audio platform BLOOM, romance novel publisher Avon Books, and yoga teacher training company Ganja Yoga. The Summit will also be available via livestream for a reduced online admission price.

Residence 11 ( is an online media brand and community that celebrates the future of sensuality, romance, intimacy, and loving in a new age of human communication.

“We’re thrilled to bring the powerful conversations about some of the most personal aspects of modern relationships to the forefront,” Residence 11 Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kramer Bussel said. “There’s no single path people take to finding sexual and romantic happiness, and we will highlight useful advice attendees can take home and apply to their own intimate lives.”

About the Speakers

Speakers at the Residence 11 Desire Summit include writer Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, author of The Sex Lives of African Women, polyamory expert Kevin Patterson, author of Love’s Not Color Blind, sex educator and dating expert Erin Tillman, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author and TikTok favorite Sierra Simone (Priest, American Queen), Mia Hopkins (author of Tanked, one of The New York Times’ best 2022 romances, romance novelist Suzanne Park (The Do Over, The Christmas Clash), and Taylor Hahn, author of swinging novel The Lifestyle, among others. Keynote speakers will be intimacy coach Zoë Kors, author of Radical Intimacy: Cultivate the Deeply Connected Relationships You Desire and Deserve, speaking on 6 Questions That Will Get You Instantly Connected to Anyone, and sex educator Dirty Lola, who appeared as a sexpert on Netflix’s The Principles of Pleasure and was featured in HBO docuseries Sex Diaries, speaking on The State of Modern Dating.

Panel topics will range from Erotic Rituals, Navigating Mismatched Desire, Managing Jealousy in Polyamory, Sex and Aging, Adding Kink to Your Relationship, and Writing the Modern Romance Novel to The Future Is Genderqueer, Keeping Long-Term Relationships Hot, Bringing Sex Toys to Casual Dating, 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Audio Erotica, and more.

Kristen Tribby, Head of Global Marketing for FUN FACTORY, added, “At FUN FACTORY, we know there’s more to using sex toys than just getting your hands on one. We believe that incorporating sex ed into your personal pleasure is the key to a more expansive life. We’re thrilled to join Residence 11 in a day of conversation and education with the shared goal of making inspiring, sex positive learning moments a part of our everyday lives.”

Jess Buie, Editorial Director of BLOOM, said, “Sponsoring the Desire Summit was such an easy decision for us to make, especially with how aligned our goals and values are with Residence 11. We’ve been on a mission for the last three years to give people the tools they need to figure out what really turns them on as well as a safe space to develop a pleasure practice perfectly tailored to their unique desires. We can’t wait to share the benefits of erotic audio with the attendees of this year’s Desire Summit!”

Julie Paulauski, Senior Publicity Manager for Avon Books, said, “Avon Books is thrilled to be a part of Residence 11’s inaugural Desire Summit! The books we publish at Avon are stories where love, in all its forms, always wins. And that message is mirrored within the inclusive, diverse, and accepting community Residence 11 is building not only with this conference, but with their efforts company-wide. We can’t wait to help bring a #HappilyEverAvon to every attendee!”

Companies interested in sponsoring the Summit can contact

About Residence 11: Residence 11 ( is a website and community that celebrates the future of sensuality, romance, intimacy, and loving in a new age of human communication. Edited by award-winning writer and anthology editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, Residence 11 shares the best erotica and romance and guides readers on advancements across art, sex toys, games, technology, and literature. With a community of over 200 contributors with a collective reach of 6 million, the community resides at the intersection of inclusion, diversity, and acceptance with sex positive awareness.

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