Lauren Marie Fleming, a.k.a. Queerie Bradshaw
A writer, speaker, instructor and sexpert with a law degree, Lauren Marie Fleming (also known as Queerie Bradshaw to most of the Internet) loves to put both sides of her brain to use. Along with running websites of her own, Lauren consults with bloggers, artists, writers and other right-brain types to help turn their creative ideas into functioning, practical, sustainable products, services or events. Lauren also teaches classes on writing, creating and building an online brand and sexual education both in person and on her website CreativitySquared.com.
Lauren particularly loves helping women, queers, people of color and other members of minority groups find, and most importantly amplify, their voice online and discover ways to make a profit by doing what they love. To help people own their value as a writer, she started the Big Deal Campaign (#BigDeal) at BlogHer 2012, which encourages bloggers to put aside site and follower statistics and see all bloggers as important voices that deserve to be heard.
As a long-time blogger (and BlogHer attendee), Lauren is also Editor-in-chief of QueerieBradshaw.com, a site for frisky feminists and politiqueers. Started as a blog for Curve Magazine and now run as an independent site, Queerie Bradshaw promotes sex-positive feminism, healthy body images, racial equality and queer rhetoric through honest, hilarious and (hopefully) insightful personal stories from Lauren and other contributing writers. The site also offers an array of information about sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity and provides other bloggers with a forum to talk about subjects that may be too risqué for their own blogs.
Lauren also occasionally blogs about travel at SinfulMisadventures.com.
Lauren's favorite part about speaking and attending conference is meeting new people, so she encourages everyone to approach her at any time before, during or after the conference to say hello, especially nervous newbies.