Exploring Sex and Disability provides an experiential play space for people with functional diversity and their friends, allies and supporters to learn about and explore different aspects and variations of sexuality. This is one day event happening at East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 on Sunday, 12th November. It includes a program of talks, performances, films and experiential workshops. This is the first time that an event such as this has taken place in Australia. It brings together artists, disability activists and sex educators around this topic.
Our intention is to provide a consensual, safe, informed and inclusive space, which allows people with functional diversity to explore and learn about sexuality.
Event Director: Peter Banki, Ph.D
Curatorial Advisor: Oliver Morton-Evans
The 2018 program will be announced soon. Check out the 2017 program here.
Workshop Program (2017)
1. WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR? The event is for people who experience disabilities, their friends, allies and carers. It is open to people with all kinds of disabilities, including intellectual and physical disabilities, neuro-diversity, functional-diversity and psycho-social disabilities.
2. IS THIS SPECIFICALLY A HETEROSEXUAL EVENT? No, this event is open to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Heterosexual people are welcome to attend as are people who are not heterosexual.
3. WILL THERE BE NUDITY? No, for this introductory event all activity will be clothes on.
4. WHAT IF I NEED A SUPPORT WORKER OR FRIEND TO HELP ME TO ATTEND? You are welcome to bring a support person or a friend with you, if you need. Please let us know when you book. Friends or support workers will also need to buy a ticket to pay for lunch.
5. HOW WILL PEOPLE BE PAIRED FOR ACTIVITIES? If you have come with a partner, you can engage exclusively with them. Otherwise everyone will be paired at random with different people during activities and get to chat to different people during discussions.
6. WHAT IF I DO NOT WISH TO TAKE PART IN A GIVEN ACTIVITY? There is no obligation for anyone to do anything. You participate at what ever level feels right for you. There are no expectations.
7. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Please bring a water bottle if you need. Lunch will be provided.
8. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Loose fitting comfortable clothes are appropriate for most activites. If you wish to wear something more sexy later on in the day, you are invited to bring a change of clothes.
9. WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO ALLOW ME TO ATTEND? Please let us know as soon as possible and we will endeavour to cater for them.
10. WHO IS CATERING FOR THE EVENT AND WHAT FOOD WILL BE SERVED? The event will be catered by Decadent Catering. The menu will be announced shortly.
OUR POLICY ON SAFETY AND CONSENT
It is our intention to create a space that is as safe as possible and where all activity is consensual. During the day we will be doing exercises which teach people to express their wishes and boundaries in a clear way. There will also be exercises which will help people to learn to read "body consent", which supports verbal communication. There will also be trained staff on hand who have experience with working with people with disabilities and who will intervene if any behaviour risks to be non-consensual or unsafe.
Program for 12 November 2017
9:30-10:00am - Introduction and Acknowledgement of Country
11:00-11:30 - Objects for Sex Play
12pm-1pm - Sexy Disability with Donald Turton
1pm-2:00pm - Catered Vegetarian Lunch (included)
3pm-4pm - Screening of documentary "Yes, We Fuck"
6:30-7pm - Closing Sharing and Discussion