May 232014
 

Andrea Zanion

Days in service! Nights in bondage! A never-ending stream of erotic titillation! It all sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? Well, the reality of 24/7 doesn’t look much like the fantasy… but for those who deeply desire it, 24/7 D/s can be one of the most intimate and rewarding forms of relationship. This workshop covers the basics: figuring out your motivations and values, the mechanics of 24/7 dynamics, communication methods and protocols, typical challenge points, and ways to explore and grow within your dynamic. Expect to go home with plenty of questions to think about later! Appropriate for people considering 24/7 as well as those already in 24/7 relationships.

Where: Purple Passion* – 211 W 20th St, New York, NY (new location!)

When: Friday, May 30, 2014; 7:00-9:00PM (new time!)

Cost: $5/LSM members, $10/Non members

* Note: the meeting room is reached by a flight of stairs, and is  not wheelchair accessible. As a special bonus, all attendees will get a 10% discount (better than tax free!) at Purple Passion both before and after the demo.
ABOUT ANDREA ZANIN

Andrea Zanin, a.k.a. Sex Geek, has been teaching about queer sexuality, non-monogamy and BDSM/leather internationally for over a decade, and she endeavours to bring an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. She writes a monthly sex column called “Ask the Sex Geek” for In Magazine and blogs at http://sexgeek.wordpress.com. Her erotic short stories and essays on sex and SM have been published in numerous anthologies. Andrea co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest, runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society and judges the occasional leather contest. She lives in Toronto and enjoys cultivating M/s relationships with exceptionally high-quality individuals, eating fine dark chocolate and wearing really nice shoes.

Feb 092014
 

Frances ReedSince rule-making can act as a distraction from honest conversation, an over-reliance on it can do a huge disservice to poly* relationships when mistakes are made and emotions are high. In addition to analyzing common rules, we will cover hierarchical/non-hierarchical poly, veto power, and safer-sex agreements. This workshop is open to all but caters best to poly* people who are interested in or curious about ways to structure poly. This workshop explores ways in which poly* relationships can be ill-served by rule making but does not assert that rules are always bad or wrong and celebrates the ways in which rules work for many couples.

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. (7th/8th Ave)
When: Friday, February 21, 2014; 8:00-10:00PM
Cost: $5/LSM members, $10/Non members

ABOUT FRANCES REED
Frances Reed is what do you get when you cross workshop facilitator with massage therapist, communication-fetishist, and kinky queer. Frances teaches people every day how to tune into their bodies for improved quality of life. Frances asserts that the body has so much to teach us about how to know ourselves better, have better sex, carry out safer play, experience more ecstatic orgasms, have smoother relationship communication, and much more! Frances is a lively, engaging presenter with a style guaranteed to get people talking. Frances is also a kinky-as-fuck, high-sex-drive baring, wildly polyamorous, genderfluid queer. Frances owns Freed Bodyworks, a holistic practice catering specifically to non-conforming bodies in Washington, DC.

ABOUT JESSICA VON DYKE

Jessica VonDyke is a pervy, poly, queer femme who’s mission in life is to help folks have better sex. She is the owner of The Garden DC: sex-positive education and events, in JessicaVonDykeWashington DC and is an advocate for gender inclusiveness, sexy safer sex and queer positive space in everything that she does.

Jan 142014
 

Tina HornDirty talk and sexual communication is challenging for all people, but queers in particular have an imperative to work on these skills. Language in relation to gender, bodies, sex acts, and identity has the potential to be triggering, empowering or re-claiming for queers and those who love them. The more we know how to communicate desires and boundaries, and know what to consider, the more fun we can have with our mouths opened AND closed! Join professional smack talker Tina Horn as we share basic tools for great dirty talk and discuss the importance of desire and boundary communication for kinky play. You will gain something from this class whether you identify as queer or not.

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th St. (7th/8th Ave)
When: Friday, January 24, 2014; 8:00-10:00PM
Cost: $5/LSM members, $10/Non members

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/376220682515009/
Fetlife RSVP: https://fetlife.com/events/224552

ABOUT TINA HORN

Tina Horn is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary media-maker, queer punk, and true karaoke believer. She produces and hosts “Why Are People Into That?!”, a new podcast that demystifies desire. In 2010, she co-created, produced, and directed a project called QueerPorn.Tv, which won two Feminist Porn Awards and a Cinekink Award, in addition to being nominated for an AVN. Tina holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Her writing has appeared in several Cleis Press anthologies, including Best Bondage Erotica 2010; she has also blogged for Helix Queer Performance Network, Fleshbot and Gaga Stigmata, and published articles in The Believer, AORTA, and Whore! magazines. Over the past five years, Tina’s workshops on dirty talk, sex worker self care, and spanking have been featured at a variety of international venues, including Good Vibrations, Perverts Put Out, UC Berkeley, Lesbian Sex Mafia, Dark Odyssey, and the Feminist Porn Conference at University of Toronto. Born in Northern California, she now lives in Manhattan with a very sweet bear.