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Join LGBT Foundation for our Spring/Summer 2019 SexWithoutShame programme of events. Celebrate sex, love, passion and pleasure through creative workshops, activities and spaces across Greater Manchester, with an array of sex-affirmative LGBTQ+ facilitators.

Events will cover everything from hair down there, the fetishisation of gay & bi men of colour, and an intro to Japanese rope bondage, to sober sex, coffee & consent, and period poverty activism.

See below for the full programme of events:

WOMEN WHO WANK

Tuesday 28th May 6:30-8:30pm

Venue TBC - Manchester city centre

To celebrate International Masturbation Day, we’re inviting anyone who self-identifies as a woman, some or all the time, to this session which celebrates self-love and pleasure.

Book your space at https://sws-touch.eventbrite.com

MEN WHO MASTURBATE

Tuesday 28th May 6:30-8:30pm

Venue TBC

To celebrate International Masturbation Day, we’re inviting anyone who self-identifies as a man, some or all the time, to this session which celebrates self-love and pleasure.

Book your space at https://sws-maturbate.eventbrite.com

GENDER-NEUTRAL JERKING OFF

Tuesday 28th May 6:30-8:30pm

Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1BY

To celebrate International Masturbation Day, we’re inviting anyone who self-identifies as non-binary, some or all the time, to this session which celebrates self-love and pleasure.

Book your space at https://sws-jerkoff.eventbrite.com

HOOKING UP WITH DR SPARKLES: LET’S TALK ABOUT GRINDR

Tuesday 28th May 6:30-8:30pm

Venue TBC - Manchester city centre

What are the ethics of sending dick pics? How do we learn about politics through hook-up apps? Why do we even need to care? Join glitter-infused academic lawyer, Dr Sen Raj, to vent about what hook-up apps reveals about the pleasures, frustrations, and politics of hooking up. We’ll look at what our online sexual habits can teach us about the possibilities of fighting for justice, both inside and outside the bedroom.

Book your ticket at https://sws-hookup.eventbrite.com

SEXUAL SOLIDARITY CERAMICS

Wednesday 29th May 6:30-8:30pm

Venue TBC

Get to grips (literally) with art. A very hands on ceramics workshop taking a trip into the tactile. With plenty of activities to get beginners moving with clay, you can guarantee you will leave having made a stunning sculpture. Letter stamps are provided to in-script your reflections on the day.

Book your space at https://sws-ceramic.eventbrite.com

JUNO ROCHE - QUEER SEX

Thursday 30th May 7-9pm

Blackwells Manchester, University Green, 146 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GP

In partnership with Blackwells, Juno Roche returns to Manchester to talk about her book Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships.

In this frank, funny and poignant book, transgender activist Juno Roche discusses sex, desire and dating with leading figures from the trans and non-binary community. Calling out prejudices and inspiring readers to explore their own concepts of intimacy and sexuality, the first-hand accounts celebrate the wonder and potential of trans bodies and push at the boundaries of how society views gender, sexuality and relationships. Empowering and necessary, this collection shows all trans people deserve to feel brave, beautiful and sexy.

Juno Roche is an internationally recognised trans writer and campaigner. She is the co-founder of Trans Workers UK and the Trans Teacher Network and featured on the Independent's Rainbow List 2015 and 2016. Her new book 'Trans Power: Own Your Gender' is out in October.

Book tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/juno-roche-queer-sex-tickets-59956685059

HIRSUTE & CUTE

Friday 31st May 6:30-8:30pm

ThoughtWorks, Federation House, 4, 2 Federation St, Manchester M4 4BF

Join Poet and Hairy Girl Gang member Roma Havers for a workshop on finding joy wherever hair grows, a shame-free space to have honest conversations around complicated relationships with our hair, evergreen or deciduous, whether you shave, stave off or somewhere in between. This workshop will facilitate storytelling surrounding hair and queer bodies, using writing, conversation, myth dispelling and skill-sharing.

Book your space at https://sws-hirsute.eventbrite.com

EVERY MONTH: Addressing period poverty in Greater Manchester

Saturday 1st June 1-3pm

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Rosy Candlin founded and runs Every Month, which is a community project that creates 800 packs of menstrual products for people experiencing any kind of poverty in Greater Manchester.

Rosy will guide us through community activism techniques to address sexual health and social injustices from writing letters to councillors to mobilising across social media.

Book your place at https://sws-period.eventbrite.com

UNDETECTABLE & UNAPOLOGETIC

Saturday 1st June 3-5pm

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

It's conclusive - people living with HIV who are on effective medication cannot pass on the virus to their partners. And with more and more pressure for PrEP and continued campaigns promoting regular testing, it feels like we really could end HIV within a generation.

But what does this mean for our community and for our proud history of HIV activism?

Everyone is welcome at this creative workshop with artist and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall where we will envision the future of HIV and our community, and in the spirit of the HIV activism of past, create posters, slogans and strategies to help us finally reach the destination we've been working towards for nearly 40 years.

Book your space at https://sws-undetectable.eventbrite.com

AN INTRO TO JAPANESE ROPE BONDAGE

Saturday 1st June 5-7pm

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Japanese rope bondage, or Shibari is a popular form of kink play that is sexy, intimate and visually stunning. It is also incredibly versatile, - easy to learn (if you can tie shoelaces you already have all the skills you need), and inexpensive. J Lythgoe will be leading a 90 minute Shibari basics workshop as part of the SexWithoutShame Takeover, covering everything you need to start tying safely and creating practical and great looking bondage. We advise that you wear a top that’s comfortable and you don’t mind getting rope fibres on and bring a bottle of water.

Book your place at https://sws-shibari.eventbrite.com

AN INTRO TO FETISH

Saturday 1st June 7-9pm

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Interested in exploring fetish as part of your sexual wellbeing? Join our facilitators for a fun and explorative session addressing kit, techniques and joining the scene.

Book your place at https://sws-fetish.eventbrite.com

SOBER SEX

Sunday 2nd June 2-4pm

LEAF, 113–115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW

A chilled out, social space to discuss sex without drugs and alcohol. We'll explore alternatives to sexualised environments, how we can address addiction and desire, and how queer culture is changing where we meet one another.

Book your ticket at https://sws-sober.eventbrite.com

GAY & BI MEN OF COLOUR SEEK SEX WITHOUT SHAME

Monday 3rd June 6:30-8:30pm

Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1BY

Are you an LGBT person of colour? Do you want to address HIV and sexual wellbeing stigma faced by LGBT BAME people? This interactive session will address the barriers that people of colour face when exploring their sexual identity and accessing services which should meet their needs. Whether you want to share your experience or become an advocate, we'll help empower you will the skills and knowledge to address stigma.

Book your ticket at https://sws-moc.eventbrite.com

LIFE DRAWING IN GATEHOUSE

Tuesday 4th June 6:30-8pm

The New Gatehouse Bolton, Cawdor Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7LX

Join Oliver Crabtree for a life drawing class in Gatehouse, an LGBT-affirmative swingers club in Bolton. You don’t need to have life-drawing experience or be a regular at saunas/sex-on-premises venues to take part in the session. We’ll provide all the materials, just bring an open-mind.

This workshop is for all LGBT people, non-binary people and their partners.

Book your ticket at https://sws-drawing.eventbrite.com

SEX ON SCREEN

Wednesday 6th June 6-9pm

Venue TBC - Manchester city centre

Join us for an evening of cinema and discussion about the portrayal of queer sex on screen.

Book your ticket at https://sws-screening.eventbrite.com

SEXUAL WELLBEING ACTIVISM

Thursday 7th June 7-9pm

ThoughtWorks, Federation House, 4, 2 Federation St, Manchester M4 4BF

Assemble, advocate, and activate: a look to history and queer theory to help unleash our inner (or not so inner!) activists.

Book your ticket at https://sws-activism.eventbrite.com

SOUNDTRACK TO SEX

Friday 8th June 8pm-2am

Common, 39-41 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HW

Join residents Elliss and DJ Mix-Stress of the RebeccaNeverBecky collective for an immersive workshop and club night exploring queer art alongside a soundtrack to take you through the motions.

Book your ticket at https://sws-soundtrack.eventbrite.com

SEX WORKER SOLIDARITY

Saturday 8th June 3-6pm

Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1BY

Want to know more about the sex worker rights movement? Unclear on how sex worker rights fit in with feminism? Come along and get your questions answered!

Book your ticket at https://sws-sexwork.eventbrite.com

COFFEE & CONSENT

Sunday 9th June 2-4pm

Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1BY

Grab a coffee (or tea!) and join us as we chat all things consent, tackling myths, challenging problematic perspectives and helping to create a culture of consent.

Book your ticket at https://sws-consent.eventbrite.com

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