I am super psyched about KinkForAll Providence.

If you don’t yet know, KinkForAll is a series of free, educational sexuality events in the form of user-generated real-world conferences. The next one is taking place in Brown University this upcoming Saturday, February 6th, organized by Emma and sponsored in part by the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council, a student-run group chaired by the stunningly pro-active Aida Manduley. To echo Aida’s pitch: If you’re sex-positive, sex-curious, and/or just plain sexy, you should consider attending a KinkForAll.

KinkForAll Providence is going to be the 5th event held in the first year. Let me say that again: KinkForAll Providence is going to be the 5th KinkForAll event being held in the 1-year history of the event’s conception. That’s one KinkForAll, in 4 different cities, just about every 2 months or so for a whole year! Wow!

KinkForAll began because sexuality communities had a real need to mix and mingle in a non-eroticized environment where the exchange of ideas took precedence over the exchange of bodily fluids. More than that, it spread because early participants recognized the need for this country’s (and perhaps the world’s) public discourse about issues relating to sexuality to engage everyone—not just activists—about sexual freedom and diversity.

It’s no longer acceptable to us for GLBT groups to exclude issues of transsexuality from the political debate. It’s not okay for same-sex marriage advocates to push for equal recognition of their relationships while downplaying the rights of polyamorous people to have similar partner benefits. People in the mainstream are increasingly speaking up in support of breaking fringe sexualities like BDSM out of secretive ghettos. We’re gonna hit a tipping point really soon, if we haven’t already.

Come out and help us push forward. And if you can’t make it in person for any reason at all, participate online using any of the online participation tools we’re putting together on the KinkForAll Providence Live page!

Below is the “text flyer” that I cribbed from a previous KinkForAll event and modified to reflect KinkForAll Providence. I’d be super grateful if you would consider cross-posting this on your blog to help spread the word about KinkForAll Providence this Saturday. There’s also a formal KinkForAll Providence press release if you want to send it to anybody who expects such things.

PLEASE COPY AND CROSSPOST THIS MESSAGE FREELY.

KinkForAll is an ad-hoc educational unconference about the convergence of sexuality with the rest of life for anyone and everyone. It is 100% free and open to the public. Anyone with the desire to learn or with something to contribute is welcome and invited to participate.

Vitals
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What: A free and highly social day of sexuality education and discussion.
Why: To inspire a creative, interactive and open environment where everyone feels comfortable talking and learning about all things that sexuality relates to in their lives.
When: February 6th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Where: Brown University, Wilson Hall, Main Green in Providence, Rhode Island
Who: Everyone
How much: FREE (as in beer as well as freedom)

Details
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KinkForAll is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people of all persuasions to share and learn in an open environment. It is a fast-paced event with discussions, presentations, and interaction from all participants. (It is inspired by the BarCamp community.)

ANYONE WITH SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE OR WITH THE DESIRE TO LEARN IS WELCOME AND INVITED TO JOIN. When you attend, be prepared to share with others. When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

A KinkForAll is a special kind of gathering because there are no spectators, only participants. Attendees must give a talk or a presentation, help with one, or otherwise contribute in some way to support the event. This is called sharing and we like it. All presentations are scheduled the day they happen—there are no pre-scheduled presentations or keynote addresses. The people present at the event will select the presentations they want to see.

Anyone can lead a session, on any topic related to sexuality. You do not necessarily have to teach a new skill or idea. You might share an experience, facilitate a discussion, or read a poem. The goal is to start a conversation, make connections (and maybe even friends), and exchange knowledge. Presentations promoting specific commercial products or companies are discouraged.

Learn more about what to expect at
http://wiki.kinkforall.org/WhatToExpect

Learn more about the event guidelines at
http://wiki.kinkforall.org/TheRulesOfKinkForAll

Get Involved
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We need your help in spreading the word. Please help by participating.

Here’s how:

1. Get excited by reading fellow participants’ topic ideas on
http://wiki.kinkforall.org/KinkForAllProvidence
2. Add your name or handle to the list of participants
3. Join the mailing list and introduce yourself by emailing
[email protected]
4. Show up!

Still have questions? Read the Frequently Asked Questions at
http://wiki.kinkforall.org/FrequentlyAskedQuestions

or email [email protected] for more details.

KinkForAll Online
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Participate online before the event at your favorite social networking web site:

Homepage: http://wiki.KinkForAll.org
Google: http://groups.google.com/group/kinkforall
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KinkForAll
Identica: http://identi.ca/kinkforall
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/KinkForAll/40066342762
Fetlife: http://fetlife.com/groups/2962

All organizational efforts are coordinated in public via the mailing list. Join for free and help turn ideas into realities!

http://groups.google.com/group/kinkforall