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SexWithoutShame: Queer Women's Takeover

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Queer Women’s SexWithoutShame Takeover

Monday 21st - Wednesday 30th January

Manchester City Centre Venues (all physically accessible)

10 days of workshops, discussions and spaces for lesbian, bi and queer women* to celebrate and explore all-things intimacy, pleasure and sex.

This takeover is for all self-identifying women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning, all or part of the time, including trans women, B.A.M.E women and women of colour, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women who are seeking asylum or have no recourse to public funds, women of all faiths and backgrounds, non-binary/gender fluid people and transfeminine people.

Everything else you need to know:

> All workshops are open to ages 16+ aside from the Sexual Pleasure workshop which is 18+

> To book your place on any of these workshops, get your free ticket here.

> Each workshop only has 20-30 places so please book in advance. Multiple ticket reservations are not possible for this event

> There will be no nudity at these workshops

> If you have any questions or access requirements, including BSL, language translation, support with travel costs or have concerns about the space, please get in contact with us: women@lgbt.foundation



Monday 21st January

Lost Appetites: Where does desire go and what to do about it?

6-8pm @ Thoughtworks

A close look at models and cycles of sexual desire, who we are and what ignites us, and what to do with sex in long term relationships. Expect innuendo, crude terminology and kindness.

This workshop is led by Tabitha Bast who is bang in the middle of an MsC in Psychosexual Therapy and practicing with couples and individuals on placement following a lifelong interest in all things sex and relational.

TRANScending Intimacy

8-10pm @ Thoughtworks

A space for trans and NB people to look at the issues which affect us in the worlds of dating, sex, and intimacy, so you can feel more safe and confident creating positive sexual and romantic experiences in your life

This workshop is led by Abbie Wolfe who is the Principal Facilitator of Belladonna Experiences, and identifies as bisexual, trans, polyamourous, and gender-fluid.

This workshop is for people who identify as trans and non-binary or those questioning their gender identity only.



Tuesday 22nd January

Queer Women's Sexual Pleasure 101

6-8:30pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

From masturbation to DIY toys, this informal and interactive session will explore the themes of women’s sexual pleasure. With resources, artefacts and domestic objects we will create a space to discuss how bodies work and what feels good.

This introduction session is facilitated by Dr Ali Hanbury and Dr Rachael Eastham who have both worked in sexual health services and carried out sexualities research at Lancaster University.



Wednesday 23rd January

Sex and Disability

6-8pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

Explore the challenges disabled people face in accessing a full and joyful sexual and romantic life with two disabled people who have lots of lovely sex!

This workshop is led by Charlie Hallam and Sez Thomasin who are Sheffield based disabled queer sex nerds who want to help everyone get the sex they truly want.



Thursday 24th January

Yes/No&Everything in Between: Consent, Communication & Boundaries

6-8pm @ LGBT Foundation

How do you say what you want, what you don't want and everything in between? An interactive and self-explorative space to find out more about communication, boundaries and consent in sex and relationships.

This workshop is led by Rossella Nicosia who is a psychosexual therapist based in Manchester and the Mental Health lead at LGBT Foundation.

Fifty Shades of Play: Intro to Kink

8-10pm @ LGBT Foundation

This workshop offers a glimpse into the world of BDSM and Kink, including safety and consent, boundary setting, confidence building, dominance assertion, basic rope-play, and an introduction to toys and aids.

Abbie Wolfe is the Principal Facilitator of Belladonna Experiences, and identifies as bisexual, trans, polyamourous, and gender-fluid.



Friday 25th January

Sex and the Menopause: From Peri to Post

6-8pm @ Leaf

Menopause doesn’t just wreak havoc in our bodies but also in our work life, self esteem, ability to concentrate and often trickiest of all, our sex life. Come together to share your wisdom and experience, and we'll all leave comforted and enriched.

Rachel Morris is leading this workshop and is a Peri Menopausal Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist, mother, lesbian and author, hoping to offer and receive guidance and encouragement!



Saturday 26th January

Queer Intimacy for Women: A Taster

Saturday, 11am @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

Explore conscious touch and embodied consent in an inclusive, safer space just for queer women. Suitable for beginners, nervous people, solo attendees and those attending with a partner/friend.

Beck Thom is a Sex Coach and Somatic Sex Educator who works with Anybody with a Body. especially LGBT, queer and trans communities

Everything you wanted to know about sex parties but couldn't ask

1:30-3pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

Pleasure explorers we're lucky - there is a range of parties and events catering to anyone looking to explore sex and their sexuality available to us. This unique talk will answer all of your questions and more.

Jessica Parker is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Sensual Events Manager, supporting people to discover their true pleasure potential.

The Art of Sensual Genital Massage

3-5pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Foundation House

Become more inspired to massage your own or your partners! This workshop will include an in depth demonstration and a fun practical 'make your own genitals' craft session (with plasticine - note no nudity at this event) of different massage strokes that will inspire you to treat yourself as soon as you get home.

This workshop is also led by Jessica Parker.


Sunday 27th January

Newcomers: women new to queer sex

3-5pm @ LGBT Foundation

This workshop is for women who are coming to queer sex for the first time. Using creativity and discussion (as much or as little as you like!) we will cover feelings, fears and questions around having queer sex for the first time, including issues like confidence and safety.

Ruby Ramelize is a bisexual queer artist based in Manchester who has delivered several workshops for queer communities, including with Superbia.



Monday 28th January

Our Sexy Sexual Wellbeing

6-8pm @ Thoughtworks

All the things you never learnt in school! Join us for a comprehensive discussion of sexual health and wellbeing as it relates to lesbian, bisexual and queer women.

Josina Calliste is an experienced sexual health facilitator and researcher, currently working as the Strategic Lead for Women and PrEP at Prepster.

What’s race got to do with it?

8-10pm @ Thoughtworks

This workshop is an opportunity for women of colour to come together and explore the impact of race and racism on sex, wellbeing, dating and relationships.

This workshop is also led by Josina Calliste.

This workshop is for women and non-binary people who identify as people of colour / BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) only.



Tuesday 29th January

Queer Women's Sexual Pleasure 101 (repeat)

6-8:30pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

(private space but the mixed-gender group next door may walk through to the toilets although the workshop won't be disrupted)

From masturbation to DIY toys, this informal and interactive session will explore the themes of women’s sexual pleasure. With resources, artefacts and domestic objects we will create a space to discuss how bodies work and what feels good.

This introduction session is facilitated by Dr Ali Hanbury and Dr Rachael Eastham who have both worked in sexual health services and carried out sexualities research at Lancaster University.



Wednesday 30th January

Lost Appetites: Where does Desire go and what to do about it? (repeat)

6-8pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

A close look at models and cycles of sexual desire, who we are and what ignites us, and what to do with sex in long term relationships. Expect innuendo, crude terminology and kindness.

Tabitha Bast leading this workshop and is bang in the middle of an MsC in Psychosexual Therapy and practicing with couples and individuals on placement following a lifelong interest in all things sex and relational.

Naughty or Natural - Poly/Alternative relationships

8-10pm @ Pioneer Coffee, Federation House

This exploration of limitless love seeks to prompt self-reflection, honest discussion and sexual liberation. We’ll ask the difficult questions and be greeted with unexpected answers as we uncover both the setbacks and perks we find in the world of non-monogamy

Elliss Lewin-Turner is an interdisciplinary artist and event organiser creating spaces for queer people to grow and discover the beauty of comfort and community



VENUES

LGBT FOUNDATION 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF (accessible venue, gender neutral toilets private space)

THOUGHTWORKS Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4AH (accessible venue, gender neutral toilets, exclusive use of the space)

PIONEER COFFE Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 2AH (accessible venue - ramp access to venue and lift to every floor -gender neutral toilets. exclusive use of the space)

LEAF 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW (accessible venue. not gender neutral toilets, private space)

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