Workshops and more on sexual health and gender!

Sexuality Gender Health ExpoSexuality, Gender, Health Expo – Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 is brought to you by the PEI Abortion Rights Coalition, ARC PEI, The Guild, and a host of other groups and individuals. It’s a bold new event designed to push boundaries and open minds, featuring a variety of activities to highlight issues, experiences, and identities often ignored in mainstream PEI culture.

Events will kick off on Friday, October 25th with “Difficult Dialogues,” a panel discussing the experiences of Transgender and Transsexual youth on PEI, with the evening finishing off with a “Hello, Gorgeous”, a drag show onstage at the Guild.

The Expo will continue on Saturday October 26th at the Murphy’s Community Centre, starting at 11:00 a.m. There will be information booths and a series of short workshops on topics including enthusiastic consent, sex-education, empowering menarche experiences and safer sex.

An experiential, artistic installation will bring to life the findings of the ongoing research project into the impact of the barriers to abortion access in PEI. A ‘Zine chapbook of PEI women’s abortion experiences will be launched and available for sale. The afternoon will also feature a three-hour erotic writing workshop led by Kathleen Hamilton and will close with a screening of the film Trans.

Late Saturday evening, ARC PEI will host a Hallowe’en dance party at the MacKenzie Theatre, with DJ Mercurochrome.

All events are free, except the show at The Guild and the Erotic Writing Workshop the dance. See the full schedule for details including costs and registration.

For more information, please contact: peiabortionrights@gmail.com or phone Josie or Ann at the Voluntary Resource Council, 902-368-7337 or Michelle or Jane at the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 902-368-4510.

Detailed Schedule of Activities

Friday, October 25

Difficult Dialogues
AVC Lecture Theatre A,UPEI, 5:30-7:30pm
A dialogue about transgender issues, featuring a guest speaker and panel discussion, with a focus on personal stories in a safe and comfortable environment where participants are encouraged to ask questions. For more information, contact Jay jay.jonah@hotmail.com.

Hello Gorgeous
The Guild, 8:00pm
With one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere female illusionists – drag performer and headliner of the popular Casino Nova Scotia show Rouge Fatale and Friends, Rouge Fatale. Plus the lovely “ladies” of the Glamazon Army with their bedazzling impersonations of celebrities and stars – loads of glitz and glam- tickets available from the Guild http://www.theguildpei.com.


Saturday, October 26

Sexuality, Gender, Health Expo
Murphy’s Community Centre, 11:00am-5:30pm

11:00-3:00    Workshops
11:00    Saying Yes to a Culture of Enthusiastic Consent
Rena Kulczycki wants to live in a world where having (and exploring) sex is fun for everybody, but she thinks we need a major culture shift before that dream can really come alive. She will facilitate an hour of activity and discussion exploring a little of what’s getting in the way and building our skills to help navigate our relationships – with each other and sex.

11:00-3:00    Information Booths
on a wide range of issues relating to gender, sexuality and health

11:00-1:45    Women’s Abortion Access Maze (WAAM): Local Access Matters
An interactive art installation depicting the circuitous paths and obstacles faced by Island women seeking abortion services, the WAAM is designed to be part of a consciousness-raising about access. People navigate the maze, experiencing the twists, blocks, and waiting of real women’s stories and can then reflect and act upon that knowledge.

12:00    Let’s Talk About Sex: 21st Century Sex Ed and Youth
An interactive workshop led by Bethany Toombs and Stephanie Mitchell featuring a discussion about the current needs re: sexual education among Island youth, and the challenges experienced by youth, parents, and schools with sex ed today. Propose, discuss and debate potential strategies for ensuring youth have the knowledge and skills they need for healthy decision-making regarding sexuality.

1:00    Contraception: Methods and Myths
This session, presented by Christina Clorey, will provide a broad overview of various methods of hormonal and non-hormonal methods of contraception, with a discussion period to ask questions and share information on access and availability.

2:00    Going with your Flow
Celebrating the onset of the feminine cycle, preventing PMS and shifting into Pre-Menstrual Strength, this workshop will help you celebrate the mystery of menses with the 3 R’s of Womanhood, specific yoga poses, and nutritional guidance. It provides tools for women to draw on in order to fine-tune natural rhythms that cycle with the moon’s energies to support good habits that last beyond menopause.

2:00-5:00    Delta of Venus
An erotic writing workshop – Kathleen Hamilton will guide participants to explore their own language of sex and the senses. Beginning writers welcome. To register/info: Jane or Michelle at 368-4510 or info@peistatusofwomen.ca. Registration is $25.00.

3:00 Speak Out
The launch of a zine of Prince Edward Island women’s abortion stories.

3:30-5:30    Trans the Movie
An up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. The film will be followed by a moderated discussion.

and later that night . . . .

Hallowe’en Dance
at the Mackenzie Theatre, hosted by ARC PEI – cover charge $7.00 ($5.00 for those dropping by the ARC booth at the Expo during the day) with DJ Mercurochrome.

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