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October Gathering: Sex, Love and Relating in an Intercultural World

Posted in culture, education, entertainment, events, health, politics, queer, relationships, straight on September 24, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

We all have identities, some chosen, some implied, some assumed and some explicit. Each of these may (or may not) form part of who we are and how we interact with the world. How do we experience sex and dating, eroticism and relationship when we  have identities or cultural influences that buck against the norm? Or how do we manage when our multiple cultural influences are at logger heads just within ourselves?

The October Panel on Sex, Love and Relating will aim to shed light on what  this is like for them and how dialogue, self inquiry and red hot rushes have led them through uncharted waters and onto new ground. Hosted by Cyndi Darnell , please join us on Tuesday October 8th for what promises to  be an insightful, poignant and possibly hilarious discussion of the nature of cross cultural intimacy and sex in contemporary Australia.

Panelists

Asiel is a medical student and a self-proclaimed wanker at The University of Melbourne. He was born in Mexico and will celebrate his 6th year in Australia on 7th October. He lived in Mexico for about 15 years of his life and in the US for about 3, which makes for a rather interesting and sometimes unintelligible accent. He is currently in a long-distance non-monogamous relationship after deciding gay marriage was too overrated. He is also one of the founders of MD Queer, the only med student group for the promotion of LGBTI health in Australia and is currently working on a national policy on LGBTI health for the Australian Medical Students Association. If you’d like to have a say in either of those, come say hi after PFA or email at asiel.adan@hotmail.com

Budi Sudarto is the Peer Education Coordinator at the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre. His work involves establishing strong partnerships with various GLBTIQ multicultural support groups, such as Yellow Kitties, AGMC and Helem Melbourne. He is also the convener of Gay Asian Proud, a social support network for gay Asian men in Melbourne. He wrote a Master’s thesis on the lived experiences of gay Asian men in Melbourne, as well as conducted a research project on Asian/White gay couples in Australia. Budi is passionate about advocating multiculturalism as an integral part of Melbourne’s GLBTIQ community.

Born in Pakistan, Rubina has lived 26 years of her life as a second-class citizen. Rebellious by nature, she was called a slut, crazy and many other names you can think of. In 2000, she broke away from that culture where sexuality is suppressed and expression of affection is limited to a bedroom only. A mechanical engineer with an MBA, she has held many regional positions over the years and is now working as an IT consultant. She has lived in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne and has created a new life by reinventing herself. She is proud to call her a free sexual woman.

Kath Duncan is a Researcher and Sexuality Producer with especial interests in disability, Deaf and non-normative ppls experiences. Kath is a writer, multimedia producer, artist and arts manager (Heist egalleryhttp://www.heistegallery.com.au/), performs with Australia’s only queer Deaf disabled Unexpected Cabaret troupe Quippings (https://www.facebook.com/groups/594622963911898/) enjoys working with  other creative freaks @ Living Art (http://artsaccess.com.au/news/livingart/) based in Melbourne, from Sydney and northern NSW.

 

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When: Tuesday October 8th. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please emailpleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Female Arousal Anatomy with Cyndi Darnell

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After a sell out event in Melbourne earlier this year and repeated to acclaim in London Cyndi is thrilled to be offering this seminar again in Melbourne.
Have you heard how much of a mystery *women are and that women’s bodies are just so confusing? While

for some that may be true the good news is there are some tried and true methods that ‘wow’ women every time, demystify the myths and this seminar will share these methods with you.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Click here for more details