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Salt Lake bisexual conference takes place this weekend

Utah’s 1 to 5 Club joins the ranks of Because and other B+ focused conferences for Utah’s first B+/Sexually Fluid Conference, titled “Queer Continuum: Exploring the Nuances of Sexuality + Attraction.” The conference will focus on issues ranging from people of color in the community to a “Sexually Fluid 101” conversation for those seeking to understand the bisexual and B+ community better.

Healing Group clinical director Mary Stanley will be the keynote speaker and workshop presenters include leaders and community members.

The conference is Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rowland Hall St. Marks School, 970 E. 800 South. A suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Conference Schedule

9 a.m Registration & Breakfast

9:40 a.m. Welcome Address

10 a.m. Session 1 — choose from:

  • Oh, the relationships you’ll have! — A panel discussion on the spectrum of relationship models from monogamy to polyamory.
  • Where are we in media? — How the B+ community is not represented in both the big screen and silver screen as well as social media. And consequently, how the lack of representation affects the community.
  • Undocumented & Queer: Exploring The intersectionalities in our movements — Utah’s Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement is a radical group that focuses on empowering marginalized communities using an anti-colonial approach. This workshop will touch on themes of queerness and migration, the lack of intersectionality in our movements and what we can do to create change.

11:15 a.m. Session 2 — choose from:

  • Activism 101: Lobbying is Not a Dirty Word — Discuss the differences, the connections, and the overlap between being an activist, an advocate, and a strategist. Using these definitions we will work on techniques that will help everyone be the best citizen lobbyist they can be with the skills that work best for them.
  • Safer Sex: Practical Risk Reduction for all People — Learn practical and effective techniques for preventing the spread of STDs and unplanned pregnancies. Focusing on LGBTQAI+communities and sexually fluid relationships, we will examine specific needs and challenges that some people often face. Accessing confidential judgment free healthcare, understanding risks associated with behaviors, and practicing risk reduction skills are just some of the topics that will be discussed.
  • This is How We Do It: The Reality of Sex and Disability — Discussing various sex and disability topics such as resources, how to have “the talk” and ask the right questions, breaking through assumptions, and why this issue is important.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Keynote Address with Mary Stanley — an art psychotherapist and the clinical director at The Healing Group in Midvale. She began her ally activism while in college and after binge watching Angels in America on Broadway. Her honors thesis in undergraduate explored her place of privilege and her response to the AIDS crisis by doing unauthorized public works as a way of connecting with others in privilege and conveying the urgency of the matter (As an interesting side note, she was nearly expelled in her senior year for this project!).
Keynote followed by First of two raffles.

2:45 p.m. Session 3 — choose from:

  • The Psyche of Attraction: Emotional and Psychological Health in Relationships — Discuss the emotional and psychological health as it relates to attraction and the queer experience.
  • Queerly Trans*tastic — Panel discussion to explore the intersections of sexual orientation and Trans* identities. Panelists are community members who self-identify as trans* or non-binary.
  • Queer Trans 101 — Break down various queer identities, how we can help empower each other.

3:45 p.m. Farewell Message & Second Raffle

The hashtag for the event will be ‪#‎QueerCon15‬.

For more information, go to queercon.xyz

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