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Pleasure Forum Australia……… a bit like book club, but we talk about Sex!
Sound good?  Read on! 

Pleasure Forum Australia’s monthly gatherings at LOOP, aim to provide a community base for people from all walks of life within the Melbourne, Australian and international sex-positive communities, to get together and exchange passions, thoughts, ideas, feelings, experiences, knowledge, information, contacts, creative expression, art and anything else that happens to inspire, engage or educate around the theme of sexuality.

Check out pleasureforumaustralia.wordpress.com/ for further details.

March Gathering: Polyamory

There has been a lot of discussion of polyamory in the media of late. Some of it curious and much of it affirmative, but it’s also easy to make a lot of assumptions when it comes to what Polyamory is and isn’t. To some the word conjours images of ”keys in bowls” and free love for all, to others it is something intriging yet terrifying, and for many others again it is a way of life that is truly heart warming and liberating.  This evening of discussion and insight will provide an intro into what Polyamory can look like and we’ll explore some of the common pitfalls and celebrations that can come with integrating (a) polyamorous relationship/s into your life. Our panel of experienced practitioners and academics on the workings of Polyamory will guide you through navigating the terrain of an open relationship!
Hosted by Cyndi Darnell this event is going to be a vibrant and insightful discussion exploring one of the newest (or oldest) relationship styles around.

Panelists

Anne Hunter is a Facilitator and Relationships Educator and has been polyamorous for two decades. She is co-founder of PolyVic, Melbourne’s polyamorous community, and has been significantly involved in the development of the wider poly community in Australia. She has facilitated numerous workshops, focus groups and discussion groups on the topic in several forums around Australia for the last decade and is a co-author (with Maria) of a chapter on poly parenting in a recently-published LGBT parenting handbook for health practitioners.

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. Her primary areas of research and activism are cultural, gender, sexual and family diversity. Maria is also a Founding Member of AGMC Inc (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council). Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People, and Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, 2011). Her first novel, Love You Two was co?winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award.

Robin Pearson is one of those people who should be rich, famous and universally adored, but isn’t. Robin’s core value is that every mature, competent human can decide who and how they love, and the role of society is to support that decision. Robin is Master of a beautiful slave, parent of three teenagers, trained in Information Management and Literature and has barely worked in various occupations including Catholic School Librarian, paint salesperson and sex worker. Robin is currently president of Poly Vic and enjoying a rural sabbatical.

Cassie Webb jumped in at the deep end of polyamory a year and a half ago with her first committed relationship. With the help of PolyVic discussions and socials she has maintained what little sanity she had to begin with. Most recently poly single and dating for the last six months, she is chasing the dream of an equal tribe set up rather than the primary/secondary model that is so common. Cassie’s part time retail position allows her space to better experience life and manage her depression.

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