On Wednesday December 14, Lord Saxnot gave his rope bondage workshop. Remember – before you take the Advanced Rope Bondage workshop you will need to have taken the Basic first!
There was a good attendance, and those taking it caught on pretty fast on the subject. Besides how to tie, where to tie and not to tie was also taught (not everyong knows you shouldn’t in some areas!)
– Vanessa, Secretary
The Gender Diversity Group met on Sunday, Dec 11, and while sparsely attended (holiday season does that! lol!) the discussion was lively and interesting.
One thing that has become apparent is that those who are gender fluid need to be protected by law. It is hard enough being transsexual in a workplace, but those who are gender fluid can face some even harsher discrimination.
For some gender is binary, for example male or female, but for some it is more than that. And society does tend to ignore this, despite the fact that it is increasing.
– Vanessa, Secretary
On Saturday, December 10, the ALCC held its Annual Holiday Brunch at 1000 Grammes (formerly Kilo).
Also on display were photographs of Theresa from Sweden, in latex in public. The photos are wonderful, and the photos below don’t quite capture how good they are (you have to see them in person!)
The food was wonderful, the chat lively, fun, and interesting. It gave some a chance to catch up with friends we haven’t had a chance to catch up with in a while, and for some to make new ones!
There was even a game of trivia, the four winners received individual cards with gifts inside (yours truly won one, and just loves her card and gift!).
What a record turnout for the Polyamory Group at the ALCC…. 20 wonderful people!
Amelia spearheaded today’s topic of Time Management. Very important for everybody, for relationships, and for polyamorous relationships in particular. A variety of strategies were shared, with many personal anecdotes thrown in for good measure.
I’m always struck by how the principles polyamorous people use can be very helpful in all relationships.
– Petal, Vice President
Incredibly how little we really know about BDSM and the law and more importantly, what is really legal and what we can get in trouble for. Very important workshop! If you missed it, sign up for last chance Nov.23rd.
Three points I took away:
1) BDSM IS NOT ILLEGAL IN CANADA!!!
2) It is very important that “STOP”, “NO” and “YES” really mean what they mean. Safewords are not reliable!!!
3) You have a responsibility as a parent to keep your kinky things locked and out of sight of your children.
This pilot group was a hit… of course lacking diversity of genders as usual but extremely interesting and fun nonetheless. It’s amazing where conversation can go when it has the freedom to go there… what didn’t we talk about? Some fabulous ideas for activities we can host came up: bachelor/ette auction, nude art and drawing and more! I’m really impressed, so many interesting people with varying experiences and lifestyles… Spain seems to be the place for exhibitionists! Can you think of why?
Well, no matter how hard I try, there is just NO way to cover BDSM basics in an hour an a half. Usually this class is a seminar (3-4 hours) but that is just too long for a Wednesday night. However, we had a record turn-out so thank you all for coming. SAKA (Sexuality and Kink Advocacy) McGill group brought a few people with them and I was happily surprised to see so many long time experienced BDSM’ers attending. Thanks to my lovely demo model Glovedsub… X marks the spot haha (inside joke).
– Contessa Alura
On Sunday the ALCC held its monthly Polyamorous Group, which was very well attended. There was lots of good discussion in both languages. Included in the discussion was how some came out to friends and family as poly, and how to address for instance when someone expresses interest in you (like “do you have a girlfriend?” being asked… Read the rest of this entry
The ALCC has members taking PSA (Peer Support and Advocacy) training at the 2110 Center for Gender Diversity, and one of the workshops was on Self Care in regards to peer support on October 6.
I found this workshop helpful, not just for peer support, but as well for pretty much most things in life.
Self care is essentially being Read the rest of this entry