Innovative educational conference about sexuality to be held in Rockville, MD

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Contact:
Meitar Moscovitz
KinkForAll co-founder
(323) 963-4827
bitetheappleback+kinkforall@gmail.com

Innovative educational conference about sexuality to be held in Rockville, MD

November 2, 2009 – The fourth in a series of not-for-profit educational sexuality conferences will be held on November 21st from 10 AM to 6 PM in the cafeteria of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building. The conference is free to attend and invites anyone present to speak. Organized by a leaderless group of sexual health and rights advocates spanning the nation, the conference aims to democratize the dissemination of sexuality information and to empower individuals to learn on their own and share their knowledge with interested neighbors and peers.

The innovative conference format gives participants 20 minutes each in which to facilitate a discussion, give a presentation, or lead a session on any topic related to sexuality. “These unconferences are great places for people to discuss sexuality and gender, and their many intersections with other parts of life,” said Nikolas Coukouma, event liaison. “The format permits many topics to be discussed and makes it easy for anyone to lead one on a topic that interests them.”

Information shared at prior events, called “KinkForAll unconferences,” has been made freely available online and has attracted thousands of viewers over several months. KinkForAll Washington DC comes after 3 successful KinkForAll unconferences in New York City and Boston, held in LGBT community centers and Universities. Participants at past events have discussed sexually transmitted infections, leather community leadership, body movement, gender and linguistic theory, polyamory, technology, food, and many other topics.

Although originally planned to be held at Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School, the conference has changed venues under legal and political pressure from the Montgomery County School Board. “We’re just thrilled to have a space designated for public use where people can share their knowledge, learn from each other freely, and build this community resource together,” Meitar Moscovitz, one of the event’s founders, said. “That’s important because we believe that free and safe access to accurate, non-judgmental information about human sexuality and sexual freedom—or about anything of public interest, for that matter—is a fundamental human right, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class, educational level, or age.”

The loose and collaborative organizational style opens every aspect of the conference series’ activities, from email communications to financial transactions, to the public. “We don’t have any specific structure,” said Emma Gross, who’s part of a group working to put on a future unconference in Providence, RI. “We use the Internet and social media tools alongside more traditional communication mechanisms to self-organize before, during, and after the event itself. It’s very exciting, because it’s extremely open and accessible to everyone.” Anyone interested in being involved is welcome to indicate their participation by editing the web page at http://wiki.KinkForAll.org/KinkForAllWashingtonDC and can learn more at http://wiki.KinkForAll.org/KinkForAll.

This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government.

Contact:
Meitar Moscovitz
KinkForAll co-founder
(323) 963-4827
bitetheappleback+kinkforall@gmail.com
http://KinkForAll.org/?author=2

For additional information, contact:

Nikolas Coukouma
KinkForAll Washington DC unorganizer
(562) 645-6527
atrus@atrus.org

An innovative conference to democratize sexuality education, KinkForAll Washington DC, will be held in the Montgomery County Executive Office Building on November 21st, 2009. The event is free, open to the public, and strongly stresses education and sexual freedom over eroticization. Anyone with the desire to learn or with something to contribute is welcome and invited to participate.

About KinkForAll

KinkForAll is an ad-hoc educational unconference about the convergence of sexuality with the rest of life for anyone and everyone. It is 100% free and open to the public. Anyone with the desire to learn or with something to contribute is welcome and invited to participate.

KinkForAll is a fast-paced event with discussions, presentations, and interaction from all participants. There are no spectators, only participants. To attend, you must give a presentation or otherwise help out. The unconferences aim to create shared knowledge with lasting benefit to humanity. KinkForAll is inspired by and based upon the BarCamp community and unconference model.

http://wiki.KinkForAll.org

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