Sex-positivity: Sex positivity is the belief that all consensual sexual activity is fundamentally healthy and pleasurable. Sexual health promotion often focuses on risk and talks about sex as though it’s the scariest thing you could ever do; we know that sex is so much more than a “risk behaviour” and try to embrace this in all of our programming.
Holism: We are more than the sum of our parts! This means a lot of things, including acknowledging that:
- Sexual, physical, and mental health can’t be understood as separate things; they interact with and impact each other.
- We need ways to engage with knowledge, and with each other, that use our whole bodies!
We commit to finding innovative avenues for you to engage with the topic of sexual pleasure in ways that embrace many different learning styles, and that allow you to bring your whole selves to the table.
Community relevance: The topics we choose for our workshops have been requested by or inspired by community members! The PPT WSW program has been running educational programming for LGBTQ women since 2009 now; we take your feedback from all of these initiatives very seriously, because we want what we do to be relevant to you!
Community-building: We see sexual and reproductive health promotion as a form of community building; women don’t just come to our events to learn, but to make connections with other people and grow together with the confidence that our needs, desires, and bodies matter.
Accessibility: The work we do is the only free, ongoing health promotion programming available in the city that is targeted to LGBTQ women. See our page about accessibility for more ways that we hope to make this conference as accessible as possible.
Accountability: We acknowledge that LGBTQ programming often disproportionately focuses on the experiences of white, cisgender, and class-privileged community members, and that even programming that tries to address health inequities can still be oppressive. With this conference, we strive to create spaces that centre marginalized experiences, and to promote racial justice, disability justice, trans liberation, and other forms of anti-oppression in all the work that we do.
Informed Consent: Consent isn’t just something you talk about when you want to have sex, it’s a value that we (hopefully) carry with us in all aspects of our lives. We commit to an ethic of informed consent in this conference by giving you as much information as possible about what you can expect in each aspect of the conference, including things that might be triggering, and things that you will be asked to do.