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Hi poly and poly-curious friends:

In the next few weeks I'm doing several workshops for those interested in polyamory/ethical non-monogamy/open relationships, and I thought that some here might want to know. Feel free to contact me for more info on any of these, and to forward to interested people or lists.

1) East Bay Poly Discussion Group, Tuesday 10/12, at my place in San Leandro. Doors open 6:45p, discussion starts at 7:15 and runs till 9:30. Potluck snacks. RSVP instructions below. Free. To RSVP, there's a new Google Spreadsheet available at http://bit.ly/cOLc4V for you to register your name. If you have difficulty updating the spreadsheet (Internet Explorer may fail), send an email to: admin (at) ebpp (dot) org, and someone will add your name to the list.

2) Simultaneous Lovin'--An Intro to Polyamory, Wednesday 10/13 at Pure Pleasure in Santa Cruz. $20 advance; $25 walk-in. NOTE: This venue is SMALL and sells out quickly!

3) "Wandering Hearts: Long Distance (Poly) Relationships", at Poly Living West, 10/22-24, Seattle WA. Concert--Bone Poets Orchestra (formerly Gaia Consort); Keynote--Dossie Easton (Ethical Slut co-author); Special Guest--Christopher Ryan (Sex At Dawn co-author). NOTE: Daypasses and "Nights-only" options give affordable choices if your heart is big but your wallet is small. Join us for some or all! Details and registration: http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/seattle/

4) Creating Empowering Relationship Agreements, Tuesday 10/26 at the Sharma Center in Seattle WA. $15 Members (or attendees of Poly Living); $20 non-members. NOTE: Another small venue and an EARLY start time, so sign up AND show up early! http://www.sharmacenter.org/main/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=10896&Itemid=2&year=2010&month=10&day=26&uid=4b4f99920e8f89c78d47a343ffac4808&catids=2

Hope to see some of you here, Santa Cruz, or Seattle!!

PS: BONUS appearance at Marcia Baczynski's Creating Sustainable Open Relationships workshop series, Sat Dec. 4, 2010. I'll be doing a mini-reprise of the Agreements workshop. Check that series out here: http://www.askingforwhatyouwant.com/polyamory-group/

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Date: 2010-10-12 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archanglrobriel.livejournal.com
Hey hon, Soren and I are starting to ponder our emergence back into the social sphere once I am no longer trapped in endless grad school isolation and we've been wondering whether the poly events and such that you're involved with are places where a couple of gay polys would be welcome or if that would be a place where we'd just disturb the vibe and whatnot. I seem to remember talking to you about it a few years back, before all the poo hit the whirling blades, but I can't recall whether you thought it'd be a good fit or not. So I thought I'd just check in with you and mention that we're re-emerging socially and umm....yeah. Hi, local awesome person. *laugh

Date: 2010-10-13 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com
Yay! I would love to see you guys!! As to it "disturbing the vibe," at the PPP in particular, well... only if some het people try to hit on you and feel rejected, I suppose. Which a) is against the rules (this is not a pick up joint), and b) is their problem anyway. :^) Seriously, though, if you're concerned about there not being enough queer guys there (and the queer guy content is admittedly not high)--bring some more! Also, there ARE queer guys, but they're mostly bi. Pepper Mint was at the last one, and all of my current BFs are bi, and I know there are more. In general, I'd predict that gay guys would have less of a problem than gay women, at most of the poly events I'm involved in. I find the women tend to be a bit more separatist and preferring of their own spaces. But even there, we do get some overlap.

As to other events, well, anything that's a discussion group is fair game as far as I'm concerned. We're discussing, not fucking, so I don't see that there's an issue unless YOU feel there's one. I did have one female queer couple come by some years ago and huff off feeling like we were all heteronormative, despite my best efforts. That said, if you're willing to travel to SF, Pepper Mint's events are undoubtedly queer friendly (there are few people any queerer than Pepper ([livejournal.com profile] inki). He's awesome). He's currently running a club (Love Triangle), and an Under-40 poly coffee, and he's also involved in the periodic Poly Speed Dating events which are definitely queer-friendly, though I'll warn that the gay guys seemed to have the fewest matches there (again, bring your friends!).

Let me know if you need any help connecting to event listings and/or people.

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