Today I was quite ambivalent, I had a hard time deciding what to do. My earlier plan had been to participate in the jealousy workshop in Pride Park together with Åsa and F, but since they had gone to it already yesterday and decided not to show up there last night, I had no real reason to be there (and frankly, I gave up on seeing them, but that's another story), and there were some interesting seminars today.

So, this is what Charlie and I ended up planning, just hours before leaving home:

  • 13:30 - 14:50. Sex Positive Queer Spaces This was a presentation about creating open and queer spaces for sexual exploration in a safe environment, with Klub Fukk in London as an example.
  • 14:30 - 16:00. Grassroot movements in southern Africa A panel and forum about the situation for LGBT people in Uganda, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa and the challenges they're facing.
  • 16:15 - 17:45. Sexuality without limits A panel and forum about dildos, trans, public sex, slutiness, bodies, norms and limits. Are there limits for what's private or are our sexual actions politics?
  • 20:00 - xx:xx. Couples dances, starting with Queer Tango.

Off we went! We came well in time and there was loads of space for the first seminar. A very interesting seminar, and it was interesting to hear more about how Klub Fukk works, how it's very much based on mutual respect with a sense of experimenting while being safe. I ended up wanting to go to London :-).
Also, among the presenters was a man who I would never have thought was a FtM, my jaw dropped with a thud when I realised it (well, he said it plain and clear, but the hints came just before). And a gorgous man he is!

After that Charlie and I realised that we needed a break and wanted to just relax for a bit, so we went to the roof, where there's a terrace and a café. Moments after we got our coffee and carrot cake (mmmmm, carrot cake!!!!!), we got an SMS from Åsa saying that she and F were leaving Pride House to go to the Park. AAAAH! An SMS exchange later and they turned back to come up to the café. Apparently, they had left the café just before we got there! Talk about crossing paths. Anyway, we finally finally finally got to see them.

Later on, while Åsa and F went off doing I can't recall what, Charlie and I went to the last seminar, which was quite interesting, talking about being openly sexual and the politics or politicising made around it. It was thought provoking.

As planned, the day ended with a lovely soft dinner followed by an evening of dance.

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