A Conference for Community Activists and Organizers
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
A new addition to the Poly Pride festivities this year, we are proud to premiere this unique event. Polyamorous NYC, with support from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, will be hosting a conference for activists & organizers. Workshop topics will cover a range of different issues, some specific to the growth of the Polyamory community, other topics will be skills building and useful to anyone working towards a grassroots movement.
Advance tickets can be purchased online for the amazingly low price of $25 each - a steal for such a unique opportunity to learn and shape the future of the polyamory movement. For the best deal, get an All-Weekend Pass for $45 - only $20 more! Advance ticket sales will end at 3pm on Saturday.
Supporting Donor: $50
Admission Only: $25
Limited Income*: $10
|Prices at the Door (if available):
Admission Only: $30
Planned sessions include:
- Media Training
Every club and group should have a trained spokesperson who is prepared to speak to reporters and knows the best way to deal with the media if they come calling. You'll learn how to develop a media plan based on proven strategies and tactics, while hearing behind-the-scenes information about recent news stories as well as notorious incidents that NCSF has dealt with over the past 13 years. Interview tips and soundbites will also be provided. Skills learned in this conference can be applied to any campaign within the queer movement.
Workshop leader: Susan Wright
- The Basics of Non-Profit Fiscal Management
How secure is your organization's exempt status? With the Internal Revenue Service's concern as to whether organization's are abusing their status, board members, officers and management have renewed responsibilities to ensure that their organization is meeting governance responsibilities. This program is for both new and well established organizations to gain insight as to their management responsibilities in good governance. The workshop will discuss the new reporting requirements associated with Form 990, dealing with unrelated business income, program services and fund raising.
Workshop leader: Rob Lyons
- What's In A Name?
Polyamory and non-monogamy are words that have become central in the growing movement for sexual liberation in the United States, but what exactly do we mean when we say them? Community members using these terms to describe themselves engage with one another in a variety of relationship formations and many people particularly in the LGBT community are relating to one another in near identical ways but not using the same words to talk about it. In this moderated discussion, interested members of the community will come together to discuss the meaning and political power of these terms.
Facilitator: Jack Harrison
- Desire Mapping
Doctor Jaime Grant has spent over two decades researching, coaching, writing and speaking about sexuality and has concluded that the transformational tools we need to have a powerful, authentic sexuality are internal to us. It's not quite as uncomplicated as "Everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten" but it's not far off. The grown-up version of this is: Everything I've experienced along the way on my sexual path is significant and useful, if only I'd understand the power of my own story. In this session we will hear from panelists who have been through the desire mapping process and then begin the journey of writing our sex biographies as a step towards embodying our full sexualities today.
Presenters: Dr. Jaime Grant, Jack Harrison
- Queer Sexual Liberation
Come unlock your radical sexual creativity! Discuss BDSM/leather, polyamory, sex work & more. All queers welcome! Some of the most heated battles in our society concern sex & relationships. How do we, as queers or queer allies, approach these issues in our personal lives? How do we integrate our radical politics with our most intimate relationships? How do we talk about sex with our political allies/families/friends who may not share our views of sexuality? How can we keep ourselves safe in exploring the boundaries of sex and relationships? What do we hope for in a world to come? This workshop will explore many aspects of sexual liberation including: BDSM, Leather, Polyamory, Non-monogomy, sex work, and more.
Facilitator: Asha Leong
- Polyamorous People of Color
This class will be a group discussion regarding issues people of color face in polyamorous, non-monogamous communities and sex-radical spaces. Often despite best efforts of community leaders and event planners, these spaces are not as racially diverse as the cities they exist in. At the same time, we know that people of color are living in the full range of relationship configurations all over the country and are often defining for ourselves radically new ways to relate to one another. This workshop will be a safe space for people of color to discuss the challenges and opportunities of race and ethnicity in an emerging polyamorous, none-monogamous and sexual liberation movement. While the conversation will be open to wherever participants want to take it, possible subjects include: playing with and relating to white partners or partners of different races, questions of disclosure to family members, race play, D/S, racism, access, community. Please come to this conversation ready to participate and make the most out of this unique space.
Co-Facilitators: Asha Leong, Jack Harrison
Note: This workshop is for people who identify as people of color only. If you do not identify as a person of color than this workshop is not for you!
- Equity, Fidelity and Sustainability: Fostering Intentionality in Our Relationships
Come discuss what these terms mean to the Poly community and those building open relationships. Hear how others are crafting pluralistic connections of love that last over time. Review your current network of friends and lovers while giving consideration to what your ideal network might look like. Imagine how you might use these concepts to create mindful relationships that allow for effective communication and powerful connection.
* Limited Income: Youth under 21, Full-time students, Seniors 65 & above, or financial hardship. No one will be turned away for inability to pay full price.
All Polyamorous NYC events are safe for the entire Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans community.