Non-Monogamy for Queers with Andrea Zanin @ Venus Envy Ottawa, Ottawa [22 August]

Non-Monogamy for Queers with Andrea Zanin

19:30 - 21:30

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Venus Envy Ottawa
226 Bank St., Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1X1
Non-Monogamy for Queers
with Andrea Zanin
August 22 2017 7:30-9:30

It’s always a challenge to make the leap into the wide world of non-monogamous relationships, but that challenge takes on special dimensions when you’re queer. How do we navigate sometimes too-small queer communities when we’re non-monogamous? How do we find our way in a queer culture that gives us conflicting messages about marriage and monogamy versus radical sex-positivity and sexual adventurousness? What are some common pitfalls of non-monogamous relationships, and how can we avoid them? And just how many times do we have to come out about one more thing that makes us different from the norm, anyway? This will be a discussion-based workshop with plenty of opportunities to share your own stories, questions, tips and tricks. Special bonus: we’ll approach the topic from a non-judgmental perspective, with no monogamy-bashing and with lots of emphasis on joy, love, respect, pleasure and choice.

Facilitator Bio:
Andrea Zanin has been writing and teaching internationally about BDSM/Leather/kink, power dynamics, non-monogamy and queer sexuality for over 15 years, and she endeavours to bring an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. Andrea’s writing has been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. She co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest (Ottawa) and the annual one-day, all-genders queer M/s and D/s event Queering Power (Toronto), and runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society. She is pursuing a PhD in gender, feminist and women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. Andrea was named Toronto Leather Pride’s Woman of the Year 2014 and was awarded the Pantheon of Leather Canadian Award for 2016. She enjoys eating fine dark chocolate, drinking tea and wearing really nice shoes. Read her at or find her on Twitter at Andrea Zanin

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Space Info:
Venus Envy is a physically accessible space. We have an automatic door, no steps and a gender inclusive bathroom big enough for most mobility devices.

We use foldable, plastic chairs for our workshops, but we do have three softer chairs that we're happy to reserve for anyone who needs one. As we sell some scented products, we're unfortunately unable to guarantee that the workshop will be a scent-free space (though we do ask guests to refrain from wearing heavily scented products).

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