Alicia coordinates Northcott’s Sexuality and Relationship Education Service. She’s passionate about empowering people to learn more about a topic that’s often taboo and unspoken about!
Northcott’s Feel the Vibe sexuality and disability forum and expo was hosted in May in Sydney’s Inner West suburb of Burwood. This was the 8th event of its kind, with Feel the Vibe being held at locations throughout NSW and the ACT since 2014.
What’s Feel the Vibe all about?
Feel the Vibe originated from people with disability wanting to know more about sexuality and sexual expression. So in 2014 the first Feel the Vibe event was held and had a great turn out!
Feel the Vibe is a two-part event talking all things sexuality. First up is a forum for sexuality experts to present on their area of expertise and start the discussion around sexuality. When the lights go out the fun begins with the second part of Feel the Vibe – the expo. The expo is intended to be a fun night out where people with disability can learn about sexuality in a relaxed environment – with entertainment, stall holders and goodies to take home!
Highlights from the recent event in Burwood included performances from ultra talented drag queen Dizzy Bility, along with interesting topic talks from sexuality experts including Max Black, Touching Base and Family Planning NSW.
So you want to learn more about sex and sexual health?
Here are a few tips:
- Be open to learning something new – There’s so much out there to learn about. Try stepping out of your comfort zone. You might be pleasantly surprised with what information you might uncover!
- Learn or attend events with a partner or friends – Get out and come to events like Feel the Vibe with others. It’s less daunting, plus you have someone to have a bit of a giggle with.
- Have fun with it – I get it, these conversations are hard and scary, but have fun, have a laugh about it and enjoy yourself.
The next Feel the Vibe event (expo only) will be held in Blacktown in Sydney’s West on Friday 9th November 2018. Contact [email protected] to get yourself on the mailing list to receive more information.
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