This year’s SIXpo was one for the books! For the first time, the festival included both online and in-person events. For those who didn’t get the chance to read our “Let’s Recap SIXpo’s Online Events!” blog, SIXpo is a three-week-long festival celebrating sexual health, love, and relationships.
Despite being only three days, the in-person festival kicked quite a punch. Here is a look at some of this year’s events:
|Kink, Chronic Illness, and Disability
This workshop explored the intersection of kink, chronic illness, and disability. A neurodivergent and chronically ill sex educator Melody Anne led a discussion on navigating the world of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadochism, and Masochism) through adapting and customizing kinks to your needs, combating the stigma and shame around sex, and drawing links between BDSM and chronic pain.
|Sexual Health and Anxiety
In today’s society, there is a lot of shame and stigma when it comes to our bodies and especially when it comes to sex. Jason and Carolin took on the topic head-on through a presentation that focused on the science behind sex, common sex myths, concrete recommendations regarding conversations about sex, and resources for addressing sexual concerns.
|The Askable Adult
Jessica Wollen led a discussion on sexuality and its role in every person’s life. The participants had the opportunity to explore how to find current and reliable information regarding the topic. They also discussed strategies on handling sexuality-related questions from youth and adults. The workshop provided resources and guidance on how to learn and grow in relationships.
The festival wrapped up with an epic afterparty to celebrate Vancouver’s first sexuality and disability festival. If you were unable attend this year, there’s good news… SIXpo 2024 is in the works! Check out their website and follow their socials (Instagram/Facebook) for future updates.