From 15-18th February at 5pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact as part of our Queer as F**k programme.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring the history of sex education, the situation right now, and how we can do it better – with speakers including Ruby Rare, Rosy Pendlebaby and Lauren Duffy from the LGBT Foundation. Then sit down with a zine from our pop-up 101 Queer Zines library, and make a zine of your own with the Drawn Poorly team.
About the Artists
Ruby Rare is a pink-haired sex educator, author, and public speaker on a mission to get people talking more confidently and inclusively about sex. Her work is influenced by her experiences as a queer, non-monogamous, dual-heritage person. She’s a proud ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health charity for young people, and co-founder of Body Love Sketch Club. In 2020 her debut book Drawn Poorly is a Manchester-based project providing creative opportunities focussed on illness and disability. Through zines, workshops and creative projects, we’re dedicated to platforming experiences of illness and disability, providing space and connecting people. stigma and encouraging conversations about living with chronic illness, disability and mental illness. Sex Ed: A Guide for Adults was published by Bloomsbury, and her new podcast series In Touch is out now. In her spare time, Ruby eats an obscene amount of vegan jelly, watches the Powerpuff girls, and collects vintage peignoirs.
Rosy Pendlebaby is a performer, facilitator, and activist, working in the UK and internationally, making work that explores the intersection of creativity, pleasure, and transformation. She is director of Revolting Arts Club and co-founder of Body Love Sketch Club, both playful workshop spaces for self-expression and exploration. She enjoys eating cake in bed, running around in her pants, and reading and writing smut.
Lauren Duffy is the Sexual Health Lead at LGBT Foundation, and has been part of the sexual health team since 2017. With a BSc in Sexual Health, she’s also a certified sexpert! She’s passionate about sexual wellbeing and has consistently pushed for further inclusion in services within and beyond LGBT Foundation.
Drawn Poorly is a Manchester-based project providing creative opportunities focussed on illness and disability. Through zines, workshops and creative projects, they’re dedicated to platforming experiences of illness and disability, providing space and connecting people. Their founder Rose Sergent has run zine-making workshops across Greater Manchester and in online spaces.
The 101 Queer Zines pop-up is a collaboration with Manchester LGBT Zine Library. Founded in 2014 by Hebe Phillips with The Proud Trust, the full Library is located in their new building on Sidney Street.
Queer as F**K
As part of Queer Contact 2022, Contact are running a new after-school club for queer young people (coming after work or from home is also allowed!).
This year, our club meetings will be a chance to talk and think about sex education, queer sexuality, and being your LGBTQ+ self.
Queer sex education was a theme suggested by our young people’s steering group. Until 2003, the Section 28 law prevented schools from teaching that homosexuality was acceptable. In 2020 sex education finally became a compulsory part of the curriculum. But we know from the young people we work with at Contact that lessons are often still patchy, awkward, and very heteronormative. People leave school with a lot of questions, which continue into adulthood.
From 15-18th February at 5 pm each day we’ll be inviting sex educators and queer speakers from across the UK to run a series of discussions at Contact. After each event, we’ll host a workshop that expands on the themes of our discussion in a creative way. Join us for zine-making, portrait drawing, group singing, and swap shopping that’s all queer as f**k.
These events are designed to be safe and suitable for people aged 14 and up – but they’re open to anyone aged 30 and under who has questions to ask or wants to think about these things. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing our full speaker line-up.
Because the workshops and panels will be discussion-based, including audience questions, it’s not possible to say fully what topics will be covered in each. Contact staff members will be present at all events and have received trauma-informed training and safeguarding training to help them support anyone dealing with difficult and distressing issues, or who may need a moment to talk and reflect on content covered in the sessions.
This image is by Manuel Vason and was created in collaboration with Contact’s Re:CON producers (Ali Wilson, Isaac Rose, mandla rae, Nasima Begum) to commemorate protests against the Section 28 law repealed in 2003.
This event is part of Queer Contact. Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact’s programming converges in a festival of events – Queer Contact Festival – featuring the best performance, music, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual art with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent.
If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.
Alternatively, you can email the box office on firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).
For just £10, you can get 12 months of priority booking, exclusive offers and juicy deals.
Book tickets to shows like Emma Frankland’s Hearty and News News News entirely for free.
You get the added bonus of 25% off other shows across Queer Contact and the rest of our Spring season!