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.
Today’s talk explores body neutrality and self-acceptance – how can loving our own skin help us have healthy relationships (including our relationships with ourselves)? Suriya Aisha from the podcast series Sickbabe will introduce the event, before handing over to Ruby Rare and Rosy Pendlebaby from the Body Love Sketch Club. At 5.30pm Rosy and Ruby will host a portrait drawing workshop with a difference – come to draw, to be drawn, and to celebrate your body.
About the Artists
Body Love Sketch Club is a body positivity and creative empowerment project run by performer and artist Rosy Pendlebaby, and sex educator and artist Ruby Rare. These two queer, happy, colourful ladies, have been running joyful, arty workshops together since 2018. Together, their aim is to share the empowering, healing potential of drawing spaces to liberate our bodies, and our inner artists.
Suriya Aisha is an activist, artist and producer. As a poet and playwright, she brings to light the extraordinary in the everyday. She is the founder of LGBT POC network @unmutedbrum and host of podcast @sickbabepod, which platforms the experiences of womxn and non-binary people living with physical invisible disabilities.
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 5pm 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.
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