Leiden University Pride is organizing a symposium dedicated to a discussion on through the social (mis)construction of (a)sexualities, sexual integrity and sex pleasure within the LGBTQ+ community.
We will have wonderful speakers who will share their stories and talk about different topics related to a variety of issues like BDSM, female sexual pleasure, asexuality, etc.
Join us and don’t forget to bring a friend, this weekend, 13:30-17:00, April 21, in the Spectrum room at Plexus!
- 13:30-13:35 Word of Welcome – The Board of Leiden University Pride
- 13:35-14:00 Mehek V.- Defining the transgender in India and its broader implications
- Hijra is a colloquial term given to the vast (but not encompassing) community of transgenders in India. The different perceptions that the Hijra community has of themselves and that of those outside the community lead to differing labels. And more often than not, these labels dictate the behavior, the psychology of the group and their access to necessary legal and healthcare systems. A Hijra (who are often engaged as sex workers as a means to support themselves) engages in sex with men, they often take male lovers and but do not identify as gay, a prevalent position of the majority. They identify simply as a “Hijra” because they personally believe themselves to be outside of the mainstream society and it is at this complex intersection of their gender and sexual orientation that it becomes important to understand how definitions in law have a vast consequence on their daily life.
- 14:00-14:30 Sam – A is for Asexuality
- Asexuality is often described as the ‘invisible’ orientation. For those who like to learn more about it, it can still be a complicated and confusing exploration. So in this talk, I will try to make asexuality as accessible as possible. Not only covering basic terminology, but also dig deeper into personal experiences. Hoping to make everyone understand the life of an asexual person better (our struggles and our joys) and why our voices within the LGBT+ community are absolutely unmissable.
- 14:30-14:40 Coffee & Tea
- 14:40-15:15 Astrid – Cliteracy
- Not everybody knows what a clitoris actually looks like. We will talk about the anatomy of a clitoris, why so many people don’t know about it and what that means to us.
- 15:15-15:45 Megan Stift – Asexual After Assault: a demisexual’s journey in a sexual world
- How do you respond your friends’ conversations about sex when you just don’t have any sexual feelings at all? And what is it like to try to have a sex life after your first sexual experience was so scary blocked it out for years? I’m here to talk about these experiences and the stigma that weighs down on them.
- 15:45-16:00 Coffee & Tea
- 16:00-16:25 Mari – The P Word: Am I Just Greedy?
- Polyamory. Yeah, I know. Terrifying. An abstract concept of which you have probably heard very little outside of the occasional news clip describing a religious cult, or a brief episode of a TV show which ends badly for all parties involved. Never fear! I’m here to talk to you about polyamory: why it works, how it can work, what kind of boundaries one must negotiate, and why poly couples love unicorns.
- 16:30-16:55 Colin – I couldn’t know I was different
- In a society that places so much importance on the development of romance and sexuality – from the first kiss to marriage -, what is it like to grow up outside of this dimension? Despite the prevalence of asexuality, it is not often talked about. And what about gender? When you’ve never been exposed to anything else, it is hard to conceive of the existence of something other than man or woman. I want to share my story of how I had to find out about my asexuality and agender identity all on my own, what this meant to me, and how it could have been different if I had known about others like myself.
- 16:55-17:00 Closing statements