Pune First a/Sexuality 101 Festival
After Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, Indian Aces are coming down to Pune to organize our very first a/Sexuality 101 festival at the city!
> Sexuality 101: Educational workshop to understand a new model of Sexuality via Asexuality. Certificates provided on request.
December 9, Sunday full-day, 11 am – 5 pm
> PLatonicity: Speed dating for non-sexual relationships, regardless of reasons and orientations
December 8, Saturday evening, 5.30 – 8.30 pm
> Focused group discussion + group counseling sessions: For deeper peer-peer, facilitated personal discussions
December 7, Friday evening, 6- 8.30 pm
> One-on-one counseling sessions
December 2-7, 1-2 hour session, any time suitable to you, as per availability
You can register for one or more of the events through the registration form (https://goo.gl/forms/iiD1UfhyIerBHMOG3). Some refreshments included in all tickets. Flat 50% discount for students who complete online registration as well as all other registrations completed by 5 December. Details below:
About the trainer/facilitator for all events:
Dr. Pragati Singh, the founder of Indian Aces, is a medical doctor who has worked extensively in the public health fields of maternal, child, adolescent and reproductive health. She is a fellow with the Council of Sex Education and Parenthood (International) and an ambassador with the American Sexual Health Association. She was awarded a scholarship and selected as a Young Leader for her work by the Swedish Govt. Institute at Stockholm.
In her personal time, she founded the Indian Aces collective independently in 2014 and has been working pro-bono to educate and build a community for asexual people across India since. Her work has broadened into the larger sexuality and gender space through a number of online and offline activities for the same including events, campaigns, meetups, talks, workshops etc.
She was invited to present her research paper on Asexuality at the World Association of Sexual Health in Prague, Czech Republic, where her study was selected for a poster as well as oral presentation, and published in the prestigious Journal of Sexual Medicine by Elsevier. Her other study on the subject was also selected for presentation at the World Congress on Mental Health in Delhi, where it also won the award for Best Oral Paper received from Nobel Laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.
Her ingenious a/Sexuality 101 workshop was also selected to be conducted as a part of this conference and was received very well by psychologists and psychiatrists.
This workshop was also selected by the University of London to be conducted at their Queer Asia conference in June 2018.
She won a full scholarship to the National Sex Education conference in Atlanta, USA. She was also selected as a Youth leader at the Mingle Summit held in Bangalore, India. Independently executed over 10 workshops on the subject of Sexuality.
She has won many other accolades and prizes for this work such as an award for ‘digital creativity ‘and for her poetry performance on the subject of Sexuality and Asexuality from Women’s Web, Population First, UNFPA and ColorsTV.
About the Sexuality 101 workshop:
Agenda: Understanding the nuances of human sexuality and LGBTQIA+ through a novel model, utilizing a breakthrough conceptual understanding of Asexuality.
The workshop serves as an excellent tool to understand Sexuality as a complex amalgamation of human traits as against the uni-dimensional model often portrayed. Are you ready to have all your notions of Sexuality broken down and built up afresh from scratch? Get ready for a day of unlearning and relearning.
a/Sexuality 101 workshop has been conducted in Delhi 4 times, Bangalore 2 times, Mumbai 2 times, University of London 1 time, and now we’re bringing it to Pune for the first and the only time! It is open to the public, and suitable for anyone (over 16) who wishes to deeply understand not only Sexuality but also Asexuality.
-Curious people in general who like to learn new things
-LGBTQIA+ or gender/sexuality activists and leaders
-LGBTQIA+ community members, who’d like to understand their sexuality better
-Psychologists, counselors, mental health professionals/activists
-Academicians studying this space of gender/sex/sexuality
-Those working with sexuality/sexual health space
-Those working with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma
-Gender activists, feminists
-Doctors, health professionals, or those in allied fields
-Those struggling to understand their own or a loved one’s sexuality/sexual orientation
-Asexual folk trying to understand themselves better
What to expect at the full-day workshop:
1. A highly educational, comprehensive workshop on the concepts of sexuality that is activity and game based.
2. Videos, debates, and quizzes to stimulate and challenge you and your current beliefs on sexuality.
3. Group activities/games for you to get to know co-participants and network.
4. A chance to be trained directly by the founder of the Indian Asexual collective, Dr. Pragati Singh
5. A unique exercise to help you learn how to discover and articulate one’s own sexuality in precise terms.
About the Counseling session (Individual or focused-group):
This counseling session will be beneficial for those trying to work out aspects of their own sexuality better and struggling with terms and concepts and nuances at an individual level. If you’ve been struggling with figuring out your orientation, your sexuality or your asexuality, or have you been wondering how to navigate through all the terms and labels out there and how exactly to identify yourself.. If you find it challenging to articulate and express your individual sexuality to others, this is for you! Best attended in conjunction with the workshop. This session is centered around one-on-one deep and personal discussions between the participants and the facilitator, Dr. Pragati Singh.
What to expect at the counseling session:
1. Open discussions and sharing of personal experiences (privately or within a closed group of people), facilitated by Dr. Pragati.
2. An attempt to help you figure out aspects of your sexuality, including, but not limited to orientation.
3. A safe space for you to tell your story (and listen to others who’re in the same boat, in case of group), with space for discussion and dialogue.
4. Personalized attention and consultation throughout the session to each participant.
(Please note this is not a therapy session)
About Platonicity: Speed-dating for non-sexual relationships.
Are you (or anyone you know) looking for a non-sexual or non-romantic or platonic relationship with a member of the opposite gender, for any reason? Join us for India’s VERY FIRST match-making/speed-dating event series for non-sexual relationships!
You may be asexual, or someone seeking a non-sexual relationship for other reasons, a gay man seeking a lesbian woman for MOC (Marriage Of Convenience), someone not ready for a sexual relationship at this point, someone who doesn’t understand romance or something entirely different. Whatever your reason, this event is for you if:
1. You’re looking for someone from the opposite gender AND
2. You want a non-sexual, or less-sexual, or non-romantic, or less-romantic relationship with them, regardless of the reason.
Whether you’re looking for a short/long term relationship, monogamous marriage or an open relationship, with or without any expectations of romance and/or different degrees of physical intimacy, you will find this an apt and THE ONLY event to meet suitable partners in an otherwise hyper-sexual world.
Currently limited to people seeking partner(s) of the opposite gender (men seeking women and women seeking men).
We will be selecting up to 5 members from each side. All the parties will be introduced to each of the participants from the opposite party. Each participant will be able to mark their interest in the opposite person privately. Indian Aces will then share the interest from whoever marked them and participants can then decide if they wish to share their details with them or not. Please note that only the information you choose to have shared will be shared at all steps. The control will always lie with you.
We are NOT promising a match, at all. We are attempting to provide such a platform for the very first time in India, and possibly world (?) We want you to have a choice in how you lead your personal relationships and be able to find a partner of your liking in a world where all relationships are unfortunately expected to be sexual or romantic by default.
Find more information at our facebook event.