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Jan. 16th, 2009 @ 11:30 am Disability + National BDSM Convention Stuff
Hi everyone!

A bunch of folks are working towards the goal of organizing a national BDSM convention here in Australia. Most of it is happening behind the scenes at the moment and is in the very early stages of collecting information and such.

I'm collecting information from disabled kinky folks, being a disabled kinky person myself.

If you're disabled and kinky (or the partner of someone who is disabled and kinky), I'd really like to hear your opinions on the following:

* What concerns do you have about a national BDSM convention in regards to disability?

* What would you love to see at a national BDSM convention in regards to disability?

* Do you have anything you could contribute to a national BDSM convention in regards to disability and would you be willing to do so? (Australia only unless you're really keen to travel!)

You can leave your answers here in a comment, or you can email me at not.in.denial@gmail.com :)

I'd like to collect as many opinions as possible. Thanks folks!

--Erinkyan

(xposted like a muscle spasm in my leg)
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From:undeconstructed
Date:January 16th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
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hey there... i started reading this post and was thinking hey that sounds like what E has been talking about, and sure enough, its you lol.
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From:not_in_denial
Date:January 16th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
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HEY IT'S YOU! :D *waves frantically*
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From:undeconstructed
Date:January 16th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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mind if i add you on here?
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From:not_in_denial
Date:January 16th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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Go for it, I'll add you back :)
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From:angel13666
Date:January 16th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)

Great job

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I think it is a Great idea. I am on the Board of a Local Kink group and one of the big things I try to get into our group is more understand of those of us who are disabled and KINKY. Kinky on wheels so to speak LOL.
I am in the USA. I am glad to see this being worked on.
Angel
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From:undeconstructed
Date:January 16th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
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now onto your questions :)

1) What concerns do you have about a national BDSM convention in regards to disability?
- whether and to what extent ALL the spaces and equipment used are accessible

- whether the groups definition of accessible includes a wide range of definitions... including chemical sensitivities.

- that gimps are actively involved in the organizing and implementation of the events (and not just the "fluff" either)

- that there is sufficient time given between workshops etc to get from A to B, and that shuttles or what have you are available

- that gimps are not tokenized and invisibilized as kinky folks, and that excuses are not made for our exclusion based on time/money/energy (the usual suspects)

2) What would you love to see at a national BDSM convention in regards to disability?
- see above. in addition: promotional materials for the events (*including* any sexy/fun stuff) include images of kinky gimps; that the group has reached out to local/national gimp groups...
and fabulous kinky gimps getting their perv on.
3) Do you have anything you could contribute to a national BDSM convention in regards to disability and would you be willing to do so? (Australia only unless you're really keen to travel!)

- living in canada i could really only forward promo stuff...and wish i was there :P
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From:badgerbag
Date:March 23rd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
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i'm not in Australia, but I use a wheelchair and crutches. when I'm involved with kink events I want the same thing as with other events. *Detailed* information in advance about what's accessible and what's not and how it is or is not. Slopes, distances, handrails, bathroom layouts, door sizes are all useful. That includes where to eat since it sucks to be at a conference or event that's in a reasonably accessible building and then everyone goes out to dinner 10 blocks away up a giant hill in the Restaurant of a Thousand Stairs.

It is useful to mark out clear paths for access. I know that is hard at parties and crowded spaces. But being stuck in a crowd also really sucks. It is not enough to mark out reserved seating at a performance for example, there also needs to be aisles to get in and out of that seating.

Good luck and I know this is all really late advice! 8-)