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Some hot dates for September

September 14th, 2009

Dr Petra

Sexual Health Week starts today and this year the Family Planning Association are focusing on sex and alcohol, making the link between alcohol and unsafe sex. On the 17th of this week they’ll be launching results of a new survey looking at alcohol and risk taking, which health care professionals and sex educators may be particularly interested in. Journalists wanting to know more about this can find out press details here. I’ll be interested to see how this research matches with current evidence which challenges the assumption that alcohol and sex are accidentally paired. Rather people may well use alcohol to enhance (or even begin) sexual encounters.

If you’re around in London on Sunday 2oth September why not head down to London Zoo for Gay Sunday?

Later in the month it’s Polyday a one-day event celebrating polyamorous and open relationships on Saturday 26 September 2009, building on the success
of last year’s Polyday event, which had over 250 attendees.

From the event organisers…

From the threesome who have been living together for years, to the gay couple who go cruising together, to the swingers eager to talk to new people about the benefits and challenges of their lifestyle, many
people throughout the UK and elsewhere are exploring alternatives to monogamy. On Sept 26th, this diverse group will have another opportunity to come together for talking, networking, music and fun,
at Polyday in central London.

A one-day event for everyone who knows that happy and honest relationships don’t have to be monogamous, Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening Pan-Sexual Cabaret of music and comedy,
giving attendees an opportunity to meet others, to build our community, and to celebrate their varied lives.

Polyday builds on a growing interest in alternative relationships. “We’re seeing an increasing understanding, in the media and among the public, that monogamy is not the only way to be together” said organiser Maxine Green. “But when we talk about these relationships openly we often get challenged by people who don’t understand our lifestyle choices. I’m looking forward to a day where I can relax and socialise with like-minded people, and know that I’m understood.”

Polyday will be held on Saturday the 26th of September at Dragon Hall in Covent Garden, a community centre in London’s West End, London WC2B 5LT., starting at 1:30pm and running until 10:30pm.

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