Sex Talks, an initiative set up by Antonia May Cross. The aim is to bring all things SEX to a diverse audience in a fully inclusive environment.
Tell us about your project.
Sex Talks is a non-profit that’s all about INCLUSIVE, EDUCATIONAL, and EMPOWERING talks – All for YOU.
We’re all about sex in all its forms and glory- providing accessible seminars, talks, workshops and panel debates. Whether its sex advice, culture, wellbeing, opinion or hot topics – we’ll have a talk, seminar or workshop dedicated to you.
What are you trying to do?
Our mission is to make informed and practical sex-positive sex education accessible to everyone.
This is really important to us – accessible venues, accessible prices, strict core-values that represent every member of our guest audience. A commitment to using non-heteronormative and non-binary language where possible and positive representation of the LGBTQIA+ community. No judgment, shame or discrimination allowed.
What makes it different to other projects?
Quite simply no-one else is doing this in Bristol, and to make us even more special – no one else is doing this on the same scale or vibe as us in the U.K. – our core values mean that we really do want to shed light on underrepresented ideas and people and communities. Whether that’s sexual wellbeing for those of different abilities or sex culture for communities you won’t see on the shelves of Ann Summers.
We also have a corporate sponsorship scheme that’s really special and means that businesses can help community action groups and charities, students, sex-workers, freelancer or low or no income earners come to our events for free, or for dead cheap.
What’s your top tip for ‘keeping it punk’ and making a difference to people’s lives?
Stick to your guns. Those initial – “start-up”, grassroots ideas are golden and usually what makes you unique. Also have a clear mission, vision and values that guide everything that you do- and hold yourself accountable to these, always.
Could you give us a quote or two from some of the people who benefit from your project?
A recent guest said “Was great to finally hear someone so knowledgeable talking openly about things considered taboo topics”
“Your energy and the Sex Talks movement is vital… what you’re doing is so needed around the world” Jenifer Minor MA – Hart Counselling services (Sex Counselling)
What other groups/projects inspire you?
I love the Sex Plus Zine by friend and Sex Talks speaker Kim Loliya – https://www.sexpluszine.com/ – They’ve just released their debut hard copy.
And Florence Schechter – who is the Director of the amazing Vagina Museum – a pop-up project which has just smashed it’s crowdfunding project – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/is-your-vagina-normal-pop-up-exhibition-feminism#/