BDSM 101 & Play Party

When? 10/26/2019, 2:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dress Code: Vanilla to the door
Non-Member's Need Sponsor? No
RSVP's Required? Yes
Location: Comfort Inn Glenmont

Click here to register for the party!

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” ― Vernon Sanders Law

We’ve all had moments in life where we’ve thought, “If someone had just told me that, this would have gone a lot easier!” There’s no substitute for your own experience, but sometimes learning from another’s is very helpful.

This free class is an opportunity to benefit from the experiences of people who have been in the scene for collectively decades. We’ll discuss safety, privacy, and etiquette in the BDSM scene. We’ll talk about consent & negotiation, safewords, safely meeting new people, and what you might expect (and would be expected of you) at social and play events.

The class is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Join us and invite your friends who might also be curious.

Class: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Party: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

A play party is being held at the same location from 6 – 9 PM. Registration for the play party must be completed on the APeX Website.

Non-APeX members must attend this class or have attended a previous BDSM 101 class or be a guest of a member to attend the party. All are welcome at the class.

As this is just before Halloween, costumes are encouraged!

Please consider bringing a snack to share.

No money will be collected at the party, no exceptions

A note about costumes

Halloween costumes can be a great opportunity to explore new identities, celebrate our heroes, or find some humor in the often sad state of the world’s affairs. Unfortunately they can also be an often unwitting way to reinforce discrimination through gender and racial stereo types as well as exploiting and caricaturizing marginalized cultures.

In selecting your costume for APeX events, please be mindful of what your costume may say or the effect it may have on marginalized groups or cultures. A costume is inappropriate if is demeaning to a group of people, reinforcing of stereotypes of a race, gender, or sexuality, or appropriates traditions from a culture which is not your own.

APeX’s efforts to create a safe space for our guests are not compatible with these kinds of costumes. If you arrive wearing a costume which is discriminatory or demeaning, you will be asked to remove it or leave the event.

For some guidelines and help in understanding why some costumes are damaging, please see:
From Everyday Feminism: “Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?” by Kate Lazo

If you need help in determining whether a costume idea might be appropriate, please feel free to reach out. Please understand this policy itself is not up for debate.