Dean Street Wellbeing programme events coming up in January.

 

EVENTS THIS MONTH INCLUDE:

– Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

– A ChemSex documentary screening with panel discussion

– A better gay sex workshop

– Sextroverts queer comedy evening

– (Details of our usual walk-in support services. A Change Of scene returns in February)

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Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs

This January, Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs returns with a theme of “Beginnings” – Thursday January 12th (6.30pm). In cabaret style, Queer performance artists, poets, or simply community members with an opinion will be taking to the stage and open-mic to share how ChemSex affects them, their friends or their community. It’s free and all welcome. To get an idea of what happens at Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs each month, watch this 2 min video. Visit the Facebook page here.

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Screening; ChemSex the Vice documentary

There is a special screening of ChemSex the Vice documentary happening in Soho Square on Wed 18th January at 6pm, followed by a Q&A with David Stuart and 56 Dean Street’s Health Advisors. View the trailer here; for information about reserving seats, please email david.stuart@chelwest.nhs.uk

Theatre performance; The HIV Monologues

– From AIDS to PrEP: Love, Sex & HIV

The HIV Monologues originates from a funded project at Chelsea and Westminster Trust, to make a play inspired by interviews and research on living with HIV amongst gay men. It follows interweaving storylines, tracing a line from AIDS in the 1980s, to the advent of life-saving ARV in 1996, but holding at its core a modern sero-discordant romance of overcoming stigma. It is a tale told with empathy, humour and heart.

  • “another triumph” – Gay Times
  • “a thunder looper of emotions” – The Gay UK
  • “exceptionally powerful performances” – Jack the Lad

There are three dates in January at Theatre 503 from 15-17 (followed by a three-week run in February at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, 2-19).

(More details/book tickets for February performances.)

Workshop; Better Gay Sex
– For Dean Street Prime members only; there is a discussion/workshop about better gay sex happening Friday 20th January at 3pm. Topics might include

  • What do we want from our sex/romantic lives?; bigger picture versus impulsive choices
  • How do we plan & pursue a satisfying sex life – being aware of our sexual & emotional needs/desires?
  • How can boundaries & communication skills improve our experiences of sex?
  • How can I make Grindr work for me? (profile-writing, in-message communication, compulsive use).
  • Anxiety, rejection and body image issues re hooking up
  • Relationships versus hooking up; knowing what we want.
  • Safety when organising hook-ups.
  • Negotiating safe sex choices & chem use.

(This workshop is for HIV negative gay men specifically, who feel that they have a good likelihood of catching HIV, based on the risks they experience around their sex lives and choices; if you feel your sex life involves choices or circumstances that put you at particular risk of catching HIV, ask any Dean Street staff member about PRIME when you’re next in clinic, or email 56.deanstreet@chelwest.nhs.uk with “Dean Street Prime” in the subject field)

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-18-53-59BAD ROMANCE: a community & panel discussion

UCLU LGBT+ is proud to present a panel discussion about addiction in the LGBT+ community, featuring both research from medical professionals and reporters, and experiences from recovered addicts. Speakers include Matthew Todd, former editor of Attitude and author of Straight Jacket, and David Stuart, sexual wellbeing advocate from 56 Dean Street, whose work is featured in the Vice documentary ChemSex.

Join us Tuesday, January 24th, 7 – 9 PM for an evening of discussion and exploration of the darker side of the scene, and how we can create a gentler, kinder LGBT+ community. Snacks and refreshments are provided, and the conversation will continue after the panel in a less formal setting. This is a free event; check the Facebook page for more details

sextroverts-banner– SEXTROVERTS is a Queer comedy cabaret night where the theme is queer sex. All in the name of better sexual wellbeing through dialogue, and (in this case), laughter – some of it may be inappropriate! Whatever you do with your junk, join the Sextroverts Cabaret night Wed 25th January at 7pm at Ku Bar (Lisle Street, China town). Free every month, and open to anyone. Visit the Facebook page.

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A Change of Scene occurs monthly; the next meeting being Thursday Feb 2nd. For more details of this, visit the Facebook page.

For other support groups, social, sporting or recreational activities throughout the year, please visit our Survival Kit pages.

chemsex-clinic-flyer-2017– ChemSex support clinics; if you want to discuss your own chem use with a kind, non-judging advisor, we have walk in, one to one appointments on the 3rd floor of 56 Dean Street at the following times; each Tuesday 5 to 7pm

Each Thursday, 1 to 4pm

The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month (7th 7 21st Jan) 1 to 3pm.

Just walk in, or visit the website for Chems advice

cliniqloop– cliniQ, Trans support services; Every Wednesday evening between 5 and 7pm, there is a safe space on the 2rd floor of 56 Dean Street to chat with a range of support workers specifically about Trans wellbeing. Visit the website for more information

swish– SWISH is a specific support service for people working in the sex industry (porn film actors, escorts, sex workers). Simply walk in to the 3rd floor of 56 Dean Street on Wed evening between 5 and 7pm for a chat with a support worker.

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– HEAR ME PROJECT

A bespoke service for deaf and DLGBT communities for those who
would like a nurse who can sign (BSL) during your consultation
Every Monday 4-7pm
Dean Street Express
34 Dean Street, Soho
Please walk in to 34 Dean Street and show your blue card at reception—you will be asked to complete a
simple form before your consultation. Results in 6 hours.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Any questions please email margaret.pratt@chelwest.nhs.uk or text 07391 929 080
Dean Street Express offers free and confidential sexual health screening (STI/STD and HIV tests)
six days a week for asymptomatic (no signs of infection, discharge, rashes etc) patients

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