Archive for January, 2011

Welcome to 2011

Posted in events, health, politics, queer, relationships, trans on January 22, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia


And a huge welcome to 2011!

Hope this finds you well and contented!

Yikes, January is almost over which means that the first Pleasure Salon Melbourne for 2011 is about to kick off on Monday 7th February.

At PSM there have been a few changes to bring in the new year, and we are thrilled to announce the details of our new host venue and sponsorship from {also} Foundation & Take Care out there.

So first of all, a huge thanks to Miss Libertine for their support over the past 6 months, and it is with great pleasure we welcome the support of one of Melbourne’s finest cocktail bars, 24 Moons.

Tucked away in true Melbourne style, down AC/DC lane, 24 Moons is a sleek and gorgeous bar, providing boutique beer and wines, cocktails, table service for PSM gatherings & bar snacks and meals ranging from fancy cheese plates and other nibbles to a variety of steamed dumplings for greater appetites. 24 Moons is honoured to be supporting PSM and have agreed to open just for us on Mondays, allowing both attendees and our speakers greater exclusivity. 24 moons is accessible from AC/DC lane, off Flinders lane. There are a few stairs, however, for those who need wheelchair access, there is another entrance from Flinders street, and with ample notice, assistance can be arranged to help you into the venue. Please email us should you require this. Toilets are not fully wheelchair friendly, however with a buddy, they are usable.

February 2011

So, our first presentation for 2011, February 7th is looking at sex and pleasure around the notions of gender.

We have confirmed two fabulous presenters for the night, offering you a range of info and perspectives on playing in and with, gender diversity and fluidity.

Main Presenter: Jez is a queer transman and the visionary behind the up and coming Trans Zine: DUDE. Jez has travelled and explored queer culture in the USA, Europe and Asia and learnt to negotiate playing and existing in queer spaces, as well as cruising male only sexual spaces, sometimes under a certain level of danger, which is what he would like to change.

Jez identifies a need to continue to develop skills and share knowledge for both trans guys and those interested in playing with transguys, for the sake of making play hotter, safer and more fun!!!! He was the coverboy of the  first Dirty queer magazine, was a co-curator of the 2008 Midsumma exhibition Transmen Translated, and has performed boylesque for many years as well as a 2 year season as a male stripper for Rockstrip in 2008 and 2009. Jez has also acted in some short films and participated in documentaries that have been screened at international film festivals.

 Jez’s presentation is sure to engage and inform.

 You’ll obtain insight and awareness of trans guys and some helpful information around negotiating sexual relationships including:

  •  Understanding gender identity vs. sexual identity. 
  •  Overview of Trans Guys and the diversity of masculine identities. •
  •  Surgery, status and assumptions. •
  •  Helpful terminology and language •
  •  Negotiation, respect and consent •
  • Tips from DUDE: Trans Male Zine• –
  •  Where to go for more information


Respectful questions and feedback will be welcomed and Jez will be happy to share personal experiences.

 Our second presentation will be a brief discussion with author of  “My Agender” , Stef Tipping, who has written and collated a new collection of stories and experiences from gender diverse folks in Melbourne and beyond. Both Jez and Stef will have copies of their respective publications available on the night for purchase and perusal.

When: Monday Feb 7th

Doors : Strictly from 6pm

Speakers start 7.30pm

Where: 24 Moons

 AC/DC Lane

 Melbourne CBD


Welcome to 2011 and we welcome you back to Pleasure Salon Melbourne!