Hello beautiful people,
Well it came – I went – now having had some time to reflect, what did I really think about the whole Sexpo experience – hmmm?
I must admit to seeing it through very different eyes this time. The last time I went along to Sexpo I was only just beginning to truly accept and welcome the changes that were taking place in my life. So to be honest I’m sure that experience would have been met with some resistance, embarrassment and a whole lot of OMG’s (probably an understatement really!). It amazes me, as the woman I am today, how incredibly shut down I was back then, how sexually repressed I was.
On the whole Sexpo was a great experience and I am very fortunate to live in a country where an event like this actually takes place. Personally though, I would have liked to see as much focus on the health and sexuality parts of Sexpo, as their advertising campaign states, as there was on adult lifestyle. There is such an opportunity to educate, inform and showcase a hell of a lot more than they did, especially that life beyond heterosexuality does in fact exist and is a regular, normal way of being.
Well done Bisexual Alliance Victoria for even having a presence there I say. Three cheers for Bisexual Alliance Victoria, hip, hip hooray, hip, hip hooray, hip, hip hooray!
As for me, assisting on the stall was liberating to say the least. To be standing there as the straight wife of a bisexual man and not giving two hoots if the passersby’s thought that it was me who was bisexual (or not) was very empowering to say the least. I guess it was another layer of letting go, you know, by not worrying about what other people thought of me. I knew the truth and that was all that mattered. Seeing Andrew standing in his truth was wonderful too I might add. Did I mention Andrew was coming with me? I don’t think I did in the end. Oh well now you know, Andrew came with me!
I got to meet some really lovely people at the stall and it was wonderful to see those who felt comfortable enough within their own sexuality come up and talk to us, even tell us we were awesome! I loved to the ones that walked by and gave us an affirming smile though wouldn’t dare break from their pack! And it fascinated me the people who would quickly look the other way when they read the name of the stall. Bi Alliance Victoria was the official name on the stall header although the walls were decorated with Melbourne’s Bisexual Community. That all being said overall it was very worthwhile being there and making a difference, however big or small that may be.
The one thing that did surprise me though was how quickly the time went by. It seemed like we had only just arrived, then it was time for us to leave again. I guess a three hour shift is only a blink of an eye at a four day event! Next time (if there is indeed a next time) we’ll have to make sure we do a longer shift.
I wonder how I go about getting on the organising committee and making a difference from the inside out – hmmm now there’s a thought!
Love & hugs,
‘practice what you passion’®