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Welcome to Playground

Playground is returning to bring the brightest minds in sexuality education and activism back to the heart of downtown Toronto. 

Over the past three years, Playground has played host to some of the best names in sexuality and relationship education. Past speakers have included both local and international names such as Lux Alptraum, Francisco Ramirez, Cynthia Loyst, Dr. Ruthie, Heather Elizabeth, Monique Darling, Sabrina Morgan, Reid Mihalko, Amy Jo Goddard, Carrie Gray, Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, Jon Pressick, Carlyle Jansen, Katrina McKay, Jeff Perera, Dr. Stephen de Wit, Lorraine Hewitt, Jayy Black, and Heather Jarvis.

NEW THIS YEAR:

This year we are proud to be partnering with three organizations. Tell Me Something Good is hosting their monthly sexy storytelling event, immediately following our Friday night keynote. Polyamory Toronto is bringing curated poly related content to our Saturday programming. Finally, Oasis Aqualounge is offering all Playground attendees gender-neutral pricing for a relaxing closing evening on Sunday, November 9th.

It’s our mission to create a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone. Our community is open to all, whether you’re a veteran of sex-positive events or a first-timer looking for a space to call home. Playground is where people of all genders, sexualities, races, and backgrounds can come together to learn from and share with each other.

We can’t WAIT to see you this November!

Special Presentations at Playground 2014

This year we are trying something new at Playground. Recognizing that we, as organizers, have limited experience and exposure along with our own privilege, we’ve asked a few, prominent community members to help us with three very special presentations. The content you will see in these presentations is completely curated by these special guests. They are given the time to use as they see fit, whether they want to personally speak, moderate a panel of their choosing, or bring in other speakers and remain behind the scenes; the point is to offer Playground up as a platform for issues to be raised, to be respected, and to be heard.

This year we’ve invited:

  • Focusing on the sex-work community: Sonya Barnett, Madame of the Keyhole Sessions;
  • Focusing on how to be a good ally: Jeff Perera of the What Makes a Man conference and White Ribbon;
  • Focusing on trans specific issues: Sophia Banks, prominent trans activist.

Check out our schedule for more information on these presentations.