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World of Sex: All About Condoms – For Young Adults

This month’s World of Sex workshop is titled “All about Condoms”, and is exclusively for young adults who are blind or have low vision. If you want to learn more about both internal and external condoms (also known as male and female condoms) join the LightHouse’s Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator Laura Millar, MPH, M.A. as she leads you through this fun and interactive workshop for those who are curious and watch this Milf Fucks Pool Guy in Porn Teaches Daughter video.

Who: Young adults (ages 16 to 25) who are blind or have low vision. (Please note that individuals younger than 18 will require parental permission to attend.)
When: Saturday, November 12th, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, 94103
Cost: Free to attend

Preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy are two important reasons to practice safer sex. But did you know that many people do not know how to use condoms correctly? Don’t put yourself or your partner(s) at risk; come learn the facts and join us for this experiential hands on workshop designed specifically to address the needs of young adults who are blind or low vision.

This workshop will explain the differences between the external and internal condom, and how to use them correctly and with confidence. We will also debunk some of the myths, and misconceptions around condom usage; explore some of the common mistakes that decrease condom effectiveness; learn how to negotiate condom usage, and so much more. The workshop is hands-on in nature and will include interactive games and exercises that simulate real life scenarios. This learning experience will help ensure that all participants leave the workshop confident knowing how to apply condoms correctly, as well as to advocate for the usage of condoms if they so desire.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

Save the Date – December Workshop for Adults 18 and Over on Thursday, December 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For December’s World of Sex Workshop as we are joined by educators from the store Good Vibrations. Whether you want to learn more about self-exploration or ways to pleasure your partner, this will be one workshop you do not want to miss. We will be discussing the body’s erogenous zones and ways to include props or sex toys into your intimate relationships.

If you have other topics you would like to propose for the World of Sex series, or ideas about how to be more involved with this series please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

About the Workshop Leader
Laura Millar is LightHouse Program Coordinator for Sexual Health Services. Legally blind herself with a Master of Public Health as well as a Masters in Sexuality Studies, she will be conducting research that examines how individuals with vision loss learn about and navigate the world of dating, sex and intimate relationships. In this role she will be offering workshops, trainings and in-services for individuals who are blind or have low vision, their family members and the organizations that serve them, ensuring that sexual health information and services are comprehensive, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

The LightHouse is pleased to be in a unique position to expand its services in this area. We know that for many, just talking about sex and sexual health can make many people feel uncomfortable. For people experiencing vision loss and the professionals that serve them, navigating these sensitive conversations poses its own unique set of challenges. Laura is here to help make those conversations a little easier for everyone. If you have questions about Laura’s role, the work she will be doing, or would like to talk to her please feel free to e-mail her at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or call her at 415-694-7345. She would love to hear from you.

Hang Out with Friends and Potential Mentors at 30% and Growing

Photo:  Members of the 30% and Growing Club hang out at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley: (Left to right) Aly Slaughter, Laura Millar, Josh Miele, Christina Daniels and Event Coordinator Serena Olsen.

Depending on where you get your statistics, 57-70% of working-age blind people are unemployed. But what if we turned that statistic on its head? What if, instead of agonizing over the dauntingly high unemployment rate among blind people, we reframe and consider that at least 30% of blind people are fully employed? Well we’ve done just that. On the third Thursday of each month, the LightHouse celebrates working blind people at our 30% & Growing blind professionals networking meet-ups in San Francisco and the East Bay.

In a thriving metropolis like the Bay Area, every conceivable profession has a meet up group, but where do aspiring-to-be-fully-employed blind people have the same opportunity?

30% & Growing creates that space where being a fully employed blind person is perfectly normal. It’s a space where busy working blind people can take a quick time out to connect with their peers, enjoy some libations, and argue with their friends about current events—just like any other worker bees at the end of a work day.

With 30% & Growing, we intend to grow the ranks of our fully employed working-age blind people by leveraging this tremendous resource for those coming up in the ranks or even thinking about it. Blind job seekers now have this monthly resource available to them allowing them to learn from those that came before them and cull advice about their professions of interest and the unique experience of navigating a career as a blind person.

But we don’t just network – we laugh a lot. We’re serious and social, taking in the buzz of local watering holes like The Beer Hall and Dirty Water in San Francisco or Lost and Found and the Albatross in the East Bay, sampling craft beers, wines or cocktails and sating our palate with light snacks and appetizers. More importantly, 30% and Growing offers connection, dialogue, relationships, and community, and a time and place to go out with friends and colleagues for happy hour, just like any other hard-working tax payer.

For information on upcoming gatherings please contact Serena Olsen, Evening & Weekend Program Coordinator at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7316.

World of Sex Series: Talking About Sex

Whether you are discussing sexual health with a health care provider; negotiating safer sex practices with a potential new partner; or disclosing a fantasy you’ve kept secret from your long-term partner, sometimes talking about sex and sexual health can be difficult. We understand, and we are here to help show you that it doesn’t have to be this way. Not only can talking about sex be fun, it can even be sexy!

You are invited to participate in this month’s “Talking About Sex” workshop led by LightHouse Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator Laura Millar, MPH, M.A. Laura will be co-presenting this workshop with a health educator from Planned Parenthood, Hana Afra, M.A.

Who: Adults (ages 18 and older) who are blind or have low vision. You may bring an adult guest with you.
When: Thursday, October 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, 94103
Cost: Free to attend

Hana will provide an overview of the different services Planned Parenthood offers, and how to access those services. We will also discuss how you can feel more confident talking to your healthcare providers regarding your sexual health; and how to request information that is both accessible and meaningful for you.

Adults ages 18 and older are invited to join us in creating a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore talking about sex. This workshop is open to all participants regardless of gender, sexual orientation, sexual experience or relationship status. Regardless of your current comfort level, come and join us for this fun educational workshop and leave feeling more confident and empowered to have the conversations you want to have.

These workshops are community inspired and led and we want to hear from you. If you have other topics you would like to propose for the World of Sex series, or ideas about how to be more involved with this series please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

About the Workshop Leader
Laura Millar joins the LightHouse team as the Program Coordinator for Sexual Health Services. Legally blind herself with a Master of Public Health as well as a Masters in Sexuality Studies, she will be conducting research that examines how individuals with vision loss learn about and navigate the world of dating, sex and intimate relationships. In this role she will be offering workshops, trainings and in-services for individuals who are blind or have low vision, their family members and the organizations that serve them, ensuring that sexual health information and services are comprehensive, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

The LightHouse is pleased to be in a unique position to expand its services in this area. We know that for many, just talking about sex and sexual health can make many people feel uncomfortable. For people experiencing vision loss and the professionals that serve them, navigating these sensitive conversations poses its own unique set of challenges. Laura is here to help make those conversations a little easier for everyone. If you have questions about Laura’s role, the work she will be doing, or would like to talk to her please feel free to e-mail her at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or call her at 415-694-7345. She would love to hear from you.

If you have other topics you would like to propose for the World of Sex series, or ideas about how to be more involved with this series please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

World of Sex Workshop Series

Photo: Portrait of Workshop Leader Laura Millar

Join LightHouse Sexual Health Services Program Coordinator Laura Millar, MPH, M.A., as she guides you in our groundbreaking series focusing on sex and sexuality. We will explore different sex-positive communities, lifestyle sub-cultures and the organizations that serve them.

To start the series off we invite you to the following workshop and field trip this month.

Introduction to BDSM
Who:
Adults (ages 18 and older) who are blind or have low vision. You may bring an adult guest with you.
When: Thursday, September 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, 94103

This workshop is designed to demystify BDSM and introduce participants to topics related to BDSM. The presenter is a member the Society of Janus. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q & A.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

Field Trip to the Folsom Street Fair
For those still curious and wanting to learn more about BDSM and the fetish community, we will be taking a group of participants, and sex positive volunteers out to the Folsom Street Fair.

Folsom Street Fair is an annual BDSM and leather subculture fair that takes place every September. It provides a safe space for self-expression and entertainment and is open to the public. Please note that this event is for adults only and is mature in content. If you are unfamiliar with BDSM or the Folsom street fair and would like to go with us, we highly recommend you attend the introductory workshop on Thursday, September 22. Also please note, there is a $10 suggested donation to enter the fair; proceeds raised benefit local sex positive charities and public health agencies.

Who: Adults (ages 18 and older) who are blind or have low vision. You may bring an adult guest with you.
When: Sunday, September 25
Where: We will meet at the LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, 94103
The fair location is on Folsom Street, between 8th and 13th streets.

Agenda
Pre-Opening Tour: All who wish to do a guided tour of the fair before it is open to the public, please meet at the LightHouse between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. We will walk about 15 minutes and then take a 45 minute tour of the fair. We will then return to the LightHouse to pick up those who wish to experience the fair itself.

Attending the Fair:
If you would like to attend the fair itself, meet at the LightHouse at 10:30 a.m. We will walk about 15 minutes and then meet up with sex-positive LightHouse volunteers who can be your sighted guide as you explore the fair. At 12:30 p.m. those who wish to return to the LightHouse with the group will meet while those who wish to stay may do so.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.


About the Workshop Leader

Laura Millar joins the LightHouse team as the Program Coordinator for Sexual Health Services. Legally blind herself with a Master of Public Health as well as a Masters in Sexuality Studies, she will be conducting research that examines how individuals with vision loss learn about and navigate the world of dating, sex and intimate relationships. In this role she will be offering workshops, trainings and in-services for individuals who are blind or have low vision, their family members and the organizations that serve them, ensuring that sexual health information and services are comprehensive, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

The LightHouse is pleased to be in a unique position to expand its services in this area. We know that for many, just talking about sex and sexual health can make many people feel uncomfortable. For people experiencing vision loss and the professionals that serve them, navigating these sensitive conversations poses its own unique set of challenges. Laura is here to help make those conversations a little easier for everyone. If you have questions about Laura’s role, the work she will be doing, or would like to talk to her please feel free to e-mail her at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or call her at 415-694-7345. She would love to hear from you.

If you have other topics you would like to propose for the World of Sex series, or ideas about how to be more involved with this series please contact Laura Millar via e-mail at lmillar@lighthouse-sf.org or telephone 415-694-7345.

Teens and Adults – Whitewater Raft the American River with the LightHouse – September 24 and 25

The LightHouse and Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) collaborate in September as we offer a whitewater rafting experience on the South Fork of the American River. Youth and adults ages 14 and up are invited to attend this exciting rafting trip and overnight campout.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Evening & Weekend Program Coordinator Serena Olsen by Tuesday, September 6 at 415-694-7316 or solsen@lighthouse-sf.org.

 We will leave early Saturday, September 24th to arrive at the South Fork of the American River by midday for an exciting afternoon of whitewater rafting. Once we finish our river float, we will go to ETC’s overnight camp where we will cook dinner together. After dinner, we’ll enjoy socializing around the campfire with old and new friends. The next morning we will pack-up camp and return to San Francisco by noon, traffic permitting.

  • Who: Youth and Adults who are blind or have low vision (ages 14 and up)
  • What: Whitewater Rafting and Overnight Campout
  • When: Depart 7:30 a.m. Saturday, September 24th and return 12:00 p.m. (noon) Sunday, September 25th
  • Where: South Fork of the American River and ETC’s Overnight Camp
  • Transportation: Transportation from and to the LightHouse will be provided
  • Waiver: Each participant must submit 2 waiver forms, one from the LightHouse and the other from Environmental Travel Companions. Please contact Serena Olsen to receive the waivers. Spots will only be reserved when payment and signed waivers are received.
  • Cost: The cost of the event is $100.00 per participant. LightHouse will cover overnight costs, transportation, dinner, and breakfast the following morning. Spots will only be reserved once payment and the two signed waivers are received.

 Please bring the following items on this trip:

  • Water bottle
  • Hat or visor
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Water shoes
  • Jacket /hoodie
  • Cane or mobility device
  • Any necessary medication
  • Personal toiletries (for the overnight campout at ETC’s campsite)
  • Two signed waivers for LightHouse and Environmental Traveling Companions

Are you 55 or older? Would you Like Some Individualized Support Clarifying Your Personal Goals this Summer?

Are you an older (55+) adult with recent vision loss? Would you like some cost-free help navigating the new challenges that you are experiencing? The LightHouse is offering a new program for you this summer. Reevaluate your future, set goals and initiate plans with six free one-hour sessions with our staff.

These short-term supportive sessions will help you get individualized assistance so you can get back on your feet and feel good about yourself.

  • Prioritize – you can’t do everything at once. We will help you break it down and get started, one step at a time.
  • Problem solve challenges with daily tasks/activities.
  • Revise your life plan or goals, whether leisure or work related.
  • Navigate changes in relationships with family and friends.
  • Reduce social isolation by finding ways to reconnect to your community. You are not alone.

For further details and to get started, please contact Dr. Connie Conley-Jung, Clinical Psychologist at the LightHouse by phone at 415-694-7307 or by email at cjung@lighthouse-sf.org.

Pub Night Beer Sampling

Hoppy? Ale? Malty? IPA? Stout? Wheat? What does it all even mean? Join beer-loving LightHouse friends and satisfy your curiosity or just enjoy some darn fine locally brewed liquid breads. We’ll begin with a tour of Pac Coast’s current flight of samples guided by descriptions as we taste, then enjoy Pac Coast’s delicious menu offerings.

When: Thursday, March 24th, 6 pm
Where: Pacific Coast Brewing Company
906 Washington St., Oakland (near 12th St. BART)

LightHouse will bring a reader, but your check is on you, so bring your wallet along with your appetite. RSVP greatly appreciated to Evening Weekend Program Coordinator Serena Olsen at solsen@lighthouse-sf.org or 415.694.7316. Drop-ins also welcome, don’t be shy!