Monday, June 26 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Foundations Class
Coming Out as Kinky

Cost: Suggested donation of $10-$15

Dress code: Whatever makes you feel comfortable. Street wear before entering

Doors open 6:30-7 sharp, class starts promptly at 7:00

Class Description:
In this presentation we’ll cover some of the emotions, thought patterns, and social/cultural factors that can impact coming out to others as kinky. We’ll talk about what “Coming Out” means; the differences between choices rooted in privacy vs. shame; visibility within the Kink community; Coming Out about specific needs, desires, limits etc; and the connection between sharing your identity and overall happiness.

There will be time for exercises as well as sharing about what feels challenging about sharing this facet of our identity as well as what has been successful.

We’ll also cover some of the brain activity and neurochemicals involved in kinky play; why it can be such an important part of identity; and how to make conscious choices about when to share this with others, and how to choose the people you want to come out to about it.

Presenter Bio:
Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a San Francisco-based Marriage and Family Therapist with a long personal and professional history grounded in diversity. He is trained in and has achieved recognition in various fields, including a current part-time private practice as a psychotherapist. Cal has served as a supervisor of psychology interns for the California Pacific Medical Center, and for multiple terms as president and webmaster for Gaylesta, an LGBT Therapist Association (www.gaylesta.org ). He is also a member of Kink-Aware Professionals (ncsfreedom.org/key-programs/kink-aware-professionals/kap-program-page.html ) and of Bay Area Open Minds (bayareaopenminds.org ), an organization of therapists who support all expressions of gender, sexuality, & sexual expression.

Cal has a long history of working with clients in the LBGBT community, including the leather, kink, and poly lifestyles; he continues professionally and personally to explore ongoing developments in these communities. In his practice, Cal applies a non-pathologizing approach and works with clients regarding relationship issues, sexual growth, polyamory, leather & kink, alcohol & drug use, work issues, and other life challenges. He has presented on numerous topics at conferences; he is experienced in EMDR and Hakomi, a somatically-based form of psychotherapy.

Cal currently resides in San Francisco with his long-term partner of 28 years and is proud to serve his Sir of 2 ˝ years. He is an active & visible participant in the SF gay leather/kink community.

For more information about his practice, please visit www.caltherapy.org

Check out the event and RSVP:
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Upcoming events:
July 3rd - NO CLASS!!!
July 10th - Pet Play
*Events are subject to change*Events are subject to change

If you are new to Foundations:
You must have a sponsor to attend a Foundations class.
If you already know a current Foundations student you can ask them to sponsor you. If you need a sponsor the easiest way to get one is to come find us at our meet-and-greet held each Monday before class at Wicked Grounds Cafe (289 8th St, San Francisco) from 5:30-6:30 pm. We’ll be the people wearing the black Foundations t-shirts and/or leather vests.

To learn more about Foundations find us on Fetlife:
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PLEASE NOTE:
You must be over 18 and present a valid photo ID to attend class.

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