Did You know? How To Stay Informed

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There are several ways APEX communicates to membership about what is happening:

During Normal Operations

  • The website is updated several times each week. While the calendar is our “source document” for events, About APEX, For APEX Members, and APEX News are all great ways to stay up to date!
  • Concierge System (The televisions that provide APEX news)
  • Management Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month and are always open to members (Visit the calendar for details). These meetings always have financial and membership reports!
  • At the front desk is a binder that includes meeting minutes, financial reports, and other documentation for a rolling 12 months. It also includes the most recent annual reports (which you can also find on our website here)
  • The APEX Fetlife and Facebook Groups are great ways to learn about events (we do not conduct business on social media)

During Limited Operations

  • It certainly has been more challenging to communicate during limited operations, so we have done an even better job of updating the website.
  • We have also started a fairly regular email update. If you aren’t receiving these please email Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

Have questions about APEX or something specific? Email Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org and your email will be routed to the right person, or you can use the form below.

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July is July Is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month

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Formally recognized in June 2008 (and currently designated as), Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the US. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities.

To continue the visionary work of Bebe Moore Campbell, each year Mental Health America (MHA) develops a public education campaign dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

This year’s theme is Strength in Communities, where we will be highlighting alternative mental health supports created by BIPOC and queer and trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC), for BIPOC and QTBIPOC.

Our 2021 toolkit will examine community-developed systems of support created to fill in gaps within traditional systems that may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC and QTBIPOC mental health. It will explore three topic areas: community care, self-directed care, and cultural care and why these types of care are valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health.

  • Community care refers to ways in which communities of color have provided support to each other. This can include things such as mutual aid, peer support, and healing circles.
     
  • Self-directed care is an innovative practice that emphasizes that people with mental health and substance use conditions, or their representatives if applicable, have decision-making authority over services they receive.
     
  • Cultural care refers to practices that are embedded in cultures that are passed down through generations that naturally provide resiliency and healing.

Download The 2021 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit Here

Some resources

Kink and Poly Aware Professionals: The Kink And Poly Aware Professionals Directory (KAP) is a service offered by NCSF dedicated to providing the community with a listing of psychotherapeutic, medical, legal and other professionals who have stated that they are knowledgeable about and sensitive to diverse expressions of sexuality.

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

BIPOC Mental Health Month | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)

BIPOC Mental Health Video | ACA Minority Mental Health Month

Silence The Shame

BIPOC Mental Health Awareness | Greg Bailey | La Familia

As we continue with #BIPOCMentalHealthAwareness Month, FESCO Parent Education Consultant, Greg Bailey, shares with us some insight on the importance of breaking the stigma of seeking or asking for help in communities of color. Thank you Greg. #BreakTheStigma#LiveLaFamilia#MentalHealthAwareness#BIPOC#LivingOurValues#SelfCare

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Honoring the Progress in access and inclusion

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July marks the anniversary of the American’s with Disability Act. In honor of our progress in access & inclusion, we want to bring some tools and resources to you to help us all be a better ally to those with Disabilities.

On Monday, July 12th, Hell-on-Wheels will share some personal experiences and perspectives to bring some tools and resources to you to help us all be a better ally to those with Disabilities. Learn some of the ways you can be supportive and inclusive, and learn how each of us can be better allies, and broaden our awareness with some simple tools.

Click here to learn more about this class

How You Can Honor This Month:

APEX has long wanted to make our upstairs more accessible, and this month we will launch a fundraiser for a chair-lift for upstairs it will be a significant project $6,000-$8,000, so if you enjoyed this presentation, or want to contribute to APEX being more inclusive, please participate by going to the APEX payment portal and choosing the “gift” button-leave a note in the “gift” message that this is for the chair-lift. Click here to donate

Other resources and educational opportunities:

ADA from the US Department of Education

Doing Disability Ally Work from Eli Clare

3 Top Tips to Becoming a Better Ally for People with Disabilities by Ruby Jones

DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING

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Announcements and Reminders

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We would like to thank all APEX members for your patience as we navigate what our club’s events look like now and into the future.

The latest updates:

We now offer multiple hybrid events each month. The list of hybrid events is growing every day. These events blend both virtual and in-person components, so you can choose which mode of attendance works best for you. Please note the reservation system and presenter-specific guidelines on each event! Visit here for more details. Learn more here.

Get A Room is still happening! This weekly opportunity to play in the space is available for Annual All Access members in good standing and involves reserving one of our six available play spaces. Reservations are required; visit here for more info.

Virtual orientations are now available! For those who aren’t members yet, we now have virtual New Member Orientations available several times a month. See our calendar for more details, and tell a friend. Becoming a member virtually allows you to attend Get A Room!

Limited operations party – we’re giving it a try! In July, we will be debuting a limited operations party with COVID-19 safety practices in place. This will be a practice run to test our process. Please visit our website and keep an eye on social media to get the details.

Thank you again for your patience as we navigate this new road! More details on the July event soon.

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Celebrate african american History, Culture and progress. Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition, becoming a federal holiday in 2021.

Learn more about Juneteenth:

  • History: https://juneteenth.com/
  • PBS: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/
  • See what other people are talking about with Juneteenth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=juneteenth&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth:

  • Learn the full history. Although June 19, 1865, marks Juneteenth, the end of slavery was not so clear-cut. That’s why it’s valuable to start by educating yourself and others about the full history of Juneteenth and the events leading up to it. The many resources available include the book Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison and the film Miss Juneteenth,  and this video tour through the Slavery and Freedom exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Support Black-owned businesses. One of the best ways to mark Juneteenth is by supporting Black-owned businesses, according to a May 2021 poll conducted by Branded Research. Any product or service you need can be found and purchased through a Black-owned business.
    • The US Chamber of Commerce published an article on 8 directories that list black-owner businesses here: https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/black-owned-businesses-directories
    • Here are a few options on where to buy Black-owned home goodsapparelskin care and wines recommended by Sisters from AARP, the newsletter celebrating Black women.
    • Send other resources to us at Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org and we will include them here!
  • Acknowledge and spread the word.
    • Educating yourself about Juneteenth is just the first step; it’s also important to spread the word and educate others. According to a 2020 Harris Poll 33 percent of Americans were “not at all aware” of Juneteenth.
    • Start with your own sphere of influence by advocating for recognition of Juneteenth — for example, if your workplace or school does not have the holiday off, question why.
  • Donate to supportive organizations. One way to celebrate Juneteenth is by donating to organizations that support Black communities. Find organizations that resonate with your beliefs or support causes you are passionate about. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Audre Lorde Project, the Bail Project and the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund are a few to consider. Purewow did a post on organizations that support black women: https://www.purewow.com/wellness/organizations-that-support-black-women.
  • Attend Juneteenth events. Click here for a list of virtual Juneteenth Events.

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Welcome to Pride Month

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Phoenix Pride is generally in April in Arizona because of the uncooperative Phoenix weather. However, our Pride Festival had to postpone due to Covid-19. Phoenix Pride has announced the rescheduled dates for the 40th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade, with the Festival now set to run Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7, 2021, with the Parade moving to Saturday, November 6. Please commit to the rescheduled Phoenix Pride Festival by buying your tickets early! https://phoenixpride.org/

Honor your LGBTQ+ Community by educating yourself about the LGBTQ+ History:

LGBTQ History in Arizona

Bj Bud Memorial Archives

Arizona Queer Archives

Ways you can support the Phoenix LGBTQ+ Community:

Support your community today by making a tax-deductible donation to Phoenix Pride and the Phoenix Pride Community Foundation!

The Phoenix Pride Community Foundation funds the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program, Phoenix Pride Community Grants Program and the Phoenix Pride Partnership Program. Your contribution will help Phoenix Pride continue its mission to celebrate and promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ+ community. Together with our donors, Phoenix Pride awards approximately $100K in grants and scholarships almost every year. This money goes back into the metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ+ community strengthening organizations and assisting individuals in order to further the cause of equality and create a more prosperous community for all.

Donate today to support scholarships for a LGBTQ+ students, or to support a nonprofit organization seeking grant contributions to continue their services to the Phoenix LGBTQ+ community. You can choose which Phoenix Pride Program you would like to support. 

Rainbow Crosswalks: We are looking to raise money to cover the cost of maintaining the two rainbow crosswalks in Phoenix, AZ. Any amount you can donate will help us in the maintenance of the existing crosswalks and installation of more locations! Donations through this web page will be restricted to the implementation and maintenance of the Rainbow Crosswalks in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more about Rainbow Crosswalks here.

To demonstrate our commitment to the LGBTQ+ Community, APEX will be posting resources and ways to support this month.

As you may know, APEX has only had limited operations due to the risk of Covid-19. However, in honor of Pride Month, APEX Members have sponsored an LGBTQ+ Scholarship to our club (once we have fully reoppened). Stay tuned for scholarship and application information.

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June updates-including new hybrid programming

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This month we will continue to try Virtual Orientations. This will allow people to join our club for virtual events and for Get A Room! While we work this out, please be patient. For more information visit our Calendar and look for Virtual New Member Orientation in Black.

This month we are offering several “hybrid” events which will include a Virtual and In-Person component. We are working on our processes, so for those who choose to come in person, please know that there may be some inconveniences, and everyone needs to work together to move us forward.

A list of the Hybrid Classes for June:

June 7th: -HYBRID PROGRAM- Who is that masked person? An evening with the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

June 9th: -HYBRID PROGRAM- APEX E.D.G.E. – Floggers

June 17th: -HYBRID PROGRAM- APEX E.D.G.E. – Whips

June 22nd: -HYBRID PROGRAM- Yoga for Bondage

June 28th: -HYBRID PROGRAM- Life Drawing: Nadia Vanilla and Yoga For Kink 

Please read each event. In-person attendance requires a reservation (found on the event listing on our calendar), and the requirements are presenter-driven, so will look a little different for each event. Please read the specific event you would like to attend.

Click Here to Read the Virtual Events Terms of Use

Some highlights of the June Hybrid programs include:

  • Attendance will be limited by presenter preference and activity.
  • Everyone must wear a mask or will be turned away.  APEX masks are available at the door for $10.00 (exact change, cash only)
  • Membership/ID verified against reservation.
  • Temperature taken and health questions asked based on Department of Health Screening questions.
  • You will be directed to your space. APEX is now one-way traffic, and this will be explained when you arrive. The stairs by the kitchen are to go UP the stairs, the stairs on the main dungeon floor are to go DOWN the stairs.
  • Everyone will be appropriately distanced.
  • All Attendees must follow signage in the space and the directions of Volunteers.
  • Everyone must have a current membership on the day of class. you can renew your membership online here: https://apex.firmpos.net/apex-pay/
  • All Access Paid Monthly members need to email Treasurer@ArizonaPowerExchange.org to renew (this cannot be done on the payment portal)
  • Pay Per Event Members may pay their class fee here: https://apex.firmpos.net/apex-pay/ (no money or membership will be taken at the door)
  • Bring your government issued photo ID

It is very important that everyone understand that this event is designed to test process, so everyone needs to be patient and be willing to allow mistakes and inconveniences while we work it out. The actual goal of this event is to see if this works, and the answer may be “no”. July events will likely look different as we get more experience doing these events!

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Supporting Our Community in May

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This month, we support our community with several important events open to the entire 18+ Community. Those include:

May 3rd: -VIRTUAL PROGRAM- PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PREP) WITH VALLEYWISE

A discussion with Valleywise Health to educate about PrEP, and to share a new HIV prevention program at Valleywise Health that facilitates increased access to PrEP – pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection.PrEP is a single pill regimen that taken consistently at the same time daily has been shown to greatly prevent HIV infection. While PrEP is available to anyone who wishes to reduce their risk of HIV, with this new program, Valleywise hopes to be a resource for communities that often have obstacles to health care access including people experiencing homelessness, people actively using substances, people in early recovery, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant populations, and communities of color.This program provides prescription assistance for individuals in order to provide PrEP medication for many people without cost, especially individuals who cannot obtain any form of insurance. ValleyWise is committed to reducing HIV infection within the community, and is happy to share these resources.

Click here to learn more

May 17th: -VIRTUAL PROGRAM- HOW ARE YOU FEELING? 

We are often asked “How are you feeling”, and we say “fine.” But this has been a difficult time lately, and emotions can be complex. You may be feeling sad, worried, or stressed. It’s been a hard year. We all know that. We have all been doing the best we can. And it’s important to remember that not being ok is ok.
What do we do when it’s all too much? What to we do for those we care about then it’s too much for them?

In honor of mental health awareness month, we will talk about tools and resources to acknowledge your mental health, and how to be an ally to others with the help of the How Right Now campaign.

Click here to learn more

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Hyrid Event for May and some new process tests

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This month we will continue to try Virtual Orientations. This will allow people to join our club for virtual events and for Get A Room! While we work this out, please be patient. For more information visit our Calendar and look for Virtual New Member Orientation in Black.

This month we are offering a “hybrid” event which will include a Virtual and In-Person Event. We are not necessarily continuing to have hybrid events, we are merely testing how our process works.

Click Here to Visit the Hybrid Yoga Event for May

Click Here to Read the Virtual Events Terms of Use

Some highlights of this test program include:

  • Attendance will be limited to ten (10) people who have completed their vaccinations (including the time after final vaccine for maximum efficacy)
  • Everyone must wear a mask or will be turned away.  APEX masks are available at the door for $10.00 (exact change, cash only)
  • Membership/ID verified against reservation.
  • Temperature taken and health questions asked based on Department of Health Screening questions.
  • You will be directed to your space. APEX is now one-way traffic, and this will be explained when you arrive. The stairs by the kitchen are to go UP the stairs, the stairs on the main dungeon floor are to go DOWN the stairs.
  • Everyone will be appropriately distanced.
  • All Attendees must follow signage in the space and the directions of Volunteers.
  • Pay Per Event Members may pay their class fee here: https://apex.firmpos.net/apex-pay/
  • Bring your government issued photo ID and your vaccination card (or phone photo of it)

It is very important that everyone understand that this event is designed to test process, so everyone needs to be patient and be willing to allow mistakes and inconveniences while we work it out. The actual goal of this event is to see if this works, and the answer may be “no”.

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Hybrid Event for April

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This month we are offering a “hybrid” event which will include a Virtual and In-Person Event. We are not necessarily continuing to have hybrid events, we are merely testing how our process works.

Click Here to Visit the Hybrid Yoga Event for April

Click Here to Read the Virtual Events Terms of Use

Some highlights of this test program include:

  • Attendance will be limited to ten (10) people who have completed their vaccinations (including the time after final vaccine for maximum efficacy)
  • Everyone must wear a mask or will be turned away.  APEX masks are available at the door for $10.00 (exact change, cash only)
  • Membership/ID verified against reservation.
  • Temperature taken and health questions asked based on Department of Health Screening questions.
  • You will be directed to your space. APEX is now one-way traffic, and this will be explained when you arrive. The stairs by the kitchen are to go UP the stairs, the stairs on the main dungeon floor are to go DOWN the stairs.
  • Everyone will be appropriately distanced.
  • All Attendees must follow signage in the space and the directions of Volunteers.
  • Pay Per Event Members may pay their class fee here: https://apex.firmpos.net/apex-pay/
  • Bring your government issued photo ID and your vaccination card (or phone photo of it)

It is very important that everyone understand that this event is designed to test process, so everyone needs to be patient and be willing to allow mistakes and inconveniences while we work it out. The actual goal of this event is to see if this works, and the answer may be “no”.

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