October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Ways to Support the Cause this month:

1. Attend Allyship Training

Monday, October 23rd: ADVOCACY, ALLYSHIP, & ACTION (HOW WE CAN HELP SURVIVORS AND HEAL FROM SV/DV)

This training will look at ways to effectively advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic violence including how to be a good ally and actions everyone can take to prevent these forms of violence. We will also explore healing from abuse, intervention techniques, and state and local resources. Participants will become aware of the numerous advocacy skills, allyship opportunities, and ways to speak out against sexual and domestic violence.

About the Presenters:

The Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence was formed in 1980 so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

2. Donation Drive in October

APEX will be a collection point for Arizona Coalition to end Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Things they need: New/unopened items are preferred for sanitary reasons.

  • full size hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, and styling products for diverse hair types)
  • full size toiletry items (lotion, body wash, soap, etc.)
  • razors, shaving cream
  • hair brushes
  • pads, tampons
  • baby formula
  • diapers and baby wipes
  • minute phones and recharge cards
  • makeup
  • household cleaning items
  • paper towels, toilet paper, tissue
  • craft supplies for kids and adults (ex: coloring books)
Buy a purple ribbon at the front desk for $1.00 to show your support, or donate directly in the box at the front desk.

Let’s support and show we care!

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IntRoducing The Collective

FacebooktwitterIn an ongoing commitment to education, APEX is bringing a series of events open to the entire (18+) community in order to enhance the events, clubs, and groups in our Valley. These events will be relevant and timely, and are designed for everyone into kink, BDSM or power exchange in the Phoenix area.

Some upcoming topics for these events will include:

The Consent Collective 
For our first event The Collective will focus on consent issues in honor of Consent Month. Consent is a varied and complex concept in our world, and doesn’t look the same for each relationship, community, group, or event. The Consent Collective is created for our entire community to dissect and discuss the issue of Consent. Phoenix is a large city with varied and diversified needs. Let’s come together to identify our needs as it relates to consent, so we can all learn from each other.

We will begin with a town hall kind of session where we get to know each other while we identify and discuss various consent issues. We will then break up into groups to discuss those various topics. After our break out sessions we will come back together to discuss the conclusions of each break out session. The goal is to help each person, group, and community to further explore the concept of consent and learn from each other to make our city the best it can be!

The Diversity Collective
This spring, The Collective will explore Diversity and Inclusion.
We will provide resources on:
• Identifying diversity and inclusion issues
• How to advocate the inclusion, equality, and diversity of events, clubs, and groups.
• How to promote the integration of diversity issues in policies and practices
• How to accommodate and include groups of various needs and
• How your event, club or group can further include and accommodate people who may not be comfortable at your event, club or group today.

The Event Collective
The event collective will address the needs of events, clubs or groups who hold events. Experts will be brought in to address:
• Writing a good consent policy, mission statement, and rules
• What insurance matters apply to your event, club, or group
• What legal resources does your event, club or group need
• Finances: Transparency and confidence
• Social Media issues and how to manage them and leverage various platforms
• Communication to your event attendees, club or group

To keep these events focused on education, the proceeds of The Collective events’ will go to benefit the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

About the NCSF
The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.

The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities.

We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach, in conjunction with our partners, to directly benefit these communities.

You can join the fight with the NCSF by becoming a member. The NCSF has a membership level to accommodate everyone. Coalition Partners (for organizations or businesses), Supporting Members (for individuals or organizations), and Individual Members (for individual people).

About the Arizona Power Exchange
The Arizona Power Exchange, is the Valleys Premier Source for BDSM education, social opportunities, and support. As we celebrate 31 years, APEX is even more dedicated to providing services and education to members and the larger Phoenix community.

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides education, social opportunities, and support for adults who are interested in Bondage and Discipline; Dominance and Submission; and Sadomasochism (BDSM) who value individual responsibility, integrity, confidentiality, and respect for self and others. APEX provides on-going forums for education and practice of BDSM and opportunities for like-minded individuals to socialize, explore and learn in a respectful and dignified environment. APEX welcomes all sexual orientations, consensual relationships, and risk-aware BDSM and sexual practices.

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Welcome Christine as our APEX Accessibility Coordinator!

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APEX is dedicated to the inclusion of all its members. In recent years, we have made several changes so APEX could be more accessible to those members requiring accommodations for a variety of differing abilities. Some of these changes have included widening doorways, installing ramps at the exterior doors, and clearing a space at the voyeur room window to accommodate wheelchairs.

We have now decided to take an even more proactive approach to accessibility options within the space. To facilitate that growth, we’ve developed the position of Accessibility Coordinator. Please join us in welcoming Christine into that position. She will be focused on attainable solutions that will help APEX be more welcoming and accessible to those with different needs and abilities.

We are counting on membership input to discover, design and implement practical solutions. If there is an accommodation beyond infrastructure that you think would enhance the experience of someone who may have different needs, please send Christine an email.

While our status as a 501(c)7 organization exempts us from ADA compliance, we are committed to providing each of our members as full an experience as possible. Every suggestion and idea will be considered, but within the restrictions of our building and budget, not every idea may come to fruition.

You can reach Christine at Accessibility@ArizonaPowerExchange.org to share your ideas. Watch the Concierge system and social media for updates!

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Breath Play Intensive: Saturday, July 27th

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Building on my Monday night discussion and demo come on down to APEX for a more in depth discussion of the physiological and psychological ins and outs of this very hot but very serious form of play.  First half of the Intensive will be an in depth lecture of how and why we breathe and what happens when we f*** with that.  The second half will be a series of examples of breath play including a water boarding scene.

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS

$6 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website: https://arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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Happy Pride Month

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From the Library of Congress

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

In Arizona, our Pride Parade is in April, but we still celebrate Pride all month long. Look for local listings for all the amazing things happening in June. The New Times has an article on ways “to
show a little extra love for the LGBTQ community this month”.

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NEW! APEX E.D.G.E.-Little’s

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Third Sunday of the Month at 4pm

There is a Little inside many of us. Whether it’s coloring, tea parties or dress up, each of us Littles have an activity that brings us back to that fun, kid-like nature we enjoy so much.

For these reasons, we’ve dedicated an EDGE group to Littles! Join us to learn and experience life in this space! Each month we will theme our meeting to cater to each type of little. Everyone is welcome to our EDGE group, but we would like everyone to show up from a Littles headspace to help facilitate the objective of the group.Feel free to send any questions about our group to Deena: slavedeena@gmail.com

E.D.G.E. Groups:
Extended Development, Growth, & Education (E.D.G.E.). An E.D.G.E. group is made up of APEX members who all share a common interest in learning, teaching, and developing skills. This is a peer-to-peer learning environment that facilitates practice and sharing knowledge in a particular area.

Educational groups will be open to all APEX members who would like to join. If you are interested in beginning an E.D.G.E. group, please e-mail Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

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OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS

$6 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website:https://arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

Please RSVP HERE. For our First Meeting! (Not Required for attendance)

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Wet-N-Messy Party

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June 29th, 2019

Hot, cool, sticky, slippery, wet. We’re going to get wet and messy at APEX! Several pools will be filled with lots of fun things for your enjoyment! Paint flogging, Wax play, liquid latex, sploshing…how will you get your wet and messy on? Bring out all those messy ideas…

There will be regular Dungeon space for those who prefer that, but a guaranteed good time and hot scenes of messy play will be available for your voyeuristic enjoyment.

The Orbeez pool will be back, as well as some other ways to immerse yourself.

APEX will be providing a Baked Potato Bar, but you are very welcome to bring something to share.  As always, water will be provided.

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

While we will remain open until 1am, the doors will close at 10:30pm so our Volunteers can enjoy the party as well. Annual All Access Members in good standing can let themselves in until closing.

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website https://arizonapowerexchange.org/becoming-a-member/

*Please note: You must be a member at least 24 hours PRIOR to this event to attend. No orientations will be done at this event.

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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APEX EXPERIENCE: MUMMIFICATION

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In the ongoing effort to bring diverse and exciting programming to our members, apex will be introducing a new series of events! Our “apex experiences” series will focus on all-day events, geared toward using our space in new ways!

Our first apex experience will feature mummification. You have seen it online, or at a Monday night educational event, and now you are ready to try it out yourself!

In advance of the APEX Experience on Mummification, we will have a short social to make everyone more comfortable.  This is your opportunity to buy your tickets, learn about the process, and meet your wrapping team and other participants in order to make you more comfortable at the event.

If you are new to APEX, the 6:30pm orientation is your last opportunity to join prior to the APEX Experience on Mummification

Included in the cost of the event, apex will provide all of the materials (cling wrap, duct tape, towels, sheets, massage tables, ext) as well as a meal to end our day together. All you need to bring is you (and maybe a change of clothes and a toy bag for the APEX Dungeon Party later)!

Doors open at 11:00am. We will start by going over safety and the agenda for the day. Our wrapping team will begin at noon, and attendees will then have up to 5 hours to lie, fully or partially mummified. Our team of spotters will check in with you, and you can choose how much or how little assistance or intervention you require. Attendees can request to be unwrapped, or break out at their own pace.

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Facts about the new entry system for all access members

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We have started the conversions to give our Annual All Access Members their Proximity Cards.


What that means is that Annual All Access members in good standing will have the ability to let themselves into an event until closing time.

So, if you are an Annual All Access Member and happen to be a night owl and only want to show up for the last hour of the party, you can do that! Late for class and the door is closed? No problem, let yourself in. This cool new system will unlock the front door to let you into the building, and also checks you in, so no worries about hunting down a door person or making special arrangements.

What this means for now…while we work out any kinks in the system:

  • Weeknight Classes that begin at 7:30pm: You can let yourself in until 9:30pm.
  • As a rule, All Access Members will be able to use their cards for two (2) hours after start time for anything other than parties.
  • Early Party: You can let yourself in until Midnight
  • Party Closing at 1:00am: You can let yourself in until 1:00am

We are sure we will discover ways to make this better as we move along, but that’s where we are starting. 

TO GET YOUR PROX KEY:

SHOW UP AT ONE OF THE “CONVERSION” TIMES ON THE CALENDAR. THERE ARE CONVERSIONS EVERY DAY UNTIL MAY 3RD. VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR SPECIFIC TIMES.

Starting May 1st, there will also be an auto-attendant in the front office next to the Door Volunteer. If the Door Volunteer is busy, you can scan yourself in! If the screen turns green, you are good to go!

Some Q&A for Annual All Access Members:


Q. Will I get a new card?
A. Yes. You will get a cool prox. card that hangs on your key chain. It doesn’t have a logo and there is no identification, so it can be on your keys without worry.


Q. What about my bar-coded card?
A. You want to keep this. This is your membership card for the benefit of reciprocity, as well as a few other things, so Annual All Access Members will have both. At some stage, maybe that changes, but today we will use both.


Q. So, does my membership number change?
A. Yes. The prox. cards have a whole different numbering system, so Annual All Access members will have a different number for the time they are Annual All Access Members. Keeping your bar-code card though means if you are ever NOT an Annual All Access Member you will revert to the bar-code.


Q. Why only Annual All Access Members?
A. Because if they are in good standing (meaning, current, with no expired cards or payment failures), Annual All Access members don’t need to see a door volunteer. This system will also have an “auto-attendant” while the door is open, so they can check themselves in if they choose.


Q. What if I need to renew, or I have to change my credit card, or a payment failed?
A. You will still need to see a person at the door just like normal. Keep track of your expiration date (on your bar-coded card) and see someone at the door.


Q. How do I get this magical card?
A. We are doing training right now so that we will have enough people to handle all of our Annual All Access Members. We will be doing paperwork and conversions April 24th -April 29th in order to have everyone ready for the May 1st launch. If you come in at one of those “Annual All Access Card Conversion” times, there will be door folks present to walk you through how it works, and sign an agreement that you understand. The conversion schedule is below and will be on our calendar shortly.


Q. Do we have to sign something?
A. Yes, but it is short. We need to share the rules of the new benefit like not letting other people in with you, and making sure everyone knows if their account is not in good standing they need to see a door person. We also need to verify with you that the name we have in our system is the one that will show on the screen when you check in, so it is important that the information is correct!


Q. Do I have to participate if I am an Annual All Access Member?
A. Nope. Completely voluntary. You can keep doing just what you are doing and we will be happy to check you in just like we always have.


Q. So, when can I come in?
A. When there is an event, your new card can be used to get in once the front door is locked for most of the remainder of the event. So, for example: On a Monday Night the door closes at 8:30pm, but All Access Members will be able to enter until 9:15pm. For a Saturday Night Party, your card will get you in until 1am.

Q. You didn’t answer my question!
A. Email us at Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org or come to one of the “Annual All Access Card Conversion” dates.

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Diversity and Being an ally

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Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and APEX takes the support of diversity seriously. APEX has made a conscious effort to support every member of our community with diversity, cultural
competency, and ally training.

The 2019 Lineup Includes:

  • Dismantling Rape Culture and Empowering Consent
  • Being an LGBTQ Ally
  • Being a Good Ally and Cultural Competency of Native American People
  • Allyship to the Trans-person Community
  • How to be an ally to People of Color
  • How to support survivors of Domestic Violence
  • How to support those with Mental Health Challenges
  • How to Support Women

If you know a presenter on diversity or you have a subject you would like to see, please email: Tess@ArizonaPowerExchange.com, or you can put it in the Kinky Bucket!

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