Workshops & Forums

Workshops For Gay Men

ACON offers a range of FREE workshops for same-sex attracted guys (gay, bisexual, queer or curious) ages 18+.

Our workshops are a great way to make new friends, improve your networking/relationship building skills and are designed to bring together guys from every part of our community. Our workshops cover, sex, HIV and sexual health, identity, relationships and issues facing the LGBTQ community at large. Our workshops are designed with community to ensure that they cover the topics that are important to you. Each group is roughly 10-16 guys and run over four weeks.

Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run out of ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

We also run other workshops for young same-sex attracted guys aged 18-26 (trans guys included!) through our SPARK program here.

The below workshops are for all gay men. We also run other workshops for young gay men aged 18-26.

Looking For Mr. Right

Looking For Mr Right focuses on empowering participants to improve their skills and confidence when it comes to finding, starting and maintaining relationships. Participants will learn important relationship building skills such as the art small talk, discovering your values, how to navigate safe sex and conflict resolution. The workshop also explores HIV and sexual health as well as sex more broadly in relationships.

A practical and hands-on workshop, Looking For Mr Right is for anyone who wants to better understand and improve their relationship building skills, whilst also making great new friends in the process. Sign up here

Workshop details:

Venue: ACON Sydney 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Starting Date:

  • Tuesday 28/01/2020
  • Wednesday 05/02/2020
  • Tuesday 21/04/2020
  • Tuesday 16/06/2020
  • Wednesday 12/08/2020
  • Tuesday 17/11/2020

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Duration: 4 sessions (same time each week)

To register, sign up here

Arse Class

Arse Class is ACON’s 4 week workshop that gives participants the latest information to help them take the best care of their booty.

We will cover how to have enjoyable anal sex, kegels, maximising pleasure in the bedroom as well as HIV and sexual health more broadly. This workshop is fun, at times ridicules and a great way to meet like-minded guys.

This workshop is designed for guys who are interested in understanding anal sex and anal health more broadly and is recommended for guys who have gone through our workshops previously. If you are keen on taking part sign up Here

Workshop details:

Venue: ACON Sydney 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Starting Date:

  • Thursday 28/05/2020
  • Thursday 10/09/2020
  • Thursday 22/10/2020

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Duration: 4 sessions (same time each week)

To register, sign up here

Workshops for Young Gay Men

Our Young Gay Men Project, SPARK, offers a range of FREE workshops for young same-sex attracted guys (gay, bisexual, queer, curious), trans inclusive who are aged 18-26 years old.

Participating in a workshop is a great way to make new friends in a safe social environment and to learn more about identity, coming out, sex and sexual health, HIV, relationships, the LGBTI community and other relevant topics.

There are usually between 10-14 guys in each group. Our workshops are facilitated by trained professional volunteers and run over 4 sessions. Workshops happen at the ACON offices in central Sydney and selected regional offices.

Sign up for a workshop here

 

Upcoming Workshops

We’re currently seeking participants for the below workshops. Once enough participants have enrolled, dates for the workshop will be confirmed.

StartMakingSense

Start Making Sense

This a free workshop for young gay men aged 18 to 26. Meet other young guys and learn about identity, sexuality, coming out, family, friendships, relationships, the gay community and how to build social networks. We’ll also teach you about HIV, sexual health and how to stay safe when hooking up!

Workshop details:

Venue: ACON Sydney 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Dates:

  • Wednesday 11/03/2020
  • Tuesday 11/08/2020
  • Wednesday 4/11/2020

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

To register, sign up here

 

GettingItOnline

Start Making Sense – Mandarin

This workshop of for guys aged 18-30 who speak Mandarin. Explore being same-sex attracted, coming out, cultural identity, friendships, relationships, family, the gay community, building social networks, as well as HIV and sexual health. This workshop is delivered in Mandarin.

To register, sign up here

 

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Start Making Sense – Arabic & Middle Eastern speaking background

This workshop is for guys aged 18-30 who are from an Arabic and/or Middle Eastern background. Explore being same-sex attracted, coming out, cultural identity, friendships, relationships, family, the gay community, building social networks, as well as HIV and sexual health.

To register, sign up here

 

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Start Making Sense – Regional & Rural Online

If you live in a rural or regional area, this workshop is an opportunity to meet other guys around NSW and learn more about identity, coming out, sexuality, friendships, relationships, family, HIV and sexual health. All you need is an internet connection and a webcam enabled laptop or phone!

To register, sign up here

 

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Adult Themes

Meet like minded guys and explore issues around sexuality, intimacy, relationships, sexual attitudes, communication, HIV and sexual health. Get tips and techniques about how to have a better, healthier sex life. You’ll also get to hear from a panel of guys in the know.

Workshop details:

Venue: ACON Sydney 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Dates:

  • Wednesday 05/02/2020
  • Tuesday 07/05/2020
  • Tuesday 15/09/2020

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

To register, sign up here

 

GettingItOnline

Getting It Online

Learn tips and techniques for setting up a safe and effective gay networking profile. Make new friends while discussing the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet/apps for finding mates, dates and sex. Discuss social values, online etiquette and sexual discrimination.

Dates:

  • Thursday 07/05/2020
  • Tuesday 20/10/2020

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

To register, sign up here

 

Find Out More

For more info, please contact Loc Nguyen on (02) 9206 2077 | youth@acon.org.au

Community & Social Groups for Women

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The Women’s Coming Out Group is a free, confidential social support group, a safe and friendly place for women who are same-sex attracted, lesbian, gay, bi, queer, questioning or unsure, to meet and talk about various topics around sexuality and other life issues. It is facilitated by trained volunteers of Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling service NSW. Head to the website to find out what happens in a group and to see the list of discussion topics for 2015 groups.

The Australian Lesbian Medical Associations (ALMA) DocLIST website features an extensive list of information and resources to help lesbian, bi and queer women connect with their community and get information on health, legal and human rights issues.

On the list you will find over 600 national and state-based organisations, groups and services and resources. Examples include community events, health services, counselling and support services, social groups, sporting groups, artistic organisations, and young people’s groups.

The ACON Here for Women Facebook pages share news about events, workshops and parties.