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LaniRope (they/them) is a BIPOC, Genderqueer, Pansexual, Switch out of Jacksonville, Florida. Lani joined the kink community in 2012 at 18 and has been learning and growing for 10 years in this community. They are the founder of Start Here Hampton Roads and currently the Owner of Start Here Jacksonville. Lani has a passion for 101 education and a heart for community. Lani has also held a leadership position with Rope Bite Hampton Roads and has taught rope classes for Rope Bite, FPE, and Kinky POC Discord operating out of Orlando. Lani has been a long time member of the Woodshed Orlando, calling that their home dungeon and is heavily involved with their local community by attending events like MAsT Jacksonville Chapter, Jacksonville Little and Critters, & Jax Poly Coffee. They are currently spearheading the Jacksonville Leather Closet and curating a Library through Start Here for Alternative Lifestyle reading materials.
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Who will be presenting:
This will be a discussion where we will talk about the process prior to receiving diagnosis. We will talk about the pitfalls and difficulties of attempting to get your diagnosis, we will talk about methods of coping prior to having one, and we will talk about the feelings that arose during your diagnosis process. This is not being run by a licensed professional. It is a community discussion where we can come together and discuss what our experiences might have been and maybe help provide some perspective for those who might be going through the process now. Diagnosis is not the end all be all of this but there are people who have found comfort and great relief in receiving and we would like to open a space to discuss these matters and create community support through it.
Who will be presenting:
This is a discussion heavy class on tying poc, queer/LGBT, differently abled, neurodivergent, plus sized and outside the TNG age frame. We are going to discuss adjustments and intentional tying practices to make rope accessible to all peoples and body types.