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Role-Playing or Role-Being: Identity, Exploration and Mental Health

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Class Description

Roleplaying is a powerful opportunity for evoking emotions and characters from inside ourselves or invoking personas for an evening of fun. For a variety of individuals on mental health adventures, this amazing tool can be used for more than erotic naughtiness or delight. Individuals dancing with depression exploring roles that let them "fake it 'til you make it." People with multiplicity having an opportunity to have a personality "front" in a agreed upon space. Folks living with anxiety finding safety in pre-set roles where protection roles are at play. These are but a few places where role-playing... or role-being in certain cases... can be used. In this hybrid class and discussion we will creatively brainstorm how we can thrive using roles and personas in kink and roleplay contexts, while also acknowledging that things can also go wrong in roleplay because of our past trauma, triggers, and non-disclosed mental health realities.


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Lee Harrington


Presenter Bio

Lee Harrington (he/him) is an internationally known spiritual and erotic authenticity educator, gender explorer, eclectic artist, and award-winning author and editor on erotic and sacred experience. He’s been traveling the globe (from Seattle to Sydney, Berlin to Boston), teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith, desire, and more, and is grateful for the journeys and love he has found along the way. A nice guy with a disarmingly down to earth approach to the fact that we are each beautifully complex ecosystems, he examines the human experience from that lens. Lee has been a passion instigator, academic, adult film performer, world-class sexual adventurer, outspoken philosopher, kink/bondage expert, and has been blogging about sex and spirit since 1998.

His books include “Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities,” “Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Negotiating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” (with Mollena Williams), “Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond,” “Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé,” “More Shibari You Can Use: Passionate Rope Bondage and Intimate Connection,” the “Toybag Guide to Age Play,” and “Shed Skins: Journeying in Self-Portraits.” He has also worked as an anthology editor for “Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries,” “Rope, Bondage, and Power” and “Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink,” while contributing actively to other anthologies, magazines, blogs and collaborations. Check out the trouble Lee has been getting into, as well as his regular podcast, tour schedule, free essays, videos and more over at

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Devyn Stone


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