THRIVE RULES

Welcome to THRIVE - a virtual 3 day event focused on the intersection of mental health and BDSM. In this space we will discuss a variety of sensitive topics. We ask that you follow these conference rules throughout the weekend in all official event spaces. Participants may be removed and/or banned from THRIVE or Pragmatically Kinking if they are found in violation of these policies.

Attendance: Only registered attendees may join the event. Please do not share Zoom links with others. Attendees must be over the age of 18 to participate. We ask that children are not on cameras or microphones and we expect you to keep children out of earshot.

Recording: video/audio/screen capture is not permitted in any space. You may use the chat box to share links to relevant material. The chat can be saved for further use. Please keep that in mind when sharing in the chat.

Respect: We celebrate diversity and create affirming space. Please keep things said in chat and over the mic respectful. This is a learning and sharing environment. You may send a private message in an attempt to connect. If your message is illicit you will be removed. If the recipient asks you not to engage further and you do, you will be removed. Please remember to be kind and accepting. Discrimination will NOT be tolerated.

No bits on screen: No solo or partnered sex acts on camera. If your camera is on your clothes should be as well. No full chest or genitals.

Sharing: We appreciate everyone has something to contribute during classes, but please be considerate of how much time you take to share and stay on topic; this ensures everyone can enjoy and learn from the speakers.

Cameras and mics: Please do not unmute unless you are asked to. Microphones will be muted by moderators to reduce background noise. Some presenters may request cameras on or off for intimacy or bandwidth.

Head to the THRIVE homepage to locate our resource list. Devyn's property, Guan Xuan, took the time to curate a tremendous list of skills for decompressing and a slew of places to reach out to for immediate and ongoing mental health support!

Additionally, our social and support spaces will be open through most of the conference. You can use this space to connect, network, socialize and seek out peer support. The room will also have breakouts for class overflow should you want to ask a last minute question or two from speakers who volunteer to join those sessions. Please see the THRIVE master schedule for hours of operation and joining instructions.

Respect the presenter and room monitor’s instructions and/or directions. If you have any concerns during the class contact the room monitor who will introduce themselves at the beginning of the class.

Marginalized communities experience tremendous barriers to accessing fields that require schooling and licensure due to capitalism, colonization, and systemic oppression. THRIVE is dedicated to highlighting many perspectives on mental health and BDSM throughout our event. Some of our speakers are mental health professionals. Some of them are not. All perspectives are valuable and to be respected. This conference is designed to help destigmatize mental health in BDSM.

If you find our speakers do not align with that mission please inform a staff member. THRIVE is not therapy and anyone speaking at THRIVE is not acting as your therapist.