In 2012, born out of a need for a safe(r) space and place to be themselves a group of like-minded individuals gathered together with the idea of a space and atmosphere where people could host their sex-positive events without having to hide what they were doing, and have a consensual framework for attendees to follow, as well as writing policies to be able to remove known Predators from being able to attend, without risking the community displeasure. And we felt this could be done if the organization that ran the space had strict rules governing what to do when someone is accused of assault, sexual assault, and or sexual harassment. We spent the next two years talking to Educators and Advocates from Compass Sexual Health and Wellness, HIV Edmonton, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, the Association for Sexual Assault Services, Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, Edmonton Police, for as much information as we could get. We took all of that information and built a list of protocols for what to do when somebody was not behaving consensually or when a report comes in about an assault.
Once we had our framework and protocols in place we found ourselves a space. And in 2014, Alberta Sex Positive Education Centre & Community Centre was founded. With our 5000 Sq. Ft. space we started out with first The Taste of Kink and Erotic Spanking classes. From there we started offering Consent, Boundary and Exploring Fantasy classes. We also began working with universities and participating in Taboo Sex Show. We opened up a queer support group and after hearing from people who are struggling to find a home in the mainstream queer community, particularly from the transgender or non-binary, or people of colour, people with disabilities we tighten up our Safe(r) Space policies to reflect the diversity of the people who are attending. The programmings growth our programming further with a Sex Coach, Social Nights, Senior Programming and more classes. The Pleasure Crew hosts events that allow individuals to explore their sexual fantasies in a shame-free Safe(r) environment.
In January 2021, due to financial restraints created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASPECC moved out of it’s physical space and into provided only online programming.
Who Are We
Alberta Sex Positive Education and Community Centre is a grassroots non-profit corporation with charity status in the province of Alberta. We are located in Edmonton, Alberta (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan)). We offer shame-free, comprehensive and consent focused sex-positive education and resources. Offering a Safe(r) Space that is an inviting, engaging, and supportive environment in which all people feel comfortable to be themselves without fear of discrimination or judgment. At ASPECC we not only welcome persons of all sexualities, races, body types, genders, abilities, religions and cultures (and any other label you might wonder about), we will uphold the right of all members to be treated with dignity, respect and decency.
To promote sex positive values and attitudes in the Greater Edmonton area, and to facilitate sex positive education and awareness in our community from an anti-oppressive and inclusive lens.
To continue to grow our services to meet the ever changing needs of our communities in order to reduce gender and sexualized violence and lack of inclusion in adult living by providing inclusive relationship skills training that is sex positive, shame free and celebrates diversity. That allows us to create inclusive, compassionate communities that are able to support one another across differing genders, cultures, sexualities and abilities.
- Consent – The essence of our Safe(r) Space Policy, clearly ask the question and wait for a clearly stated “yes”.
- Education – We offer high-quality comprehensive shame-free sex-positive education grounded in consent, inclusivity, equality and social justice.
- Safe(r) – The visible presence of allies that can help to shape a culture that is accepting of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/ expression, or any other difference.
- Inclusive – We welcome persons of all sexualities, races, body types, genders, abilities, religions and cultures (and any other label you might wonder about).
What We Do
- We develop workshops and presentations on a wide variety of sex-positive topics.
- We facilitate workshops and presentations by other sex-positive individuals and groups.
- We host sex positive meets and socials.
- We host sex-positive events (Sex Positive Paint Night!)
- We share space with sex-positive groups for their meetings, providing they follow our Safe(r) Space Policy.
- We network with other sex-positive nonprofits to develop community programs that promote sex-positive values.
Sex-positive is a term to reflect a set of values, beliefs and attitudes regarding sexual activity as a healthy, pleasurable form of human expression. At ASPECC we promote and embrace consensual sexuality in all it’s diversity. Active consent plays an integral role in our sex-positivity and is strictly required to be utilized at the centre.
Sexuality is a very diverse topic that includes the type of people we are attracted to, the types of activities that bring us sexual pleasure, and the freedom to celebrate our sexuality in ways that are meaningful to us. At ASPECC we are always seeking ways to help others find comfort with their own sexuality and to learn and accept the sexuality of others.
ASPECC spaces are SAFE(R) SPACES, meaning we have zero tolerance for discrimination, prejudicial behaviour, bullying, harassment or any other disruptive or negative behaviours. We have strict rules against any hateful speech or actions. Those who cannot abide by these rules will be unable to attend the Centre. The Safe(r) Space Title above this paragraph can be clicked on to download our Safe(r) Space Guidelines.
To be VERY clear:
At ASPECC we not only welcome persons of all sexualities, races, body types, genders, abilities, religions and cultures (and any other label you might wonder about), we will uphold the right of all members to be treated with dignity, respect and decency.
Anyone who wishes to demonstrate aggressive or hateful behaviours will removed from the premises. Our staff is trained to handle all complaints regarding aggression and discrimination. PLEASE, if you have any problems with any staff or attendee, notify us at your earliest convenience.