We finished up last week by visiting our friends at Mplus+, which is a non-profit organization in Chiang Mai, working to promote sexual health and identity for men in the LGBTQ community, transwomen, and male sex workers. Its a wonderful gathering place and resource center and we were happy that they welcomed us back for a workshop!
This workshop focused on the importance of safe sex and the use of condoms. We decided to erase the stigma of the taboo of condoms by getting a little silly with the vibrant people of Mplus+! We brought back our workshop of facial expression stress balls and put a safe-sex spin on them by making them out of condoms!
The people at Mplus+ loved the idea, and got very creative in making their stress ball faces unique. We used markers to create beautiful faces and yarn for different hairstyles. Everyone had fun trying to out-do each other and create the most wild hairstyle!
|Some of us added googly-eyes!|
After we were done making our stress balls, we got the fabric out and started making condom wallets. The Mplus+ artists chose their fabric, cut out a template for their wallet, and started sewing!
It was so impressive to see the creativity coming out of these people, they were really enthusiastic about the projects and were inspired to create! After they were done sewing, they even added buttons and decorations to their wallets.
|That's me with my new Condom Cozy!|
Everyone enjoyed the projects and spent the evening laughing, creating and sharing good energy. We were happy to spend time with the people of Mplus+ and had so much fun!
|Our collection of stress-ball people!|
The night was such a success! I can't wait to share more of my experience here with ARI. Until next time, Stay Safe!