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Event Details

Virtual: April 1 - 19, 2023
In-person: April 20 - 22, 2023
Cost: By Donation

Description: SIXPO (Sexuality, Inclusion and Exploration) is a festival organized by and for folks with disabilities. In order to be as accessible as possible, the 2023 festival will be a hybrid model, meaning that some events will be online and others will be in person. We hope to bring together a diverse group of people to discuss topics of sexuality in a supportive, collaborative and welcoming environment, and we hope you’ll join us!

While SIXPO is a free event, our venue has limited capacity and we want to be as prepared to welcome as many of you as possible, and this means that signing up ahead of time will help us out a lot.

Public Event: This is a public event. You are encouraged to invite people and make new friends! If you feel uncomfortable and need to talk to someone, please visit the Wellness space or find a volunteer.

We don’t tolerate verbal or physical violence, sexual harassment, or discrimination at SIXPO. If you do any of these things, we will ask you to leave.

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What to Expect

You can expect a variety of vendors, presentations and workshops from a wide variety of organizations, experts and advocates!

  • Week one will focus on the basics, introductory workshops, participants will have time to reflect on where they are at with their relationship to sexuality and maybe a chance to meet others who are attending SIXpo.
  • Week two will dig deeper into topics of sexual health, sexual identity, consent, and self pleasure!
  • Week three will be concluding discussions, summary workshops and celebrating what we’ve all learned!

Our Speakers

Andrew Gurza

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Leah Tidey, PhD.

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Amber DiPietro

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Erica Van Kuppeveld (she/her)

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Dr. Margaret Newbury Jones

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Stephanie Mitleman

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Jaibrend Johnson-Baker (RainbowGlitz)

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Tien Neo Eamas

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Little Woo

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Joslyn Nerdahl

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Karen B.K. Chan

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Eva Sweeney

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Gena Tobin

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Melody Anne

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Jessy Wollen

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Sarah Watson

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Robin Wilson-Beattie

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Dr. Carolin Klein

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Dr. Jason Winters

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In Person Recording and Photography


The SIXPO Festival is a public event, have fun! Please take photos! Tag @yvrsixpo on Instagram and Facebook.

There will be both an official staff photographer and other SIXPO participants taking photos.The joy (and risk) of attending a public event is you may be in other people’s photos! We cannot control this. If someone explicitly states they do not wish to be in a photograph you are taking, please respect their wishes.

SIXPO may share the official photos and use them for future promotional material. If you’d rather not be in these official SIXPO photos, ask for a ‘No Photos’ sticker from the front desk or a volunteer. If our SIXPO Festival Photographer accidentally takes a photo of someone wearing a ‘No Photos’ sticker, they will delete the photo and will not post it anywhere.


Some presentations may be livestreamed or recorded. Some online presentations may be recorded.

There will be a videographer taking video recordings for use in future SIXPO marketing and an independent documentary project about sexuality, sexual orientation, and disability.

If you are wearing a ‘No Photos’ sticker, the videographer will try not to capture you, or if they do they will make sure your face isn't visible in any video footage that is shared publicly. Please make sure you wear the ‘No Photos’ sticker on the front of your body as high up as possible (like near your shirt collar or shoulder).

By entering the event (and not wearing a ‘No Photos’ sticker) you are consenting to being recorded and to the use of these recordings in any media related to SIXPO and this documentary project.

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Directions By Bus

  • Bus 3 from Science World sky train:
    Exit at Main and 14th and walk South 2min.
  • Bus 19 from Burnaby:
    Exit at Kingsway and 12th and walk West 10min
  • Bus 9 or 99 from Commercial Broadway:
    Exit at Main street and walk West 13-15min

Support Us

    Your donation allows us to continue to:
  • Celebrate sexual health, love, and relationships
  • Pay our Self-Advocates for their hard work
  • Nurture and improve our festival and community

Please include the word: "SIXPO" in the "Dedication" section at the bottom of the page before clicking "next" to make sure your contribution reaches us!

For in-kind donations or other collaboration ideas, please fill out our contact form.

Contact Us

SIXpo logo: a bright pink heart with the word SIXPO in yellow across the front and the word Festival printed in outlined letters below.

Members of SIXPO respectfully acknowledge that we live, learn and gather on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt and Tla'amin Nations.
Non-Indigenous folks in Canada please take a look atWhose Landto learn more about the indigenous nation(s) on whose land you live!

Website by Lee Goullaud 2023