AOI Spring Announcement & 2017 Womens March

Monday, January 30th 2017

Hello lovelies!

This newsletters' original intent was to announce the upcoming launch of the second round of The Art Of Intimacy program starting this spring in Amsterdam and this coming fall in New York. As I was writing, I realized that I couldn't send this out without saying something about what is happening in this country right now. I am not a political person at all, never was, never will be. What I am is a people person and from that perspective I feel that I cannot stay silent as to what I have witnessed. 
Last weekend I had the most incredible opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C and march alongside hundreds of thousands of humans determined to advocate for the love, justice and freedom we so strongly believe in. After the last 24 hours, I am overwhelmed with so many feelings. This evening at an event hosted by the Collective Sex, I heard a great new word for two of the feelings that I think we are having collectively, angry and sad. The attorney that was speaking coined the term 'Sangry', which I think about covers it for me. I also have a tremendous feeling of gratitude for the thousands of people out in the streets who are insisting to being heard. 

Seeing the connection and support that has mobilized worldwide tells me that we can do anything if we are willing to come together. It is crystal clear, at least to me, that we all want the same things, to be seen, acknowledged, heard, supported and loved. We want to know that others will stand up for us if we are unable to do so ourselves, and with us, because they believe we deserve the same treatment that is our inalienable right. To be treated equally, with compassion, respect and human decency.

We want to know that others care what happens to us and that we matter, We want to feel that we are included and appreciated because of our differences not 'in spite' of our differences. We want to know that at the end of the day we will all be ok.

Right now, I choose to be in awe of the fierce love and support I have seen and the unbelievable goodness of most of the human race.

And I'm scared, like really scared. I have a pre-existing condition that could affect my healthcare and one of my best friends is Muslim. Right now it feels as if we are pushing a rock uphill. It is scary as fuck and look at  what we've accomplished because we stood together and refused to back down. 

Clearly, this is not over, and it's not going to be easy. I deeply believe though, that we will prevail as we continue to be the change that needs to happen. We get to support each other loudly and passionately. We get to see that we are more than the sum of our parts. We get to stand in solidarity with all who have been marginalized, disenfranchised and treated without respect. We get to say, unequivocally, NEVER AGAIN!

So, my peeps!  My boots are still on and my pussy hat is at the ready! I'm in for the long haul ~ let's do this!

And to the awesome Dutch! YAY YOU! Thank you. Thank you for your hysterical video and thank you for stepping up when our government faltered.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!

As always....Allons Y!

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