The symposium was on Sunday and it was a lot of fun! I was honestly surprised to see that the speakers were limited to how many people could be in the room. There were supposed to be no more than 15 in mine but they allowed 20 in.
The fact that there were that many high schoolers willing to come and listen was amazing. It started off where I could feel their hesitancy and uncertainty in the room. Very much the 'what am I doing?' kind of thing. But, we started things off really well. I handed them each a sheet with some words on it that were going to be crucial for them to know. However, I had them write down what they thought the words were first and gave them the answers throughout the talk. I also had them write down a number anywhere on their paper. I had them write down how many lovers, meaning sexual partners, they thought I had. At the end, I would let them know.
There were a lot of questions, all of which were thoughtful and meaningful to the discussion. My favourite was the "How does a polyamorous relationship work for an asexual person?" Because the person who asked honestly wanted to know. And the fact that the question was asked showed that they were willing to think about a relationship in terms of more than sex.
We stressed the idea of open, honest communication with all parties involved including the self. We talked about perceptions (I was dressed in a corset, long-sleeve gothic style jacket and pencil skirt with leather straps on the sides...oh, and high heel boots) and how those effected the poly community.
All in all, it was a brief over-view with the opportunity for them to ask questions and engage in active conversation. Nearly every person in the room did at one point! There were two people who didn't but they would lean over to someone close to them and then suddenly that person would say something.
I am very happy with the way it went. I am so proud of the people who came because they were willing to come and stretch their minds a bit.
As for the number, I asked them to raise their hand if they put me at higher than 20. Nearly everyone in the room had. The average answer was in the mid-20's. One guy said, "I wrote down 54!, with the exclamation point. Because it's just awesome that way."
Another gave me a lopsided grin and said, "I was just joking with this but I said 143." I laughed and asked him just how busy he thought I was. lol When I told them the truth, there were exclamations of surprise and many of them approved of my shattering of stereotypes and perceptions.
Thank you guys so much for all your help! I could not have put things together without it!