Dick Dialogues returns for a fourth year

The Southern Men’s Weekend: Dick Dialogues, for Gay and Bisexual Men, will be held October 21-23, 2005. Registration is open to gay, bisexual, and gay/bi- men who are age 18 or older. The event will be held at Natchez Trace State Park located half way between Nashville and Memphis near Jackson, Tenn.

The fourth annual men’s weekend will provide guys with a relaxed atmosphere for recreation and the opportunity to build friendships in an affirming environment.

“I worked to create Dick Dialogues because I wanted a place for developing new friendships and discussion – without loud music, lots of attitude, or it being another fundraiser or committee meeting,” said Jim Hawk, founder of the event.

A variety of activities are scheduled throughout the weekend including large and small-group discussion, movies, games, meditation, arts and crafts, sports, and hiking. Saturday night features a pajama party, costume contest, and no talent show. Discussion topics range from body image and mental health to spiritual growth and gay wellness.

Dick Dialogues is open to men 18 and older regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, age, political leanings, economic condition, body size, or HIV status. The event is designed to attract a variety of participants to create a shared experience.

“I think our major accomplishment is creating a safe space for ourselves where we explore who we are, who our communities are, and share our experiences as gay men,” said Mark Hubbard, member of the Dick Dialogues planning team.

Participants in past years have been from all parts of the Tennessee, the Southeast, and even abroad.

Registration for the event is $160, which includes meals and accommodations and all of the weekend activities. Registrants who sign up by September 10 receive a $30 discount.

For more information or to register, log on to www.dickdialogues.org or contact 615-361-8444 or via e-mail at info@dickdialogues.org.
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