Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Founded in 2004 by Dr. André P. Grace and Dr. Kristopher Wells. Not once in the description of the camp’s official website do they mention any sort of sexual content, yet there is evidence of plenty.
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Sexual instruction given and pornography shown at Camp Fyrefly:
Sexual toy demonstrations given and binder and packer transgender underwear distributed.
Private information released and simultaneously no parental/legal guardian consent to attend camp. Note: A caregiver is not necessarily a parental or legal guardian. It could be anyone.
Recruitment of mentors and advertising of the camp on gay dating websites and porn sites. What is the screening process of the individuals who work with Camp fYrefly? And who is deciding this?
Hanky panky at the camp?
“One thing the pod leaders stress is the importance of mixing with everyone, as opposed to simply pairing off. In fact, the camp has a strict anti-hanky-panky rule, enforced by a designated hanky-panky police person.
Despite the organizers’ attempt at temperance, an underground anti-anti-hanky-panky culture thrives among the campers.
Love and hormones aside, one of the main challenges at Camp Fyrefly is choosing among the impressive smorgasbord of workshops that are on offer. Campers can attend workshops on sexuality and spirituality, DIY zine creation, using theatre to address world issues, safely addressing homophobia and heterosexism–there’s even a seminar on Reiki. (Welcome to Gay Summer Camp)