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We are very proud to have two of the Bay Area’s finest local independent publisher, Manic D Press and Last Gasp,  joining us at Bookish Beasts this Sunday, July 13th, from Noon-6.

Manic D Press was founded by Jennifer Joseph in 1984. An award-winning literary press based in San Francisco, California publishing fiction, poetry, pop culture, music, art, narrative-oriented comix, and alternative travel books, we represent a diverse group of unique writers and artists, with emphasis on those who have been shunned by the traditional publishing establishment for lacking commercial viability, regardless of their talent or future promise. 

Last Gasp is one of the largest and oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world, celebrating its 41st year in business. Over the years we have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, we publish 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on ‘lowbrow’ and ‘pop surrealist’ artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles. We also distribute all sorts of weird ‘n’ wonderful subversive literature, graphic novels, tattoo, and art books, supplying them to bookstores and art galleries on six continents.

Women of the Underground: Art: Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves, is published by Manic D Press.

The Fetish Coloring Book is published by Last Gasp

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csczinefest:

ZINES, COMICS & ART BY THE BAY AREAS BEST CREATORS OF TRANSGRESSIVE AND EROTIC MATERIAL!

BOOKISH BEASTS: Center for Sex and Culture is looking for  zine and comic book makers!

After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.

Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

CSC provides judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. Please consider donating copies of your work to the library and helping spread the word about this great resource. All of CSC’s books are searchable through Goodreads and CSC’s zine database: http://www.sexandculture.org/lbry

If you want to participate or have any questions, contact us at:sexandculturegallery@gmail.com The registration fee is $20. To register, go to: http://www.sexandculture.org/ click on the red donate button on the right side of the page. 

Center for Sex and Culture 

1349 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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SFSI Seminars is proud to present: Understanding Non-Standard Genders, Gender Transition, and the Issues these Individuals Face with Charles Moser

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/732920

(Please note both SFSI graduates and non-SFSI members can purchase tickets with this link. Feel free to pass on to other folks who may be interested in this seminar. Thank you!)

When: Tuesday, June 24th, 8-10pm
Where: Center for Sex and Culture (1349 Mission St, SF)

Every part of our culture is gendered and it can seem an impossible task to change one’s gender.  When individuals feel their assigned gender does not fit their own gender identity there can be great conflicts with society, loved ones, career, and themselves.  This talk will discuss the hurdles these individuals face in accepting themselves, navigating the world during transition, finding professionals to help shape their body,  their appearance, and the way they present themselves to fit their inner gender identity. 

This talk and interactive workshop will challenge what you think you know about gender, how the transition is made, the medical aspects of the process.  Participants will leave with a more sympathetic understanding of the process and how to help those contemplating gender transition to proceed.

About Charles Moser:

Charles Allen Moser is an American physician specializing in internal medicine and focusing on sexual medicine. Moser is based in San Francisco and focuses his research and practice on individuals in the LGBT, kink, and fetish communities.

About SFSI Seminars:

Ever wanted to learn more about how to teach or work with a certain topic, but can’t find the right workshop? Sex educators, therapists, and health field professionals work with a constantly evolving body of knowledge. Join SFSI for a night of education on and exploration of a certain topic, led by a specialist in the field. Never stop learning!

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Celebrate Bisexual Pride Day with the CSC

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Join the Center for Sex and Culture & Bi-Pride in celebrating Bisexual Pride Day this Wednesday, 6/25! Festivities abound for bisexual-identified folks of all genders and their friends, family & loved ones! 

4-6:30pm, Dolores Park: The 7th Annual Bi-B Q
It’s another year of laid-back fun, grilling and community building. Relax & celebrate with new and old friends.There will be hot dogs & please bring a potluck dish and/or beverage to share! 
Facebook invite (tell your friends): https://www.facebook.com/events/496849883748213/

AFTER

7pm, The Roxie Theatre, Frameline: Bi Candy: Bisexual Short Cinema
An international program of shorts that traverse the hetero/homo divide in brave, shocking and hilarious ways. Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/715039551891076/?fref=ts

More info & Tickets available: http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/frameline-bi-candy-bisexual-short-cinema/#showtimes

and LASTLY,

9pm and on- gather at The Lexington for a Bi-Pride Afterparty. 
Chat, dance & get down ! What more can we say?!

see you all this wednesday - <3

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CSC co-sponsors: Mondo Homo: A Study of French Gay Porn in the ’70s

Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 PM
Victoria Theatre

Bask in the big-screen glory (holes) of classic and très sophistiqué adult entertainment! This sexy and sweetly nostalgic documentary is an ode to hardcore porn films made in France in a bygone era of Nouvelle Vague–inspired camerawork, bushy pubes, and pre-condom abandon. Oh là là!

Tix and more details: http://ticketing.frameline.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=3209&FID=51

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The Erotic Reading Circle presents
Special sneak peak of SEX STILL SPOKEN HERE: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology with special readings, fundraiser launch video &amp; an alumni open mic!
Wednesday, June 25, 7:30-9:30pm at Center for Sex and Culture Join us for an extra special Erotic Reading Circle event and enjoy advanced readings from our newest Erotic Reading Circle anthology! Hot company and excellent words &#8212; what&#8217;s not to love?! Suggested donation: $5 and up; $15 and up for a pre-ordered copy of the Sex Still Spoken Here anthology! All donations will go toward our fundraising campaign to publish *Sex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology*!In addition to our usual Erotic Reading Circle &#8212; bring a 8-10 minute piece of writing to share with the group for appreciation and response &#8212; we will welcome ERC alumni, unveil the fundraising campaign video, and celebrate this fantastic new collection of writings from the ERC&#8217;s most recent incarnation!Hosted by Carol Queen and Jen Cross!

The Erotic Reading Circle presents


Special sneak peak of SEX STILL SPOKEN HERE: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology 
with special readings, fundraiser launch video & an alumni open mic!

Wednesday, June 25, 7:30-9:30pm at Center for Sex and Culture 

Join us for an extra special Erotic Reading Circle event and enjoy advanced readings from our newest Erotic Reading Circle anthology! Hot company and excellent words — what’s not to love?! 

Suggested donation: $5 and up; 
$15 and up for a pre-ordered copy of the Sex Still Spoken Here anthology! 
All donations will go toward our fundraising campaign to publish *Sex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology*!

In addition to our usual Erotic Reading Circle — bring a 8-10 minute piece of writing to share with the group for appreciation and response — we will welcome ERC alumni, unveil the fundraising campaign video, and celebrate this fantastic new collection of writings from the ERC’s most recent incarnation!

Hosted by Carol Queen and Jen Cross!

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Red Hots Burlesque School of Shimmy: Sexy Jazz with Fanny Galore & Arizona

Saturday June 28 @ Center for Sex and Culture 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tix: http://redhotsburlesque.com/school-of-shimmy/

Sexy Jazz is the high energy, sassy marriage of stylistic jazz movement and the sensuality of burlesque dance!
Students build movement vocabulary, strength, coordination, balance and style through jazz dance based across the floor exercises and center dance combinations….all while having a great time!
Class begins with a jazz-based warm up and stretch, followed by movement combinations across the floor, and culminating in learning a fun center combination.
Participants should wear form-fitting dance wear. Jazz shoes or foot undies are optional.

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Pride Reception in honor of Dr. Ted McIlvenna


Sunday, June 29, 3-5pm (longer if we’re having too much fun to leave)
Center for Sex &amp; Culture, 1349 Mission between 9th and 10th 
No charge; we will gratefully accept donations to defray the costs of the event
 
Please join us to honor one of San Francisco’s most extraordinary citizens! Now over 80, The Rev. Dr. Ted McIlvenna began activist work on behalf of the LGBT community in 1964 as a founder of The Council on Religion and the Homosexual, the first organization ever to include the word homosexual in its title. He was on the board of elders at Glide Memorial Methodist Church that hired Rev. Cecil Williams, then worked with him to found the Night Ministry, which this year celebrates its 50th year of offering wee-hour support and outreach. Ted went on to work with Willie Brown as his young attorney to free LGBT folks from police brutalization, orchestrating the famous New Years Eve Mardi Gras Event on the first day of 1965, which was raided by the police. (Ted planned for this, and placed several liberal lawyers and the wife of a judge, as well as other ministers, at the venue&#8212;all got arrested, a huge step toward ending LGBT police harassment in San Francisco). Ted has been instrumental in creating any number of San Francisco cultural and activist institutions: The Night Ministry, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, Huckleberry House (for runaway teens, which still exists), Intersection for the Arts, the National Sex Forum, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and more.
 
Ted’s fingerprints are all over the alternative sexual culture of San Francisco (and, in his early incarnation as a working Methodist minister, its progressive religious culture as well). The Center for Sex &amp; Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence both have doctorates from his Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; without that extraordinary, sex-positive educational institution, Queen says, her career would not have been possible, and the idea for CSC may never have happened. (In fact, she first heard the term “sex-positive” there, and is pretty sure that’s where it was coined.)
 
Not hooked yet? Here’s more: 



Ted helped change laws regarding queer rights here nearly 4 years before the Stonewall riots in NYC.
He also was the person who first hired and worked for over 20 years with bisexual foremother Dr. Maggi Rubenstein.


He created the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (a PhD program) here is SF back in 1976, which still exists today.
Other noteworthy folks that have attended his school are SF based icons like Annie Sprinkle, Joe Kramer and Carol Queen, but people all over the US and the world have also learned there.
He created the world&#8217;s first International Museum of Erotic Art that was opened near the corner of Market and Powell in 1971, featuring the Kronhausesn Collection. Today his vast art collection of erotic treasures are on display at his Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Queer life and history are well represented there.  
Dr. Ted and fellow Methodist Minister Laird Sutton made over 150 sex pattern films of real couples of all combinations having sex on film for students to study.
Dr. Ted also helped usher in the British Homosexual Law Reform in 1964 along with the Archbishop of Canterbury (this was one of the greatest landmarks in his life, he says).
He mingled with the likes of Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Bill Graham, and was represented by Willie Brown for an infamous gay-bashing incident on New Years Eve 1965.
As a heterosexual man married for 57 years, his work with and in the LGBTQ community dates back nearly 50 years. 2014 will in fact be 50 years that he first helped change laws for queer folks.


Ted wrote the first Guide To Safer Sex in 1985.He collaborated with the Chinese Sexological Assn to open China’s first Research and Resource Center (near Shanghai) by donating their much needed library—this just happened recently.
He has been instrumental in so many changes that have occurred in San Francisco over the years due to his tireless activism: Ted’s motto has always been ‘You get more done if you don’t care who gets the credit.’
 
The subject of an in-progress documentary by filmmaker Robert James called THE NIGHT MINISTER &#8212; A Rebellion In 3 Parts, set to wrap in 2015, Ted’s story (starting in 1958 and ending in the present day&#8212;Ted doesn’t ever stop, as many of you know) is an extraordinary lens through which to view San Francisco’s unique sexual cultures. “We are presenting the life and times of Dr. Ted combined with pivotal players in his story and a rich ‘under-the-radar’ history of our grand City with Sexual Freedom as the main theme… with some side trips to China, Vegas and a few other spots,” James explains. See a clip from that work-in-progress here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g_nw_nVN80  The film’s Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheNightMinister



 






PLEASE pass the word about this event to anyone who might want to know about it!  






 
Pride Reception in honor of Dr. Ted McIlvenna
Sunday, June 29, 3-5pm (longer if we’re having too much fun to leave)
Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission between 9th and 10th 
No charge; we will gratefully accept donations to defray the costs of the event
 
Please join us to honor one of San Francisco’s most extraordinary citizens! Now over 80, The Rev. Dr. Ted McIlvenna began activist work on behalf of the LGBT community in 1964 as a founder of The Council on Religion and the Homosexual, the first organization ever to include the word homosexual in its title. He was on the board of elders at Glide Memorial Methodist Church that hired Rev. Cecil Williams, then worked with him to found the Night Ministry, which this year celebrates its 50th year of offering wee-hour support and outreach. Ted went on to work with Willie Brown as his young attorney to free LGBT folks from police brutalization, orchestrating the famous New Years Eve Mardi Gras Event on the first day of 1965, which was raided by the police. (Ted planned for this, and placed several liberal lawyers and the wife of a judge, as well as other ministers, at the venue—all got arrested, a huge step toward ending LGBT police harassment in San Francisco). Ted has been instrumental in creating any number of San Francisco cultural and activist institutions: The Night Ministry, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, Huckleberry House (for runaway teens, which still exists), Intersection for the Arts, the National Sex Forum, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and more.
 
Ted’s fingerprints are all over the alternative sexual culture of San Francisco (and, in his early incarnation as a working Methodist minister, its progressive religious culture as well). The Center for Sex & Culture’s Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence both have doctorates from his Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; without that extraordinary, sex-positive educational institution, Queen says, her career would not have been possible, and the idea for CSC may never have happened. (In fact, she first heard the term “sex-positive” there, and is pretty sure that’s where it was coined.)
 
Not hooked yet? Here’s more: 
Ted helped change laws regarding queer rights here nearly 4 years before the Stonewall riots in NYC.
He also was the person who first hired and worked for over 20 years with bisexual foremother Dr. Maggi Rubenstein.
He created the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (a PhD program) here is SF back in 1976, which still exists today.
Other noteworthy folks that have attended his school are SF based icons like Annie Sprinkle, Joe Kramer and Carol Queen, but people all over the US and the world have also learned there.
He created the world’s first International Museum of Erotic Art that was opened near the corner of Market and Powell in 1971, featuring the Kronhausesn Collection. Today his vast art collection of erotic treasures are on display at his Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Queer life and history are well represented there.  
Dr. Ted and fellow Methodist Minister Laird Sutton made over 150 sex pattern films of real couples of all combinations having sex on film for students to study.
Dr. Ted also helped usher in the British Homosexual Law Reform in 1964 along with the Archbishop of Canterbury (this was one of the greatest landmarks in his life, he says).
He mingled with the likes of Harvey Milk, George Moscone, Bill Graham, and was represented by Willie Brown for an infamous gay-bashing incident on New Years Eve 1965.
As a heterosexual man married for 57 years, his work with and in the LGBTQ community dates back nearly 50 years. 2014 will in fact be 50 years that he first helped change laws for queer folks.
Ted wrote the first Guide To Safer Sex in 1985.
He collaborated with the Chinese Sexological Assn to open China’s first Research and Resource Center (near Shanghai) by donating their much needed library—this just happened recently.
He has been instrumental in so many changes that have occurred in San Francisco over the years due to his tireless activism: Ted’s motto has always been ‘You get more done if you don’t care who gets the credit.’
 
The subject of an in-progress documentary by filmmaker Robert James called THE NIGHT MINISTER — A Rebellion In 3 Parts, set to wrap in 2015, Ted’s story (starting in 1958 and ending in the present day—Ted doesn’t ever stop, as many of you know) is an extraordinary lens through which to view San Francisco’s unique sexual cultures. “We are presenting the life and times of Dr. Ted combined with pivotal players in his story and a rich ‘under-the-radar’ history of our grand City with Sexual Freedom as the main theme… with some side trips to China, Vegas and a few other spots,” James explains. See a clip from that work-in-progress here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g_nw_nVN80  The film’s Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheNightMinister
 
PLEASE pass the word about this event to anyone who might want to know about it!  
 
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The Open Relationship Discussion Group

 Monday, July 7

7:30-9:30

Center for Sex and Culture

Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Open Relationship Discussion Group is a friendly, moderated, guided discussion for anyone interested in consensual, non-monogamous relationships, based in the Mission Control community and led by open relationship coach Marcia Baczynski. We meet starting at 7:30pm and going to 9:30 with about half an hour of informal social time afterward. Doors open at 7:20. Suggested donation is $15-20, no one turned away for lack of funds. Location TBD each month, until Mission Control gets our new permanent home. 

The topic: Self-Love

“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” – RuPaul

The world of open relationships often opens doors to all sorts of love. Many times, the awareness and self-acceptance required to do open relationships well can shift our relationships to ourselves. We may learn to stick up for ourselves, our boundaries and our desires in new ways. We can discover through various lovers what truly satisfies us in bed. And we can see things that are lovable about ourselves through our lovers’ eyes.

But in the open relationship world, self-love can also have a shadow side. It can excuse narcissism. Avoidant partners may try to foist their lack of intimacy off on your supposed lack of self-esteem. And it can be easy to blame ourselves for having whatever baggage we have.

Join us for a lively conversation about self-love. We’ll talk about:

    What does it mean to really love yourself?
    Is it even true that you can’t love another if you don’t love yourself?
    What is the line between self-love and narcissism?
    How can you encourage a love affair between your partner(s) and themselves?
    And lots more


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The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Times of Daddy Alan Selby: RAUCUS RED, BRILLIANT BLUE
A Performance by “Queer David” Lawrence, by Donation. NOTAFLOF
Saturday, July 12th, 7pm

Exhibit runs: June 6 – July 27




David Lawrence, known as QUEER DAVID to fellow activists and friends, was born in the Summer of Love. San Francisco is in his blood!  Finding success in LA&#8217;s fashion Industry, he set his sights on following his passion toward San Francisco&#8217;s &#8220;hardcore bohemian&#8221;, sex, and cruising scenes! Finding liberation through writing about his experiences drew him closer to his new beat poets heart. Making no comparisons, his new show &#8220;RAUCUS RED, BRILLIANT BLUE&#8221; is performed in tribute to Daddy Alan Selby, The Mayor of Folsom Street.

This performance is full of salty language, seedy scenarios, surrealistic comparison, and loving observance. In a sentence, &#8220;it is about one mans journey across the plains of America, to the glorious back alley&#8217;s of Folsom Street. Special musical guest Moon Trent!

The Mayor of Folsom Street: The Life and Times of Daddy Alan Selby: RAUCUS RED, BRILLIANT BLUE

A Performance by “Queer David” Lawrence, by Donation. NOTAFLOF

Saturday, July 12th, 7pm

Exhibit runs: June 6 – July 27

David Lawrence, known as QUEER DAVID to fellow activists and friends, was born in the Summer of Love. San Francisco is in his blood!  Finding success in LA’s fashion Industry, he set his sights on following his passion toward San Francisco’s “hardcore bohemian”, sex, and cruising scenes! Finding liberation through writing about his experiences drew him closer to his new beat poets heart. Making no comparisons, his new show “RAUCUS RED, BRILLIANT BLUE” is performed in tribute to Daddy Alan Selby, The Mayor of Folsom Street.
This performance is full of salty language, seedy scenarios, surrealistic comparison, and loving observance. In a sentence, “it is about one mans journey across the plains of America, to the glorious back alley’s of Folsom Street. Special musical guest Moon Trent!
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THE SEX WORKERS&#8217; WRITING WORKSHOP IS CANCELED FOR THIS WEEK

Sex Workers’ Writing WorkshopSaturday, 7/12, 2-4pm (usually 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-4pm)Sliding scale $10-$20 (more if you can, less if you can’t, **nobody turned away** — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths. Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:+Street and Survival Sex Workers+Escorts and Personal Companions+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers+Phone Sex Operators+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!) **Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to  queershoulder@gmail.com.**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and her publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming &amp; Crying, Take Me There: Trans &amp; Genderqueer Erotica, and The Revolution Starts at Home. Gina is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk: a trans &amp; cis woman dialogue,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between non-trans and trans women. She has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current &amp; former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex &amp; Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com 

THE SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP IS CANCELED FOR THIS WEEK

Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
Saturday, 7/12, 2-4pm
 (usually 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-4pm)
Sliding scale $10-$20 (more if you can, less if you can’t, **nobody turned away** — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries
 
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
 
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
 
**Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to  queershoulder@gmail.com.
**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and her publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming & Crying, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, and The Revolution Starts at Home. Gina is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk: a trans & cis woman dialogue,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between non-trans and trans women. She has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. She is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current & former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she is working on a book of short stories. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com 

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Writers With Drinks presents: “An Evening of Oversharing About Money”


When: Saturday, July 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, doors open 6:30 PM 
Who: Carol Queen, Charlie Anders, Berkeley economist Brad DeLong, and more!
How much: $5 to $10, all proceeds benefit the CSC 
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco

About Writers With Drinks:

Writers With Drinks has won numerous “Best ofs” from local newspapers, and has been mentioned in 7x7, Spin Magazine and one of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City novels. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format.

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Eye Zen & CounterPULSE present (and CSC co-sponsors!): Homo File

As part of the National Queer Arts Festival
Written and Directed by Seth Eisen
MAY 30 - JUN 15, 2014
 FRI and SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7PM

https://counterpulse.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000002x8xKEAQ

USE CODE CSC!! We will receive a portion of your ticket sale.

“[Homo File] sports a formidable narrative arc and aesthetic vision… ranging over dramatic scenes, aerial acrobatics, shadow puppetry, and even a hilariously lewd application of the old teacher’s standby, the overhead projector.”
- Rob Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Provocative…. Eisen… saw Steward’s starry-yet-checkered love life as a way of connecting him directly to an artistic lineage that’s often eclipsed by the latest, flashiest and splashiest.”
- Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle
Homo File is an interdisciplinary queer history performance—incorporating drama, aerials, live-drawing, puppetry, and live music—chronicling the life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993). Steward was a college professor of English literature, a prolific author of homoerotic fiction, an influential tattoo artist, and a queer sexual rebel who lived his last three decades in the Bay Area. His artistic development and queer self-identity evolved through friendships with Dr. Alfred Kinsey, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder, George Platt Lynes as well as numerous other LGBTQ luminaries.

Steward and his circle helped shape contemporary queer culture despite the repressive climate in which they lived. Writer/Director Seth Eisen explains Steward’s vital place in 20th Century queer history. “Steward is one of the forgotten figures of queer history who refused to submit to social oppression, paving the way for future generations of Civil Rights advocates. Because he lived for almost 85 years and meticulously described every one of his sexual encounters in his notebooks, his prolific memoirs fill in many missing pieces of queer history during the pre-gay liberation era (1930 through 1969), a period when the vast majority of the nation’s LGBTQ community lived underground in fear of being outed, fired, jailed and socially ostracized.”
Homo File Features: Brian Livingston, Katharine Otis, Michael Soldier, Ryan Hayes, Matthew Simmons, Rich Hutchison, Diego Gomez, Carlos Barrera, and Kip Lisette.
In collaboration with: Jewlia Eisenberg, Brian Freeman, Buzz Bense, Kevin O’Connor, Cathie Anderson, Keriann Egeland, Josh McDermott, Casey Collins, Gary Ivanek, Terrance Graven, Max Urruzmendi, Mariana Olvera, Alec White, James Wilson, and Becky Robinson-Leviton.

For the full calendar of CounterPULSE events, click here.

Supporters

The Queer Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Fund, The Hewlett Foundation, Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, Theater Bay Area, The Center for Cultural Innovation and The Creative Capacity Fund, Viracocha, Center for Sex and Culture, Modern Electric Studio, and the generosity of many individual donors.

HomoFile still needs your support! See “Special Requests” below if you can contribute or pass it on.

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BOOKISH BEASTS ZINE FEST at Center for Sex and Culture 
ZINES, COMICS & ART BY THE BAY AREA’S BEST CREATORS OF TRANSGRESSIVE AND EROTIC MATERIAL!

Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm

This event is free to the public, but you must be over 18 to attend.

  After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.


Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material. Artists and indie publishers peddling their wares include the fabulous Tyler Cohen, California College of the Arts MFA in Comics Department, Ajuan Mance, Shayna Why, Dorian Katz, Tara Avery, Manic D Press, Elizabeth Kresteller, Laurel Lee, Jon Macy,  Last Gasp Books, Modern Times and of course the Center for Sex and Culture.

The zine fest is one day. Sunday, July 13th from noon to 5 pm. This event is free


     

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