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Sex Workers’ Writing WorkshopSaturday, 8/9, 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. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com   

Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
Saturday, 8/9, 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. 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

When: Saturday, August 10, from 7:30 PM to 9:30, doors open 6:30
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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Relationship Survival at Burning Man

with Marcia Baczynski
Sunday, 8/17, 4-7pm
Center for Sex and Culture
Part of the magic of Burning Man is the altogether unexpected nature of what will happen. For one week, we step outside of our usual selves, finding God in a phone booth, discovering your true authentic self in the eyes of clown on whip-its, or stumbling upon the Barbie Death Camp and Wine Bistro.

But, all this novelty can be a strain on your relationship. Once you combine it with the heat, dehydration, strange substances, strange food and even stranger campmates, your previously lovely and wonderful partner may seem to have turned into some sort of dusty alien. A dusty alien you can barely stand.

Fortunately, you can avoid a visit to the Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet with a bit of preparation and foresight. In this workshop, led by open relationship coach and multiple-Burn veteran Marcia Baczynski, you’ll find out everything you need for your relationship to not only survive, but thrive, at Burning Man. We’ll cover:

Your #1 secret weapon for avoiding fights on the playa (especially those really, really stupid ones)
The real reason the Burn makes or breaks relationships
What to do when you have different ideas of what “fun at Burning Man” means
A quick and easy way to get the most out of your time together — and apart
Simple and practical steps you can take now to make your Burn together the best one ever
Plus, you’ll walk out with your own personalized guide for staying connected, getting what you both need and having  a blast during your time in the dust.

Whether you’re a virgin burner or going home yet again, join us for a hilarious and practical workshop that will help you make sure you get to enjoy your camp, your costumes and your favorite co-conspirators. Because “going to the Burn” shouldn’t mean “sitting in a hot tent processing.”
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Queerbody

Tuesday, August 19, 7-10pm

Get more of the sex you want—for gay/bi/queer male-identified guys
If you attended our free intro event, we’re going to go deeper and hotter and longer. The gloves are coming off, and maybe the shirts and pants too! This is not a sex party, but expect to have the opportunity to touch some skin. Underwear is staying on, but everything else is up for negotiation. And it’s all in service of your learning so that you can get more of the sex you want.  
It’s easy to know if this event is for you…
        Do you like sex? ☐ Yes ☐ No
        Would you like to have more sex? ☐ Yes ☐ No
        Would you like to have better sex?  ☐ Yes ☐ No
Did you check Yes to at least two of those? Most of us have some desires we’d like to fulfill but haven’t yet. Desires like:
        More connected sex.
        Feeling confident about your body and attractiveness.
        Sex with guys you think are “out of your league.”
        Letting go of sexual shame and feeling good about your desires.
        Sex with more guys or with one special guy.
        Trying sex that you consider kinky.
        Other __(what’s your desire?)___.
Whatever kind of sex you would like… …are you sometimes standing in your own way of getting it?
In this workshop, you will begin to experience:
        Fearlessness in the face of rejection.
        Rewiring your brain to say “Yes” to the sex you want.
        The two things you HAVE to know for more satisfying sex.
        Flipping the brain switch to make getting the sex you want automatically easier.
Would you like to get more of the sex you want easily, feeling really good about getting it and really good about yourself?
        ☐ Yes please (ok, register below!)
        ☐ Naw, no thanks (um… we don’t believe you… so register below anyway!)

Will have a ticket link soon, pricing will be $35 in advance/$45 at the door.

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Control & Dominance Moves: Kinesthetic Rope 201 with Midori (Rope Dojo Elective)

August 20

Doors 7pm

Class 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ticket: $25/per person. Advance ticket sales only.

Learn effective rope moves to enhance control. What ever style of bondage or rope play you enjoy, these skills will boost the emotional and psychological intensity. In this hands-on class you’ll practice safe moves that are body-smart for the top side and bottom sides.
Whether you enjoy Kinbaku, Shibari, Westen, Predicament, Damsel in Distress, Take-downs or Confrontational play, these techniques will integrate well into your fun!

No experience necessary.
You do not need to have taken Kinesthetic Rope 1 or graduated from Rope Dojo ® - but if you have, this will enhance your continuing education.

Bring: Two or three length of rope that you usually play with. If you’re not sure, bring two or three lengths of 20 to 30 feet of ropes. Some practice ropes will be available to borrow.
Yoga mat or towels are suggested but optional

Wear: Comfortable clothing.

Pair attendance is encouraged, but solos are welcome as well. If you come solo, you’ll be paired with other solos for practice.

This Rope Dojo Elective is open to those who play at one or both ends of the rope.
You do not have to be a Rope Bondage Dojo graduate to attend. If you’ve not attended, this class will provide excellent foundation for Dojo.
More info: www.RopeDojo.com

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The Erotic Reading CircleEvery fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and CultureWednesday, 7/23, 7:30-9:30pmsuggested donation: $5+Since 2006, we’ve been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month to share and celebrate the breadth of erotic artistry in the Bay Area!  The Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.See you at the Circle!   

The Erotic Reading Circle
Every fourth Wednesday (usually) at the Center for Sex and Culture
Wednesday, 7/23, 7:30-9:30pm
suggested donation: $5+

Since 2006, we’ve been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month to share and celebrate the breadth of erotic artistry in the Bay Area!  
The Erotic Reading Circle meets at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (cross streets 9th and 10th). $5+ donation requested (no one turned away); donations support the Center for Sex and Culture. Bring whatever you’re working on, or whatever you’d like to be working on.

Come join readers and share your erotic writing! Bring something to read – please try to keep it to about ten minutes or less — or just be part of the appreciative circle of listeners. This is a great place to try out new work (ask for comments if you like), or get more comfortable reading for other people. Longtime writers will bring their latest… newly inspired writers, bring that vignette you scrawled on BART while daydreaming on your way to work. Carol Queen and Jen Cross host/facilitate this space dedicated to erotic writers and readers.
See you at the Circle!   

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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

Reblogged from Bookish Beasts
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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
 
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