Among two of my favorite bisexuals in San Francisco are Dr. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence, who are involved in the Center for Sex & Culture. I have donated items from Chi Chi LaRue, Sharon Kane, Joey Stefano, Johnny Rey, Karen Dior and other porn stars I have known (and items I've inherited from them), and their center is one of the places that collects such items.
Sometimes they need help. Dr. Lawrence came up with the Masturbat-athon and the sex records that has men and women getting together and cumming together. (See http://www.masturbate-a-thon.com for more about that.)
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, it is #GivingTuesday, a fundraising day for nonprofits, and this is also a fun way to help out a good cause. The Center is unique, and CSC doesn't get public money. They keep the doors open (and library/gallery/archive housed) via door fees, space rentals, the occasional small grant, and individual donations and memberships. This fundraising day will amount to (they hope) at least 10% of the annual budget.
The center is in the heart of SF… here are the details:
The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact: Carol Queen
The Center for Sex & Culture was founded in 2000 by noted sexologists Drs. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence with the goal of preserving our collective sexual histories, and providing a much-needed community space for writers, researchers, artists and activists.
The mission of the all-volunteer organization is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library, archive, gallery space and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. It is also to research and disseminate factual information informing issues of public policy and public health.
According to author, activist, and radio host Tristan Taormino: “For LGBTQIA folks, our cultural histories are often the most underrepresented and the least archived, yet it is vital that our stories, our histories, and our truths—especially when it comes to our sexuality—be preserved for future generations. The Center for Sex & Culture is an invaluable community resource: it has created a space that both honors our past and inspires our future.”
“#GivingTuesday is a wonderful way for supporters of the Center for Sex & Culture to not only donate in support of the organization, but to easily let their friends and networks know about CSC through social media and inspire them to give, too,” says Dr. Carol Queen, the Executive Director of the CSC.
“The donations from #GivingTuesday will allow the Center for Sex & Culture to provide low-cost space to small organizations that need it; get our library ready to begin a public loan program; and finish our restroom accessibility project. We're so grateful to the public for their generosity - - donations and events are the main ways we keep our doors open,” notes Queen.
To give on December 3, go to the CSC page at the fundraising website Razoo— http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Center-For-Sex-And-Culture —and donate. Any amount, large or small, will be accepted; and since the CSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, gifts are tax-deductible.
To learn more about the Center for Sex & Culture, and see a schedule of upcoming events, visit: http://www.sexandculture.org. You can also follow the Center for Sex & Culture on Facebook and on Twitter at @CentrSexCulture.
Here's a note from Carol:
In 1994 my partner Robert and I (I'm author and sexologist Carol Queen, PhD) were visiting our friend Betty Dodson, sometimes known as "the Mother of Masturbation," in her NY home. Why didn't she bring her fabulous Bodysex workshop to the Bay Area? we asked. There wasn't an appropriate venue there, she said. And then she said the words that begin the story of The Center for Sex & Culture: "You kids should start a place."
Betty was right! Between us, we had connections in many sexuality-related communities. We both have doctorates in sexology; I worked at the legendary Good Vibrations and wrote for Spectator magazine, which had evolved from the old Berkeley Barb; I wrote stories and essays for zines and anthologies too, and was working on my first book, Exhibitionism for the Shy; we traveled around the US teaching, speaking, and meeting people from many sexual worlds, and were ourselves comfortable participants in many of these; and we'd both been directors at SF Sex Info. Together, we could relate and identify with much of the range of sexuality.
It took over 5 years of talking up the idea, but at last an angel donor helped us get over the fence: We corresponded with the IRS, got our non-profit status, and began looking for a space. Interns and donated materials came our way even before we had a room to house them. When we did get a place, we invited every sexually interested person over 18 to be part of it: as member, performer, teacher, patron, life-long learner. Academics and journalists began to visit to use our library and inspect our collections. Librarians descended on us, helping us to organize the many books and journals we'd amassed. (We believe we now have the largest publicly-accessibly sex library in the country -- maybe the world!)
We host sex ed classes, and also cultural events. I deeply feel that, in the absence of good sex ed in the US, many of us learn about sex and develop our attitudes about sexuality via culture, and we want to participate fully in that discussion. We also support culture-making: through writing classes for sex workers; our award-winning Erotic Reading Circle; burlesque and dance classes; and our annual Nude Aid artmaking day. We also support community-based organizations, from BDSM/leather, to sex worker support groups, to the unique safer sex strategies of the SF Jacks. Our collections include Buzz Bense's HIV/AIDS poster collection (these hang in our gallery from November 2013 through January 2014), materials from Pat Califia and Larry Townsend, a full run of On Our Backs magazine, Scarlot Harlot's searchable database of sex worker interviews, and so much more.
We are all-volunteer, a labor of love and community for everyone involved. The next wave of core staff -- a new librarian, a gallerist, archivists, and each year's group of interns -- came to us because of the cultural impacts of our collections; they have made them increasingly organized and accessible, and are helping to turn CSC into a venue for erotic artists who have few other places to exhibit their work.
We dream of publishing books, thus helping more non-Bay Area people join the conversation, and are about to make that a reality with a catalog of the Buzz Bense posters; and also want to put many of our events online, so we are even more a global community sex center than a local one. In the meantime, we hope you will visit us when you come to San Francisco! And thank you so very much for reading about our history and supporting us. EVERY donation helps us keep our doors open and take care of the materials our community has entrusted to us.
Wishing you pleasure and all the sex information you need!
--Carol, Robert, Dina, Marlene, Dorian, Ian, Tess, & the rest of your friends at the Center for Sex & Culture
When you're in the Bay Area, visit Carol and Robert and the folks at the CSC or at the Good Vibrations shop and you won't be disappointed. They're wonderful, open and sex-positive people! Check out the video and slideshow and don't be afraid to offer some $$. 69 is a nice number!