6th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference – Sept 28, 2013

carasThe Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) and the Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity (PASD) are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Our host for the conference is the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, at San Francisco State University.

Saturday, September 28, 2013   9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality
San Francisco State University
Downtown San Francisco Campus
835 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please download the Registration form
“Similar Networks, Different Movements: Comparing the LGBT Movement to Activism about Alternative Sexualities”

Keynote Address at the Alternative Sexualities Conference

Amy L. Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

“There are many parallels between the LGBT movement and other types of activism about alternative sexualities, especially BDSM and polyamory. In its formative years the LGBT community used community institutions like bars and clubs to create social networks and fought similar medical and criminal pathologization. This talk will analyze these similar origins and highlight the dramatic differences in social and political power between the LGBT movement and activism to support BDSM and polyamory.”
Dr. Stone studies the intersection of gender, sexuality, and social movements.  Her previous works include Gay Rights at the Ballot Box. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2012). “Diversity, Dissent and Decision-making: The Challenge to LGBT Politics” GLQ 16:3, 465-472.  (2010) and “More Than Adding a T: American Lesbian and Gay Activists” Attitudes Towards Transgender Inclusion.” Sexualities. Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 337-357. (2009).  She is currently working on projects examining BDSM/Kink social movements, in addition to her continuing projects on transgender inclusion in movement politics, and gender/sexuality in urban festivals, among others.

Please Note:  A Special Friday afternoon event for Kink-Identified Clinicians

If you are a therapist, counselor or intern, or enrolled in a graduate program which leads to a license to practice therapy, AND you identify as kinky or a part of the BDSM/Kink community, we will have a special Friday September 27 session, from 2 to 5 pm, just for kink-identified clinicians.  This is no extra cost, but we would like RSVPs.  If you think you might attend, please indicate here:

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