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Playground Conference Nov 9-11 ’12

Everyone has their own ideas and experiences for what works and what doesn’t; what feels good and what leaves them wanting more. How can we learn from one another to help enhance our own play time and build stronger bonds in our relationships?

Playground will bring together the brightest minds in sexuality education, activism and media to examine the ways in which the sexual and erotic play a part in our everyday lives. Everyone is invited to attend from those looking to educate to those looking to get educated. And most importantly, for everyone looking to have FUN!

Over the course of 3 days, a variety of workshops and presentations will touch on things sexuality including kink, non-monogamy, dating, sexual / relationship fulfillment and more. Playground is an all-inclusive event for every community to take part in and celebrate diversity.

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IMsL April 18-21 2013

IMsL 2013

Saying it is a leather event simply does not do justice to the extraordinary extravaganza of head-to-head competitions surrounded by steamy live stage shows, hospitality receptions, educational classes, play spaces, vendor market and 700+ leather folk cruisin’ and schmoozin’! And it has been going on for years and years!

  • 2 Incredible Contests: International Ms Leather & International Ms Bootblack
  • Fabulous Shows including the always poplular Seduction – an evening of burlesque, strip tease, lap dancing, drag and MORE… all in the name of charity!
  • Bootblack Salon and Leathercare Lounge
  • Charity Silent Auction
  • Education – 15+ world-class presenters share their knowledge with you.
  • Vendors with the hottest products from all over the country!
  • Hospitality Receptions – an unending stream of receptions throughout the weekend including the ever-popular Uniform Party
  • Leather history being made at the longest running, most recognized women leather’s title in the world!
  • Onsite play space filled with equipment and open 24 hours a day from Thursday evening through Midnight Sunday.
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Transcending Boundaries

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker this year will be lecturer/trainer, film maker and activist Ignacio Rivera.

The 2012 Transcending Boundaries Conference will be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  This year’s conference will be Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28th.  We are extremely pleased to be returning to the MMC, where the 2011 conference was located.  Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Springfield Sheraton for $119 per night, and a special parking rate of $5 per day will be available to guests of the hotel.

Transcending Boundaries, Inc. hosts an annual community conference to celebrate the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality and relationships.  The 2012 Transcending Boundaries Conference is an open forum for people of all genders, sexual orientations and relationship statuses to teach, learn, debate and discuss the civics, issues, concerns and joys of these elements of our identities.  An immersive weekend of networking, education, entertainment and social time understanding these factors within ourselves, our individual communities, and the public world in which we work and live.

We seek to serve our ever-evolving communities, including bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, polyamorous, and kinky persons, as well as allies those who prefer not to use labels, and those who are questioning their identities.  Anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of how they identify.

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The Romance of Kink

Presented by Princess Kali (aka Kali Williams) at the Good Vibrations – Brookline, MA

October 9th from 8pm – 10pm

Did you get all hot and bothered by the books read ’round the world, come to Good Vibrations October 10th @8pm

The “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy has been stirring up a lot of attention and a lot of libidos! If you (or your partner) read these books and found the spanking and silk ties arousing, then you do NOT want to miss this class. Princess Kali will talk about how to explore dominance and submission in the bedroom and how to use all those kinky toys to have a sexy good time. Learn how to bring some “oh my” into your own sex life!

PLEASE buy your tickets ahead of time if you’re planning on coming…it’s cheaper for you and guarantee’s that the class happens!

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

308A (rear) Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 264-4400 Map
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Cinekink in Portland, OR

CineKink – “the kinky film festival” – hits Portland, OR for a hot, one-night stand!

Celebrating and exploring a wide diversity of sexuality, the films and videos in this sex-positive and kink-friendly showcase range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildy spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

lenny waller memorial

Directed by Mark Scherman,2011, USA, 8 minutes.
A tribute to one of underground New York City’s true originals, Lenny Waller … a pioneer in the Leather, Fetish and BDSM communities.

the transexual dominatrix

Directed by Shawna Virago, 2011, USA, 4 minutes. Shawna Virago wails on her six-string, doling out lyrical pleasure-pain in a new leather anthem.

so pomo

Directed by Kalil Cohen, 2011, USA, 4 minutes.
The pomosexual impulse celebrates queer desire and subverts the notion of fixed sexual and gender identities … all to a snappy beat!

sisterhood of the sash: imsl at 25

Directed by Princess Kali, 2011, USA, 37 minutes.
An annual contest that upholds the sexiness and strength of Leatherwomen, their accomplishments and acts of service, International Ms Leather recently celebrated its 25th year. To commemorate, former IMsL titleholders gathered to cheer on the 2011 contestants and share their memories about the event’s history and reflect on the diversity, evolution and progress of its community.

high: a black party symphony

Directed by Bunny Z, 2011, USA, 25 minutes.
Filmed in March 2011 at RITES XXXII: The Black Party, captures the erotic spectacle and performances for which the annual New York bacchanal is known. » trailer

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Good Vibrations Sex Summit

Good Vibrations, the trusted San Francisco-based company that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, presents a dynamic conference on America’s sexual state of the union with the 2012 Sex Summit.   Featuring authors and educators from various perspectives, this forum will examine the relationship between sex and the media, health, pop culture and politics in a series of panel presentations plus keynote presentations by esteemed author and research scientist Debby Herbenick, Brian Alexander, and Marty Klein.  Journalists, academics, sexologists, authors and the public will converge for this first-ever conference in a lively and relevant day-long discussion followed by a cocktail reception at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco.

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Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit

September 21, 22 & 23, 2012

Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Day Events in 2010 & 2011 Were Amazing

Don’t miss our 3rd Annual Sexual Freedom Summit in Washington, DC September 21, 22 & 23, 2012! The theme for the 2012 Sexual Freedom Summit, “Prohibition Politics: The Assault on Sexual Freedom,” highlights the increasingly vicious attacks in the resurgent war on sex. We will share information and strategies to use in the fight for human rights and sexual freedom, and against the denial of the right to relationships, and families.  We will address the undermining of access to health care and reduction of access to comprehensive sexuality education, as well as the criminalization of sexual expression and pleasure.

While the Summit’s focus is serious, it is also a time for fun and celebration too. Start your weekend off on Friday night with “Popcorn and Porn.”  Woodhull Board members (and consummate porn-makers in their own rights) Buck Angel and Nina Hartley, host this rollicking variation on more conventional movie nights and meet and greet events, with good food, good conversation, and good (and bad!) porn as well as a very special appearance by Porno Jim!

Saturday our work begins in earnest with a jam-packed educational program, our Sexual Freedom Institute. Expert panels and interactive workshops explore a full range of sexual freedom issues in the context of “Prohibition Politics:  The Assault on Sexual Freedom”. Confirmed speakers include Diana AdamsBuck Angel, Ajamu BarakaEric Berkowitz, Melissa Sontag Broudo, Brandon Lacy Campos, Kelly CooksonRev. Beverly Dale,  Kate D’Adamo, Alison GardnerHardy Haberman, Judith Lynne HannaAmber Hollibaugh, Anita Wagner Illig, Luke Lirot, Eva-Marie Malone, Robin MandellDan Massey, Reid Mihalko, Susan Miranda, Jill Mizell, Esther Perel, Christopher Ryan, and Lawrence G. Walters.

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Carter-Johnson Leather Library Installation in SF

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ·10:00 AM

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 · 9:00 PM
Location: Center for Sex & Culture
1349 Mission Street @ map

Cost: donations welcome

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From Wednesday, September 19th until Tuesday, September 25th the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is bringing the Carter-Johnson Leather Library to San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street.

 

The Carter-Johnson Leather Library is an interactive collection of thousands of printed materials related to BDSM, Leather and Kink dating as far back as the year 1701. It also includes videos that will be visible and artwork. Viola Johnson and her librarians will be available to assist researchers and casual readers alike.

 

The Leather Library will be open and free of charge for visitors from 10 am until 5 pm each day, with evening receptions open to the public, hosted by San Francisco Bay Area Leather Community members, on select nights. The Alliance welcomes people of genders and orientation to this community event.

 

Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00-9:00 pm: Opening Reception hosted by the Exiles and the San Francisco girls of Leather. Dress in your finest as we celebrate leather week and the opening of the library in style. Light refreshments and wine will be served as we raise a glass to the librarians!

 

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30-10:30 pm: “Leather Memories” Cleo Dubois hosts a visual journey through her formative years in leather. Special guests including Fakir Musafar, Viola Johnson, Sybil Holiday and Race Bannon will also share some of their own leather memories. $5-20 sliding scale, benefitting the Center for Sex and Culture.

 

Saturday, September 22nd, 6:30-11:00 pm: Titleholder Social, Trinity, American Leatherwoman 2012, Bethie Bee, Ms. San Francisco 2011, and Tracy Wolf, Women’s International Leather Legacy 2011, will be hosting a titleholder social. Stop by to grab a snack and connect with old friends or make new ones before going to your pre-Folsom parties!

 

Saturday, September 22nd, 10-11pm: Rubber Men of San Francisco join the Titleholder Social to
complete their Rubber Pride Flag campaign by dedicating a flag to the Leather Alliance to display along with the Leather Pride Flag at future San Francisco Community events.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2:00-7:30 pm: “Author Celebration” Community authors, including Dossie Easton, Janet Hardy, Viola Johnson and Carol Queen will be reading selections from their work and chatting. Stop by after the fair to relax and enjoy the library while listening to these famous community authors read and discuss their work.

Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00-9:30 pm: Closing Ceremony, with Angela DiTenebre and Iain Turner. Help us say goodbye to the Carter-Johnson Leather Library in our own uniquely San Franciscan way. Refreshments will be provided.

The San Francisco Leather Pride week installation of the Carter-Johnson Leather Library is possible due to the generous support of our community partners, including Ms. San Francisco Leather, Folsom Street Events, and the San Francisco girls of Leather.

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If you would like more information about this topic, if you would like to become a community partner, or if you’d like to schedule an interview with Tracy Wolf, Viola Johnson or another member of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance board or the Carter-Johnson Leather Library, please call Tracy Wolf at 510-481-1097 or email her at fenowyn@yahoo.com.