Give OUT Day: Support the Center for Sex & Culture

Today is Give OUT Day! Support Our LGBT/Ally Nonprofit Friends!

May 9th is Give OUT Day, the amazing nationwide initiative to support LGBTQ-and-allied nonprofits. It’s a fantastic opportunity to donate any amount and have the synergy of many donors add up. Our friends at the Center for Sex & Culture have been selected as one of the LGBT-and-allied charities to participate in national Give OUT Day, and if they are the Bay Area non-profit that raises the most money, Horizons Foundation will grant them an additional $5000! That’s right, any person’s donation — in any amount, even $5 or $10 — might be the gift that puts them over the top and allows them to raise another 5 grand. They need your help — your donation and just as importantly, your help in getting the word out via your social networks, the lists and groups you belong to, and your friendship circles.

Just in case you’re not familiar with CSC, here’s the short version: “We are an archive, library, gallery and community space for preserving and sharing information and artifacts of sexual identity, sexual products, and sexual ideas.” More detail: The Center for Sex & Culture is a three-time winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay award (including a win for Best Emerging Sex Non-profit, 2005). CSC hosts sex education workshops and cultural events having to do with sexuality for adults of every orientation and gender, spanning the continuum from didactic to experiential. It maintains a sexuality library, archive and gallery, and supports sex-related research projects. CSC is a 501(c)(3) educational organization; for more detail, to sign up for twice-monthly e-mailed event updates and/or its press list, please email carol@sexandculture.org. To peruse the events calendar or learn more about the Center for Sex & Culture, see sexandculture.org or visit the Tumblr site: centersexculture.tumblr.com. CSC is on Facebook and tweets at @ CentrSexCulture. They also originated the Live Masturbate-a-Thon!

About Give OUT Day and what you need to do for your donation to count toward the fundraising total: ON May 9 (this is a one-day fund drive, and TODAY is that day), go to CSC’s page at the fundraising website Razoo.com – and donate! Simple as that! Since they are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your gift will be tax-deductible. This link will be open for donations past 5/9/13 also — those funds won’t be part of Give OUT and the challenge grant, however.

PLUS! If you donate more than $10 on Give OUT Day, you will receive a discount of $10 off registration for this September’s CatalystCon West. Catalyst is a fabulous sex-positive conference! If you’re interested in this offer, send Dee a copy of the donation confirmation your receive from Razoo and she’ll reply with the discount code. The code will be valid until sales end (that is, til the conference fills up). Mail her at info@catalystcon.com. Also, anyone who donates $25 or higher will be put into the raffle for two registration tickets to Catalyst. Thanks, Dee!

If you want to help even more, please take a second to tweet and Facebook it, post it on LinkedIn, or send on to anyone you think would like to know about it and help the Center for Sex & Culture or the other fine organizations who are participating. Thank you for helping get the word out to your lists and networks! The Center for Sex & Culture needs the funds — as do all the other fine groups who are participating– and with your support, we can do this!

Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at carolqueen.com.

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