CatalystCon West, Club 90 Reunion, & Closing Keynote
CatalystCon West 2014 just came to an end and the highlight of my conference weekend was moderating the Club 90 reunion and Closing Keynote Address with the lovely and illustrious Veronica Vera, Veronica Hart aka Jane Hamilton, Annie Sprinkle, and Candida Royalle. Together the women represent 150 years of women’s empowerment, feminist archiving and writing, gender and erotic expression & exploration, free speech activism, human sexuality education. It was a wonderful day and a superb way to end another amazing conference. Good Vibrations was the Silver Sponsor of CatalystCon and besides this keynote, Dr. Carol Queen, Coyote Days (GV’s Purchasing Manager) and I represented on other panels and topics. Good Vibrations also sponsors The Deeper Truth hosted by Shar Rednour to record deeper biographies of presenters and participants, known as the Catalyst Biographies. Big thanks to CatalystCon founder, Dee Dennis for another wonderful year!
Five stars from the “Golden Age of Porn”, Veronica Hart, Gloria Leonard, Candida Royalle, Veronica Vera and Annie Sprinkle were the original “Sex and the City” girls. Turning to one another for the support they needed to navigate their way through life in the world of blue movies, these dynamic women created “Club 90” in 1983, forming a bond that would continue for over thirty years. They went on to pursue their personal goals, and in the process, blazed new trails in the fields of human sexuality, women’s empowerment, gender, erotic expression, and free speech. Plus they each earned doctorates!
Come get a taste of the days when NYC was America’s sex film capital, movies were shot on 35mm film, making porn was cause for arrest, and Times Square was x-rated! A time before AIDS, Internet, social media and the ubiquitous smart phone. Most of all, come share the laughs, the drama and the intimate stories of this controversial support group and be inspired to start one of your own. Gloria Leonard passed away earlier this year; a chair will be on stage to represent her undying spirit and the love felt in the hearts of her remaining Club 90 sisters. This rare reunion promises to be candid, informative and electric! Moderated and hosted by Good Vibrations Executive Vice President, Jackie Strano.
Check out more of Candida Royalle’s Femme Productions features at Good Vibrations VOD site!