Upcoming Event: Shibari Relief, a Kinky Artists’ Fundraiser for Disaster Relief in Japan

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Have you been looking for a sex-positive way to contribute to disaster relief in Japan? Here it is! Plus amazing art and other auction items!

Shibari Relief, a kinky artists’ fundraiser for disaster relief in Japan
Sunday, March 27th, 2011, from 2-5 p.m
Wicked Grounds, 289 8th St. in San Francisco
http://www.shibarirelief.org

Mark I Chester and Patti Beadles, two local sexual art photographers are organizing this benefit.  There will be a silent auction/sale and raffle of BDSM art, sexual art and other related items.  There is no door fee, but a suggested $20+ donation can be given at the door.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross specifically earmarked for disaster relief in Japan.

If you make your donation by check, written to the American Red Cross you’ll receive documentation that you’ve made a tax deductible donation.  By the event we hope to have it set up so that you can also make an electronic donation to the American Red Cross, but we are working on that.

Japan has been hit by a tremendous disaster: one of the worst earthquakes in history, followed quickly by a massive tsunami and a potential nuclear disaster.  The humanitarian efforts involved in dealing with this situation are and will be tremendous for a very long time to come.  We feel helpless as we watch this tragedy unfold before us.  But we don’t have to be helpless.  We can come together as a community and in a show of support, raise funds for the much needed work that is to come.  It is the very least that we can do.  Please come hang out with us, drink some fabulous coffee or indulge in a milkshake, and help support our friends in Japan.

Some of the artists who will be offering their kinky, erotic and/or sexual artwork and related items include Mark I Chester, Shilo McCabe, Patti Beadles, Michael Rosen, Charles Gatewood, Phyllis Christopher and many others.  Please check our website for a full up to date list of the artists who are participating.  In addition to photographs and art, other items include books by some of the participating artists, a book of erotic Japanese bondage, and tickets to Shibaricon.

As a special added bonus, anyone making a donation at the door will get a ticket to get two free digital pix taken by San Francisco gay radical sex photographer, Mark I Chester at his studio at 1229 Folsom St., just 1/2 block from Wicked Grounds, from 3-5pm during the fundraiser.

So please come join us.  We know what it is like to live on a fault line.

If you are an artist that would like to donate art, a supporter who would like to help out or you just want more info, check the website or contact Mark at 415-621-6294 or sfphotou@yahoo.com

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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