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Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.

Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibrance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.

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Non-Consent, Nude Photos and the Law ⇢

What do you think?  Should it be illegal to post nude or “sexy” photos of someone without their consent? 

Positive Pictures: How HIV Changed Our World - A Gay History ⇢

Fairoaks Project Closing Reception: Photographs by Frank Melleno

A Rare Look inside a SF Gay Bathhouse in 1978, Curated by Gary Freeman

Closing Reception June 30, 2013 1-4 pm

           Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979.  His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.

           The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a counter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges.  Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.

           The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.

http://queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/visualarts13/fairoaks/
Fairoaks Projects art show at CSC opens Friday June 7th

http://queerculturalcenter.org/NQAF/visualarts13/fairoaks/

Fairoaks Projects art show at CSC opens Friday June 7th

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit your artwork for our second annual show! Get yours in today! http://goo.gl/TfKiz

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit your artwork for our second annual show! Get yours in today! http://goo.gl/TfKiz

Created equal – Les contrastes de la vie, Magnifique projet photo de Mark Laita ⇢

"Created Equal" is an incredible photo project by photographer Mark Laita which focuses on the contrast between people’s lives and cultures through beautiful portraits in black and white.

Source: Flickr / rosaleenryan

Call for Art @ CSC ⇢

Doing Your Dirty Work: a sampler of contemporary art about sex
Open to Artists in the United States

 “Doing Your Dirty Work” is the second annual group exhibition at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, California. We invite all artists that are at least 18 years old to submit recent artwork that deals with themes of sexuality, sexual identity and gender identity.  Please do not censor yourself. Nothing is too dirty! Nothing is too perverse!

The Center for Sex and Culture Gallery aims to provide space for artwork of significant merit that addresses sexuality and sexual identity, especially outsider or minority sexual identity. Too often mainstream art spaces self-censor or are afraid of sexual content. Too often the standard of artistic merit in sexuality community spaces is disappointingly low. Erotic art exhibitions are too often heavily hetero, cis, or white centric. CSC Gallery makes bridging these divides and providing a solution to these shortcomings its mission.

Jurors: Dorian Katz, CSC Curator and Marlene Hoeber, CSC Director of Collections

Submissions are due at midnight Friday, May 15th, 2013.  The show will be from Friday July 5th through Friday, August 30th.

To enter your work, send the following to sexandculturegallery@gmail.com:

  • 5 images, jpegs less than 2mb each
  • List of images with size, media and title (in the body of your email)
  • Artist CV (attachment)
  • Statement of up to 300 words about your work. Send one statement only and not one for each of the 5 images (in the body of your email)
  • On the main page of http://www.sexandculture.org/ click on the green donations button on the right side of our main page to pay $15 entry fee through the option Doing Your Dirty Work. (Note that you have paid entry fee in body of your email.)

·       The gallery space also serves other uses so floor space is not available. We do not have equipment to present video work, but will accept wall-mounted video work with provided equipment. Wall-mounted sculpture is also acceptable.

·       In subject line of email, write “Art Submission – 2013


Deadline: 05-15-2013
Center for Sex and Culture
San Francisco, CA

The girls of Storyville: Haunting pictures from New Orleans' red-light district reveal how prostitutes lived 100 years ago ⇢

"With his subjects in varying states of undress, photographer E. J. Bellocq took dozens of portraits inside the brothels of Storyville - the only legalized red-light district in North America, until it was shut down in 1917. 

The haunting images show madams in their finest lace and fur, with several prostitutes completely nude or lounging about playing cards, reclining amongst pillows, or having a drink.”

Inside the American Brothel ⇢

With all the preconceived ideas of brothels and the cast of characters who both work and frequent them, McAndrews felt he had to give a fair portrayal of them. “Everybody knows what goes on in the brothels.” McAndrews explains. “I approached the brothels the same way I would any other project or assignment, and when I photographed the women (or owners or customers, for that matter), I didn’t want to demonize them for what they did, but I was also careful not to glorify them. I think the fact that I became and remain friends with many of the women that work or have worked in the houses speaks to the honesty of the project.”’

From The Nu Project
“The Nu Project is a series of honest nudes of women from all over the world. The project began in 2005 and has stayed true to the original vision: no professional models, minimal makeup and no glamour. The focus of the project has been and continues to be the subjects and their personalities, spaces, insecurities and quirks.”

From The Nu Project

The Nu Project is a series of honest nudes of women from all over the world. The project began in 2005 and has stayed true to the original vision: no professional models, minimal makeup and no glamour. The focus of the project has been and continues to be the subjects and their personalities, spaces, insecurities and quirks.”

Shilo McCabe’s “I Masturbate” collection will be at CSC!

Shilo McCabe, a queer feminist photographer, is the founder of the Sex Positive Photo Project.  This May she will be showcasing her work at the Centre for Sex and Culture in San Francisco.  This show will feature 30 large images, including brand new pieces, from her “I Masturbate” collection; a series of photos and personal stories about the personal joy and sexual freedom her subjects experience through masturbation. Shilo is a documentary photographer, and her goal is for the audience to see authentic, non-fetishized  images of people just like themselves: no matter their body type/size, no matter their sexuality, no matter their kink, no matter the shade of their skin.  
This is sure to be an amazing show and an incredible experience! Fundraising is currently underway for this project at http://www.indiegogo.com/shilomccabe and there are some great perks available for donors (including prints, limited edition monographs, and even a credit for a photo session with Shilo herself!).  Stop by her indiegogo site and consider making a donation, and be sure to visit the show at the Center for Sex and Culture this May! 
What Shilo has said about this project:
while speaking on a sex-positive panel at Mills College I was asked if I had any tips for becoming more sex-positive.  Without hesitation I said “Masturbate!” Everyone laughed at my response and I realized later that I really had much more to say on the subject. 
 
 
Reducing the stigma around masturbation is important because we are a culture of mixed messages - there is no unilateral message about masturbation…”
 
 
What people are saying about masturbation:

 
I masturbate because I never have to worry about being too much for myself. I have a high libido and a lifetime of conditioning has made me self-conscious about being too intense, too hungry, too sexual, too wet, or too kinky for even my most enthusiastic and generous lovers.”
 
"Masturbation gives me some of my best orgasms. I love it for the orgasms alone, but I also do it to relieve pain, leg cramps, cranky moods, anxiety, and to help me get to sleep." 
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Vaginal Photoplethysmograph II: Measures vaginal blood flow indicating the level of sexual arousal in women. Circumference 2.4 in., length 3 in.
Sarah Sudhoff cataloged many of the devices, both contemporary and vintage, that the Kinsey Institute has used in its sex research. See more here.

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Vaginal Photoplethysmograph II: Measures vaginal blood flow indicating the level of sexual arousal in women. Circumference 2.4 in., length 3 in.

Sarah Sudhoff cataloged many of the devices, both contemporary and vintage, that the Kinsey Institute has used in its sex research. See more here.

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DAVID HOCKNEY | Nude (Theresa Russell), 1984 | colour photographic collage
Sold for £67,250 at the Contemporary Art Day Sale, 29 June 2012, London.

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DAVID HOCKNEY | Nude (Theresa Russell), 1984 | colour photographic collage

Sold for £67,250 at the Contemporary Art Day Sale, 29 June 2012, London.

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