CatalystCon Partners With jessica drake For Downtown Women’s Center Donation Drive

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Aug 312017
 

One of our favorite members of the CatalystCon community is jessica drake.  Many of you may know jessica from her work with Wicked Pictures and as a sex educator, but we also know her for her support of the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles.

CatalystCon founder Dee Dennis and jessica would like to invite everyone to take part in a special CATALYST DWC donation drive. During CatalystCon West, we will be collecting unused hotel toiletries and other items for the Center’s showers and welcome packages for new residents. For a list of the Center’s most needed items, please see the DWC Wishlist.

“For years I’ve been a supporter of The Downtown Women’s Center,” said jessica. “Not only do they house over 70 full time residents, they also run a huge day center, assisting the homeless women of Los Angeles, providing them with food, medical care, rehabilitational resources, and more! Thank you so much for helping out with such a great cause, and one I hold very dear to my heart.”

We’re happy to partner with jessica on this project and look forward to supporting this important cause during CatalystCon West.

 

 

Announcing a Special Fundraiser March 13 to Benefit The Center for Sex & Culture

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Feb 272014
 

“THE CENTER FOR SEX & CULTURE: TRAVELING” MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT CATALYSTCON

Washington DC-area Sex Conference Promises “Exceptional Conversations,” Hosts CSC Benefit Evening

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

CSC

Two extraordinary organizations that promote sex education and lively, sophisticated discussions about sex and culture will join forces next month to entertain, inform, and raise funds. CatalystCon, North America’s most unique sexuality conference, welcomes San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture to the East Coast and hosts a benefit evening of performance and more on behalf of the West Coast nonprofit. This event is open to the public (18+), not only attendees of the conference.

The CSC benefit, “Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling,” launches the conference on March 13th. Featuring performances from renowned sex educator Ducky DooLittle and CSC founder Dr. Carol Queen and hosted by CSC co-founder Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, the event also offers an opportunity for attendees to peruse or purchase Safe Sex Bang, CSC’s first publication–a full-color catalog of the Center’s recent show of HIV/AIDS safer sex posters from the ’80s and beyond. More detail about SSB below.

Carol Queen will present an excerpt of her solo performance, “Peep Show,” about her time working as a “real live nude girl” at San Francisco’s notorious Lusty Lady theater. In it, she brings her audience backstage and into the “talk booth” of the historic peep show, which closed last year after several years as a union house and later as a worker-owned cooperative. Meet her co-workers and customers in this special, surprising, intimate and funny tour. Carol is the author of Exhibitionism for the ShyReal Live Nude Girl, and The Leather Daddy and the Femme; she has edited many other books about sex and eroticism.

Ducky Doolittle will perform her own peep show tales; while Carol held down the fort in San Francisco, at the tender age of 19 Ducky was having adventures at Show Follies on the other side of the continent. Her insights about the thousands of men she saw there–and the way the other peep show girls helped her learn the ropes and grow up–will amaze the civilians and make other former sex workers nod in recognition. Ducky is the author of Sex With The Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered and is currently the Education Coordinator for the New York Academy of Sex Education. She is also the Education Coordinator for adult retailer Tantus Inc.

EVENT IN BRIEF:

What: Center for Sex & Culture: Traveling at CatalystCon — a benefit for CSC

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8pm

Where: CrystalCity Hilton – Commonwealth Ballroom

How much: Suggested $10-50 donation; no one turned away for lack of funds

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR SEX & CULTURE:

Founded by sexologists Carol Queen and Robert Morgan Lawrence in 2000, the Best of the Bay- winning nonprofit Center for Sex & Culture houses a library, gallery, and archive, and hosts sex education and cultural events. Its mission is to provide judgment-free education and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health.  CSC is on Facebook and tweets at @CentrSexCulture; director Carol Queen tweets at @CarolQueen.

ABOUT SAFE SEX BANG:

The exhibition catalog for SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters marks the Center for Sex & Culture’s first publishing venture. Bense collected and produced safe/r sex posters aimed at members of the queer community since the mid-1980s. On December 1, 2011 –to mark the occasion of annual World AIDS Day– Bense donated to CSC his collection of 150+ unique posters. Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe/r sex activism.

SAFE SEX BANG showcases images spanning from 1982 into the 2000s, from San Francisco to New York City and internationally from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. Highlights of the exhibition and catalog include the “Play Fair!” brochure produced by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in 1982, considered “the first queer positive, safer-sex pamphlet;” six bus shelter posters produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and STOP AIDS Project that demand attention through their large-scale format; four powerful posters from the Brothers Network, a San Francisco based organization aimed at empowering and educating gay and transgender members of the African-American community; and five seductively colorful posters designed by the Australian artist David McDiarmid, examples of which are included in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. The double entendre of the SAFE SEX BANG exhibition title speaks to the means through which many of the posters impart their message of prevention: as sex-positive images of queer sexuality that have both an advertising immediacy and an informative sense of impact.

The catalog is 9 X 12 inches of full color pages with 50 illustrations, including text contributions from Dr. Carol Queen, Alex Fialho, Buzz Bense and Dorian Katz. Cost is $20.

Two Fundraisers for Scarleteen at CatalystCon East

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Feb 252013
 

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis has chosen Scarleteen as the recipient of two fundraisers to be held during the conference weekend.

ScarleteenRaffle2013FullPageAd-3Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and teens and understands the very important need to financially support Scarleteen, making it possible for them to continue the very important work they do.

Dee Dennis has donated two tickets to a future CatalystCon conference to be raffled off at CatalystCon East. The drawing will take place Sunday during the closing remarks but you need not be present to win! Tickets will be for sale all day at the CatalystCon Registration table for $5 each (or five for $20).

Artpulp

Also at CatalystCon East, will be a special “masquerade” art project fundraiser sponsored by Artpulp.net. Artpulp.net and CatalystCon embrace all creative individuals regardless of how they identify themselves, so for a $5 donation each participant will be given a mask and access to art supplies to create a mask that represents that identity. This identity could resemble the mask they feel necessary to where on a daily basis, the identity they feel the need to hide, or the identity of the creative and sexual force they have within. Every mask will be an effort to open the lines of communication about sexuality and freedom. All the finished masks created will be photographed at the conference and be viewable to everyone in an exclusive gallery on Artpulp.net/masks.

Each mask will cost a $5 donation, which also includes a coupon for a discounted raffle ticket. With your $5 donation with Artpulp.net, you will receive a “coupon” ticket that you can use  at the registration desk to purchase one raffle ticket for only $1 – normally $5. The drawing for two tickets to a future CatalystCon conference to will take place Sunday during the closing remarks.

Those who are not attending CatalystCon East can still support Scarleteen by visiting the donation page on their website.

ScarleteenLogoScarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

CatalystCon East Announces Saturday Evening Entertainment

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Feb 142013
 
Erotic Readings, Dirty Bingo, & CineKink Screenings
Set for D.C. Area Sexuality Conference, March 15-17!

 

The CatalystCon East sexuality conference is planning three featured entertainment events for Saturday night at the 3-day event. CatalystCon East will be held March 15-17 in D.C.-adjacent Arlington, Virginia.

“One of the goals of CatalystCon is for everyone to get to know each other and make new connections,” said founder Dee Dennis. “These evening events give CatalystCon participants the chance to interact socially and relax after a long day of intense conversations and sessions.”

The three entertainment events represent the moving image, the spoken word, and an audience participation game. Erotic writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will host a special edition of her “In The Flesh” reading series, which features CatalystCon speakers presenting “stories to get you hot and bothered.” Scheduled speakers include Reid Mihalko, Joan Price, Carol Queen and Regie Cabico.

Sex educator and author Ducky DooLittle will host “Dirty Bingo” where participants can expect loads of laughs, story telling, and the opportunity to win fun and sexy prizes. CineKink, “the kinky film festival,” will present “A Taste of CineKink,” a specially selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore the wide diversity of sexuality drawn from both the independent film world and the adult industry.

For more information, visit the CatalystCon East Entertainment page.

The CatalystCon conference has been created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. Throughout the course of CatalystCon East, over 70 speakers will present sessions and panel discussions on a wide array of topics, including: Los Angeles’ controversial Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in adult video production; slut shaming in sex-positive communities; toxic toys; sexuality for senior citizens; the impact of religion and media on sexuality and body image; sexuality from a trans perspective; how to help educators effectively teach sexual topics; and more.

Check out the full list of sessions and discussion groups here and complete list of speakers, with biographies here.

Sponsors for CatalystCon East include ANEROS, The Pleasure Chest, Sportsheets International, Tantus, Wet International, artpulp, The FC2 Female Condom, Good Vibrations, “Sex Out Loud” with Tristan Taormino, Sexquire, and The Smitten Kitten. Find more information on the official sponsors here.

Get more information on how your company can become a sponsor of CatalystCon or a program advertiser – the deadline is fast approaching.

The inaugural CatalystCon in Long Beach, Calif. in September featured more than 40 sessions and panel discussions on sexuality-based topics. CatalystCon East takes place March 15-17 at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is currently open at www.CatalystCon.com/Register but only a few tickets remain!

Sex Worker Pre-Con Meet & Mingle

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Jan 272013
 
While CatalystCon’s organizer and staff are sex worker allies, they realize that other sex workers are best able to fully understand some of your concerns. Sabrina Morgan will be the CatalystCon sex worker liaison to insure that the unique issues sex workers face are addressed.
Sabrina is hosting a private pre-conference Meet & Mingle for sex workers and former sex workers on Friday afternoon 3:30-5:00. There is no fee to attend this, but RSVP is required. (Location will be emailed to attendees 24 hours before the event.)

RSVP here.

Note: This event is open to current and former sex workers ONLY. Allies are dearly beloved but should respect the private nature of this event. Address any questions to Sabrina at sabrina@sabrinamorgan.com.

CatalystCon Happy Hour Mixer

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Nov 252012
 

CatalystCon organizer Dee Dennis is hosting a special Happy Hour mixer with CatalystCon speakers, sponsors and attendees. Catch up with those from ccon west and meet those from the upcoming ccon east.

Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00pm until 9:00pm in PST

Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills
21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, California 91367-3631

Cash/credit bar. The hotel restaurant menu will be available to those wishing to order food.

Drink Menu

Food Menu

Please RSVP to ensure proper space. (RSVP to our Facebook event page or email info@catalystcon.com)

 

*Please note time and date of this event. This is not part of the CatalystCon East conference.

CatalystCon to Open Closing Keynote to General Public to Benefit Scarleteen

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Sep 142012
 

Long Beach, CA – CatalystCon will be opening the closing plenary to the general public for a $10 cash donation payable at the door which will be donated to Scarleteen.

John Stagliano, Constance Penley, Ph.D, & Allan Gelbard, Esq. will give the closing keynote plenary, Defending Pornography: United States v. John Stagliano sponsored by Aneros.  Our current political climate brings challenges in defending adult material against both obscenity and intellectual property violations. What can we learn from the most recent legal battles in order to raise successful ones in the future both in the courts and the court of public opinion?  Join esteemed panelists John Stagliano, Allan Gelbard Esq., and Constance Penley, PhD as they share the first hand knowledge they acquired while successfully defending against United States v John Stagliano as well as other important cases.

CatalystCon creator Dee Dennis is a supporter of Scarleteen and the important work they do. As a mother she knows firsthand the lack of sex education available to children and knows the very important need for financially supporting Scarleteen and making it possible to continue the very important work they do.

Scarleteen provides millions of people in their teens and twenties with progressive, inclusive and original sexuality, sex and relationships education, information and support every year. Established in 1998, and continued since despite no federal, state or institutional funding, Scarleteen operates primarily via its popular, award-winning website — consistently the highest ranked sex education site specifically for young people since its debut — which includes articles, in-depth advice columns, external resources, and direct, one-on-one services which allow users to ask or talk about anything they need to, like their busy, moderated message boards and their SMS service. “Scarleteen’s model has always been strongly unschooling and youth-focused, both in what information is provided and how they provide it, but also within their organization itself: they make sure the majority of their staff and volunteers are always under thirty. At Scarleteen, young people are afforded the respect to be leaders, either within their organization or their own lives, including their sexual lives.

Dennis’ passion for sparking change and sharing knowledge with others means showcasing Scarleteen at CatalystCon to generate more fans as well as donations. “Scarleteen operates on a very limited budget and is funded entirely by donations,” says Dennis, who notes Scarleteen’s “amazing work providing a safe place for young adults to get the sex education our school systems and many parents are not providing.” Dennis on behalf of CatalystCon will match funds raised this weekend up to $500. Dennis is excited at the opportunity to introduce Scarleteen to CatalystCon attendees and encourage them to contribute to its mission of sexual health, wellness and personal responsibility: “I personally feel funding Scarleteen and making it possible for them to continue the work they do is extremely important.”

The Closing Plenary will take place Sunday, September 16th at 2:30pm at the Long Beach Hilton Executive and Meeting Center in Long Beach, CA in the International Ballrooms I & II.  Donations will only be accepted in cash.

Pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer

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Aug 242012
 

CatalystCon extended the use of one of our suites for a private pre-CatalystCon Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer for current and former sex workers hosted by our sex worker liaison Sabrina Morgan.

*From the Sex Worker Meetup & Mixer invite,

All current and former sex workers attending CatalystCon are invited to attend a special sex worker-only meet and greet before the conference begins.

Conference organizer Dee Dennis will introduce herself and her vision for CatalystCon as a safe space for sex workers to not only attend but also to identify as sex workers.

Come and connect with other sex workers attending Catalyst over hors d’oeuvres before joining the larger conference community!

RSVP for this event via Eventbrite.  Location will be emailed after your RSVP is approved.

Note: This event is open to current and former sex workers only. Allies are dearly beloved but should respect the private nature of this event. We’ll see you at the opening mixer!

Location will be emailed to attendees 24 hours before the meet and greet.

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