Year End Retrospective and Giving Campaign

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The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture promotes the many ways sex is beneficial through education, outreach, the arts, advocacy, and research programs that serve the public.

14376520636_e76527bbd1_bA major goal of the Foundation for 2014 has been to evaluate and assure alignment of all our programs with our mission. We are pleased to report that each program and event that the Foundation presents to the public now fully supports the mission’s sentiment that accepting our sexual identities and selves is a necessity to living life as a healthy and whole individual. An example of this realignment is the successful Seduction 2014, where we expanded the dance party into an event that showcases and celebrates erotic performance art.

We started the year with opening the Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture to the general public. This was a huge change in our operations, as we have never had a daily presence with open hours. We extend our deepest gratitude to Lisa and Chloe, the amazing volunteer co-directors, and their staff that spearheaded the Library renovation and open hours program.

Our Education program reached 1700+ individuals through 105 educational opportunities over the year. Respecting the spectrum from asexual to omnisexual, the Education Program supported people in exploring and nurturing the type and amount of sex, sensual pleasure, and intimacy that is right for them though a variety of workshops and lectures. Examples of this year’s offerings: Holiday Survival Kit – Being Out and Coming Out; Bondage 101; Increasing Intimacy; Conscious Self-Pleasuring; and Legal Options for Non-Traditional Relationships.

The Foundation allows and encourages local sexual health researchers and educators to access our extensive Library and provides space to interview and meet with those that they serve. The Evergreen AIDS Foundation offers weekly free HIV testing and counseling on site. We frequently support the University of Washington Virology Clinic search for subjects for specific clinical trials.

SophiaLeilaThe Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) celebrated it’s 12th anniversary with incredible art from all over the world, performances that mesmerized, and interactive installations that titillated and confronted. We are very proud to have maintained our average of 25% of exhibition art sold, continuing our legacy of supporting living artists by selling more art than any other comparable event. Every year, thousands of people bravely consent to have their concepts of what is erotic broadened.

Creating these opportunities takes a tremendous amount of resources and we rely heavily on our volunteers and donors, in addition to our programs’ income. As you consider your year-end giving, please add the Foundation to the list of organizations that you enjoy supporting. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit which means that not only are donations tax-deductible, many employers will match all or part of your donation.

December 2nd is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. This is our first year as a participating organization. If you choose to donate on December 2nd, we will give you a commemorative wine glass for every hundred dollars you donate. Donations can be made via the Amazon Donation button on our website, a credit card over the phone, or mailing a check.

Of course, you do not need to wait until December 2 to donate. You can donate today, tomorrow, or any day between now and the end of the year for your donation to be tax deductible for 2014. Please go to our website for more information about making a donation.

Thank you so much for supporting the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. We look forward to creating an amazing 2015 with you!

eroticWordPlayYours in gratitude,
Allena Gabosch, Executive Director
Sophia Iannicelli, Festival Director

 

PS: All donation are applied to our general fund, unless indicated otherwise. If you would like your donation to directly benefit The Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, or the Education Program, please email us.

Seattle Annual Sex Work Symposium

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Sex Workers in Seattle are speaking up for themselves, and they’re doing it in style!  SASS is the first Seattle Annual Sex Work Symposium, featuring 5 public events, Dec 12-14. Visit www.Seattle-SASS.org for event details, performer lineup, and tickets. 

This enlightening weekend will celebrate the voices of people within the sex industry via educational discussion panels and entertainment including film, music, theater, panel discussions, and burlesque.

The weekend long celebration is hosted by SWOP-Seattle and is a prelude to December 17th – the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, during which we remember the victims of the Green River Killer.

Recently in Seattle, police vowed to, “bury the notion, once and for all, that prostitution is a victimless crime.” We, the providers of Seattle wish to show, once for all, the majority of the men, women, and transsexuals working the sex industry in Seattle are doing so of their own volition. From the Seattle Times to Rolling Stone, prostitution is a hotly debated topic, yet consenting adult sex workers themselves are often excluded from the discussion. However, sex work is difficult to define and includes not only prostitutes but also cam girls/guys, strippers, pro dommes, and more. It’s time to let sex workers share their side of the story, and the events at SASS will do just that.

FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – www.Seattle-SASS.org

 

Gearing up for 2015!

The educational department is busily working on a diverse and exciting line up with local and national educators. The Fetish Diva herself, Midori is coming to Seattle in January. A martial artist shares archaic battlefield rope arrest skills of Japan over a series of monthly classes from February to May. Nekole Shapiro has teamed up with Will of Naming Desire, and a few other notable instructors, with a series of classes that teach the powerful intimacy fostering aspect of tantra through traditional and non-traditional avenues.

There are so many more exciting things that we are in the process of confirming. Sign up for our newsletter and have the latest news delivered to your inbox!

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