About the Center for Sex Positive Culture
Many of our events are hosted by our sister nonprofit, the Center for Sex Positive Culture. The Center also houses our Library. While the Center is a membership-based organization, all Foundation events at the Center are open to anyone 18 years old or older (membership to the Center is not required to attend).
The Center was founded in 1999. It saw such success that it established the Foundation in 2007. We collaborate to better advance sex positive culture and make it available to a wider audience.
The Center is a membership-based organization, offering dozens of member-only events each month. Memberships are affordable and come with a variety of special benefits. Curious? You can learn more on the Center’s website, and attend a free new member orientation with no obligation to join: it’s just a great opportunity to learn more.
About the Center
Founded in 1999, the Center for Sex Positive Culture is a nonprofit, membership-based community center.
The Center was a one-of-a-kind organization at its founding, and remains unique given its nonprofit status and community center architecture.
It was established in a bold attempt to create an environment that was accommodating to sex positive communities and transformative in all areas of human sexuality, and has succeeded in creating that environment.
Mission and Vision
The Center’s mission is to inspire and assist volunteers to produce experiential events where members can explore their sexual interests in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
As a proponent of sex positive culture, the Center believes that the appropriate uses of sex extend beyond reproduction. They include creating personal pleasure, bonding interpersonal relationships, promoting spiritual growth, and enhancing emotional and physical health. In a sex positive world, everyone has the freedom and resources to pursue a fulfilling and empowering sex life.
The Center has developed a framework to ensure a safe and supportive community center by requiring all new members to attend an orientation and providing them with clear facility rules and event rules, guides to appropriate conduct and etiquette, safer sex and cleanliness guidelines, and a privacy and confidentiality agreement.
The Center is a leader in the sex positive community, creating norms of inclusion and non-discrimination, and serving as a model for other organizations launching centers around the country. Sex positive groups like Love Tribe in Portland were inspired by it, and there is a Center chapter in Boulder, Colorado.
Over the years, more than 14,000 people have joined the Center. Membership is required to attend most events. The Center offers different levels of membership with varying costs and benefits. It’s easy and affordable to join.
In order to support all groups and interests, members are encouraged to suggest and organize events, and new ideas are always welcome.
Structure and Leadership
As a Washington State nonprofit 501(c)(7), the Center’s conduct is guided by a board of directors who are seated for three-year terms. Board members are vetted through a nominations committee and voted into office by the Foundation Board of Directors. The Center follows a corporate structure, with a full-time executive director, part-time site coordinator, and executive officers including a president, secretary and treasurer, each serving one year terms.
The Center is a grassroots effort and with a few exceptions is run primarily on volunteer effort. Many volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers receive free entry to events at which they are working and other perks depending on the type of work and time spent, and volunteers gain valuable experience that can be applied in the greater community.
Offerings, Activities and Outreach
The Center offers more than 100 events monthly, daily events including themed dance parties, daytime playtime space, and special events like New Year’s Eve. It hosts offsite events like Paradise Unbound.
The Center collaborates with the Foundation, hosting workshops, discussion and support groups, and other Foundation events, and also houses the Foundation’s Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture. Both organizations actively participate in national conferences focusing on various topics on sexuality, and related to sex positive organizations like Pride and GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender). In addition, both participate in Seattle festivals like the Capitol Hill Block Party and Pride, host regular forums at local colleges and universities, and participate in radio talk shows.
Photo taken at the 2011 Seattle Erotic Art Festival by Tyce Allen.