Research, Activism, and Social Change
A groundbreaking panel discussion and gourmet dinner with leadership from
The Kinsey Institute, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Pride Foundation, and Tor Project, who are joining forces for the FIRST TIME
You are cordially invited to attend this groundbreaking panel discussion and gourmet three-course dinner with distinguished leadership from The Kinsey Institute, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Pride Foundation, and Tor Project — four influential nonprofits that are transforming the landscape of sexuality, behaviors science, and personal freedom.
For the first time, these luminaries are joining forces.
Be part of this historical moment and join us.
Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the conversation.
Attend this special evening and:
- Meet distinguished leaders from world-famous organizations
- Learn from (and join in on) a groundbreaking panel discussion
- Savor a delicious three-course gourmet dinner and drinks (click here to view the menu)
- Enjoy an erotic art showcase from the private collections of The Kinsey Institute and Seattle Erotic Art Festival
- Admire an elegant venue with views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains (and complimentary parking)
- Mingle with very special guests, including glamorous burlesque stars Miss Indigo Blue, Jesse Belle-Jones, and The Shanghai Pearl!
- And more!
This is a unique chance to learn what is being done to advance social attitudes and sexual freedom, and how YOU can be part of transforming our world, all at an absolutely stunning affair.
Dr. Julia R. Heiman
Director, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University
Dr. Julia R. Heiman is the Director of The Kinsey Institute and professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Department of Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University.
Dr. Heiman has devoted her career to achieving a better understanding of the physiological and emotional dimensions of sexuality. Her research is also concerned with developing successful interventions to help people overcome sexual problems. “From the beginning,” Dr. Heiman explains, “I’ve been interested in how sexuality changes, either on its own or with some kind of external attention. How do we come up with newer and better ways to measure important aspects of sexuality?”
Executive Director, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture
Allena Gabosch is the Executive Director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. She has been active in the sex positive movement practically from its beginning, and says she is “busy creating sex positive culture on a daily basis.” Allena has been producing educational and social events for the sex positive community since 1990. She is a frequent speaker on a broad range of sex positive subjects at colleges and conferences around the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on BDSM and polyamory.
In addition, she is the Festival Producer for Seattle Erotic Art Festival. She is a past board member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and former commissioner with the Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Commission.
Director of Grants Programming, Pride Foundation
Jeff Hedgpeth is the Director of Grants Programming at Pride Foundation. Since 2000, he has been involved in awarding and managing Pride Foundation’s grant funding to thousands of projects advancing LGBTQ equality.
Jeff has been an “out and proud” activist since 1969, when he joined the gay campus group during his freshman year at Princeton and began appearing on public panels. He continues to be actively involved in the sex positive community.
He is a member of the Center for Sex Positive Culture and a volunteer for both the Center and Foundation. He is a collector of phallic art, and was a visual art juror for the 2005 Seattle Erotic Art Festival and part of an interactive installation at the 2011 Festival. Most recently, he accepted a featured role in a full-length documentary, Beyond Naked, about naked, painted bicycle riders in the celebrated Fremont Solstice Parade.
Social Activist and Developer, Tor Project
Jacob Appelbaum is a social privacy/anonymity activist currently working as an advocate, security researcher and developer for the Tor Project. He regularly speaks at large conferences and travels the globe generating excitement about why privacy and anonymity are fundamental aspects of personal freedom.
Jacob formerly worked at kink.com, the self-described “most recognized and respected company promoting the acceptance of human sexuality.” Jacob has spoken on panels exploring sexual topics including “commercializing eros.” He believes technology and privacy play essential roles in sexuality — from the online sex industry, to virtual advocacy, to providing a safe way to engage in sensitive communications like chat rooms and web forums for rape survivors. Jacob works to make those resources available to everyone.
Clayton Hibbert (Moderator)
Director, Seattle Erotic Art Festival
Clayton Hibbert has been involved with the Seattle Erotic Art Festival for the past eight years. He has served as Performance Director, Artistic Director, and now as Festival Director. Under his leadership, the Festival has successfully doubled in size, built powerful partnerships with other sex positive organizations, and has triumphed with the most successful events in its ten year history.
Clayton’s involvement with the sex positive community also includes over 10 years producing sex positive events with Little Red Studio, providing strategic planning and design support to the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, and serving on the Gay City Queer Arts Advisory Board.
With special guest:
Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Ph.d
Pepper Schwartz received her PhD from Yale University and is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the National Sexuality Resource Center, and the Pacific Sociological Association.
Author of 17 books and over 50 scientific articles, she has been given several awards, among them the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology. She also serves as the AARP Love and Relationship Ambassador and is one of the founding members of Perfectmatch.com, for whom she created their matching system. She is the mother of Cooper and Ryder and lives on a horse ranch in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Take advantage of this special opportunity to join the conversation with these distinguished leaders.
And enjoy mingling with these gorgeous and intelligent burlesque stars!
Ticket price is for the full event including gourmet three-course dinner, drinks, panel discussion, and more.
To request seats with friends, please contact us after your purchase.
Ticket sales end Wed night (9/26) at midnight.
Produced by The Kinsey Institute, Foundation for Sex Positive Culture and Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
All proceeds from this fundraiser directly benefit The Kinsey Institute and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
- When: Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6:30pm to 11pm. We encourage you to arrive on time to enjoy cocktails and mingling with our distinguished guests before dinner service, starting promptly at 7pm.
- Where: Apulent at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, Washington, 98107 — an elegant venue with beautiful waterfront views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.
- What: Gourmet three-course dinner and drinks, panel discussion, and conversation, with proceeds benefiting The Kinsey Institute and Foundation for Sex Positive Culture.
- How: Tickets on sale now (see details to the right).
- Who: Anyone 18 years old or older is welcome.
- Parking: Complimentary parking at the Beach Club.
Attendance is limited. We encourage you to purchase tickets early.
Ticket price is for the full event (6:30pm to 11pm), including gourmet three-course dinner and drinks, panel discussion, and more.
- Individual ticket (includes dinner) – $200
- Reserved priority placement table – $1,600 for eight people
To request seats with friends, please contact us after your purchase.
Ticket sales end Wednesday night (9/26) at midnight. Tickets will not be available for purchase after this point.
Ticket price is for the full event (6:30pm to 11pm), including gourmet three-course dinner, drinks, and panel discussion.
All proceeds benefit The Kinsey Institute and the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture (both 501c3 nonprofits).
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.