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May 10 2013

Mother’s Day Cards For Everybody

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As you probably know, this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you’ve scanned the “Mother’s Day” card selection at your local store, you might have noticed a lack of diversity. Hallmark hasn’t caught up with the rest of us. That’s why the folks at Strong Families designed these beautifully-illustrated, colorful and inclusive “Mama’s Day” e-cards.

Strong Families calls itself “a home for the 4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work.” The organization supports families defining themselves “across generation, race, gender, immigration status, and sexuality.” Cool!

You can read more about their work and pick out a card for mom on their site.

Apr 23 2013

Join Us at the 2nd AnnualNew York Boylesque Festival

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The Pleasure Chest is pleased to be a sponsor of this weekend’s 2nd Annual New York Boylesque Festival, presented by Thirsty Girl and Daniel Nardicio. Join us for one or both of these events.

Friday Night- Teaser Party at Public Assembly

The festival kicks off Friday evening with a Teaser Party emceed by nightlife icon World Famous *BOB* at Williamsburg hot spot, Public Assembly. The party will be DJd by boylesque historian Scott Ewalt and will feature over a dozen national and international performers who are sure to get your motor started for a weekend of non-stop boylesque hotness!

Performers include Christopher Bousquet (NYC), Manchego (NYC), Captain Elastico (MA),Jacques Patriaque (Austria), Creamed Stu (NYC), El Toro (Toronto), GoGo Gadget (NYC), Hard Cory (NYC), Bobby Barnaby (CA), James & The Giant Pastie (Toronto), Rique Shaw (NYC), Lewd Alfred Douglas (NYC), Lucking Charming (NYC), Wrong Note Rusty (Toronoto), Barely Legal Leelando (Canada), Matt Knife (NYC), Teddy Turnaround (NYC) and Tito Bonito (LA)!

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Saturday Night- The Main Event at Gramercy Theater

On Saturday night, rev your engines for The Main Event at the historic Gramercy Theater. Hosted by NYC’s Drag Mama Sweetie, this stellar event features over 20 of the top boylesque performers from across the globe including.

Performers include: Gilbert de moccos (Tokyo), Hot Toddy (Chicago), The Evil Hate Monkey (NYC), Tigger! (NYC), Waxie Moon (Seattle), Matt Fraser (London), Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), Paris Original (Seattle), Raven (Australia), Go-Go Harder (NYC), Boylesque TO (Toronto), Dew Lily (Toronto), Brewster (NYC), Jonny Porkpie (NYC), The Luminous Pariah (Seattle), Mr. Valdez (Colorado), Josh Taylor (London), Trojan Original (Seattle), 2 to Fly (NYC) and special guest Gay Ghetto Superstar Frank DeCaro! Plus DJ Johnny Dynell.

The show will also include a raffle with special prizes from JimmyJane, Fun Factory, Aneros, We-Vibe, Sliquid and us!

Tickets start at $25 and advance purchase is strongly recommended.  We hope to see you there!

Apr 23 2013

Scenes From Our Dyke Day LA Fundraiser& Another Chance to Donate!

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Last night’s fundraising party for Dyke Day LA was lots of fun. If you missed it, there’s still time to donate to the annual event.

Starting today until May 12, place an order on our site and enter dykeday13 in the coupon # field during checkout and 15% of the sale of whatever sexy goods you buy will go directly to Dyke Day LA! In the meantime, here are a few peeks at what you missed…

Mistress Justine Cross demonstrated the electrifying Neon Wand

Party guests spun the Wheel of Fortune with April Flores.


Koko Kitten submitted to a spanking from Ang Evans.

Apr 19 2013

2 Inspiring Videos from New Zealand’s Historic Vote For Marriage Equality

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This has been a week packed with grim news, so it was easy to miss this bright spot. On Wednesday, New Zealand’s parliament overwhelmingly voted for marriage equality. If you’re keeping score, this is the 14th country where it’s now legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry. And if you haven’t done so already, please watch this wonderfully funny speech by New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson in support of the bill.

When the final vote was announced, the House of Representatives burst into applause. A few moments later, as Boing Boing reports, “observers in the gallery and MPs on the floor burst into song, a stirring rendition of “Pokarekare Ana,” an NZ love song that dates back to WWI.” Watch these videos and try not to smile.

h/t @celtipag

 

Apr 17 2013

Dyke Day LA Fundraising PartyMonday, April 22nd

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Dyke Day will be celebrating its 6th year in 2013! Each year, this free, fun day in the park for dykes and their families & friends keeps getting better and better. Which means each year they also need your support in raising the funds that make the event happen.

Next Monday, April 22nd from 7-10 PM, join us for a very special fundraising party at the Pleasure Chest! Dyke Day will receive 15% of all store sales during the evening, so this is the time to stock up on all your sexy supplies. While you’re here:

PLUS!

  • Good music all night
  • Beer & wine by donation
  • Snacks
  • Interactive Sexy Stations game: complete the circuit and get a free gift!
  • More surprises and special guests

Play, explore and socialize with us in support of your favorite free grassroots dyke Pride event! Participate or just come hang out with us, it’s all good.

About Dyke Day LA

Dyke Day L.A. is a day in the park for all self-identified dykes and allies, including gay families, transgender dykes, and dykes of all ages. The mission of Dyke Day L.A. is to create an inclusive space that brings together the past, present, and future of our east side Los Angeles dyke community. This event takes place the Saturday of Los Angeles Pride weekend (June 8, 2013) and creates a space for folks of all backgrounds to connect with each other and community organizations in celebration of our eclectic queer family!

 

 

 

Mar 21 2013

Conner Habib on Gay Porn & LGBT Visibility

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Gay porn star Conner Habib posted a great article today about the relationship between porn and LGBT equality. Two months ago,  Habib, a former college instructor, was asked by queer students to speak at their community college’s Sex Week. But when the school’s president learned that Habib planned to link the LGBT struggle to porn, his appearance was cancelled. This was especially disappointing because it was the students themselves who had asked Habib to visit.

Habib argues that there’s a connection between access to gay porn and positive self identity for gay people, especially for those living in small towns or homophobic societies.

When a gay man lives somewhere where his identity is threatened, it’s clear how sex – including pornography – and sexuality are intertwined. His sexual imagination, which is criminalized, matches the sexual images of gay pornography (which are also criminalized). Since acting out his imagination through sex would be to risk his life, the access to the images is safer. The images, created by gay men wherever it’s legal to create them, provide empowerment and diminish alienation.

Read the whole article at Buzzfeed.