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Jun 07 2013

Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier

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Here’s something that should make gay folks even prouder this Pride season. A new study has found that children of gay and lesbian parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population. That finding is from a study of 500 Australian children by Melbourne University in the largest survey yet on the effects of same sex parenting.

An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.

However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well the family members get along.

The researchers claim that children of same sex parents may be doing better because of more open communication.

Because of the situation that same-sex families find themselves in, they are generally more willing to communicate and approach the issues that any child may face at school, like teasing or bullying,” lead researcher Dr Simon Crouch said.

”This fosters openness and means children tend to be more resilient. That would be our hypothesis.’

While this may not be news to many of our readers, we’re happy to see science validate what many of us know. You only need love to make a family.

 

Jun 06 2013

Join Us at East Side Queer PrideFriday Night in LA!

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Hey LA folks, are you excited for Pride? Then you should definitely join us tomorrow night at The Airliner for East Side Queer Pride!

| 5 DJ’S | 2 ACTS | 2 ROOMS | 3 DΔNCERS!! |
WE’LL LET THIS LINEUP SPEAK FOR ITSELF..

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AUTOMATON | MUGSHOT/THE GRIND |
MODERN LOVE TOUR:: KIM ANH + SARATONIN | BOOBY TRAP/PYT |
JOSH PEACE | MUSTACHE/ SUMMERTRAMP |
TRAGIK | WILL EAT YOUR BRAIN

+SPECIAL GUEST:
HI_FASHION!!
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HI_FASHION!!

+ SPECIAL MIDNITE PRIDE PERFORMANCE FEAT.
+ LA MUFF
+ KALEENA ZANDERS
+ QUEER CHOIR! (WHAT??!)

DΔNCERS:
ZULU NASTY!
HAUTE COQUE!
DISCO LEOPARD!

VENDORS :
GRAPHIC QUEEN APPAREL
ASHLEY MONAE
AN UGLY CHURCH

DARKROOM INSTALLATION PROVIDED BY THE SPOTLIGHT FEAT.
SMACKS N SNAXXX FROM THE PLEASURE CHEST!! (That’s us!)
(special thanx to our Installation sponsor THE HUSSY, Inc. ♥ )

PHOTOGS: KAT BAGLEY + PAISLEY BRUISE/ LIVE PHOTOBOOTH!

△△△△△△△△△△HOSTED BY MISS BARBIE-Q△△△△△△△△△△

$5 TECATE TALL CANS ALL NITE
DRINK SPESH TBA!

THE AIRLINER (LINCOLN HEIGHTS/JUST NORTH OF DTLA)
2419 N. BROADWAY LA 90031
TONS OF FREE PARKING
9p-2a
21+

$10 B4 11P W/RSVP HERE
(YOU MUST RSVP FOR $10 ENTRY B4 11!)
$12 AFTER
=COME FASHIONABLY EARLY!

FREE SWAG BAG TO THE FIRST 10 RSPVS FEAT. PLEASURE CHEST/ VELVET NEST/ BIG BOY VINTAGE/ OTHER LOCAL VENDORS! 

 

May 30 2013

Roleplay, Strap-On Sex, BJs & MoreJune in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Summer is coming and while it’s still wet outside, things are heating up in our Chicago store. This coming month, we’ve got free workshops on everything from roleplay and strap-0n sex to orgasm and blowjobs. June comes to a big finish with the annual Pride Parade on June 30th. Drop by our shop and pick up some sexy skills you can use all summer long.

antoinetteRoleplay with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 5th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Wanna play doctor and patient? Or master and servant? Learn how to craft exciting and fun roleplay scenarios. We’ll cover the basics of safe, sane and consensual fantasy fulfillment, including negotiation, costumes, games, props and more.

Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 12th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, June 17th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

ashThe Ultimate O with Ash
Wednesday, June 19th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-Spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

 

Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash
Wednesday, June 26th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

May 10 2013

Mother’s Day Cards For Everybody

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by thepleasurechest

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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

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

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by thepleasurechest

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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by thepleasurechest

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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by thepleasurechest

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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!