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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!

 

 

 

Apr 09 2013

Join Us at TeaserThursday in LA!

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Hey LA! Where are you gonna be on Thursday night? We’ll be at El Cid for Teaser: A Nite of Akwardly Serious Burlesque. Teaser is a one nite only fundraiser for Gina Young’s new play FEMMES: A Tragedy. Every queer artist needs a booster club, and here’s your chance to support your local playwright all whilst enjoying dinner/drinks/and a w i d e l y interpretive burlesque show!

The evening will include…

SLUTTY/SEXXXY/AND AWKWARDLY SERIOUS PERFORMANCES BY:

  • MR. MARTIN
  • LA MUFF
  • GREG BARNETT (AKA HAUTE COQUE)
  • MONEEXXX OF ICY LYTES
  • CRICKET
  • OLIVIA BELLAFONTAINE
  • KRISTELLE MONTERROSA (FLAMENCO!)
  • + MORE TBA!

PLUS SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY THE CAST OF “FEMMES: A TRAGEDY”.

HOSTED BY ARTY ANGER & ANEAL PLEASURES
(OF FAMISHED DRAG REVUE + LA IS BURNING…VOGUE!)

WITH HOT HOSTESS CHARLIE VAN BLAK + SEX TOY SELLING CANDY GIRL

SPINS BY DJ AUTOMATON (MUGSHOT/THE GRIND)

SILENT AUCTION TABLE! FEAT.

  • THE PLEASURE CHEST (That’s us!)
  • LOCAL QUEEROES/ZINESTERS/ARTISTS
  • A DATE WITH GINA YOUNG AT THE GRIND
  • A PONY PKG. FROM FOLKLORE SALON
  • A LAP DANCE FROM MALICE AT MUGSHOT
  • LA DERBY DOLLS PASSES
  • + MORE TBA!

$10 Suggested Donation
All proceeds go to recouping production costs for the play!!!

Dinner & Tapas served 8:00pm -11:00pm
Performances start at 9:00pm

Venue Information:
El Cid
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90029
http://www.elcidla.com/

Apr 09 2013

The Trans 100

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Just over a week ago, trans folks and their allies marked the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Today, awareness of trans activism gets another big boost with the publication of the Trans 100, a diverse list featuring profiles of 100 trans folks making a difference in their communities.

The brainchild of We Happy Trans’ Jen Richards and Antonia D’orsay, executive director of This Is How, the Trans 100 represents an effort — which will hopefully be reflected across the LGBT community — to break down implicit (and explicit) transphobia in media coverage by highlighting the diversity of trans Americans.

We’re proud to see a few folks we know on this list and inspired by the many we have just learned about. See the whole list at Buzzfeed.

Apr 01 2013

Erotic Readings, Tantra, Comedy & MoreFree Workshops in Chicago

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Hey Chicago, grab your April calendar and start saving some dates. We’re kicking off the month with readings by erotic novelists Sam Rosenthal and Laura Antoniou. Next, we’ll host a pair free workshops with guest sexpert and porn icon Madison Young. The following week, we welcome tantra educators Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. We finish this action-packed month with another evening of comedy from Performance Anxiety and two nights with award-winning author and educator Sheri Winston. And did we mention that all of these events are absoultely free? Read on for a complete schedule.

ryeRye: An Erotic Reading with Sam Rosenthal
Friday, April 5th @ 8-9 PM FREE!

Join Sam Rosenthal, lyricist for the band Black Tape For A Blue Girl, as he reads excerpts from his sex-positive GQ erotic novel. Rye is filled with intimacy, desire, and discovery, told through the prism of polyamory and sexuality. His strong characters and sexy story are warm, witty and engaging. Sam will be reading from the novel, taking questions and signing books.

The Killer Wore Leather reading and Q&A with author Laura Antoniou
Sunday, April 7th @ 5-7 PM FREE!

Laura Antoniou, one of the most notorious writers of BDSM-inspired erotica, will be joining us to read from her newest novel, sign books and take your questions. The Killer Wore Leather, a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allows readers into a private world of personalities and peccadilloes. It’s the kinkiest game of Clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and where every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Join us for this exclusive sneak peek.

Anal Pleasure with Madison Young
Wednesday, April 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Everyone has a butt, so let’s learn how to give yours (and your partner’s) some love and attention. Discover the art of anal pleasure with queer porn idol and guest expert Madison Young . She’ll cover safety, cleanliness, toys, oral pleasure of the anus, strap-ons, advanced anal play and more. This class is open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels.

madison-youngSex, Pregnancy & Motherhood with Madison Young
Thursday, April 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Sex educator Madison Young divulges her personal secrets on how to keep things spicy in the bedroom through pregnancy and finding the time for intimacy once your bundle of joy arrives. She’ll talk about sex positions that work for every trimester, how to safely engage in kink during all points in pregnancy, using your sexual and body awareness during labor and uncovering the mystery of orgasmic birth. Madison will help you embrace your pregnant goddess body and guide you to feel your best and sexiest as a mom and mom-to-be.

Tantric Erogenous Zones with Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Monday, April 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” will introduce you to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically to heighten pleasure and enhance intimacy.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, April 22nd @ 7-9 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.

Sheri-WinstonFountain of the Goddess:  Female Ejaculation with Sheri Winston
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Become a juicy goddess! (Or help your partner to become one.) Learn to expand your orgasmic repertoire with the ability to squirt. Join guest expert Sheri Winston for a hands-off, clothes-on illustrated lecture that will explain everything you wanted to know about “she-jaculate” and how to call it forth and gush gloriously! This class is open to people of all genders and orientations, whether single or partnered.

Playing the Skin Flute : Male Pleasures with Sheri Winston
Wednesday, April 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn to blow his mind! Discover the paths to providing delicious oral excitement to the male apparatus. Find the spots that drive him wild and the secrets to expanding his climax beyond what he thought was possible. Help him discover non-ejaculatory multiple orgasm and full-body, expanded, extended explosions. This class is for anyone who wants to bring more pleasure to men.

Coming Up…

5/1- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks with Shawne’

5/8Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane

5/15- BDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash

5/18- Sex Antiques Roadshow

5/20- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

5/22- Pleasure Her Perfect with Shawne’

5/29- Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane

6/5- Roleplay with Antoinette

6/12- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette

6/17- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

6/19- The Ultimate O with Shawne’

6/26- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Mar 29 2013

Get Sprung! Free Events at Our LA Store

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Spring has sprung and Los Angelenos are in the mood! We’re meeting your frisky demands with a lusty lineup of free workshops, including visits with guest experts Charlie Glickman, Aislinn Emirzian and Buck Angel, two nights of comedy and our annual fundraising party for Dyke Day LA. Read on for the complete schedule in April.

sexnerdsandraHead of the Class: Blowjobs 201 with Sex Nerd Sandra
Wednesday, April 3rd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialist show you some new tricks and techniques. Learn how to find the perfect grip and mouth movement. Discover how to use your whole body to go the distance. Find new ways to tailor your blowjob to your specific partner. This class is for anyone who feels confident in giving head, but wants to take their skills to the next level.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, April 9th @ 8-10 PM $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Guests TBA.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Kate & Larkin
Wednesday, April 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

charlie_aislinnPegging 101 with Dr. Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian
Tuesday, April 16th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

“Pegging” (women using strap-on dildos with men) has become very popular, but it’s much more fun when you have the info to make it easy. We’ll discuss the different options for dildos and harnesses, how to pick the right lubricant, positions for prostate stimulation, ways to include hand jobs, roleplay and much more. You’ll learn everything you need to make pegging your new favorite way to play!

The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure with Dr. Charlie Glickman & Aislinn Emirzian
Wednesday, April 17th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Curious about prostate play? We’ll discuss the common concerns that prevent people from exploring it (and how to overcome them), tips for easy and pleasurable anal penetration, prostate massage, choosing the best toys, pegging, and much more. Whether you’re just starting out or you already enjoy prostate play, come learn some new ways to make sex even better.

buckangelSexing the Transman with Buck Angel
Sunday, April 21st @ 5-7 PM FREE!

Pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel gives an audio-visual tour of trans male sexuality, including video interviews with a variety of trans men and the people who love them. Buck is your guide to re-defining gender and enjoying the fluidity of sexuality and individual expression of identity. We’ll explore how to affirm and acknowledge individual gender and sexuality, the effects of testosterone on trans men and how to let go of social constructs in order to become more comfortable and self accepting.

Dyke Day LA Party & Fundraiser
Monday, April 22nd @ 7-11 PM FREE!

Shop for a cause! Join us for a fun evening of games, cocktails, tarot readings and a special interactive tour of The Pleasure Chest. 15% of sales will be donated to this non-profit community based organization which hosts a day in Barnsdall Art Park for dykes and their allies. Check out http://www.facebook.com/DykeDayLA for more.

Performance Anxiety’s 2nd Anniversary
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 8-10 PM $7

Performance Anxiety officially celebrates turning two at The Pleasure Chest. We’re going to commemorate the night with a lineup of very special guests, free booze and the usual 15% discount off any purchase you make. Eli Olsberg & TJ Miller host. Guests and more details TBA.

flightattendantsThe Ultimate O with Kristen & Sarah
Wednesday, April 24th @ 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.

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.

Mar 13 2013

What Lesbians Think About Penises

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Please enjoy this video interviewing lesbians about their feelings on penises.


Previously, they interviewed gay men on vaginas.

Both of these videos are amusing, but we also wonder what kinds of responses they would have gotten if they’d talked to trans folks or people with trans partners.

Mar 01 2013

Learn Something NewFree Workshops in Our NY Store

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Are you curious about strap-ons? Want to brush up on your oral skills? Would you like to discover the joys of butt sex? Let our seasoned Sex Specialists show you the ropes at one of our free workshops. Here’s what we’ve got planned for March in our New York store.

Strap On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Ignacio
Wednesday, March 6th @ 8-10pm 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Laura
Wednesday, March 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Laura
Wednesday, March 20th @ 8-10pm – 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.

Butt Sex Basics with Brandon B.

Wednesday, March 27th @ 8pm FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal g-spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.