We love the The Center For Sex And Culture in San Francisco for being one of the few institutions in America to celebrate “radical sex.” The term was coined during the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, and it means any sex that was non-mainstream, underground, and “radical” to the establishment at the time, including gay, bi, “queer,” transexual, kinky, polyamorous, swinging, and anything in-between.
The Center is run by rad Sexologists and Sex Educators Dr. Carol Queen and Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, whose mission is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, and a library archive “to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum.” They also inform issues of public policy and health to the widest range of people, and offer classes that range from informational to experiential, in keeping with their radical roots.
In August, the center presents “Restraint & Revolution: The Art of Adare.” “Donned in corsetry, a once prude garment turned into scandalous lingerie as each of painter Rose Adare’s portraits of San Francisco sex luminaries tell a fascinating life story of challenging social norms.”
In September, they present a 38-year retrospective of gay radical sex photographer Mark I Chester, to coincide with the Folsom St. Fair, a gigantic leather event. Chester documents his life in San Francisco’s late 1970s to the present, capturing the history of San Francisco’s gay and leather sexual underground. His historical photographs of leather boys (and leather daddies) are fascinating. See more non-conformist sex at http://sexandculture.org.