Rapture Cafe

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Best Gay Erotica 2008 Signing and Party

Queer award-winning New York poet Emanuel Xavier presents the New York contributors to this year’s installation of the world’s most acclaimed gay men’s erotica collection, BEST GAY EROTICA 2008 (by Cleis Press, 2007, 240pp, tpb, $14.95), which he curated.

This year’s contributors Andrew McCarthy, Charlie Vazquez, Lee Houck, Sam J. Miller, Taylor Siluwe and Tom Cardamone will each grace the infamous Rapture Cafe stage to share their stories of obsession, desire, lust and seduction. Who said gay bohemia was dead?
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Viviane212's Flickr Photos of the SitPS "Coming Out" Party

These photos are just a sampling from Viviane's Flickr set. Thanks Viviane!

SitPS Co-founders Chris Hall and Elizabeth Wood with Rachel Kramer Bussel

Me, with co-founder Chris Hall and Rachel Kramer Bussel

 

Audacia Ray, Lux Nightmare and Rachel Kramer Bussel

Audacia Ray, Lux Nightmare and Rachel Kramer Bussel

 

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Post-Launch Bliss

I'm sleepy and exhiliarated after our "coming out party" last night. It was really amazing to meet so many friends of Sex in the Public Square face-to-face, in one place and at one time! Your enthusiasm for this project was palpable, and I can't wait to see where that energy takes us.

Slowly throughout the day today and tomorrow we'll be getting pictures together, so if you took any you want to share send them along to me at elizabeth at sexinthepublicsquare dot org or drop me a link to your Flickr page or just let me know where to find your shots.

Here are just a few to get you started. They're of our fabulous speakers, who I really can't thank enough for honoring our project by sharing their work. You really did demonstrate all the different kinds of things we want this site to accomplish!

 

Lux Nigthmare

 

Lux Nightmare's exploration of the pink ghetto...

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If the event listing wasn't enough to get you there

Here's the poster for our "Coming Out" party. (Yeah, it's the same party we've been talking about. We just decided "coming out party" sounded better than "launch party. Don't be confused!)

SitPS Party Poster

 

You're coming, right?

(Click on the image for your own poster-sized copy. It's a PDF, so you need Acrobat or something similar.)

 

 

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**Sex in The Public Square "Coming Out" Party**

Join us to celebrate the launch of SexInThePublicSquare.org!

Sex in the Public Square is dedicated to expanding the space for public discussion of sexuality. Blending the techniques of blogging and social networking (think Blogger meets MySpace -- but all open source!), Sex in the Public Square is a space on the Internet where members can explore which parts of sex are private, which parts are public, and what happens when private and public collide. We believe that sexuality is a fundamental component of human life, and that by excluding it from "polite conversation," we lose an important element of democratic participation.

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