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Tom Paine says we make a difference!

Tom PaineTom Paine, co-author of Polyamourously Perverse (and a member of this site), calls us a blog that makes a difference! Click here to read his description of our site and others that he thinks "make a difference."

A quick correction, though: You don't need to join this site post comments. You do need to join ifyou want to post new forum topics. And of course we encourage you to join because above all we're trying to build community, and communities need members.

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A night at the 82 Club with Joe E. Jeffreys

From the NYU Gender Studies discussion list (posted by Joe E. Jeffreys):

Discover and relive the history of the 82 Club in the very room it took place.

An East Village night spot, starting the 1950s the 82 Club offered lavish drag shows three times nightly for 20 plus years before becoming a rock and roll club (where Wayne County, the New York Dolls and the Mumps played among others) and today serves as a gay male cruising ground.

Incorporating hundreds of photos spanning the history of the space as well as rare audio and video clips Joe E. Jeffreys’ multi-media talk stirs up tales and ghosts of the fabled club.

This special event is part of HOT! Dixon Place’s 16th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture.

From the Dixon Place calendar page:

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Sex Ed(itorials) in the New York Times!

Two important sex-related editorials this morning:

First, the NYT comments on the need to pass the Safe Harbor For Exploited Youth act in New York. When NY passed its anti-trafficking legislation recently, it neglected to also pass this piece of very important legislation which would offer at least some protection to US citizens under the age of 18 who are being exploited for sex. As I've commented before, while I support most of the intentions of this legislation, there are problems, and these problems are pointed out by the editorial staff at the Times:

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What are you doing here?

We've been asking ourselves that since we started this project! We're doing here what we do in various aspectes of our everyday lives: talking about sex. But we're doing it here because we can do it with so many more people. We've blogged about sex and commenters have joined those discussions, but commenters can't really start their own discussions on our blogs. We've talked about sex face-to-face with friends and colleagues but those conversations are limited by time and space. We wanted to create an online community that will continue to expand the amount of "public space" given over to interesting discussions of all aspects of sex and sexuality.
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