World AIDS Day Reading and Reception for SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Poster Collection

Event has passed (Sun Dec 1, 2013 - Sun Dec 1, 2013)
Center for Sex & Culture
1:00 PM- 4:00PM
$5 - $50
Arts, Literary, Art Opening, Author Appearance


Suggested donation $5-50; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Join us on World AIDS Day to marvel at the extraordinary HIV/AIDS/safer sex poster collection on our gallery walls and enjoy readings that reference AIDS and its cultural context. Readers include Carol Queen, Julia Serrano, Mark Abramson, and Shar Rednour. Reception begins at 1 pm and the reading begins at 2 pm.

SAFE SEX BANG: The Buzz Bense Collection of Safe Sex Posters spans from 1982 into the 2000s, from San Francisco to New York City stateside and internationally to Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada.Circulated at a moment when the queer community experienced the initial ravages brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes diverse LGBT communities and safe sex activism.

Readers bios:

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, and activist. Julia is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (Seal Press, 2007). Her writings have appeared in anthologies including Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and Word Warriors: 30 Leaders in the Women’s Spoken Word Movement. Julia’s writings have been used as teaching materials in queer and gender studies courses across North America.

Mark Abramson was a Midwestern farm boy who joined the great gay migration to San Francisco in the 1970s. His writing has appeared in the gay press as far back as Christopher Street, Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine and Mouth of the Dragon. Like the central character in his best-selling "Beach Reading" series, Mark Abramson grew up in Minnesota and worked as a waiter in the Castro, but Mark is better known as a bartender and co-producer of “Men Behind Bars,” an annual AIDS benefit and the huge dance parties on San Francisco piers called "Pier Pressure" and "High Tea.”

Shar Rednour is the author of The Femme's Guide to the Universe and editor of Starphkr and the Virgin Territory anthologies; as half of SIR Video she made Healing Sex, Sugar High Glitter City, Bend Over Boyfriend, Hard Love and How to Fuck in High Heels. She's a mommy blogger and an original member of Sister Spit.

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues, her overarching interest is in cultural impacts (gender, shame, access to education, etc.) on sexuality. Queen has worked at Good Vibrations (, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old this year, since 1990. She serves as Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer. She is also the founding director (with her partner Robert Morgan Lawrence) of the Center, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. For more:

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  1. Center for Sex & Culture
    1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA