IRREVERENT: A Celebration of Censorship

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, NYC
February 13 – April 19, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, February 13th, 6-8pm

Curated by Jennifer Tyburczy

Inspired by the creative and activist responses to the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s art in the 1980s and 1990s and the more recent withdrawal of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, Irreverent explores how sexuality has been, and continues to be, used as a tool to prohibit LGBTQ cultural artwork.

I got a note from my friend Barbara Nitke, that she’ll be in this show:

“My part in the show stems from Nitke v. Ashcroft, a US Supreme Court case I fought against censorship on the internet along with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and our attorney, John Wirenius.  Jennifer included an insightful description of that lawsuit in her recent article about the show for The Archive.  History buffs can read more about the case in John Strasbaugh’s 2002 article in New York Press. ”

Read the press release:

Pleasure Salon NY

We hope to see you at The Delancey. We’re there the first Monday of every month. This event is free. 21+, please.
The Pleasure Salon ( has been created to build community, allowing sex-positive activists to cross-pollinate. Our gatherings bring together members of the BDSM, swinger, alternative gender, LGBTQ, sex-activist, sex educator, nudist, sex-magic, polyamory, Pagan, radical faerie, tantra, sex-blogger, porn, pervert and sex-worker communities, and others whose passion is sex. (Let us know if we missed any one of you!) Through building networks in the sex-positive community, the Pleasure Salon hopes to help create a sex-positive world. It is a place for the open exchange of ideas and sensual expression.

Join us in building New York’s pleasure positive community, and bring your like-minded friends to this social gathering. The Pleasure Salon embraces respect, acceptance, and non-judgmental support in this public space.

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What to expect at Pleasure Salon:

In pleasure,

Patricia Johnson, Selina Fire & Mark Michaels

The Dirty Boys of New York

The Dirty Boys of New York’s literary underground will be retelling erotic and transgressive tales of love, lust, misery, joy, drugs, and rock and roll. Starring:

Jack Stratton – Author of That Sort of Thing. “Pretty much anything by Jack Stratton is worth reading.”

Gibson Grand – Author of Leave Your Money on the Dresser. “Gibson Grand writes like a pornstar f**ks.”

Guy New York – Author of Disgusting, Beautiful, Immoral. “What I particularly love is that this is erotica that appeals to my mind and spirit as much as my blood and balls.”

Daisy Danger – Author of My Girlfriend Jake. “Daisy Danger writes like pulling the goddamn fire alarm.”

With guest emcee Ms Dorothy Darker!

When: 7pm Sunday September 7th, 2014
Where:  The Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St. (and Attorney St.)
Cost: $5 cover – 21 and over


Leather Pride Night: Cruise Control Leather Pride Night: Cruise Control! An Evening Abord the Sea Tea

Join the LPN family for our first ever Leather Pride Night at Sea as we take over the Sea Tea Cruise on Sunday, August 17th! Raffles, auction prizes, performances and more are on deck as we put on our finest sailor suits, leather and other fetish wear and board The Good Ship Leather Top! (Well, no, we’re kidding about the name of the ship.)

Come show us your knot tying skill as a crew of experienced sailors … well, never mind, they’re piloting the boat, but we’ve got plenty of people who know all sorts of rope tricks!

$30 gets you onto the boat and feeds you dinner! There’s a cash bar, dancing, a silent/ live auction and a gorgeous sunset cruise around Manhattan and New York Harbor!

And once the boat docks, head to Rockbar (185 Christopher St.), present your ticket stub, and get a free cocktail!

This 125 FT yacht features comfort, sound and sights with lounges, dance floor and the spectacular sky deck with panoramic view of the Manhattan & New Jersey skylines.

Music by Phillip Kimball
MC: Ms. Witti Repartee

Boarding from Pier 40 (West Side Hwy @ Houston Street, 2 Blocks South Of Christopher St) at 6:30 sailing 7:30 to 10:pm

Proceeds will benefit Team Eagle/Cycle for the Cause, New Alternatives, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Heritage of Pride!

Tickets can be purchased either online or at the dock before departure.

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From the Governor’s Island blog:

For the first time in more than 10 years, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view in NYC on Governors Island this coming Monday and Tuesday, August 11 and 12th. The Aids Memorial Quilt is a memorial to those who have died of AIDS. Today, it is made up of more that 48,000 3 by 6 foot panels that each memorialize the name of someone who has died of AIDS. The quilt was first begun in 1987 by a group in San Francisco, and today the project is continued by The Names Project Foundation….

…On Monday and Tuesday, a large piece (a 57,600 square-foot section) of the quilt will be unfolded across the Parade Ground on Governors Island. A dedication ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on August 11th. The unveiling is a part of the fifth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide, a charity motorcycle ride that raises funds and awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. The upcoming ride is August 2nd -12th, from Milwaukee, making stops in Chicago, Detroit, Niagara Falls and Lake George, and ending in Kiehl’s own hometown of New York City.

Getting to Governor’s Island and Ferry Schedule: