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These Sex Toy retail stores and vendors are local companies, queer-owned and operated, and/or support our queer community.

Good Vibrations – Legendary sex retailer Good Vibrations is still around, selling high-quality sex toys online and in their SF Bay Area stores. GoodVibes.com

Good For Her – Toronto’s Good For Her produces the annual Feminist Porn Awards, of which we’re very very proud to be awarded. goodforher.com

Aslan Leather – Some of the best harnesses around are made by Aslan Leather. They support their queer community so show them love! Harnesses include the popular Jaguar Lux Harness and other harnesses and bondage gear made from leather, rubber, and vinyl. aslanleather.com

Smitten Kitten – Our friends at Smitten Kitten know a good thing when they see it, and even though they’re far from SF they are close to our hearts. smittenkittenonline.com

Stockroom – A go-to place for all things kinky and BDSM, Stockroom is a familiar face in SF and we hope you’ll also enjoy their website.stockroom.com

Come As You Are – Canada’s Come As You Are currently stands as the only worker-owned sex toy shop in the world! comeasyouare.com

Vixen Creations – San Francisco’s original dildo company that makes some of the best cocks around. They also donate year-round to local non-profits and really support the queers. vixencreations.com

Self Serve Toys – Self Serve Toys is a sex positive alternative to the old-school adult store. We believe sex is healthy and pleasure is good for you. Self Serve is a guilt-free, shame-free environment for adults to learn about enhancing relationships and sexual happiness.

Curve Magazine – Curve, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine, spotlights all that is fresh, funny, exciting, controversial and cutting-edge in our community. Curve brings you the latest in lesbian-related celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues and entertainment. curvemag.com

Velvet Park – Velvetpark, Dyke Culture in Bloom is an exclusively on-line magazine. Our Mission is to articulate and foster the inherent aesthetic and cultural values of the contemporary queer and women’s movement. To honor our LGBTQ cultural heritage and bring it’s discourse into everyday dialog. velvetparkmedia.com

Bitch Magazine – B-Word Worldwide is a nonprofit (501c3), independent, feminist media organization best known for publishing Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, a print magazine devoted to feminist analysis and media criticism. Bitch features critiques of TV, movies, magazines, advertising, and other elements of pop culture. bitchmagazine.org

DIVA – DIVA is a UK magazine with wicked coverage of the queer sex scene. divamag.co.uk

PinkLabel.tv Porn we like! Check out PinkLabel for works by some of our favorite adult filmmakers. PinkLabel.tv

More resources:
IndieNudes.com, Girls Out West, Fatale Media, JanesGuide, Rabbits Reviews.

Violet Blue – Violet Blue is our favorite overachieving author, sex educator, blogger, podcaster, lecturer, GETV reporter, The San Francisco Chronicle’s sex columnist, robotic artist, and a Forbes Web Celeb. She’s a bestselling, award-winning author/editor of over 2 dozen books, 5 translations. Webnation: “Violet Blue is the leading sex educator for the Internet generation.”

Tristan Taormino
TRISTAN TAORMINO is an award-winning author, columnist, editor, sex educator and director. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment. She was a syndicated columnist for The Village Voice and writes an advice column for Taboo Magazine and has been featured in over 200 publications.

Audacia Ray
Over the last seven years, Audacia Ray has worked as a researcher, curator, blogger, writer, magazine editor, adjunct professor, public speaker, and producer/host/editor of video podcasts. Presently, Audacia is the Program Officer for Online Communications and Campaigns at the International Women’s Health Coalition and an adjunct professor of Human Sexuality at Rutgers University.

Diana Cage – Diana Cage is the editor of Velvetpark and the former editor of On Our Backs magazine. She has written for Curve, Girlfriends, On Our Backs, GV Weekly, and many other publications. She writes about sex and relationships for Frontiers and Velvetpark, and has dispensed sex advice in Maxim magazine, GQ, and on the Derek and Romaine show on Sirius OutQ.

Felice Newman – Felice Newman is a sex educator and Somatic Coach certified by the Strozzi Institute. She studied human sexuality through San Francisco Sex Information and the Body Electric School. She is the author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book and a founding co-publisher of Cleis Press. Felice is the resident sex coach on ClassicDykes.com and has offered online sex advice on About.com, and LesbiaNation.com. She is a member of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Dr. Carol Queen – Dr. Carol Queen is a writer, speaker, educator and activist with a doctorate in sexology. First as an organizer in the lesbian/gay community, where she helped found one of the first gay youth groups in the United States, and later in the emerging international bisexual community, as a sex worker and a practitioner of alternative sexualities, she typically teach and write from her own experience and that of her communities even as she reference academic thought on these subjects.

Melissa Gira – Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and sex worker. She and the Desiree Alliance founded the sex worker group blog Bound, Not Gagged and reports daily on sex and the internet for Valleywag. She founded Sexerati and consults with the Soros Foundation’s Sexual Health and Rights’ Project and the St. James Infirmary on using technology for advocacy and movement building among sex workers. She lectures to public health, sexuality, political science and sociology students on sex, media, technology, and human rights, and teaches hands-on media skills for community-based organizations.

Jamye Waxman – Jamye Waxman, dubbed “the nexxxt generation of sex educator” by Wired.com, is the sex advice columnist for Playgirl Magazine and one of the hosts of Fresh Advice on Cherrytv.com. Jamye wrote the books Getting Off and Women Loving Women. She is the creator and host of the Personal Touch video series. She is the former radio producer of The Joan Rivers Show, The Joey Reynolds Show (WOR), The Alan Colmes Show (WEVD) and LoveBytes with Bob Berkowtiz. Jamye is President of Feminists for Free Expression.

Lux Alptraum – Lux Alptraum has been obsessed with the Internet since 1994, obsessed with computers since 1987, and obsessed with sex since 1982. Career highlights include founding and running That Strange Girl (the first altporn site to feature both male and female models), interning at Nerve, and keeping the masses educated about sex for the past ten years. When not running Boinkology, she works as the Editor of Fleshbot, Gawker Media’s blog about sex, porn, and the web. Her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, Best Sex Writing 2008, and GOOD Magazine.

Lusty Ladies- The world’s only unionized, worker-owned peep show co-op, the Lusty Lady was a San Francisco original. You might recognize some of the dancers here at the Crash Pad. They are now gone, but not forgotten.

Center for Sex & Culture – The Center for Sex & Culture is to provide non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations by means of classes, workshops, social gatherings, and hands-on, practical skills-building events; to maintain and house these events and supporting materials and functions; to maintain a publicly-accessible library and archives; to staff and support this learning environment.

QWOCMAP – Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films and videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect our life stories, and address the vital social justice issues that concern our communities.

Original Plumbing Magazine
Quarterly magazine for the transmale community. OP ROCKS!!!

HoMobiles
24-hour queer and sex-worker friendly taxi service run by Lynnee Breedlove. (415) 574-5023

Free Speech Coalition
The Free Speech Coalition was founded in 1991 as a result of numerous government attacks against producers and retailers of adult products. But its roots are embedded deep within the birth and development of adult entertainment in the United States.

San Francisco Sex Information
San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) trains people to become sex educators and operates a free information and referral switchboard. We provide free, confidential, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health.

St. James Infirmery
St. James Infirmary offers free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for female, transgender, and male sex workers. We are the first occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers run by and for sex workers!

Lyon Martin Health Services
Lyon-Martin Health Services is the only free-standing community clinic in California with a specific emphasis on lesbian/bisexual women and transgender health care.

C.U.A.V.
Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) is a multicultural, anti-oppression organization working to end violence against and within our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) communities. We believe that in order to end homophobia and heterosexism, we must confront all forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, ageism, classism, and ableism.

Austin Law Group
The Austin Law Group advises its clients in civil matters and business transactions, with an emphasis on Arts and Media, Entertainment, Land Use, Sports Law, Technology, Non-Profit Organizations, Copyrights and Trademarks.


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