Aug 282015
 
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Photo by: N. Maxwell Lander

I welcome back to the show Shine Louise Houston, the founding producer and director of Pink & White Productions, who is currently finishing her latest erotic thriller, SNAPSHOT. Written and directed by Houston, SNAPSHOT draws inspiration from film classics such as Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Antonioni’s Blow Up, featuring a diverse cast and intimate portrayals of queer sex in Houston’s signature cinematic style. We’ll also discuss how she’s telling a different kind of coming out story with her work and also share stories from working with the leads Beretta James, Chocolate Chip, & Lyric Seal.

Tune in to Sex Out Loud this Friday, August 28th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. This week’s show is LIVE so call in to Voice America with questions and comments at 1-866-472-5788, join the discussion on Twitter @SexOutLoudRadio, or e-mail me via tristan(at)puckerup.com and I’ll read them live on the air. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com!

As the founding producer and director of Pink and White Productions, (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv), SHINE LOUISE HOUSTON has always had unique vision. Graduating from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, her works have become the new gold standard of adult cinema. During a five year position at the women-owned, sex toy purveyor Good Vibrations, Shine recognized an underserved demand for an alternative to mainstream pornography, and began to create well-crafted queer made porn. Shine’s films have been recognized among the next big wave of women produced porn and have been internationally screened from Amsterdam to New Zealand. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Shine’s work. This year she was honored with the “Sylvester Pride in the Arts” Award by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Legislature Assembly. Shine’s upcoming film SNAPSHOT is an erotic thriller staring queer women of color.
Aug 202015
 

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I am delighted to welcome educator and author Cory Silverberg to this week’s episode of Sex Out Loud. A sought after lecturer and workshop leader, a frequent contributor to TV/radio, and for over 10 years Silverberg has written the Sexuality Guide for About.com. In 2012 his book project became the most funded children’s book on Kickstarter and “What Makes a Baby” was published in 2013. This Friday we’ll talk about his newest book in his series, Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You

Tune in to Sex Out Loud this Friday, August 21st at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. This week’s show is LIVE so call in to Voice America with questions and comments at 1-866-472-5788, join the discussion on Twitter @SexOutLoudRadio, or e-mail me via tristan(at)puckerup.com and I’ll read them live on the air. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com!

Cory Silverberg‘s academic background is in education and counseling psychology (BA, hons., York University; M.Ed. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto). His research interests were in the areas of sexuality and disability and sexuality and attachment theory.

Since 1997 he has developed and facilitated workshops for hundreds of agencies and organizations serving both youth and adults across North America on a range of topics including sexuality and disability, sexual pleasure, sexual communication, sex toys, and sex and technology. Cory has also delivered keynotes, lectures, and interactive public talks for professional conferences and student groups.

In 1997 he co-founded the Come As You Are Co-operative, the world’s only co-operatively owned and operated sex toy store and sexual health resource, in Toronto, Canada. He is the co-author of the Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability (Cleis Press, 2007) and since 2005 has been the Sexuality Guide for About.com.  In 2012 Cory developed a book project which became the most funded children’s book on Kickstarter, and subsequently signed a three book deal with Seven Stories Press to produce a series of inclusive children’s books about gender and sexuality.

Cory also worked as a consultant for both media and industry. For ten years he supervised research for SexTV, a multiple award winning, internationally syndicated documentary program that covers the topic of human sexuality around the globe, as well as being the sex toy wrangler for Talk Sex with Sue Johanson. He is a regular guest on Sex Matters, which airs on CTV, Canada’s largest television broadcaster, and a frequent contributor to local and national print, radio, and television media.

In addition to volunteering as the chairperson of the sexuality education certification committee for AASECT, Cory served on the board of ISIS, a nonprofit organization that combines new technologies with sexual health promotion and disease and violence prevention.

Aug 132015
 

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This week I welcome professor and author Jane Ward to Sex Out Loud this week to discuss her brand new book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men. From the military to fraternities to Craigslist, they talk about the numerous sites where white heterosexual men have sex with other men and what it means for the hetero/homo binary, queer politics, race, sexual identity, and the overlooked sexual complexity of straight men. She makes the case about why this matters and how it has broad implications for everyone, whether straight or gay.

Tune in Friday, August 14 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET to hear this show premiere. Join the discussion on Twitter where we livetweet every week. Sex Out Loud air every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.  If you missed any part of the episode or want to listen again, you can listen to every episode on demand here.

Jane Ward is associate professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UCR, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies.  She has published on a broad range of topics including: feminist pornography; queer parenting; gay pride festivals; gay marriage campaigns; transgender relationships; the social construction of heterosexuality; the failure of diversity programs; and the evolution of HIV/AIDS organizations.  Her first book, Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations was named by The Progressive magazine as a best book of 2008.  Her second book, forthcoming with NYU Press, is titled Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men. Titles of some of Jane Ward’s recent articles demonstrate her provocative style: “Get Your Gender Binary Off My Childhood!: Towards a Movement for Children’s Gender Self-Determination;” “Radical Experiments Involving Innocent Children: Locating Parenthood in Queer Utopia,” and “Queer Feminist Pigs: A Spectator’s Manifesta.” Professor Ward is founder of the feminist blog FeministPigs.com and cofounder, along with CJ Pascoe and Tey Meadow, of SocialInqueery.com. She cofounded the queer burlesque troupe “The Miracle Whips” in 2004 and founded the parenting collective “L.A. Genderqueer Parenting” in 2009, both based in Los Angeles.  She is also a baker, an urban gardener, and a parent to one human child, four cats, and eight chickens.

Aug 072015
 

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Tonight I welcome back award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and advocate Tina Horn to discuss her first collection of nonfiction stories, Love Not Given Lightly. In her vast experience in sexual undergrounds, Tina has befriended pro-dommes, porn stars, kinky fetishists, rent boys, and more. Instead of writing a sex worker memoir, she opted to tell the stories of the people she met along the way. Illuminating human issues of desire, gender, beauty, and ultimately friendship, the stories in this book will do no less than alter the way you think about modern sexuality in America.

Tune in Friday, Augusut 7 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET to hear this show premiere. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.  If you missed any part of the episode or want to listen again, you can listen to EVERY EPISODE on demand here.

Tina Horn is a writer, teacher, and media-maker. She produces and hosts the sexuality podcast Why Are People Into That?!. Her first book, Love Not Given Lightly, is a collection of nonfiction stories about sex workers; she has also been published in Vice, Nerve, Girl Sex 101, and Best Sex Writing 2015. Her next book, a guide to Sexting etiquette, drops in 2016. Recently, she has been working as the creative director of ThreeL (3L) media, developing books by Jiz Lee, Maxwell Lander, and Siouxsie Q; and she is the business development representative for Rentboy.com. Tina’s workshops on dirty talk, sex worker self care, and spanking have been featured at Good Vibrations, Kink.com, Lesbian Sex Mafia, International Ms Leather, the New School, and the Feminist Porn Conference. She is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow, the recipient of two Feminist Porn Awards, and holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. Born in Northern California, Tina now lives in Manhattan.

Jul 312015
 

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Editor Jon Pressick and Cleis Press recently published the collection Best Sex Writing of the Year, which Library Journal said “highlights not only the diversity of sexual issues prevalent in the public discourse but likewise the importance of all things sexual to human culture.” Tune in to this show to hear how the editor put together the collection and hear excerpts read aloud by writers Mollena Williams, Amy Dentata, and Ashley Manta.

Tune in Friday, July 31 at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET to hear this show premiere. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.  If you missed any part of the episode or want to listen again, you can listen to EVERY EPISODE on demand here.

Jon Pressick is the sex community’s gadabout. He is the editor of Cleis Press’ Best Sex Writing of the Year, co-host and producer of Toronto radio institution Sex City and the blogger behind Sex in Words. He is also a freelance editor and writer and co-columnist of “Sex Stories We Love” on Kinkly.

photo by Don Sir Photography

photo by Don Sir Photography

Owned by “Herr Meister,” (her beloved Maestro, an internationally acclaimed composer) Mollena Williams currently serves as Muse and slave in his heart and home. For her part, she’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed writer, actress, BDSM Educator, and storyteller. She is author of The Toybag Guide: Taboo Play and co-author of Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities. Her perspectives on BDSM are frequently sought after by news sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Essence, and Ebony, and is a frequent guest expert on Dan Savage’s Savage Lovecast.

Her essays appear in Tristan Taormino’s The Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex and a bunch of the Best Sex Writing books. She’s a featured educator with KinkAcademy.com. Her award-winning experimental short BDSM film “IMPACT” debuted at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and has screened in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia in Cinekink 2013, as well as indie film festivals across North America, Europe and Australia.

She is International Ms. Leather 2010 and Ms. SF Leather 2009, was honored with the 2012 Jack McGeorge Award for Excellence in Education in BDSM, and is thrilled to have won the National Leather Association’s 2011 and 2012 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award and shared the 2013 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction book award for Playing Well with Others.

Amy DentataAmy Dentata is a writer, game designer, artist, and performer who touches on topics including trauma recovery, mental illness, sexuality, futurism, and transgender issues. She started performing music at open mics in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to the Bay to pursue a career as a game artist. While attending school in San Francisco, she simultaneously discovered the SF Queer Open Mic and a love for spoken word. She now creates using every medium at her disposal.

ashley mantaAshley Manta is a queer feminist sexuality educator, writer, and coach. She published her first e-book, “A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex,” in March 2014 and her non-fiction essay, “Growing Through the Yuck of Having Herpes” was featured in the Best Sex Writing of 2015 anthology. She speaks candidly about living with herpes and has done extensive work to promote acceptance and break the stigma surrounding STIs. She is the co-host of Carnalcopia, a sex and relationship podcast. Her latest project is CannaSexual, which seeks to analyze the relationship between sex and cannabis and document its benefits through reviews and interviews with cannabis users.

Jul 242015
 

Debby Herbenick

This week I talk to Dr. Debby Herbenick, sex researcher, sex educator, and author of the book The Coregasm Workout: The Revolutionary Method For Better Sex Through Exercise. We discuss exercise-induced arousal and exercise-induced orgasms and her research on this area, plus she’ll share some ideas on how you can increase your own sexual desire with specific physical exercises.

Tune in Friday, July 24th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.

Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH is an associate professor in Indiana University’s School of Public Health, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and a research fellow and sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. She is the author of more than 90 scientific publications about sexual health and relationships and a lead scientist on the 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014 National Surveys of Sexual Health and Behavior.  Passionate about sexuality education, Dr. Herbenick has taught Human Sexuality at IU for the past 12 years, published six books about sex and love (her most recent is “The Coregasm Workout”), published thousands of newspaper and magazine columns about sexuality, and is currently the president-elect of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).  Dr. Herbenick works on a range of research and education projects related to women’s sexual pleasure, pain during intercourse, consumer sexual behavior, sexual assault, love and intimacy, genital self-image, and sexual behavior in the United States. She is also active in her community, providing sexuality education to adolescents and parents, volunteering, and serving as an appointment member of the Monroe County Women’s Commission and as Chair of the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women.

Jul 152015
 

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Excluded_printThis Friday, July 17th at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on Sex Out Loud, listen to my interview with a true Renaissance woman: writer, performer, activist, musician, and biologist Julia Serano. In 2007 Serano released Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and Scapegoating of Femininity, a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny frames popular assumptions about femininity, and shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about trans women. Her second book, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, was released in 2013. We talk about both books, how her work as a biological scientist has informed her writing, and what we can do to make queer feminist spaces more inclusive.

Tune in Friday, July 17th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.

highres-juliamic03Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, and activist. She is best known for her 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity — The Advocate placed it on their list of “Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books,” and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her second book, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, also garnered rave reviews and was a Publishing Triangle finalist for the 2013 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Julia’s other writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in magazines and news outlets such as The Guardian, The Daily Beast, AlterNet.org, The Advocate, Out, Bitch, and Ms. Magazine. Her writings have also been used as teaching materials in gender and queer studies courses across North America.

Jul 022015
 

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On the July 10th episode of Sex Out Loud, hear Tristan talk in person with singer and comedienne Bridget Everett about growing up in Kansas, writing and singing original dirty songs (on everything from boobs to anal sex), her bawdy onstage shenanigans, performing with Adam Horowitz and her band The Tender Moments, opening for Amy Schumer, singing with Patti Lupone, her brand of sex-positive and body-positive feminist performance, and her new Comedy Central special Gynecological Wonder. Plus, hear samples of her band’s new album Pound It!

Tune in Friday, July 10th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.bridget feminist

Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She’s been dubbed “Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks” by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York’s annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosted Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe’s Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It’s Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director of hit tv series Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. She can be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls. Her latest show is Rock Bottom, which she co-wrote and performs at Joe’s Pub. Her Comedy Central special BRIDGET IN RED DRESS“Gynecological Wonder” debuts on July 11, 2015. Bridget’s monthly shows with her band The Tender Moments have grown a cult-like following and have had guest appearances by Patti LuPone, Fred Armisen, Flea, Marc Shaiman, Tonya Pinkins, Jake Shears and more.

Jun 242015
 

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This week features my interview with scholar, writer & performer Dr. E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a collection of life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the southern United States. Traveling to every southern state, Johnson conducted interviews with more than seventy black gay men between the ages 19 and 93. He adapted his book into a hit one-person show, including a recent run in Chicago presented by Project&.  With complexity and raw emotion, Sweet Tea humanizes a community often forced to the outskirts of society. Poignant and often heart-wrenching, Johnson reinforces the spoken-word tradition while challenging stereotypes and finding humor, humanity and hope within.  “Sweet Tea is not a show fixed in history,” says Jane M. Saks, Project& President and Artistic Director, “it is a production of this moment, lending its voice to the necessary global conversations around race, sexuality and identity.”

Tune in to the show on Friday, June 26th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. Sex Out Loud airs every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com.

E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. He is also a Project& artist. He is the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South—An Oral History. He is the editor of Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis by Dwight Conquergood and co-editor (with Mae G. Henderson) of Black Queer Studies—A Critical Anthology and (with Ramon Rivera-Servera) of solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, and essays and Blaktino Queer Performance. In 2009, he translated Sweet Tea into a full-length stage play, Sweet Tea—The Play. The show has been co-produced by Jane M. Saks and Project& with the following theaters: About Face Theater (Chicago); Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA); Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC); Towne Street Theater (Los Angeles), and the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University.

Jun 192015
 

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This week on Sex Out Loud I’m featuring several guests who will tell you about amazing sex ed and play events happening across the country this summer that you’ll want to attend. From polyamory in Dallas to open dialogue in Burbank, plus a camping retreat for queers, get out your calendar and start planning your best summer….out loud!

Tune in to Sex Out Loud this Friday, June 19th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. This week’s show is LIVE so call in to Voice America with questions and comments at 1-866-472-5788, join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter, or e-mail me via tristan(at)puckerup.com and I’ll read them live on the air. Tune in to Sex Out Loud every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com!

amorous revoltChelsea Downs was born and raised in New York City. She is Biracial Black and Jewish, a chess player, sports & pop culture junkie who graduated from Hunter College High School and received a full scholarship to Colby College. Downs had a 6 year  tenure with Viacom including positions within MTV Networks, Comedy Central and Nicklodeon and is a co-Founder of New York Toy Collective, the largest and fastest growing adult toy manufacturing company on the east coast. NYTC offers a variety of hand made adult toysand they are the first and only adult toy manufacture to offer 3d scanning and replicas making it possible to create replicas.

me 2Ruby B Johnson received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2003 from Texas Women’s University and her Masters of Social Work in 2005 from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Since 2003, Ruby’s roles have included clinical practitioner, community and professional development educator, and graduate and under graduate adjunct professor. In private practice, her areas of expertise are substance use disorders, sex addiction, intimacy and love addiction, multi-cultural families and couples, SOGIE, polyamorous/non monogamous partnerships/families, and Kink/BDSM. Ruby Johnson provides therapeutic support, care, and intervention with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant/non-binary, queer, and same gender loving communities. Currently, Ruby is in private practice at Vantage Point Counseling Services (www.vantagepointdallascounseling.com) and Inamorata LLC (www.inamorata.me).

ShawnShawn Chrisman is currently a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas.  He received his clinical training with a Master’s in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, and is currently working towards his doctorate degree in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Shawn works with individuals and couples on sexuality-related issues, including addressing intimacy, sexual identity, gender dysphoria, sexual dysfunctions and other concerns.  Shawn also identifies as a kink-aware therapist and works with couples enjoying diverse relationship structures, such as open or polyamorous relationships.  Shawn is an active member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).  He has also presented workshops for professionals and community members at local universities and organizations.

Dee Dennis (Catalyst Con)An activist in the field of sexuality, Dee Dennis started her career as a sex blogger, writing about the end of her marriage and beginning the next chapter of her life. During this transition, Dee discovered her passion for a healthy, fun, and shame-free sex life and set out to share this message with the world. Dee’s commitment to taking the conversation about sexuality offline and into the real world sparked an idea – a conference empowering people to come together and exchange ideas to further the discussion of sexuality. Her hope was to inspire people and motivate them to carry the conversation forward. In 2012, Dee founded CatalystCon, which she regards as a “melting pot of sexuality,” uniting sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. To Dee, “knowledge is power, and sharing knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon.