by David Wraith
SEX+STL has been around just over a year and 2011 has been our first full calendar year of existence. Not to break our arms patting ourselves on the back, but I think we’ve accomplished a lot for a young, unlanded organization with no money, just some really dedicated people and a town that was obviously ready for what we have to offer. And now, a look back…
In January we put on “Law & Disorder,” a play party and fundraiser for Kendra Holliday’s legal defense fund. It was a legal themed costume party, so people came dressed as their favorite law enforcement figures or outlaws. The room was filled with cops, cowboys, prostitutes and serial killers. Our costume contest winner was dressed as the decoy girl from “To Catch a Predator.”
That month we also hosted a Coffee Talk on Privacy at Mokabe’s and held our first Happy Hour at HandleBar.
In February we tabled at our new favorite place, Shameless Grounds during Naughti Gras at the Koken Art Factory.
We also hosted a Coffee Talk at Mokabe’s called Polyamory 101, with guest facilitators Rebecca and Woof. Fun Fact: Polyamory 101 was the day after Kendra Holliday’s “Wild Love Party” at the new Facility. I hadn’t planned to stay at the party long, since I had prep for Poly 101 left to do. When I realized that I would be at Wild Love very late, I ended up in the Facility’s dungeon, naked on a couch, sending emails and taking care of last minute Poly 101 business with my smart phone.
The Facility hosted Pandamonium, weekend long BDSM event headlined by writer, photographer and rope rigger, Morpheous. In lieu of our normal Coffee Talk, SEX+STL hosted a reading and signing of Morpheous’ latest book, “How to be Kinky.”
In April we held our first ever Clothing Optional Meet Up (then still called a Tweet Up), Our Coffee Talk was a tour of Shameless Grounds, which was also the sight of our Temptations Sex Toy Party and our Sex Positive Parenting Luncheon, facilitated by none other than Susie Bright.
May was a busy month. We had our second Clothing Optional Meet Up, our second party at The Stable, How Hedonistic, a Coffee Talk on Body Image, led by Charlotte Times and the official launch of our Sex Positive Parenting Group. Oh yeah, and Kendra shaved her head.
The reigning Mr. Missouri Leather, DJ Kaiser, led our Coffee Talk on Labels. Johnny Murdoc and I each appeared on Kendra’s short-lived I Watch Radio show, which gave way to the new and improved “The Beautiful Kind Podcast.” And did we have another party at The Stable? Oh yeah, the Black & White party.
July was all about SlutWalk STL! Somehow, we also managed to have a Clothing Optional Meet Up/Pool Party that month, as well as a Trivia Night /Happy Hour at HandleBar and a Coffee Talk called “The Ghost of Relationships Past” led by Charlotte Times. The lovely ladies of Literary Nudes also threw a fundraiser for us. All I had to do for that was show up, look at naked people for a couple hours and then take the money. Nice work if you can get it.
In August we held our first porn watching party, “The Friday Film Fetish,” (a movie called “Bat-Man XXX” was the fan favorite) at The Stable. The porn was provided by our friends at Spankys. Johnny led a Coffee Talk on Monogamy (that was attended by mostly poly folks). We co-sponsored a reading by Lauren Rosewarne, author of “Part-Time Perverts,” at Subterranean Books. And we hosted a Happy Hour at HandleBar, headlined by magazine publisher, Bella Bazooka.
And most importantly, our founder, Anna Bent returned from Germany. The time that Anna was overseas was for SEX+STL, like the period when Joey Fatone injured his leg and Wade Robeson had to take his place in *NSync .
In October we ventured out of the city to hold our first Happy Hour in West County at Hot Shots Sports Bar and Grill. Alas, the Cardinals made it into the post season and most folks were more interested in baseball than sex that night.
Also, Anna represented at The Ethical Society’s Responsible Public Debate. The topic was “Is There a Sacred Dimension to Sexuality?” Her opponent was conservative Christian author, Matthew Anderson. Good times!
In November we held our first purely literary event, Sex Positive St. Louis Out Loud, at Shameless Grounds.
Shameless Grounds was also the site of our impromptu Meet and Greet for Buck Angel, who was in town as part of Washington University’s Transgender Awareness Week.
We also held our first Coffee Talk at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of St. Louis. The topic was Erotic Photography Tips and to those who attended, I’m still awaiting samples of your homework.
In December we gave a very well received presentation on SEX+STL, who we are and what we do, at The Ethical Society and we also got some great press in The Riverfront Times for our Clothing Optional Meet Up, “Fleshtivus,” thanks to RFT blog editor, Chad Garrison.
Wow! What a year. I’m exhausted just from typing out this list!