ASC's guests packed the Museum of Sex for ASC's first annual Safer Sex In The City fundraiser.
On June 16, the scene at New York City's Museum of Sex was one of high spirits and a generous outpouring of support for AIDS Service Center NYC. Over 300 ASC supporters lined the street waiting to join in ASC's first-ever Safer Sex In The City fundraising event.
Once inside the famed Museum of Sex, two of New York's most celebrated hip-hop DJs—D-Nice and Kool DJ Red Alert—regaled partygoers with intoxicating rhythms as they explored the museum's main exhibits, Men Without Suits: Objectifying the American Male Body and Stags, Smokers, & Blue Movies.
During the event, ASC's prevention staff showcased safer-sex techniques using male and female condoms, dental dams, finger cots, and a luscious array of sex toys. Two divas— "Helen of Trojan" and "Loofah Styles"—from C.H.E.S.T. (Community HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training) worked the crowd, distributing safer sex materials in a most fabulous manner. A "cigarette girl" also enlivened the evening, handing out complimentary "shag bags" containing condoms and candy donated by House of Groove. Safer-sex information was augmented by ASC's event journal, "Safer Sex In The City: ASC Style," a hip, beautifully designed booklet with resource information and practical tips for reducing the risk of HIV transmission while celebrating sexuality.
During breaks in the music, ASC raffled off numerous prizes, including sex toys from The Pleasure Chest; fine wine courtesy of Cellar XV Wine Merchants; and dinner for two with the producers and cast members of the Off-Broadway hit show Naked Boys Singing at Lucky Chang's, along with tickets to the show.
Safer Sex In The City proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that ASC knows how to have fun safely. "Partying and HIV prevention are not mutually exclusive," says Sharen Duke, ASC's Executive Director/CEO. "We've been running safer-sex parties in the community for years, training women peer leaders to host small gatherings in their homes, spreading the word about HIV prevention to their family, friends, and neighbors in a fun, comfortable environment." Safer Sex In The City is a mega-version of those community interventions in fundraiser form. This was ASC's first major event of this kind, and we're looking forward to an even bigger, better Safer Sex In The City in 2006.
View the list of Safer Sex In The City sponsors by clicking here.