The holiday season is arguably the least sexy time of year, with all the stress and bloated bellies, and don't get me started on the unfortunate pairing of cold air and man bits. So the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative's (GALAEI) sex-themed After-School Special couldn't come at a better time.
The party, says GALAEI executive director Elicia Gonzales, is an offshoot of Pleasure Rush, a privately funded project that raises HIV awareness by promoting sex. Instead of teaching about condoms and abstinence, the goal is to introduce the "bazillion [sex-positive] things people can do with their body that doesn't involve one thing going inside another," she says.
On the itinerary is a screening of the fourth installment of the org's What If video series. The short films depict real-life sexual scenarios — like two guys getting randy in a gym locker room — and provide responsible solutions that can be made "in the heat of the moment."
There will also be a roomful of activities designed to crumble the barriers most people have when it comes to discussing sex. On the Wall of Dirty Talk, attendees can shed their inhibitions by scribbling erotic messages to other guests; a photo booth, complete with seductive costumes and props, encourages sexy-time dress-up; and five interactive sex-ed booths manned by nearly naked volunteers will demonstrate ways people can have just-as-fulfilling sexual encounters without actually sinking the sub.
"[The point] of doing this is to get people to the [place] where they're not only talking about ways to prevent diseases," but how they can enjoy "hot, fun, low-risk sex," says Gonzales. "It's rare for HIV prevention to go hand-in-hand with sexual pleasure, so we're trying to do that."
Fri., Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m., $10, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., 215-732-2220, galaei.org.