One Year Anniversary Weekend Success!!
Masquerade Party + CEU Event
Thank you to the 300+ people that attended.
A personal message from our photographer:
Thanks for coming out to the SSHA Masquerade Ball! Your participation and donations make it possible for SSHA to pursue their mission of building a sex-positive community and sparking provocative dialogue. You all looked amazing - you can see for yourself by check out the photos photographer Madelinne Grey took:
You can download your photos for free and order professional prints shipped directly to your house in any size. BONUS! 20% of the print profit goes back to the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance.
Madelinne has another sexy special offer for masquerade ball attendees - if you’ve been curious about having boudoir or couples photos taken, now’s your chance! A boudoir mini session is less than half the cost of a full session, but with all of the fun and expertise Madelinne brings to the shoot. In her own words:
“Everyone has a sensual side. If you're male, female, trans, genderqueer, non-binary – boudoir is for you. My approach to boudoir photography is to get to know you – what makes you feel sexy, sensual, and confident may be different from someone else. Especially for us kinky folks!”
WEAR A MASK....
Black tie. Cocktail attire. Sexy attire. Scandalous. Vintage. Romantic. Venitian. Mysterious.
Fantasy. Surreal. Carnival. Sheer. Royal. Wonderland.
Frightening. Anticipation. Mystery. Novelty. Adventure. The unknown.
December 3rd, 2016.
One Year Anniversary Masquerade Ball
It's our one year anniversary and we are throwing the biggest bash of the year. Help us continue to put on events like our Sexceptional Lecture Series and support high quality, sex-postive education for everyone.
Poet Lacey Roop
Lacey does poetry like a waterfall does water; fluid and refreshing. She is a nationally touring spoken word artist who ranked 6th in the world at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam and has a best selling book with Timber Mouse Publishing entitled "And Then Came the Flood". What is far more interesting about Lacey is that she carries a key that unlocks the bottom of the ocean and knows where the unicorns live.
sensual shibari demonstrations
GentLeeBrutal first picked up a skein of rope about 4 years ago. He found himself very interested in the most sensual forms of tying, Japanese bondage. Drawn to this connective and sensual sector of BDSM he has honed his skills by studying with Akira Naka, Pedro Cordas and Kanso from Bondage Érotique. GentLeeBrutal is known for his sadistic and sensual sides.
Bopper has been active and involved in the Austin BDSM scene since moving here in 2012. He was the co-owner of Element, which was an educational-based group here in Austin. He is also a graduate of the Austin Mentors program. He has been doing classes, demos and presentations for the last four years. He and his wife have been together and in a D/s relationship for over 20 years. They do not consider themselves performers but love to play in front of an audience and feed off their energy. Their hope for this event is to show how intimate and connective BDSM and bondage can be. Their play style has been described as romantic, sensual and erotic.
Turning tricks with the darlings
Turning Tricks with the Darlings are magicians, writers, storytellers, and performers. Created by rascal & romantic Jack Darling, their narrative driven magic shows have been chosen as FronteraFest’s Best of Fest in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Both hilarious & poignant, their magic has amazed audiences at happenings & venues such as The Velveeta Room, The Charlie Hodge Show, Ladies Are Funny Festival, & Bedpost Confessions.
Rapt Aerial Dance w/ special guests Lorie Young & Melissa Johnson
STAND-UP COMEDY WITH JACI KRAMER
Jaci Kramer is born and raised in Austin, TX, which basically means she’s a unicorn. And that’s not all that’s unique about her – she’s a registered nurse extraordinaire, budding psychiatric nurse practitioner, lesbian, wife, artist, and mother of 4 dogs, which let’s face it, equals a recipe for great comedy. You can find her performing around Austin at venues like The Institution Theater on a regular basis. Follow/friend her on Facebook (Jaci Kramer) or Instagram @jacilope for updates on shows or if for nothing else, cute pictures of her dogs.
trapeze artist briana douthitt
Briana Douthitt has been a aerial performance artist for over six years, specializing in trapeze, aerial silks, and aerial moon. Above all she enjoys sharing her talents to support local causes such as the Austin Symphony, 40 under 40, Circus of Hope, Austin’s Sunshine Camp, the Gorilla Run, and of course the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance. When she isn’t spinning through the air, she is busy supporting the local circus community as the Co-owner of Austin Circus Supply. Here, she and her husband fabricate aerial and circus equipment for use by local hobbyists to large scale international productions.
Live Painting with Fernando palomo
Fernando’s urban contemporary pieces, comprised of bright, vivid colors and influences of pop, classic, and stylized graffiti, are frequently painted on recycled surfaces such as closet doors and wood panels. The layered, giant illustrations have a dreamy quality and collage feeling, and combine impressionism, surrealism and contemporary fashion design with urban flair.
EROTIC POETRY WITH MORGAN SUSAN TAYLOR
Morgan Susan Taylor is the founder of the Feminine Wisdom Academy where she teaches classes, workshops and retreats on women's sexuality and feminine spirituality. She is also an LPC-Intern (supervised by Claudia Thompson LPC-S) specializing in sex therapy for women and couples. She is the author of The Pleasure Keys: 7 Keys to Increase Pleasure, Reach Your Orgasmic Potential, and Experience Sexual Fulfillment free eBook on feminine sexuality available at www.PleasureKeys.com
edible indulgence with lea comte
By day, Lea Comte is a registered dance/movement psychotherapist working with preschoolers, but by night this sex nerd is one loud rabble-rouser. She is a member of the Bedpost Confessions congregation, a native Texan, and a taco connoisseur. Lea is solar-powered, made of dance, filled with sass and flavored with sarcasm. She brings her foodie self to the stage in Edible Indulgence. This engaging food experiential titillates the senses as you are guided through this tasting exploration. Lea solemnly swears she is up to no good.
FAT BOTTOM CABARET & Burlesque
FatBottom Cabaret is Austin's premier plus size cabaret dance troupe. Embodying the spirit of being sexy at any size, every woman in the group is a size 12 or more. FBC was founded to spark change in the way the female body is viewed. We believe that all women are sexy, beautiful and fierce!
Sex positive revolution w/ Dr. Roger Libby
Dr. Roger Libby is a sexologist, an AASECT certified sex therapist and a proud sexual troublemaker. He was a leader of the second sexual revolution from 1963 to 1975, and he coined the term “sex positive” in 1976. He started National Orgasm Week during Spring Break in the 1980’s, and in the late 1990’s he hosted Petting Zoo parties connected with his rock station radio show, The Pleasure Dome. Based on his TED talk, Roger will explore the nooks and crannies of three sexual revolutions in just under a hundred years. Getting rid of shame and the double standard are central goals of the current revolution. Equality, mutual consent, integrity, love, humor and tempestuous eroticism define the new revolution.
"Modern Sexuality" book Signing with Dr. Michael Aaron
Michael Aaron, PhD, is a psychotherapist, writer, and speaker, specializing in the field of human sexuality. He is a recognized expert on a variety of sexuality issues, including sexual minorities, alternative/kink/polyamory lifestyles, sex workers, discordant desire and infidelity in couples, sexual dysfunction and anxiety, gender and orientation confusion, and sexual compulsivity. He has been interviewed in numerous media outlets, online podcasts, and magazines, such as the New York Times, Wall St Journal, CNN, Reuters, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Vice.com. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Men’s Fitness Magazine and blogs for Psychology Today. He is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology.
live music w/ muvva erff
Pop-up Shop with Dylan Wylde
DYLAN WYLDE is a boutique on South Lamar that seeks to bring a bit of beach culture to Austin, TX through its collection of clothing, jewelry and home goods. With a laid back vibe, an inspiring interior, and tons of beautiful treasures to discover, we hope you'll come hang ;)
VIP tables available
OPEN BAR - Donation Based (Tito's & Gem and Bolt)
VIP Tickets Also available:
"VIP Masquerade" tickets:
- Personal drink server for the evening, dinner invitation with a 2017 lecturer, Reserved VIP table, 4 tickets to the ball (with stemware and champagne), Uberlube gift basket, free mask making station, drink tickets, signed copy of a book from previous lecturer, advertising for their company/practice at event, and recognition as a platinum donor.
"Gold Opera" VIP:
- Reserved VIP table, 4 tickets to the ball (with stemware and champagne), Uberlube gift, free mask making station, drink tickets, signed copy of a book from previous lecturer, advertising for their company/practice at event, and recognition as a gold donor
"Silver Phantom" Tickets:
- Includes 2 tickets to the ball, free mask-making station, and 4 drink tickets!
Have something you want to donate for our silent auction? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any items, gift certificates, or services that you wish to donate. It is a great advertising opportunity!
If you would like to be an official sponsor for this event, please call 512-553-6310.
asl interpretation provided by our Wonderful sponsor:
We are a "for little profit" volunteer American Sign Language interpreting guild working with local and national events and shows that promote human connection. Our goal is to provide equal communication access to the full breadth of the human experience.
You may have seen our work at shows around Austin like: Mortified (getmortified.com/live), Bedpost Confessions (bedpostconfessions.com) or (un)Spoken. Our goal is to provide a clear and inclusive experience for the Deaf audience members.
ONSITE STUDIO SHOOTS WITH MADELINNE GREY
LOVE STORIES, LIFESTYLE PORTRAITURE AND OFFBEAT WEDDINGS. Her aim is to capture your personality in an image. Showcasing what make you, well, YOU is what she does best. Her work shows emotions, real intimate moments, and tells a story. You won't find the cringe-worthy cliches, plastic-looking brides, or gimmicky editing. What you will find is powerful, honest photography that shows you for who you are. Her website here!
The Psychobiology of Kink, the Psychology of Consent, and Interest Discrepancy in Relationships: Cutting Edges of Alternative Sexualities in Therapy
Starts @ $25
**Up to 7 AASECT, LPC, LMFT, LCSW, Psychologists CEUs!!
A special 2 day-long (Friday and Saturday Dec. 2-3rd) workshop on working with kink sexualities and consensual non-monogamies, with a focus on mind-body interactions around BDSM, issues around consent and how alternative sexuality communities negotiate consent, and the dynamics of discrepancy in sexuality interests in people’s committed relationships with others.
(Friday night Lecture open to the public, more details coming soon.)
See all the details on our Events Page ...