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SECOND TUESDAY PRESENTS: A PILL FOR PROMISCUITY – GAY SEX IN AN AGE OF PHARMACEUTICALS

February 18, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Join editor, Andrew Spieldenner, in conversation with contributors Justice Jamal Jones and Tedd Kerr, for the launch of the recently released book “A Pill for Promiscuity – Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals” (Rutgers University Press 2023), which brings together artists, academics, and artists from various disciplines to reflect on how gay sex has altered in a post-PrEP era.

Register to Attend: https://gaycenter.org/a-pill-for-promiscuity/

Please note that February 2023’s Second Tuesday will be taking place on a Saturday. To request an accommodation for this event, please contact Richard Morales at rmorales@gaycenter.org or 646.502.6370 by February 10, 2023.

ABOUT “A PILL FOR PROMISCUITY – GAY SEX IN AN AGE OF PHARMACEUTICALS”

A Pill for Promiscuity brings together academics, artists, and activists—from different generations, countries, ethnic backgrounds, and HIV statuses—to reflect on how gay sex has changed in a post-PrEP era. Some offer personal perspectives on the value of promiscuity and the sexual communities it fosters, while others critique unequal access to PrEP, and the increased role Big Pharma now plays in gay life. With a diverse group of contributors that includes novelist Andrew Holleran, trans scholar Lore/tta LeMaster, cartoonist Steve MacIsaac, and pornographic film director Mister Pam, this book asks provocative questions about how we might reimagine queer sex and sexuality in the 21st century.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
Andrew Spieldenner is the Executive Director of MPact: Global Action for Gay Rights and associate professor of communication at California State University San Marcos. Openly living with HIV, he writes about LGBTQ community, HIV, and disability, while serving as co-editor for the collections Intercultural Health Communication and Post-AIDS.

Jeffrey Escoffier (1942-2022) was a research associate and faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He was one of the founders and the publisher of the pioneering LGBTQ journal “OUT/LOOK,” and is author of the books, “Bigger Than Life, American Homo,” and “Sex, Society, and the Making of Pornography” (Rutgers University Press).

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Justice Jamal Jones (she/he/they) is a filmmaker, actor, and writer based in New York City. As a Black Queer Alchemist, they integrate Black Feminist Queer theory alongside Black diasporic spirituality, such as Vodou (Voodoo), into their work. Their debut film “How To Raise a Black Boy” was a reimagining of Jones’ childhood linking their boyhood to their identity as a nonbinary artist. The film was internationally recognized at over 30 film festivals, earning 10 awards. Justice is a 2021 Sundance Ignite Fellow, and in 2022 was a commissioned director for MTV and Calvin Klein. Jones was also a guest on Good Morning America’s Hulu special “A Conversation Between Black Men,” where Jones was an advocate for Black trans and nonbinary individuals. In 2023 Jones’ sophomore film “Crossroads Blues” was set for pre-production, alongside the release of the anthology, “A Pill for Promiscuity.” Jones enjoys dinner parties with friends, the occasional glass of green Chartreuse, and playing with their kitty, Esu.

Canadian-born Theodore (Ted) Kerr is a Brooklyn-based writer and organizer whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS, community, and culture. In 2022, his book “We Are Having This Conversation Now: The Times of AIDS Cultural Production,” with co-author, Alexandra Juhasz, was published by Duke University Press. His writing has also appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, The New Inquiry, BOMB, CBC (Canada), Lambda Literary, POZ Magazine, The Advocate, Cineaste, The St. Louis American, IndieWire, HyperAllergic, and other publications.

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