Amber Schadewald

Feelmore510 is bringing sexy back to Oakland

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The Bay's east side can seem a little prudish, especially when compared to its slutty sister city. Until February, Oakland's only retail resources for sex were a couple of trashy adult "superstores." Those places can be fun and functional, but it's safe to bet the cashier probably isn't too concerned about answering a list of questions and making you feel comfortable with your purchase. Nenna Joiner, the owner of Oakland's new sex-positive shop, Feelmore510, is quite the opposite and simply can't wait to start friendly conversations about sex with everyone in her community. Read more »

Girls just want to have fun

The SF girls of Leather  cute kink and breaking down stereotypes

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SEX It was their first official slumber party and a late-night run to the grocery store for pink hair dye was in order. Decked out in a combination of pink, pajamas, and leather, the San Francisco girls of Leather shrieked and giggled as they wandered the aisles searching for anything rosy-colored. The girls could easily have been mistaken for a freshman herd of coeds soaked in Malibu and cheap vodka, but as the group's president, Leland, remembers, they were "just high on girls."Read more »

Romancing queer celebrity JD Samson during Pride

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How adorable is JD Samson? As a member of the legendary electro-feminist band Le Tigre and currently the force behind MEN, her music skills alone bank winning points. When you add in that little mustache, messy hair, and big dorky glasses, Samson becomes a full-on queer sex symbol. And guess what ladies? She's here and DJing SOM Bar's Saturday night Pride party. 

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Roll in the punky grime of Wax Idols

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It's purple and bloodied, scuffed and raw from a blind leap and yet if you dig your finger in deep enough, there's a soft spot back and to the left. The Oakland-based quartet Wax Idols-- playing Sun/26 at Thee Parkside -- puts on a badass punk front, but those shiny hooks expose just enough emotion to keep things from scabbing. Read more »

Go with the flow

QUEER ISSUE: Oakland rap phenom Kreayshawn reps a casual Bay sexuality

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QUEER "I don't like titles. I'm an open-minded person. I'm not going to shoot anybody down based on gender or color," Kreayshawn told me over the phone. "I've dated girls. I've dated guys. And I've felt the same way for both."Read more »

She's got the look

Cat Perez's Lesbians in San Francisco blog captures queer hotness

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QUEER Apparently being a lesbian is the hottest new trend — so much so that middle-aged white dudes are posing as gay ladies, writing famous blogs and filling entire websites with lesbian content. (Yes, I'm talking to you, "Amina" and "Paula.") Really?Read more »

Booty, booty, booty-- Big Freedia to slam Hard French

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There has never been a better time to shake watcha momma gave ya— and if mother didn’t pack a heavy trunk, you’ll have to improvise with some extra nasty drops and shakes. No excuses—New Orleans’ bounce star Big Freedia is headlining the Pride edition of Hard French and cheeks across the peninsula will feel the aftershocks. Read more »

Hard at work: YNOT Summit addresses the business behind web porn

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A man dressed in suit and tie walks into a conference room. A woman stands up to shake to his hand, followed by another man who unbuttons his jacket and outstretches his hand. You anxiously await the stereotypical bow-chika-wow-wow music to signal a wild menage a trios but instead, actual business is conducted. As easy as it is to imagine the inter-workings of the online adult entertainment industry as a porn itself, the reality involves a lot more clothing and a lot of legit, business-type activities. This week's 15th annual YNOT Summit 2011 is the proof that will eventually become your pudding. Read more »

The naughty list: Sex on screen at the SF International LGBT Film Fest

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Relationships, emotions and identities? Yada yada yada. The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival may explore all the complicated bits of queerness but lest we forget that this festival is dedicated to a community centered around sexual preference. Who wants to see some hot, artsy gay sex on the big screen? If your hand is waving high in anticipation (among other body parts) you won't be disappointed when you see what this year's festival has hot on the reel. Read more »

Ears of the Beholder outdoor show at El Rio

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An afternoon show under fruit trees and bright sunshine is always nice, but a line-up of super chill local music is extra conducive to ideal weekend mentality. As long as the weather keeps up its good behavior, Saturday's Ears of the Beholder four-band showcase will be a total hit and a great introduction to some homegrown electro-pop. Read more »