I had to share this link, because I think it just might be the first time I've heard of a reality TV series improving the lives of the subjects it covers. And the fact that those subjects are six UK transsexuals makes it all the more a. inspiring b. heartwarming and c. affirmative that perhaps the 1990s most salient contribution to popular culture can indeed be used for good.
The show, aired on England's Channel Four, was called My Transexual Summer, and it followed its protagonists through their transition process. Although Ralph Fox, the author of the Original Plumbing blog post I linked to above, sounds a little disappointed in the binary way in which gender was dealt with on the show, he did mention that “The thing I most love is how it’s been a minimum effort, maximum result situation.” People in his life that he probably wouldn't have had the talk with were able to learn about his world in a positive way.
Perhaps pin-up girl Cassandra Cass felt the same way about Wild Things?
Locally, we all have a great chance to celebrate transcendental community members at Original Plumbing's Elbo Room dance party celebrating the zine's issue No. 8 (10 p.m., $6), which comes to us with the theme “Family Matters.” OP's shindigs are generally regarded as the place to be to scope trans hotties – perhaps you can arrange your own sex event once you've twirled to the polysexual beats of DJs Rapid Fire and Chelsea Starr.
Now, sex events.
Humpday Happy Hour
As Good Vibrations continues to expand its empire (the chain will move into a Lake Merrit location later this month), its retinue of free-to-the-public events. Today, you will find your G-spot – with the help of seasoned GV professionals and a line of specifically-designed vibrators that you probably won't be allowed to use on the spot because this is a free event after all – and if that's not revolutionary enough, the first 10 people to show up get a free vibe of their own to use while doing their homework.
Wed/8 6:30-7:30 p.m., free
1620 Polk, SF
Just an FYI for those sultry lasses headed to the plush lair of Mission Control for this Friday night freakout: Mr. S is stocking hella cute wrestling singlets nowadays in their special “sports” section. I'm just saying, because the first Velvet of the year features tons of girl-on-girl sparring in addition to beats by Ships in the Night and Hella Gay's DJ Durt. Not that you'll be wearing any spandex and kneesocks for long once you see the talent at the event.
Fri/6 8 p.m.-2 a.m., $20 with membership
Project Inform is one HIV/AIDS advocacy organization that runs with some nasty company. This weekend, a go-go fest in its honor is being held at one of Folsom's sleaziest post-ups, replete with those now-omnipresent horse-hung go-go studs, toy demonstrations, and lots of alcoholic lubrication. Go make a difference in your community!
Sat/7 10 p.m.-1 a.m., $5
1347 Folsom, SF
“Luscious: A Celebration of Curves”
Sure, this BDSM play party welcomes pervs of all shapes and sizes – but tonight, the focus is on the Rubenesque among us. We're talking luxuriously large thighs-in-fishnets, corsets pulled tight over ample waists, even a tassel-twirling contest that (fyi) will most certainly reward the well-endowed wiggler. Watch out for burlesque, snacks, and a live DJ.
Sat/7 8 p.m.- 1 a.m., $25 with $10 SF Citadel membership
1277 Mission, SF
Speaking of super-sexy fat girls, make sure you check out Fat Dancey at El Rio, another slammin' soiree for the sizable – this one to benefit Portland's plus-sized vintage community store Fat Fancy, a veritable treasure trove for those hoping to score one-of-a-kind togs in actual human sizes that hopes to open up to Internet sales with its current IndieGoGo campaign. The party's also a great excuse to get sassy on the dancefloor on a Monday with all kinds of young queer DJ-arati, so check it out.
Mon/9 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5-10
3158 Mission, SF
Bawdy Storytelling: Butch/Femme
Bawdy is advising attendees to pack hard for this storytelling event, where the onstage talent will be exploring the spectrum of lust. This month's lineup will include Fairy Butch, Daddy Amelia Aviles, and more.
Wed/18 7 p.m., $12-$15
The Blue Macaw
2565 Mission, SF