August 2015 Newsletter

Salutations to our august August readers,

I hope you've been enjoying your summer at least as much as I have! Here are a few updates and goings-on that might be of interest to you:

There's a new post up on the Effing Foundation blog. If you can raise money for porn on IndieGoGo, is launching a sex-positive grantmaking platform really what the Effing Foundation should be doing? We say yes, and here's why.

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July 2015 Newsletter

Jubilant and joyous July wishes to you!

I'm delighted to announce that you can find the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity at effing.org! Thanks to the generosity of a donor and our board members, we were able to purchase this domain from its long-time owner.

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June 2015 Newsletter

Greetings, super supporters!

As of May, we're proud to announce that the remaining two positions on our inaugural board will be filled by Abie Hadjitarkhani and Rachel Carlisle!

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May 2015 Newsletter

Happy Spring, everyone!

This month the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity is happy to introduce our newest board member, Emma Persky! Emma is a storyteller, geek, and adventurer originally from London now living in New York City. She's passionate about feminism, gender diversity in tech, and her cat Lollipop. Emma is thrilled to bring her interests and experiences in activism to the Effing Foundation.

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April 2015 Newsletter

Good news, everyone!

Today I'm proud to announce the name of my new nonprofit: The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity!

I'm also pleased to announce the Effing Foundation's first two board members:

  • By day, Tuttle is a Boston-based, CMU-trained software engineer; by night, they're a geeky kinkster of as-yet-undetermined gender. They plan to use their tech skills and connections to contribute to the Effing Foundation's sex-positive mission.
  • Michael Handler is a queer man living in San Francisco working in technology with a notable fondness for bears and bicycles, because he likes to have an uncommon profile in his peer group. He's been a sysadmin/ops person/devops/SRE for his entire career, and recently left Google after nine years to join the friendly llamas at Stripe. He tries to expect the unexpected, knows technology is secretly actually all about people, and would like to remind you that wherever you go, there you are.
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March 2015 Newsletter

Ahoy, Passionate People,

Making progress on this nonprofit in February felt about as slow as digging out of Boston's record snowfall.  A lot of my energy went to the NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket, where we had a great teasecraft/kinky crafter meetup. After polishing up our nonprofit strategic plan, I spent a lot of time working on our name. I plan to announce the final result next month!

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February 2015 Newsletter

To my dearest Passionate People,

I hope 2015 is going well for you all so far! I'm trying to stay warm despite all this snow we're getting in the Northeast. ;)

Money makes the world go 'round...I spent much of January working with fiscal projections and rough budgeting for the new nonprofit. Right now, I'm estimating our  crowd-directed grantmaking program will give away over $300,000 to sex-positive projects in its first 18 months. In order to make that happen, I'll have to raise at least $42,000 this year. I'm not ready yet, but...consider this a heads-up that I will be asking you all for donations later this year.

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January 2015 Newsletter

Happy New Year, Passionate People!

Hi, I'm Kit! 2015 is off to an exciting start for me: On New Year's Day, I started rolling out my new name (Kit) and my new preferred pronouns (they/their), and I came out as genderqueer. It took a long time for me to find my name, and I really appreciate the support of my husband and friends as I make this change.

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December 2014 Newsletter

Happy December, Passionate People!

The #sexletterschallenge is on! Last month I launched the Sex Letters Challenge, encouraging my friends to write letters to their teenage selves about what they wished they had known about sex. So far four of those letters have been published on The Sex Letters Project, which is run by my friend and fellow activist Nicole Mazzeo of Pleasure Pie.  Go check out these wonderful letters by Hazel, Jason, Micah, and Danielle (trigger warning), and then submit your own.

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November 2014 Newsletter

Good morning, Passionate People!

I was recently featured in the Fast Company piece, "Why The Future Of Sex Is Not (Necessarily) A Robot," by Lux Alptraum. Thanks to all the new subscribers who clicked on over from there!

In the piece, Lux describes me as running "a crowdfunding startup for sexuality-focused technology," which isn't the whole story. The whole story looks something more like this:

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