National Sex Panic Summit
November 13-15, 1997 in San Diego, CA
Activists from around the country met in San Diego to discuss the emerging culture war within the gay community. Sex Panic organizers are concerned about the "increased attack against marginalized sexualities including the harassment and closure of sex clubs, bathhouses and public sex spaces; racist selective enforcement and policing of lesbian/gay bars; anti-sex AIDS activism and education campaigns; increased policing of and attacks on sex workers; and the burgeoning demonizing of sex and party cultures appearing in current gay men's writings." According to historian Allan Berube, earlier sex/moral panics have been spearheaded by journalists and moralists from outside the target community. However, the most recent wave of anti-promiscuity writing has come from longtime AIDS activists and gay columnists, Larry Kramer, Gabriel Rotello, and Michelangelo Signorile. A key issue in the debate is the effect of the closure of public sex spaces on community-level organizing around HIV prevention. The conference provided an open forum to discuss these issues from a historical perspective and critique the relevance of the notion of "sex panic" to the current political situation. The organizers of the sex panic summit also hope the meeting will help to forge political alliances between gay men and other socially marginalized groups, such as lesbians, transgenders, sex workers, and people of color that have also been the targets of sex panics.
Thursday, November 13, 1997
*Note: Discussions from the Thursday summit were not audible on the tape and could not be reproduced in Real Audio.
Friday, November 14, 1997: Town Hall Meeting
Marj Plumb, Director of Public Policy, Gay
Medical Assoc. (moderator)
Saturday, November 15, 1997: Sex Panic Workshops from the NGLTF Creating Change Conference
"Sex Panic: Race/Class/Gender Analysis"
(Sex Panic, New York)
"Combating the Sex Panic"
(writer/Professor of Literature at Rutgers University and co-
Sex Panic, NY)
"Pro-Sex HIV Prevention for Gay Men"
"Generation X Gay Men Speak Out: Politics, Parties, Drugs, Sex and HIV"
Tony Valenzuela (San Diego writer/activist/organizer of
Interviews with Gabriel Rotello and reviews of Sexual Ecology
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National Sex Panic Summit and Related
Panels from the
November 13-15, 1997
San Diego, CA
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