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

Eric Rofes: Welcome, Agenda & Goals
Allan Berube: History of Sex Panics
Eric Rofes: Response to Allan Berube
Judith Halberstam: History of Sex Panics, II

*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 and Lesbian Medical Assoc. (moderator)
Tony Valenzuela, activitst, writer, actor
Eric Rofes, writer activist: The Emerging Sex Panic Targeting Gay Men
Margaret Cerullo, Author/Professor of Sociology at Hampshire College
Discussion

Saturday, November 15, 1997: Sex Panic Workshops from the NGLTF Creating Change Conference

"Sex Panic: Race/Class/Gender Analysis"

Ephen Glenn Colter (Sex Panic, New York)
Amber Hollibaugh (Women's Educational Services at Gay Mens Health Crisis in New York)
Alex Garner (San Diego Chicano writer/activist)
Joo-Hyun Kang (Executive Director, Audre Lorde Project, New York)
Discussion

"Combating the Sex Panic"

Michael Warner (writer/Professor of Literature at Rutgers University and co- founder of Sex Panic, NY)
Mickey Wheatly (former staff attorney of Lambda Legal Defense, currently private attorney in DC)
Richard Zaldivar (Latino activist in East LA and Executive Director of Las Memorias Project, a Latino cultural and AIDS project)
Race Bannon (long-time San Francisco activist/writer and co-found of Community United for Sexual Privacy)
Discussion&l t;/ P>

"Pro-Sex HIV Prevention for Gay Men"

Scott Tucker (author, democratic socialist from Philadelphia
Hector Carillo (Director of Q Action for STOP AIDS Project in SF).
Javid Syed (Coordinator of the gay, bisexual and transgender project of the Asian and Paicific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS in New York City)
Dan Savage (Seattle writer of nationally syndicated column, Savage Love)
Discussion

"Generation X Gay Men Speak Out: Politics, Parties, Drugs, Sex and HIV"

Tony Valenzuela (San Diego writer/activist/organizer of Sex Panic Summit)
Wayne Hoffman (Co-editor of Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism)
Stephen Gendin (Executive Vice-President of POZ magazine, co-founder Sex Panic NY)
Stephen Ceplenski (publisher of Circuit Noize magazine)
Alex Garner (Chicano writer/activist from San Diego).
Discussion

Other Documents Related to the Sex Panic Summit

Interviews with Gabriel Rotello and reviews of Sexual Ecology

 

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National Sex Panic Summit and Related Panels from the
NGLTF
Creating Change Conference

November 13-15, 1997

San Diego, CA

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