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At Friction|non|Friction we hope to build allies, promote advocacy, and grow our resources. Here you will find a list of organizations, fellow bloggers, and other types of partners that we feel support our positions, our passions and our pursuits for a sex-positive culture. We’ll be updating this list frequently so check back often. If you’d like to be added to our list, or if you have a resource you’ve come across that you think would be a good fit, please use our resource submission form and we will consider adding your suggestion.
All summaries are taken in part or in whole from the sites themselves whenever possible in order to ensure accuracy of their missions.
Historical and Informational Ξ Sexuality and Sensuality Ξ BDSM and Kink Ξ Trans/Bi Allies Ξ Queer People of Color Ξ Feminism Ξ Sex Work Ξ Families and Allies Ξ Youth Ξ Crisis Ξ Political/Legal Ξ Size Positive Ξ Toys and Protection
Historical and Informational
The GLBT Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, they are recognized internationally as a leader in the field of GLBT public history.
You can search their archives both online as well as in person. Information on how to schedule an appointment to the archives can be found here as well.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. It’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible LGBTQ historical materials while promoting new scholarship on and public awareness of queer histories.
Their Traveling LGBTQ History Exhibitions feature hundreds of rare images and many never before seen documents from ONE’s renowned collection along with informative text that enrich and deepen the general public’s knowledge of LGBTQ history.
Sexuality and Sensuality
She Bop is a women-owned sex toy boutique in Portland, Oregon specializing in body safe products and education. Their mission is to promote healthy and safe sexuality by offering quality products and educational workshops in a fun and comfortable environment. She Bop welcomes people of all genders and sexual appetites.
If you are in the PDX area, find out more about their workshops on their events page. A nice plus: workshops can be ASL interpreted upon request. See the link for more details.
BDSM and Kink
A non-profit organization primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults in the BDSM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities.
They have an extensive library of resources with information on The Consent Counts Program, general statistics and surveys, information about SM (What is SM?), and resources for becoming or seeking out Kink Aware Professionals.
Bisexuality and Trans*
A national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.
Browse their page of Issues to find out the latest information about existing laws and policies affecting trans people. Topics include Immigration, aging, and voting rights.
The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality.
Among other tools, the site houses The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid (or KSOG) is a system for describing a person’s sexual proclivities in a way more detailed and informative than previous methods. It was introduced by Dr. Fritz Klein in his book The Bisexual Option.
Queer People of Color
- National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) | Civil rights organization for Black LGBT/SGL people
- NativeOUT | Organization for Indigenous LGBTQ/Two-Spirit people in North America
- The Latino GLBT History Project
Founded in 1993, the BUST brand is the groundbreaking, original women’s lifestyle magazine and website that is unique in its ability to connect with bright, cutting-edge, influential young women. With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST addresses a refreshing variety of young women’s interests, including celebrity interviews, music, fashion, art, crafting, sex, and news.
An online community run by and for young feminists. For over a decade, they’ve been offering sharp, uncompromising feminist analysis of everything from pop culture to politics and inspiring young people to make real-world feminist change, online and off.
Our Bodies Ourselves advances health and human rights within a framework of values shaped by women’s voices and a commitment to self-determination and equality.
For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.
ICRSE was established as the legal entity in the Netherlands in 2004 to create a European network of sex workers and allies and as the organisers of the 2005 European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration in Brussels, Belgium.
They have a long list of resources which you can browse through, as well as a Training Manual on Sex Work, HIV and Human Rights which can be accessed here.
Families and Allies
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. With pages such as Advocacy 101 and an online academy as well as nationwide conferences, you’re sure to find a way to help.
A national outreach and education project created in 2007 by PFLAG National to empower new straight allies who, unlike a more traditional PFLAG member, don’t necessarily have a family connection to the gay community. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
An independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen is visited by around five million diverse people each year, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is typically the most popular and most widely used site specifically providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide.
NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. They are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. They do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
Their site includes a personalized safety plan as well as large list of resources which includes hotlines covering a wide variety of needs including suicide, POC, LGBT (and non-conforming), and elder abuse. Their site has a SAFETY EXIT for those who need a quick escape if caught while browsing.
The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, creating and operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE ) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
An internationally recognised crusade that was founded on the belief that your body is not an ornament, it’s the vehicle to your dreams. BIM believes that everyone has the right to love and embrace their body, regardless of shape, size, ethnicity or ability.
With plans for an Educational and Social Outreach Program starting in Australia and, hopefully, moving globally.
Toys and Protection
Epiphora is a pansexual feminist. From her sex toy reviews, to her thoughts about the latest and greatest and worst fails of the adult industry, as well as an annual best/worst list, Hey Epiphora will help you sort through what you need and what you can ignore. Reviewing over 500 sex toys since 2007 she will point out when a sex toy is completely worthless — or when sex toy companies are liars, misogynists, racists, full of shit, body-shaming, or sex-negative. But when she loves something, she will tell you all about it.
Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan’s free weekly sex education webcomic updates every Tuesday. It covers everything sex-related from sexuality and the sex industry to toys, workshops, birth control, and much more. With the aid of guest contributors giving many perspectives, OJST strives to be relevant to a wide variety of genders, body types, and sexualities.