VenusPlusX relaunches!

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Welcome back to VenusPlusX. As most of you know at the beginning of 2013 Dan set off suddenly and unexpectedly for the hereafter (WikipediaThe AdvocateHuffington Post). We had just finished our jointly authored book about the erotic connection to spirituality. It's working title is The Unseen Journey, and we hope to publish it by the end of this year. We will periodically release short excerpts before publication here to stimulate discussion, and the comments and critiques we so avidly crave. Already available now as a companion reference, A Course Immortality (and in Spanish, Un Curso En Inmortalidad), which ...

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Human Rights in Perspective: Your Role in the Fight for Sexual Freedom (Part 3)

In providing perspective on The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, we've looked at some of the obstacles ahead, and took a closer look at two of the 200+ countries discussed in the Report. It's hard to fathom the instances of discrimination that we aren't aware of, but one thing is clear: The fight for freedom is something that must take place worldwide with people of all types and nationalities participating simultaneously. It is good to see the United States paying attention to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, but is that ...

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Human Rights in Perspective: A Tale of Two Countries (Part 2)

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In Part 1, I shed some light on the current human rights challenges we face, and in Part 3 I  offer a call to action, but here is a more in-depth look at two countries that are particularly interesting -- Uganda and Sweden. What do the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 tell us about these places? Uganda This country has been on the map for a while now for it punitive laws against people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT). And, this year, since this report's publication, Uganda's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act, referred ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: A Culmination of Things

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As a new addition to VenusPlusX, I would like to express my views on some of the interesting media I have come across here. One video I found is particularly intriguing because the woman speaks of the big picture – the culmination of things that influence our sexuality. Everyone is a product of their environment, and everything connects. Social mechanisms such as school, church, media, and upbringing tend to have a large impact on individuality. What do you think? Are you free from the external influences that we all experience, or how are you still affected? Send us a video or essay expressing your ...

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Thousands of drug offenders to receive clemency

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Step by step, month by month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as left us breathless as he and the Obama Administration have begun to heal America by destroying some of the malignant tentacles of the 40-year-old War on Drugs. April 2013 will become one of the greatest landmark in establishing human rights in our own country because Holder's most recent efforts will expand the eligibility for clemency to the 20% of all current prisoners who are serving sentences for marijuana possession, eventually freeing tens of thousands of people and improving the future for just as many families. He's hiring more lawyers ...

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Dan Massey Memorial Service: Eulogy

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Additional material from this February 28, 2013 Memorial Service: Introduction, Mayor's Proclamation, Dan The Activist, Upcoming Book Excerpt, and Printed Program. Also see: WikipediaThe AdvocateHuffington Post, and Co-Founder Bio.

I am Joan Wentworth, a friend with a long history with Dan and his family. Within the embrace of that friendship, loyalty, love, and service are themes in this story.

I have always had a deeply intuitive trust that Dan and Alison were innately loyal people. Dan was loyal to his ...

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Introducing our upcoming book, The Unseen Journey (working title)

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This is a newly carved out space to periodically share excerpts from our new book prior to its publication later this year. We welcome (we crave) your comments, suggestions, and critiques.

Shortly before Dan Massey hung up his keyboard and departed for cosmic shores, he and I had more or less finished the manuscript of what we had only referred to during the previous 30 months as the book. But it is also something that has been in the making through our entire 40-year relationship. Technologists and teachers by trade, we two strode through decades, hand and hand as close as ...

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Transgender Transhumans! Are you headed to Venus Plus X?

También en español Depending on how you space it, VenusPlusX or Venus Plus X, it’s no accident that you may have stumbled over a novel by Theodore Sturgeon of the same name. Since first reading Venus Plus X in 1960, it has invoked a strong resonance with my own inner truth even though it was Sturgeon’s creative imagination, a perhaps fantasy. It is our namesake because it stands as the earliest and still clearest exposition of the world’s essential ideas and ideals in the world of sex and gender, and guides the our work as advocates, educators, and activists. Read More

A Manifesto For The New Age of Sexual Freedom

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The New Age of Sexual Freedom is synonymous with the end of sexism and racism (the greatest form of sexual oppression), and the end of nationalism for the purposes of war (the greatest form of racism), in the shortest amount of time (because we are killing each other).

  One of our most frequently asked questions is Why A New Age Of Sexual Freedom? Also, what’s that got to do with human rights -- equality rights, immigration rights, environmental protections, and safeguarding net neutrality?

In honor of the relaunch of VenusPlusX, I am answering this question in the form of a manifesto, for the ...

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Not Your Typical “Driving While Black” Story

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Black Youths Attending Princeton Conference Pulled Over by Police, Then This Happened   You are riding in a car with some friends, and you get pulled over by a cop. What do you do? A group of members from the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) responded to this predicament by exercising transformative justice, when they engaged in an enlightening conversation with the officer who stopped them as they left a campus event at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ). It was supposedly for a broken taillight that turned out not to be broken at all. When confronted by the carful of ...

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