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"THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS: 25 YEARS OF SEX, SWEAT, TEARS AND RESILIENCE” — Frank Strona (with Race Bannon)

  • Mr. S Studio 385 8th St San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Join us for this one-time opportunity to hear activist, advocate, educator and public-health official Frank Strona review, in words and pictures, a life lived in two lanes — as an unabashed sexual radical and a high-profile player in the civic and national health policy arena.

With special guest host and moderator, Frank's longtime friend Race Bannon.

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FRANK STRONA’s career has fused a passionate commitment to gay men’s sexual freedom with a passionate commitment to gay men’s health. In his twenties, in Boston, he threw his energies into both the outspoken Gay Community News and the AIDS Action Committee’s “Safe Company,” an aggressive sex-positive outreach to places nice people didn’t talk about. He landed in San Francisco as managing editor for Brush Creek Media,  working on the original Bear magazine under Richard Bulger, and went on to shape the launch of Powerplay before joining the historic Desmodus Inc. publishing house, where he worked alongside the great minds and hearts at Drummer and the Desmodus family of titles.

Keenly aware of the power and value of a sex-positive voice in the jumble of health initiatives targeting gay men, Frank took a volunteer position with the then-named AIDS Health Project, first as a counselor and then as one of its cadre of trainers for the state of California. In 2000, as his friends and loved ones continued to get sick and die, Frank decided to leave adult erotica and his “orgasm coach” role as a sex-and-pleasure personality to work full-time as an education and content consultant for gay and bisexual men’s health. He was employed as Men’s Coordinator for Marin AIDS Project and as Preventative Health Manager at Walden House. He traveled and lectured with the crew of Mr S Leather and of Le Château Erotique. He served terms on San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Council as well as California’s State HIV Planning Group.

2003 presented perhaps his greatest personal challenges when Frank went back to school for his master’s degree in public health while also accepting an assignment from the Centers for Disease Control on San Francisco’s STD Prevention & Control leadership team. He has since gone on to complete his coursework for a doctorate and is currently surveying men’s pleasure and sex themes (www.GayMenSpeak.com) for his dissertation, while maintaining an active portfolio of social and volunteer efforts, including roles on the boards of St James Infirmary, the Lazy Bear Fund, and the Center for Sex and Culture, among others.

Since 2010, Frank has served as the Unit Chief at San Francisco City Clinic and held part-time teaching roles with both San Jose State University and National University. More recently, his skills and experience were recruited by The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA), where he is working alongside Richard Sprott, Charles Moser, Race Bannon and other luminaries of our Bay Area scene to explore how better to meet the healthcare needs of those outside the sexual mainstream.

Learn more about Frank, his private practice and workshops, on his website.