Help Save EROS-the Center for Safe Sex

For 21 years, EROS has been a center for safe sex, a community center for queer men, and a cultural center for all genders. We need your help to continue.
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Ken Rowe
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San Francisco, California
United States
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WHO/WHAT IS EROS?

EROS is celebrating it’s 21st year as a community space and center for safe sex in the Castro.  The vision 21 years ago was to create a safe place for safe sex exploration, and a gathering space to socialize with diverse people in a sexual space, much like the baths had provided.  EROS has provided space to community groups, free of charge, and opened their lounge to special events, fundraisers and open mics, like Smegma, Retool & Grind, and most recently K’vetch.  The art gallery has showcased new and established artists from the region.  The community classroom is home to community groups, Naked Men's Yoga, Naked Men's Sketch Group, Tai Chi, SF Ring and tm4m.org and homobiles meetings.

CONTEXT

Queer San Francisco has been hit hard the last couple of years.  Many of our institutions and spaces have been lost or threatened.  Five gay bars have closed, New Leaf Services closed, Lyon Martin Clinic nearly closed, Wicked Grounds Coffee house closed to restructure.  There is a residential building boom in our neighborhood, meaning less parking during construction (and less customers) but also means thousands of new neighbors within walking distance when construction is done.

The recession has been difficult for many of our institutions, and EROS is no different.  But besides the recession, EROS experienced two break ins which set our movie production back, and it took over a year to replace the stolen electronics.  We have survived and even been selected Best Sex Club by the SF Bay Guardian’s reader poll for the last 5 years.  Rising insurance costs, minimum wage and rent have put us behind on obligations to the landlord.  This year, we are tightening our belt and trying to find new value for our customers.  This campaign is designed to meet our financial obligations so we can keep our queer staff of 12 guys employed, and keep our massage studio’s ability to reach an underserved part of our community.  The campaign will also allow us to consolidate our two locker rooms, create a fitness room and provide more secure lockers.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

EROS has a reputation for innovative safe sex practices , offering unlimited lube with condoms, and being a place for men (18+) of all shapes, colors, and sizes.  In recent years, EROS has been a staunch advocate for welcoming trans men into gay male spaces.  First with its employment policies, its ID procedures and establishing T-Wood Pictures, the only gay FTM DVD production company.  T-Wood Pictures led EROS to also broaden their community support in the sex positive community, leather community and the trans community.

Help us keep EROS an active part of San Francisco’s gay community and strengthen true San Francisco values.


WHERE IS MONEY GOING?

Update ADA requirement $5,000

New lockers   $5,000

Fitness Room (flooring, paint, equipment)  $5,000

Increase educational material and promotion  $10,000   

Building obligations  $45,000

 
YOU CAN HELP!

You can help by making a donation, forwarding this to friends on facebook, twitter, tumblr etc.  If we can get this out to all our friends, we know we will succeed.  Thank you!

 
**EROS is a men's space, so there are a variety of benefits beyond EROS memberships for all genders. 
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This campaign ended on May 27, 2013
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  • $5USD
    Email thank you

    A special than you with a surprise digital graphic.

    0 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $10USD
    Limited Edition Button

    A unique button perfect for jacket or messenger bag. Art by Loren Bruton.

    9 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD
    Small Bath House Men Print

    A limited edition print of one of Loren Bruton's Bath House Men.

    8 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    Full Size Bath House Men Print

    A limited edition, legal size print of one of Loren Bruton's Bath House Men.

    4 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    12 Month EROS Membership plus

    Besides a 12 month membership to EROS, includes 2 free passes for your friends.

    4 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD
    Limited Edition poster

    A specially produced poster including all the images of the Bath House Men by Loren Bruton.

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    3 Recent T-Wood DVDs

    3 T-Wood's Rec Room Volumes or a date with Dex Hardlove!

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $250USD
    Lifelong EROS Membership

    Never have to renew your EROS membership, just show this special card for member rates.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $250USD
    Streaming Video for Life

    View all productions from T-Wood Pictures streamed to your computer. Valued at $240 a year.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    4 60 minute Massages plus

    Get a gift certificate for two 60 minute massages from the EROS Massage Studio...plus 4 additional free passes to EROS for your friends or your use. Over $300 value.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Locker dedication plus

    We'll dedicate a new locker to whoever you want (including you) plus add on all the benefits as the $500 level and either of the $250 level benefits.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
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