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Vanessa L. Pinto is a journalist in San Francisco. She blogs for the Huffington Post and SF Weekly. Vanessa has a B.A. in political science, with a concentration in pre-law, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Visit her at her blog.

Entries by Vanessa Pinto

Remembering How Pride Began

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 6:32 PM

June is usually a happy month for people. Not only is it warm in most places, many people take vacations this time of year. But to another group of people, June signifies revolution.

If you look around San Francisco right now, you can see that our rainbow...

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Dinner and Art With Satan

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Someone once said to Salvador Dali "You've gone too far." Dali replied, "But that's the only place I have ever wanted to go." This is something the controversial and often misunderstood artist Steven Johnson Leyba, lives by. Leyba is no stranger to pushing limits artistically; at times he...

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There Is Nothing Quite Like a Georgia Peach

(13) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:05 PM

It sometimes feels like there are few simple pleasures left in life -- from taking a nap in the middle of a day, to picking flowers, to tending a garden or a quiet hour away from the noise and social media posting populous. Often, with our day to day, we...

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What's Wrong With Having a Little Faith?

(12) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 6:41 PM

More than ever before, I have noticed that people long to be inspired. Our facebook walls are covered with inspirational quotes, as are our Twitter feeds. People seem to constantly want to be inspired, comforted or even consoled by the remarkable words or deeds of another but, what if those...

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In Bed With Jessica Drake

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 5:52 PM

Discovering more creative things to do to with one another sexually, especially after a number of years together, can be a chore for many couples. Then, there are those who may not be as experienced sexually who have a real desire to learn more in a private and safe setting,...

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International Sex Tours: What Are You Really Buying?

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:10 PM

What do you think of when you think of Costa Rica? For most people, visions of volcanoes, zip lining, exotic animals and rain forests are the first things that come to mind. But there is another reason to travel to Costa Rica that a certain segment of visitors don't disclose....

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Taking a Closer Look at Tasteful Nudes

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:55 PM

There's a belief that comedians are tortured individuals attempting to channel their pain using humor. I can't say I blame them; laughter is the best medicine for most things. Last spring, a friend introduced me to the works of Dave Hill, saying his humor had become her medicine...

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Is Achieving Orgasm as Simple as It Sounds?

(109) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Would it surprise you to know that people can achieve orgasm when they are brain dead, or that you don't necessarily need genitals to orgasm? Mary Roach's TED...

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A Look in Rewind of the AVN/AEE Expo 2013

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:44 AM

According to recent articles by Forbes and CNBC, the adult industry is experiencing a decline -- but you'd never know it judging from the week-long AVN/AEE extravaganza held in Las Vegas recently. The AVN/AEE Expo is a five-day event where the world of adult entertainment and products are on display....

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Sex and the City by Trannyshack

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 3:16 PM

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(Drollinger, Heklina, Carr and Bear, Photo By Circus Boy)

Remember when everyone thought Sex and the City was the hottest thing on cable television? People described it as racy, hilarious, and daring. As the years have gone by and I see this show, I...

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Meet Caitlin Gill: Comedian and Cat Lover

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:16 PM

I am a fan of stand up comedy. Watching someone take the stage and have the ability to make a room full of people laugh, is electric. When I found out Sketchfest was bringing a month of over the top comedians to comedy clubs, across San Francisco, I...

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San Francisco Takes Warm Tidings to the AVN Awards With the Hollie Stevens Hospitality Suite

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Hollie Stevens was and still is, the queen of clown porn, amongst many other things. She was a writer, model, video manipulator, dancer, kick boxer, artist and a clown. Hollie was empowered, even when facing a terminal illness. In fact, she wrote her own obituary. A signed note...

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Is Watching People Have Sex Always Porn?

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:59 PM

There was a time that sex didn't come with a how-to guide. Let's face it: if all of us looked back on our sex education, most of us learned about sex from friends, classes in school, looking at porn, or random bits of information we found on a usually forbidden...

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Golden Girls, Trannyshack Style

(4) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 4:53 PM

In the spirit of honesty, I'd like to openly admit here and now that I am a huge Golden Girls fan.

Twenty-seven years ago, I would watch it weekly with my parents. I loved it then and I love it now. If you too, are a Golden Girls fan,...

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December 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 5:11 PM

Family Guy was one of my favorite shows on TV. I waited for it each week and wondered just how far they would take it, when it comes to being off-color humor-wise. But, lately as I watched the show and others like it, I realized a lot of their humor...

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Accepting the Face You See in the Mirror: One Trans Man's Story

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Being comfortable in your own skin, is what most of us strive for at some point, in my opinion. For each person, being confident and secure with who they are on the inside as well as externally, is somewhat of an eternal struggle. For many people, what they see when...

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Boys Hope Girls Hope Helps Give Children a Better Academic Future

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 10:19 AM

There were certain things I never worried about as a child. We never worried about money. My family was not rich, but we were comfortable. My mother did not have to work. She was a homemaker that my siblings and I came home to after school. Every school district I...

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The Bride of Death Comes to Life By the Thrillpeddlers

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:32 PM

Halloween is over, but if you still want to get creeped out, I suggest going to see Shocktoberfest at the Hypnodrome. The Thrillpeddlers have put on another campy, trampy and scary good time. Shocktoberfest is a collection of shorts, each one different and appealing. Staged within The Hypnodrome,...

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Good Vibrations Summit 2012

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:20 AM

The first Good Vibrations Sex Positive Summit was held last weekend, in downtown San Francisco. Good Vibes is a local sex toy company, that celebrated it's 35th anniversary this year. While Good Vibes, sponsors many sex positive events, this was the first year that they have...

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Human Trafficking Happens More Than We Know

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:11 PM

In my early '20s, I lived in Costa Rica. One day I went out shopping to a local mall that I had been to many times before, but this was the first time I had ever gone alone. The entire time I lived there, I had always been told to...

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