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Fist Bump for July!


Fist Bump returns this month on July 28th. Fist Bump is the pansexual fisting party that took home the People’s Choice Best New Party for 2015. It’s already awesome, right?

But in July, Fist Bump takes it up a notch with a workshop from seasoned fisting expert Jim Drew.


Here is his workshop description:

Anal Fisting: 20 Questions (and Answers)
Everyone has questions about fisting, ranging from “Does it hurt?” and “How long does it take to get good at it?” to “What is the best clean out technique?” and “How do I get past the second sphincter?” Jim will teach and illuminate you about the wonders of anal fisting by answering these questions (including any from the audience, because those are always the most interesting ones!). A hands-in demo will be included. Suitable for all genders and orientations.

Presenter: Jim Drew
Jim has been involved in the leather scene for over 25 years, including holding several leather titles (most recently, Washington State Mr. Leather 2015), and he has been in the men’s fisting scene for over 15 years. He has hosted quarterly men’s fisting parties since 2010, and has taught fisting workshops in five states. He is versatile for fisting, and makes an entire barnyard/jungle of animal noises during sex.

The Fist Bump workshop will happen in the Main Space from 7 PM until 9 PM on July 28th. The Fist Bump party will follow immediately at 9 PM and run until 1 AM.

If you have questions about this amazing night, contact us at!

A Letter from Our Directors


CSPC Managing Director Jeanette Aprato (left), and FSPC Executive Director Sophia Iannicelli.

As you may or may not know, the 1600 block on the east side of 15th Avenue West is up for redevelopment. This block houses both the Center and Foundation. As sister organizations, with a shared mission, we are more effective when we are sharing a space. We are pleased to work together in finding a new home.

Two weeks ago, the CSPC and FSPC came to an agreement with the new owners of our buildings to move out early. Our agreement includes a new move-out date of September 15, 2016 and a settlement to each organization for accepting the early termination of our lease.

While this does mean we will be moving sooner than we had planned, the settlement will help us act quickly when we find a building in the fast-paced Seattle commercial real estate market. This gives us a head start and allows us to move forward confidently while we continue to raise funds for building out a new space. We have looked at several buildings so far, including one that was promising but not quite right. New spaces are constantly becoming available, and we hope to be able to announce a good fit very soon.

Thank you to everyone who took either of the two building surveys. Sharing your thoughts informed our Joint Building Search Committee in prioritizing the criteria important to our communities. We are looking for a building, or collection of adjoining buildings, that are zoned industrial general or industrial commercial. We are focusing on industrial zoning to avoid residences, schools, and churches. Our ideal size range is 10K-16K sq ft. Accessibility and safety are primary concerns. Per the results of our member surveys, we will be looking for a building with good parking, on public transit lines, and that can support multiple events simultaneously.

You are invited to hear more about our building search at a joint Town Hall Meeting on July 23, 2016, 10am-11am, in the CSPC Annex located at 1608 15th Ave. W. Seattle, 98119. A second Town Hall meeting  will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7-9pm, in the CSPC Annex. This is a special edition of the Big Idea Meeting.

This is an exciting time and we will be looking to you for help. Volunteering time and donating money are the best ways you can help us right now. Please look at your calendars and your bank books to determine how you are able to contribute during this transition.

Monetary donations can can be made online, in person, over the phone, or mailed. For more information about making a donation, Jeanette can be reached at (206) 270-9746 and Sophia can be reached at (206) 229-2185.

Donating to either the CSPC’s or FSCP’s general moving fund makes sure that both organizations can transition smoothly into a new home. This fund will cover all associated costs of this transition, including but not limited to: tenant improvements; moving & storage expenses; special event rentals.

To donate to the CSPC, please go here.

To donate to the FSPC and request a tax-deductible receipt, please go here.

The first two pre-move work parties are scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2016 starting at 11am (right after the Town Hall) and Monday, August 1, 2016 starting 6pm-8pm. Food will be provided for volunteers at each work party.

We are excited at the opportunity this transition affords us. We look forward to working with you to create our future!

Your directors,

Jeanette Aprato and Sophia Iannicelli

July 30th – Save the Date!

woman with ice pop

From Mwilkes of Flickr. Creative Commons 2.0. Original found here:

The Foundation’s Sexploration is also in July, on the 30th.  This is a day of workshops followed by a night of play! There are both beginning and intermediate tracks in this wonderful and popular event.  Get your tickets early!

That same night, the CSPC will host Take Off, also available to Sexploration attendees.

And last but not least, get your tickets for The Gathering, a 3 day event on a 50 acre play space in August.  Don’t miss out on this inaugural event for play, workshops, and community building. See the links below for logistical details!

Yes, we ARE moving!

I know that some of you are asking questions about our upcoming relocation and if we had definitive answers we’d be happy to give them to you.

Here’s what we can tell you.

The Center and the Foundation directors are working hard at locating a new space for all of us. They are looking at buildings, working with a master planner and a property manager. They’ve looked at some spaces that don’t work and we’ve looked at some that have great potential. They haven’t begun negotiations on anything yet.

There really isn’t much more to say than that. Our move date will depend on when we find a building. We are looking to put together fundraising events and they do cost money, space and time, which is always in short supply. In the meantime if you’d like to donate to our move please check out this link: or come to our parties and donate at the door.

And remember, if you need a tax deductible donation, donate to the Foundation and specify that the funds be used for the move:

We are looking to start fundraising soon and if you’d like to be part of the fundraising please let me know.

Write for more info or to help.

–Allena Gabosch, Director of Development


Looking for an IT Project Manager, 32 hours/month and a Maintenance Assistant, 5-10 hours/week, volunteer. See our Jobs page for details.

Seattle PRIDE Parade Float

PRIDE float

Join in the FUN!

Save the date to collaborate on the CentPRIDE floater’s float for Seattle’s Pride Parade!

June 17th — Team Meeting at 4:00 pm

June 23rd & 24th — Construction Assembly at 4:00 pm — BIG PARTY!

June 25th — Construction Assembly

June 26th — Seattle PRIDE Parade!

Email for more information.




Sexually Active Seniors Have Better Memory

According to a Coventry University study of 6,800 men and women ages 50-89, those who were sexually active performed better on memory tests than those who were not.  Subjects were given two tests. One was a memory test in which people were asked to remember a list of 10 common words immediately after hearing them, and then again following a brief delay. Another was a test for executive function in which subjects had to identify the missing number from a numerical sequence.

Women who reported having had sex in the last year performed better on memory tests than their abstaining counterparts; whereas, men performed better on both tests.

Click here for the original study.

Happy 17th Birthday CSPC!


Happy Birthday to the CSPC!

June 5, 2016

cupcake with sparklers

Sparkling Cupcakes by Sana Lee on Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0

It seems like only yesterday that we had our first party. The space was uncarpeted, with black plastic hiding the front desk and a small amount of play furniture. We’d been jack-hammering up the floor, looking for the sewer line, so there was concrete dust everywhere. (Concrete dust makes lousy lube!) And over 90 people showed up!

We’ve come a long way!

We Love Birthday Gifts!

And since it’s our birthday, I’m going to make it easy for you to give us a gift and I’m going to give you a gift too! Donate at least $100 and I’ll give you a gift too! When you donate make sure you say Happy Birthday in the message area and I’ll send you a pass for any one of our regular parties.

This is for members and non members alike!

Click on the “Donate Now!” Button in the upper right-hand corner of our main page.

Thank You For Being Part Of The CSPC!!

Allena Gabosch
Development Director

Helping Others Helped Me

I started volunteering very soon after I joined in August of 2010. I didn’t know anyone, and knew very little about the kink community, although I had been polyamorous for most of my life. There were a lot of other vanilla newbies who joined at the same time. We banded together to explore as a group, and this “buddy system” worked very well for us. So we designed a program to help other newcomers. By February 2011 I was running the Passport Program, a sort of “welcome wagon” to help educate and orient new members. There have been hundreds of people who’ve participated in the program in the last five years.

Now, the thing about educating people is that you have to be educated yourself. So I did a lot of research, talked to a lot of people, went to workshops, and as my knowledge grew I was able to pass more along to new members. I’ve also partnered with several other volunteers over the years, who shared their experience with me and with new members. I got to know the Center very well, and concepts and practices of the kink community. And I was able to share my own experiences as I explored my own sex-positive path.

Parties at the Center were also essential to my growth. My favorites are separated into two kinds: socials and impact parties. Socials like the Poly Social and Boarding Pass and the Hump Social let me talk to new people in a low-stress environment. These are where I met most of my play partners. I most enjoy playing at BDSM parties that are impact-focused. Especially those that have music with a driving beat, the better to smack to. My favorites are In Irons and the Grind. These parties also allow sex, which is a big plus for those of us whose play involves it.

I sometimes run into former Passport members at these parties. It’s really gratifying to have people look me up months or even years later and tell me how much the Passport helped them fit in and feel comfortable at the Center. People have meet friends and even partners through the program.

So, I know my efforts have made a difference, both for new members and for me. Now the Passport program has expanded and we welcome a lot of non-members too. For some it’s their first exposure to the Center. That welcoming presence has been significant to a lot of people. Many who participate in the program go on to become volunteers themselves. It’s a virtuous cycle: the help you give others expands your own experience, and so you’re able to even better help others. So volunteering helps the whole community – and the person it helps the most might just be yourself.

–Panda has been a member at the Center for six years.  His previous article is Stepping Stones to Sex Positivity.