Frequently Asked Questions

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  •  Is the CSPC accessible for people with disabilities?

  • How can I contribute?

    What is the CSPC?

    The Center for Sex Positive Culture was founded in 1999, in a bold attempt to create an environment that was accommodating to the sex positive communities and transformative in all areas of human sexuality and has succeeded in creating that environment.

    We are a leader in sex positive culture, creating norms of inclusion and non-discrimination. Many sex positive organizations around the country were inspired by us.

    The Center is a Washington State nonprofit 501(c)(7) and is a one-of-a-kind organization, given its nonprofit status and community center architecture.

    Our conduct is guided by a board of directors who are seated for three-year terms. Our corporate structure includes a full-time Executive Director, a part-time Development Director and a part-time Facilities Manager. Our Executive Officers, including a President, Secretary and Treasurer, each serve one year terms.

    The Center for Sex Positive Culture encourages the exploration and celebration of the many facets of human sexuality. Through an encompassing variety of events, created by and for its membership, the CSPC seeks to educate, to facilitate consensual open sexual expression and dialog, and to provide a venue for fellowship and community.

    As proponents of sex positive culture, we believe that the appropriate uses of sex extend beyond reproduction. They include creating personal pleasure, bonding interpersonal relationships, promoting spiritual growth, and enhancing emotional and physical health. In a sex positive world, everyone has the freedom and resources to pursue a fulfilling and empowering sex life.

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    What is Sex Positive Culture?

    The sex-positive movement is an ideology which promotes and embraces open sexuality.  As proponents of sex positive culture, we believe that the appropriate uses of sex extend beyond reproduction. They include creating personal pleasure, bonding interpersonal relationships, promoting spiritual growth, and enhancing emotional and physical health.

    Advocating sex education and safer sex as a part of its campaign, the sex positive movement makes no moral distinctions among types of sexual activities. We regard these choices as matters of personal preference. In a sex positive world, everyone has the freedom and resources to pursue a fulfilling and empowering sex life.  We regard all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourage sexual pleasure and experimentation.

    The term “sex positive” can also be used to describe people who are comfortable with their own sexuality and sexuality in general.

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    What happens at the CSPC?

    Members and volunteers plan, create and enjoy events at the CSPC, so what happens here is as varied as the people who make up our 2,000+ active members. We host socials, potlucks, skills instruction, and a wide variety of parties.  Party focuses include rope, sex, BDSM, masturbation and much more. The best way to learn about our events is to read our calendar and start coming over! If you’re part of a crowd that you don’t see meeting here, get to know us, make some friends . . . and maybe we can help you and your friends can make your party a reality!

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    What is the FSPC (or Foundation)?

    The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture was established in 2007 as a sister nonprofit to the Center for Sex Positive Culture. The two organizations collaborate to better advance sex positive culture and make it available to a wider audience.

    All Foundation events are open to the public, though some events may have restrictions on who can attend. Many of the Foundation’s workshops and support/discussion groups take place within the Center, and do not require a membership to the CSPC to attend.

    The Foundation’s mission is to promote the many ways sex is beneficial through education, outreach, the arts, advocacy, and research programs that serve the public.

    As proponents of sex positive culture, we believe that the appropriate uses of sex extend beyond reproduction.  They include creating personal pleasure, bonding interpersonal relationships, promoting spiritual growth, and enhancing emotional and physical health.  In a sex positive world, everyone has the freedom and resources to pursue a fulfilling and empowering sex life.

    As a 501(c)(3), the Foundation is eligible for tax benefits, matching contributions, grant funding, and donations may be tax deductible. It is run by a board of directors.

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    Do I have to be a Member to attend events?

    Most of our events are for Members and their invited guests only.

    In the event descriptions on our Calendar, some events specifically state that they are “open to the public”.  You must be at least 18 years of age and able to present currently-valid legal identification as proof of age to attend these events.  You do not need permission to attend these events, but you will be asked to fill out a Guest Consent Form when you arrive.  You will also be asked to follow all House Rules.

    Non-members from out of town can also attend events by contacting us in advance and getting a “permission slip” from our Managing Director.  Our events are also open to members of other Sex Positive Community and BDSM organizations.

Our events are also open to other sex positive community and BDSM organizations. We currently have reciprocal membership agreements with the following organizations:

Members of these organizations can attend members-only events at the CSPC at member prices, as long as they sign a Guest Release Form, and agree to abide by all House Rules. If your organization is interested in forming a reciprocal membership agreement with the CSPC, please contact our Managing Director through our contact page.

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How do I join?

We have developed a framework to ensure a safe and supportive community center by requiring all new members to attend a New Member Orientation class entitled Introduction to Sex Positive Culture.  At this Orientation, we provide prospective members with an overview of Sex Positive Culture, clear facility rules, guidelines to appropriate conduct, etiquette, safer sex and cleanliness, as well as a privacy and confidentiality agreement.

These orientations are offered regularly throughout the month. Orientations are generally every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Please check our Event Calendar to verify dates, as orientations are changed or canceled from time to time.

 

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How much does it cost?

Events at the CSPC have varying attendance costs.  Events generally range from $10 to $30 for members.  Non-members pay an additional $10 to attend our events.  Our Event Calendar lists all our events and their attendance costs.

Membership at the CSPC costs as little as $60 per year.  Membership levels and costs are described in detail on our Membership Levels page.

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What do I get when I join?

The CSPC offers various levels of membership, with different benefits.

As a member of the CSPC, you can:

  • Attend dozens of events every month – many of which are not open to the public
  • Bring non-member guests to members-only events
  • Gain full access to the Pacific Northwest Library for Sex Positive Culture – including check-out privileges
  • Receive our weekly newsletter with the latest news on sex positive culture and events
  • Get discounts at local retailers, as well as other sex positive organizations
  • Become a CSPC Volunteer!
  • Perhaps most importantly, become a part of a community of people changing societal norms of acceptance, and making space for all identities, genders, and consensual kinks in sex-positive culture.

These are just a few benefits of membership.  Attend an orientation to find out more about membership and how to join.

Members can also join our Passport Program. The Passport program is like a “buddy system” for new members – as well as existing members who would like to get more out of the events they attend.

Upon joining or renewing, members can purchase an “All You Can Eat” Card.  The “All You Can Eat” card allows entry to all regular onsite events, except where Premium members are required to pay.  This is a great way to explore events, meet friends, and discover new interests.

Visit our Membership page to find out more about the benefits of membership.

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May I bring guests?

All CSPC members may bring guests to events.  The number of guests you may bring, and how much they pay to attend events, depends on your membership level.  These are described on our Join Us page.

The following rules and restrictions apply:

  1. Members are required to arrive with or before their guests and the guests must depart when the member leaves
  2. Guests of basic members may attend only four events before they are required to become a Center member
  3. Anyone bringing a guest is responsible for the behavior of their guest, and must sign off on the Guest Consent Form. Please be sure your guests are familiar with our rules and be sure they have a full understanding of where they are going before they arrive (so they are making an informed choice about whether attending might be right for them)
  4. All guests must show valid government issued, picture ID showing they are over the age of 18
  5. Guests not escorted by a member (at an event “open to the public” or as a guest of the CSPC with permission from our Managing Director) are expected to abide by the same rules as guests of members

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Where do I turn for help?

On-duty Staff members can be identified by their colored CSPC badges. All of our Staff members are here to help you. If you have a problem or a question, you are welcome to ask one of them for assistance.

If a Staff member asks you to stop an activity, you must do so at once. If you disagree with the request, you are welcome to talk to the Event Coordinator, but please do not argue with the Staff member.

A Staff member may ask you to leave the premises for:

  1. Disobeying our rules
  2. Refusing to produce  identification or fill out a Release Form
  3. Disorderly conduct
  4. Harassing another attendee
  5. Engaging in illegal activity

Failure to abide by event or facility rules may also result in suspension or revocation of membership.

Outside of events, you can contact our Managing Director if you have any questions or concerns.  They can be contacted through our Contact Us page.

If you have lost an item at an event, please contact our Lost and Found coordinator through our Contact Us page.  Lost and Found articles are kept onsite for a limited time.  The CSPC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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How do I login to the member portal?

Things you can do through the member portal:
  • Renew/Upgrade online, including automatic renewals
  • 1 or 6 month memberships available (recurring payments only)
  • Change your scene name or e-mail address
  • Change your password
  • Donate to the CSPC
How to get started:
  • Visit http://portal.thecspc.org
  • Click the ‘Get Help’ link
  • Enter your e-mail address and click ‘SEND RESET EMAIL’ to set your password*
  • Login and get started

Is the CSPC accessible for people with disabilities?

At the CSPC, we strive to bring the benefits of sex positive culture to all people.  We make every effort to accommodate people with disabilities whenever possible.  These accommodations include: ADA Accessible Restrooms, Wide Doorways and Handicap parking stalls.  The public areas of the Center for Sex Positive Culture (Main Space, Raw & Annex) are on a single level with no stairs.

For larger events and fundraisers, we try to provide ASL Interpreters upon request.  If you are an ASL Interpreter and would like to be on our contact list, please contact us through our contact page.

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How can I contribute?

Volunteering, making donations and attending events are great ways to contribute. The Center is the result of countless hours of work as well as many donations and a wonderful vision. If you don’t see a way to contribute that fits you, please contact us!

Donations

Whether you become a member or not, please consider supporting the CSPC’s mission and vision by making a donation.  A gift of $25 is suggested, but any amount helps.  Please consider making your donation recurring, which helps us with long-term planning and annual budget. Even a small recurring donation can add up to a big gift.

Donations can be made online or in person at any of our events.

Donations help the Center continue investing in its facilities, outreach and programming, to meet the growing needs of its membership.

Volunteering

The Center for Sex Positive Culture exists because we have members who give their time and energy to make the events happen. Volunteering is the cornerstone of our community culture and the reason why this organization continues to thrive. We are fortunate to have a place like this available to us and it needs people like you to help support its success.

You can help ensure that this resource continues to be available for everyone. By volunteering at the CSPC, you can make a difference at the Center and in the Sex Positive community at large.

As a CSPC Volunteer, you can:

  • Meet Interesting People
  • Learn New Skills
  • Strengthen Your Resume
  • Contribute to our Community
  • Help Shape the Future of the CSPC
  • Get in Free Whenever You Volunteer
  • Earn Credit Towards Silver Status – Which Gets You In Free To Most Events.

Volunteer Orientations are held on Wednesday evenings at the Center and are indicated on our calendar.  To find out more about volunteering, visit our Volunteer page.

Get Involved!

If you have an idea for an event, bring your proposal to the Big Idea Meeting! Each and every event at the Center started with an idea, and a team dedicated to bringing that idea to life. This is where people come with ideas and share them with the group to gain interest, get suggestions, and recruit team members.

If you are a sex positive educator and would like to present a workshop, discussion or demonstration event at the CSPC, you can contact our Workshop Coordinator on our Contact Us page.

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 If you have any other questions, feel free to visit our Contact Us page to ask.  If you have a technical problem with the website or spot a broken link, contact web@thecspc.org.

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