BY Amy Carlberg
on Apr 25, 2014
When someone says, "I have a special gift for making people feel comfortable in front of my camera," you're inclined to disbelieve them. We've all taken awkward school photos and family portraits. But when Sarah Deragon says it, it's 100% true.
Sarah Deragon is the mastermind behind The Identity Project, her black-and-white photo series documenting the LGBTQ community. "Since we are constantly bombarded with online images these days, I'm so happy that the project has continued to stand out and build momentum vs. being a 'thing' for about a month and then forgotten about," she says. Read More
BY Brittany Allen
on Mar 20, 2014
SanFran Contingent! Despite your fairly warm and consistent temperatures, is anyone out there in the mood for a seasonal wardrobe change? East Coasters, need material for your inspiration boards? Retail friends-of-BUST Gravel & Gold are showcasing their spring collection at a special event this upcoming Friday (March 28th). There will be toasts and try-ons from 6 to 9 pm, and plenty of opportunities to browse through this fantastic new line. Check out the store's website for more details. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 11, 2013
Sending your grandma a birthday card is about to get way more rad! On October 10th, it was confirmed that the United States Postal Service will be issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of politician Harvey Milk, a.k.a. the first openly gay man to hold a public office in California. (Side note: I highly recommend the biopic starring Sean Penn... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Mar 18, 2013
After the discrimination we’ve been hearing about in Colorado, it’s refreshing to hear about a new bill in California that expands transgender students’ rights. AB1266 will allow students to join sports teams and use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Executive director of the Transgender Law Service Masen Davis stated that "Transgender boys are boys, and transgender girls are girls, and this bill ensures they are treated as such. Read More
BY Lindsey Gentile
on Feb 07, 2013
For the city of San Francisco, Valentine’s Day is not just a Hallmark Holiday. This morning, San Francisco’s District of Attorney, George Gascon declared February 14th, 2013 “One Billion Rising Day,” a worldwide campaign to end violence against girls and women.
“Violence against women is a serious and dangerous crime. Countless women have lost their lives because society turned a blind eye to the violence they suffered in their homes. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 31, 2012
“I’m not a performer, I’m a pervert,” says Dixie De La Tour, the host and curator of cultural phenomenon Bawdy Storytelling. Called “The Moth for Pervs” by LA Weekly, Bawdy Storytelling is all about people sharing their best, worst, most unusual, or most meaningful sexual experiences—all in 10 minutes or less.
At a recent Bawdy Storytelling event at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space, De La Tour sat at a little table on the front corner of the stage, her shoulders peeking out of a black ’50s-style dress. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 13, 2012
Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's trying to promote a deeper understanding of the profession. Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 18, 2012
The term "feminist peep show" may sound like an oxymoron, but the Lusty Lady of San Francisco is one such joint. The club gained national attention in 1996 when its dancers, fed up with unfair pay cuts, random firings, and policy shifts, mobilized to form a union. The management obviously was not happy with this development, and tried to stop union elections. But in the spring of 1997, the employees successfully voted to unionize. They formed the Exotic Dancers Union, which remains to this day the only union of its kind–and is still active to this day. Read More
BY Ivanna Avalos
on Apr 04, 2012
Good Vibrations, a sex shop in San Francisco, is hosting the grand opening of their Antique Vibrator Museum on Thursday, April 12. The museum will showcase a collection of vintage vibrators dating back to the 1880s (most of which look more like devices of torture rather than pleasure) to the 1970s.
The Type "A" vibrator from 1902
Curator and Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will host a tour of the museum and discuss the origins of vibrators (originally marketed for physicians as a way help them treat women's hysteria) and their evolution. Read More
on Nov 02, 2011
Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel, two of the founders and co-publishers of BUST Magazine, are currently on the road with The BUST DIY Guide to Life book -- a big fat labor of love that contains over 250 favorite DIY and craft projects from the past 15 years of BUST Magazine.
San Francisco and Portland, BUST's boss ladies are heading to your cities this week! They'd love to meet all you BUST readers and DIY enthusiasts in person, so stop by one of these bookstores below and get your book signed in person. Read More