The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health has now opened! You may remember that this location has been subject to attacks from Donna Hughes and had to go through a long zoning process. You can read about it here, here, and here.
Well, Good triumphed over evil! And the Center was finally able to open! Here is the press release:
Pawtucket, RI February 2nd, 2010 – The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH), the first non-profit sexuality resource and information center on the East Coast, has won the right to open its door and provide sex education for adults.
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health will provide one on one coaching services, group classes, drop-in hours, teaching resources, access to sexuality journals and in the fall, start an internship program and conduct sexual health studies. Megan Andelloux, a board certified Sexologist and Sexuality Educator is the founder and director of the non-profit Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.
On Monday evening, February 1st, after applying for a “special use variance,” The CSPH was granted unanimous permission to provide education from the Pawtucket Zoning Board. George Shabo, Zoning Board member, made a special note from the Pawtucket’s Planning Board who had also wanted to recommend approval, saying that the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health fit in with the master plan of “revitalizing the downtown.” This is a huge victory for the field of civil liberties, sexuality education and advocacy”, Andelloux stated. “For the past five months, The CSPH has demonstrated to the public what sexuality professionals all over the country experience on a daily basis: roadblocks from politicians to open legit businesses, requirements to masquerade conversations about sex and fear of coming under personal attack for publicly acknowledging the simple fact that people are sexual and it’s ok to talk about it.” The battle to open the CSPH was closely watched and discussed by lawyers, university professors, The ACLU, news sources and sexuality professionals all over the country. While the introduction of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health started off rocky, and false rumors swirled about what the CSPH would be providing, members of the conservative, liberal and libertarian,” community eventually stated that The CSPH mission, to provide adults with a safe space to access information about sex, did indeed fit in with their community values.
The CSPH will meet with its first client today.
Congratulations to Megan, the people of Pawtucket, and Civil Liberties!!!!
Congratulations! What a great victory for civil liberties! I was starting to believe that the sex-police in RI had the ability to stifle all individual sexual expression. I hope that the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health will provide a supportive atmosphere for sex workers, and those involved with the erotic community, as well as your typical married couples.
Maybe just to be contrarian, or maybe consistent with a sixties ethic of sexual freedom and fighting a consumer culture, I’m posting this.
And wishing Megan success and hoping she will educate people that we have the power and no one can buy our souls and sell them back to us.