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Thursday, September 24, 2015

FRIDAY: Sex-Positive 4UMag Throws Pre-Folsom Party at Artists Television Access

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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In the summer of 2013, former culture editor for the dearly departed San Francisco Bay Guardian, Caitlin Donohue, joined forces with the other coolest kid in town, hip-hop party and video producer, Kelly Lovemonster to launch, an online lifestyle magazine that describes itself as “not a total vanity project.”

“We’re on most of the covers,” she told me, “like Oprah.”

“The content is so closely tied to how Kelly and I view the world,” says Donohue, “our social circle, our extended worldwide network of people that get us and have this similar sexual philosophy.”

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A recent issue, devoted entirely to the subject of of relationships features and incredibly intimate, funny, and honest video (shot by queer porn director, Courtney Trouble circa 2013) of the two creators discussing their STI history and statuses. Lovemonster and Donohue have curated a glimpse into the lifestyle they lead, filled with porn stars, perverts, artists, and musicians. The magazine acknowledges that sex isn’t just a side dish to culture — it informs almost every aspect of it.

Donohue and Lovemonster’s fiercely fresh style and world view is the guiding force behind the content, which ranges from hip hop and fashion, to cats and Beyonce. Though the magazine got it’s start right here in the Bay Area, the site has recently gone bi-national, after Donohue jumped Bay Area ship, making a new home in Mexico City.

“For the last year and half we’ve really been making those two places our cultural centrals and doing a lot of collaborations with artists from both places,” Donohue told me.

4UMag has now done three release parties in Mexico, all of which have been hits based on the delicious photo sets featured on the site. They recently brought a film series to Mexico City’s oldest international festival on sexual diversity, hosting a panel discussion on porn in a gay mens’ bathhouse that featured notorious local director, Princess Donna. “The reaction that i get from people in Mexico City is amazing,” Donohue says, “I didn’t realize it was going to resonate with people as much as it has.”

Much of the site’s content is in both English and Spanish, but the goal is for the entire website to eventually be bilingual.

“In terms of being a magazine editor it’s a fucking dream,” she says of her new location. “All the wildly smart weirdos end up in Mexico City. It’s one of the centers of queer culture in Mexico.”

Now, just in time for Folsom Street Fair, Donohue and 4UMag are back in the Bay and ready to party with the remaining wildly smart weirdos that still live in San Francisco, with its first local event in over a year.

A short film program focusing on sex and sexuality will go down at the Artists Television Access this Friday Sept. 25.

One of the films features Bay Area heartthrob, James Darling, of, as well as some good old fashioned art porn and plenty of fabulous outfits.

After the screening, the hosts encourage folks to wander down the street to the Swagger Like Us, the Bay’s premiere hip hop dance party at The Elbo Room (while you still can, the long beloved bar will close its doors this fall.)

“It’s going to be a reunion,” says Donohue, “Everyone is in town for Folsom. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

4UMag presents Sex Fest, Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m., at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia, $10.

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