Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Celebrate National Dental Dam Day at Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program (ALHP) will celebrate National Dental Dam Day on October 24 with a special event at the Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood.

Dental dams are used in dentistry to isolate the area being worked on from the rest of the mouth but they can also be used as a safe sex tool to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

The event, National Dental Dam Day Celebration: Ultimate O for Queer and Trans Women, will take place from 8-10 p.m. and is free. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis and early arrival is recommended to secure a seat.

An ALHP staff member will be on hand to answer any safer sex or sexual wellness questions.

Angie Magaña, an ALHP nurse practitioner, says there’s no reason to feel awkward about discussing the subject of dental dams and how they relate to safer sex.

“It’s important to bring greater awareness to safer sex for queer people in general because it isn’t talked about enough,” Magaña says. “Women, in particular, don’t talk enough about how to enjoy sex and how to have safer sex. The dental dams are just the beginning. There’s lots of ways you can participate in safer sex activity, including self love.”

At the event, Pleasure Chest representatives will cover tips and tricks for reaching orgasm with their favorite toys with or without a partner.

Although the class is geared for LBTQ women, all genders and orientations are welcome. There will be raffles and refreshments.

Pleasure Chest is located at 7733 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Published October 21, 2017

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