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(Illustration by Charlie Herrick)

That a Sex Issue is automatically controversial or at least subversive says more about American attitudes toward sex and sexuality than it does an alt-weekly's "edginess" or whatever; but OK, well, here we are with our annual Sex Issue while Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office (he has, among other things, asked that female staffers "dress like women") and right behind him is VP Mike Pence, who thinks you can electroshock the gay out of people. So City Paper has decided to put together a Sex Issue that comes out and celebrates a few variances in sex and sexuality, with a focus on the visual, and just lets these things speak for themselves, because visibility is crucial when freedoms are under threat and judgment is the pervading attitude at the top.

In this issue we've got poet and photographer Tommy Bruce's Furry portraits; a sexy coloring and activity book from Charlie Herrick with some informative text from CP contributing writer and sex educator at Sugar, Karen Peltier; Maura Callahan's review of Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A," a dystopian play about an abortionist living in a world not unlike our own, plagued by shame; and a look at the Baltimore Eagle both past—via photos by Jamie Onderdonk—and present by way of CP columnist and Lecturer of Gender and Women's Studies at UMBC Kate Drabinski's tour of the newly opened Baltimore Eagle. (Brandon Soderberg)

For those unfamiliar, Furries are an internet born subculture united by a fascination with anthropomorphic animal characters. Participants in the community create an alternate identity based on an animal character of their own design, and interact over forums and social media and at conventions around the world. These identities are made tangible through the creation of fursuits—custom made costumes that represent ones alternate identity. Ideas of sexuality and desire are undeniably intertwined with the framework of Furry culture, though these aspects are still considered a taboo subject within the community. An important distinction between the Furry community and other fandoms is the Furry community's lack of a defined canon. Unlike Trekkies, who pull from Star Trek, or Bronies, who pull from the My Little Pony franchise, there is no single source of media from which the Furry community's identity is built upon. Lacking an outside source of media to fuel the culture necessitates that participants produce and circulate content themselves. Each participant has the opportunity to affect and contribute to the community, and it is by these contributions alone that Furry culture has formed, changed and sustained. In practice, this makes Furry culture a unique space of play without strict purpose or guidelines. In my photographs, I seek to examine the various facets and figures of this decentered community through portraiture, self-portraiture and documentary methods. (Tommy Bruce)
No one has a better idea about what feels good to your body than you. Sex is not an innate skill or ability, it takes trial, error, patience, and awareness.
Back in 2008, Gutter Magazine ran a series of photos of the Baltimore Eagle shot by photographer Jamie Onderdonk. With the new Eagle finally up and running, City Paper photo editor and former Gutter editor-in-chief J.M. Giordano and Onderdonk offered up these photos from the old Eagle. Read about the new Eagle here.

The Baltimore Eagle has finally landed in Station North. The waiting has been palpable, at least for the queer folks who have watched their bars and c

As the title would suggest, there is no subtlety in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A." In the dystopian future world crafted by Parks back in 2000, everything seems to exist in the extreme—the subjugation and exploitation of women, the political reach of the aristocracy, the wealth gap, the bloodthirst of humankind, the severity and inescapability of incarceration. So, not a far cry from where we find ourselves in 2017, when darkness makes itself louder and clearer than most generations living
It’s the sex issue, and I want to write a sex-themed column to stay on theme and everything, but I have to say, a Trump administration is a serious boner
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