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For Immediate Release

May 25th, 2011

Media Contact: Camilla Lombard
Events and Publicity Manager
(415) 974-8985 ext.201
camillal@goodvibes.com

GOOD VIBRATIONS PARTNERS WITH REGIONAL LGBTQ NONPROFITS IN STORES AND ONLINE

Pioneering Sex Positive Retailer's GiVe Donations Program Celebrates Pride


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San Francisco, CA -- (May 25th, 2011): the legendary San Francisco-based retailer, has announced its donation partnership with four nonprofits that support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities in the regions that its retail stores serve.   Beneficiary organizations are the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, The Pacific Center in Berkeley, the LGBT Aging Project in Boston, and Marriage Equality USA online.

Beginning June 1st through July 30th Good Vibrations’ customers can support these regional nonprofits in Good Vibrations retail locations: Massachusetts, San Francisco and Berkeley, as well as online.  Shoppers can make a financial gift at the time of their Good Vibrations purchase in any Good Vibrations retail stores.  100% of your contribution goes to the nonprofit of your choice. 

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation was established in 1982 with a mission of radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy and direct services for prevention and care, SFAF is confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. 

The Pacific Center
Founded in 1973 in response to a brutal gay bashing incident in Oakland, the Pacific Center is an award winning, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community center based in Berkeley, CA serving the East Bay and Greater Bay Area. Through professional counseling, groups, community events, and advocacy, Pacific Center works to foster and enhance the well-being and self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. 

The LGBT Aging Project
The mission of the LGBT Aging Project is to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted.  Many elder LGBTs are wary of revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity to helping professionals and would rather go without, even when sick, rather than turning to aging service providers for help.  The LGBT Aging Project ensures that they receive the care they need. 

Marriage Equality USA (added USA)
MEUSA is a nonprofit company that uses public education campaigns, personal stories in the media, and grassroots coalition building to advocate for the right to marry for same-sex couples.
MEUSA is headquartered in Oakland, California with chapters across the country. 

GiVe” is Good Vibrations' extensive donation and sponsorship program. For over 30 years Good Vibrations has partnered with hundreds of local and national non-profit organizations donating products, advertising and sponsorship for fundraisers and has provided much needed support for women’s shelters, HIV/AIDS research, art programs, LGBT benefits, breast cancer awareness and much more.  Additionally, every several months Good Vibrations partners with a different nonprofit organization and encourages their customers to contribute directly to them at check-out, online and in the stores.  

Good Vibrations has always been a champion for the LGBTQ community and is proud to highlight these organizations during Pride season.  Good Vibrations C.O.O. Jackie Strano states, “We are proud to partner with these amazing non-profits and as agents of social change ourselves, Good Vibrations is happy to highlight the tireless efforts of our community partners and create an opportunity for people to contribute directly to the crucial work they do.”

Staff Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen says, “While we reach out to, serve, and partner with many communities, we really have a deep appreciation for the way the LGBT community (in the Bay Area, especially) has grown and developed side by side with us -- cultural conditions in San Francisco have supported queer pride and sex-positivity and ensure that we learn from and greatly value the LGBT community and its institutions. We are honored to be able to bring the GiVe program to this remarkable group of nonprofits.”

Good Vibrations is supporting regional branches of Planned Parenthood through the end of May.  To learn more about Good Vibrations GiVe program and to see this year’s beneficiaries, visit  our GiVe page or contact Camilla Lombard at 415/974-8985 x201 or camillal@goodvibes.com.

ABOUT GOOD VIBRATIONS
Good Vibrations is the San Francisco-based retailer trusted for more than three decades to provide a comfortable, safe environment for finding sex-positive products and educational materials to enhance one's sex life. Good Vibrations offers products through its website goodvibes.com and retail stores.

RESOURCES
For more information, please visit our beneficiary sites directly at
http://www.sfaf.org/
http://www.pacificcenter.org/aboutus.html
http://www.lgbtagingproject.org/
http://www.marriageequality.org/

About Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations is the nation's first and premier provider of sex education and sex positive products. Good Vibrations is a San Francisco-based multi channel retailer that women and couples have trusted for over three decades to provide a comfortable, safe environment for finding sex-positive products and educational materials to enhance their sex life. Good Vibrations offers its products through its retail stores and website: goodvibes.com.

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