Subseries - Ari Kane records

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Ari Kane records

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  • 1943 - 2003 (Creation)
  • 1943-2003 (Creation)
    Kane, Ari, 1936-
  • 1943 - 2003 (Creation)

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5.2 m of textual records and graphic material

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Ari Kane, also known as Ariadne Kane, was born in 1936. Kane holds a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics, Mathematics and Chemistry, and undertook graduate work in biophysics. Kane also holds a doctorate of Education from Institute for Advanced Study of Sexuality and is an assistant professor of sexology at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Kane also runs Theseus Counseling Services which specializes in gender issues.

Kane's "emergence from the closet" occurred in 1971. Ariadne Kane oversaw the restructuring and relocation of the cross dressing support group, the Tiffany Club (later the Cherrystone Club, then the Mayflower Club). In 1975 Kane founded the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute (later named the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies), an organization dedicated to public education and to working with the health professionals who serve the community.

The same year Kane also founded Fantasia Fair (which is still being held), which was originally an annual gathering for cross dressing men, their partners, and medical and other professionals working with the transgender and transsexual community. Fantasia Fair now welcomes trans men.

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The records are comprised of the following materials: Ari Kane/Joseph DeMaios records consisting of business records, correspondence, identity and travel documents, and teaching records; Outreach Institute Records consisting of administrative records, correspondence, published resources, and workshop information; Fantasia Fair records consisting of advertising information, correspondence, event materials, planning and registration records; and Theseus Counseling Services records consisting of administrative records, correspondence, counseling resources and case files.

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