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Ariadne Kane Outreach Institute for Gender Studies Collection

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Fantasia Fair

Sex and Gender Education



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Collection Overview

Title: Ariadne Kane Outreach Institute for Gender Studies Collection, 1974-2001Save to your list.

ID: SC/AK

Primary Creator: Kane-Demaios, J. Ari (1936-)

Extent: 6.38 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Fantasia Fair, 1977-2001

Series II: Sex and Gender Education, 1974-2001

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Ephemera, Paper records, Photographic material, Video recordings

Languages: English

Abstract

Joseph Ariadne "Ari" Kane-Demaios is the founder of the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies. Originally named Joseph DeMaios, he officially came out as Ariadne "Ari" Kane in 1971. The Ari Kane Outreach Institute for Gender Studies Collection contains various documents, audio and video tapes, photographs, and awards. These items were collected by, as well as given to, Kane chronicling the work conducted by her institute and the annual coordination of Fantasia Fair, which is considered to be the longest running annual event for crossdressers, transgenders, and transsexuals in the world.

Biographical Note

Joseph Ariadne "Ari" Kane-Demaios (1936-) was born and raised in New York City. Ari is touted by Playboy magazine as the very definition of an Androgyny, meaning that Ari is comfortable portraying both genders in society. During his childhood, DeMaios cross-dressed just one time, which his parents found out about, prompting him to cease all gender experimentation until later in life. DeMaios went on to receive a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biophysics, Mathematics and Chemistry at City College, New York in 1958 before commencing graduate work at New York University and the University of Buffalo. From 1966-1968, DeMaios taught overseas at St. Stephen's School in Rome and at the American College of Switzerland in Leysin. During this time, DeMaios was able to cross-dress again for Fastnacht in Munich and Mardi Gras in Naples. DeMaios eventually quit teaching, returned to the U.S., and went into designing. He later opened a travel agency, in addition to working as an educational consultant and realtor.

In 1971, DeMaios became the leader of the Boston Gamma chapter of Tri-Sigma and officially came out as Ariadne "Ari" Kane. The chapter was later renamed the Cherrystone Club. In 1974, the event known as Fantasia Fair aka Fan/Fair was conceived by Ari and several other members of the Cherrystone Club including Betty Ann Lind, Betsy Shaw, and Linda Franklin. The first fair was officially held in 1975 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Fan/Fair offered individuals, particularly cross-dressers, transvestites, and transsexuals a safe place to express themselves. The Outreach Institute for Gender Studies, founded by Ari, was the main coordinator and overseer of the fair until March of 2001 when its Board of Directors decided to hand over management to Real Life Experiences, Inc., headed by Dallas Denny. The fair has played host to a number of events including the Fan/Fair Follies, the Fantasia Fashion Show, and an awards banquet. In addition to these events, the fair has continuously featured various workshops and seminars designed to help attendees embrace gender experimentation and succeed in their overall lives. These workshops include, but are not limited to, hair and make-up tutorials, gender theory, and even special programs tailored to spouses and partners.

In conjunction with the opening of Fantasia Fair, Ari founded the Human Outreach and Achievement Institute, later renamed the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies in 1996. Through her work with the institute, Ari wrote numerous articles, attended various conferences, and coordinated workshops in order to stress the importance of sex and gender studies. From her work with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, to the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the International Foundation for Gender Education, Ari continuously gained attention and appreciation for her work. Ari was even asked to appear in 1980 on the Phil Donahue Show and the David Suskind Show in 1982. Furthermore, she founded the Theseus Counseling and Consulting Service in 1985 in order to offer counseling, instruction, and health care resources specializing in gender and/or sex related services.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Joseph Ariadne "Ari" Kane-Demaios is the founder of the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies and was the main coordinator for Fantasia Fair aka Fan/Fair from 1975-2001, as well as a sex and gender studies educator and activist. The materials within the Ariadne Kane Outreach Institute for Gender Studies Collection chronicle Ari's outreach work via the Institute, in addition to documents and audio and visual tapes collected from Fan/Fair. The collection is separated into two series: Fantasia Fair (1977-2001) and Sex and Gender Education (1974-2001).

Series I, Fantasia Fair, documents the planning, preparation, and execution of Fantasia Fair, the longest running annual event for crossdressers, transgenders, and transsexuals in the world. This series includes correspondence, pamphlets, and newsletters, photographs, audio and video tapes, and is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Sex and Gender Education, documents the activities of organizations, conventions, and of public outreach programs in which Kane was involved, including the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the International Foundation for Gender Education. This series includes documents and specialty items, such as trophies and plaques, and is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5.53 GB

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Kane, Ariadne

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Sarah E. Witherspoon, 2018


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Series 1: Fantasia Fair, 1977-2001Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Cowart, Robin, 1996-1997Save to your list.
Folder 2: Cragg, Barbara, 1995-1998Save to your list.
Folder 3: Denny, Dallas, 1995-1997Save to your list.
Folder 4: Ellaborne, Diane, 1995-1997Save to your list.
Folder 5: Fantasia Fair Attendee Lists, UnknownSave to your list.
Folder 6: Fantasia Fair, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 7: Fantasia Fair, 1978-1979Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fantasia Fair, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 9: Fantasia Fair, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 10: Fantasia Fair, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 11: Fantasia Fair, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 12: Fantasia Fair, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 13: Fantasia Fair, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 14: Fantasia Fair, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 15: Fantasia Fair, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 16: Fantasia Fair, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 17: Fantasia Fair, 1984Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Fantasia Fair, 1988-1989Save to your list.
Folder 2: Fantasia Fair, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 3: Fantasia Fair, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 4: Fantasia Fair, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 5: Fantasia Fair, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 6: Fantasia Fair, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Folder 7: Fantasia Fair, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fantasia Fair, 1995-1997Save to your list.
Folder 9: Fantasia Fair, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 10: Fantasia Fair, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 11: Fantasia Fair, 1998Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: Fantasia Fair, 1999-2001Save to your list.
Folder 2: "Fantasia Fair: Consciousness Raising In Never-Never Land," by Mariette Pathy AllenSave to your list.
Folder 3: Fantasia Fair, 1986-1988Save to your list.
Folder 4: Fink PhyllisSave to your list.
Folder 5: General FilesSave to your list.
Folder 6: Gilbert, Miqqi AliciaSave to your list.
Folder 7: Grant, RachelSave to your list.
Folder 8: Green, JanetSave to your list.
Folder 9: Heuer, BudSave to your list.
Folder 10: Kain, JenniferSave to your list.
Folder 11: Kane, AriadneSave to your list.
Folder 12: Karron, DianneSave to your list.
Folder 13: Laing, AlisonSave to your list.
Folder 14: Lewis, BethSave to your list.
Folder 15: Little, KimSave to your list.
Folder 16: Medina, RhondaSave to your list.
Folder 17: Miller, NielaSave to your list.
Folder 18: Osborne, JudySave to your list.
Folder 19: Ousterhout, Douglas KSave to your list.
Folder 20: Patton, JudgeSave to your list.
Folder 21: Prok, DavidSave to your list.
Folder 22: Reeder, KerriSave to your list.
Folder 23: Rice, MarthaSave to your list.
Folder 24: Richards, ClaireSave to your list.
Folder 25: Robinson, JayneSave to your list.
Folder 26: Sheldon, EmilySave to your list.
Folder 27: Smith, LiviaSave to your list.
Folder 28: Stowell, JamieSave to your list.
Folder 29: Swenson, ErinSave to your list.
Folder 30: Swin, Rikki KaySave to your list.
Folder 31: Viola, BrendaSave to your list.
Folder 32: Volker, MarilynSave to your list.
Folder 33: Wilson, JoAnnSave to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Item 1: Fantasia Fair Talent Show #1, 1991Save to your list.
Item 2: Fantasia Fair Talent Show #2, 1991Save to your list.
Item 3: Fantasia Fair Talent Show #3, 1991Save to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Item 1: Plaque, The Original Pocono Fantasy Festival, May 1990Save to your list.
Box 13Save to your list.
Item 1: Appreciation Award from "The Fair Ladies of Provincetown", ca. 1984Save to your list.

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