Dildos, Dolly Parton, and a Decent Cause: Gay folks sure know how to party.

The sign on the wall said it all: “There’s a fine line between art and porn.” And that bit of Einsteinly wisdom has netted $14,000 for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangender Community Center of Greater Cleveland from its annual Summer Party benefit last weekend. The $30-a-ticket blowout attracted 350 people, who bid on a silent auction of more than 100 donated items. On a table marked “For Your Naughty Bits,” Cleveland-based Ambiance lived up to its “store for lovers” motto by contributing four auction items -- including a $175 basket of vibrators, batteries, lubes, and condoms, and a $235 glass dildo. Porn purveyor Body Language chipped in five auction lots of erotica, including vintage posters, prints, and a glossy, $50 photo essay aptly titled Nice Ass by shutterbug David Aden Sprigle. Even Gale’s Westlake Garden Center got in on the filthfest by donating a $50 gift certificate labeled “Who You Callin’ a Hoe?” But the bidding frenzy hovered over anything autographed. There was the signed Become YouCD by the Indigo Girls. Lesbi-folkie Kate Clinton scribbled her name on a copy of her Making Light vinyl album. And Dolly Parton’s head shot drummed up a betting war between at least four bidders. Perhaps the description on the index card next to it created the stampede: “Dolly Parton is everyone’s favorite, female drag queen,” it read. Indeed. -- Cris Glaser
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