This year, FUN FACTORY is a proud sponsor of Queer Prom, which promises to be the safe, inclusive, joyful celebration that many LGBTQIA+ people don’t have at their high-school proms. On June 18, partiers across the gender spectrum will pose in interactive photo booths, compete in dance-offs, perform in talent shows, and generally have a gay old time.
And then there are the afterparties. Once you head home from a Pride celebration, you’ll want to extend the feel-good vibe. Lucky for you, we have just the thing, no matter how you identify or what you like to do in bed. You could always go for a no-fail Rainbow AMOR dildo, but if you’re craving something different, check out these recs from queer sexperts.
Epiphora Recommends BOOTIE
“An ideal first butt plug, and one you can grow into as it’s available in three graduated sizes, the BOOTIE is a just-right sort of toy anyone can enjoy. It goes in smoothly, pops into place, and the sensation I get from its curved tip is way better than the lackluster feel of a boring straight plug.”
Sonny Farnsworth, Senior Sales Manager at FUN FACTORY, Recommends LIMBA FLEX
“LIMBA FLEX is my favorite strap-on toy for switches. If you like one angle during one session and your partner craves a different one the next, just bend the toy to fit anyone’s preference!
The medium size is perfect for strapping on and thrusting. It holds its shape and is super lightweight, so movements feel natural and easy when topping. Plus, the “S-Curve” shape is A-spot perfection, if you enjoy that!
The small size is my go-to upgrade when manually penetrating a partner. Curve it to their desired angle, grip the base in between your middle two fingers, and go to town with WAY less strain on your fingers and wrists.”
Bobby Box Recommends MANTA
“It’s my favorite toy, period. I’ve never used a penis toy that has made orgasms so intense. Its unique shape makes it a truly versatile toy that you can use in a number of different ways (most strokers only have one). I like to position the MANTA’s fluttering tips against my frenulum, and slowly edge myself to a full-body orgasm. Adopting this technique has made me appreciate how therapeutic it is to take time with your orgasm—and more importantly, with yourself.
Also, just because this toy is designed for the penis, doesn’t mean it can’t be used on vulvas. The frenulum and clitoris have similar nerve receptors and the MANTA can be a wonderful tool for clitoral stimulation as well. It’s also a great tool for oral sex on penises, and the deep vibrations help simulate deep-throating, which is particularly helpful if you have a gag reflex (hi, me).”
Carly S. Recommends VOLTA
“VOLTA is great because it's truly a gender-neutral toy that can be used on many different body parts for fun. Other than using the fluttery tips to tease any erogenous zone, you can use the broad flat side to stroke the vulva, or the shaft of a penis, or even massage the taint of your partner. You could even insert this toy if you wanted. The shape is truly like a Swiss army knife of sensations.”
Kristen Tribby, Head of Global Marketing at FUN FACTORY, Recommends FUN Cups
“For queer folks, great orgasms are often about feeling confident and empowered in your own body, not just during sex, but also in your daily life. A great product for folks who menstruate are FUN CUPS, as they don't interfere when you are in the mood for play. A tampon string during strap-on play can often take you out of the experience. With FUN CUPS, there are no visible strings or stems. Plus, the gender-neutral packaging, instructions, and storage bag will be affirming for all genders.”
Meet the contributors:
Epiphora has a very discerning vagina. With a sex toy collection that clocks in at over 900, she has been testing and reviewing sex toys on her popular blog, Hey Epiphora, for over a decade. Highly trusted and well-known for her snarky yet authentic style, Epiphora is famous for her relentlessly honest sex toy reviews. Many loyal readers entrust their future orgasms to her, and she does not take that honor lightly.
Carly S. is the Queen of Wands, a pleasure educator, a porn star, a model, the blogger of Dildo or Dildont, and a bad bitch from the Bronx. She’s managed and been the featured educator of some of NYC’s hottest award-winning sex toy stores. You may have seen her teach at Exxxotica, Cycles and Sex, or Sex Expo; read her work in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, or Shape, or heard her on countless podcasts.
Bobby Box (he/him) is a freelance sex writer and educator who’s worked as Grindr’s sex columnist and Playboy’s resident male sex writer and advisor. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @bybobbybox.
All ideas included are for educational and entertainment value, and do not constitute medical advice.